BLUE SESSIONS – SCIENCE / BREEDING / TECHNICAL ADVANCES
GREEN SESSIONS – INTELLECTUAL PROPERTIES / BUSINESS / TRENDS AND NEW PLANTS
WEDNESDAY 11/3: Arrivals
THURSDAY 11/4: Talk sessions at PSREU
FRIDAY 11/5: Talk sessions at PSREU
** Weather permitting, afternoon/evening activities on November 4&5 will all be held outdoors. During this time, we hope to have the following tailgator activities available for attendees with open refreshments:
-Corn hole tournament
-Chip and putt contest
**Alcohol is not permitted at the PSREU facility, which is why we will end the conference each day and head back to Gainesville for evening happy hours/mixers.
Please note that the UF Plant Science Research & Education Unit is 1450+ acre farm with a conference center, located out in the country in Citra, Florida. Hotel accommodations are not available at PSREU, and it is approximately 25 miles from Gainesville and Ocala. Since we will not be running large buses back and forth to multiple locations due to costs and social distancing, WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ARRANGE LOCAL TRAVEL BY CAR OR WITHIN YOUR ORGANIZATION’S GROUP. We have plenty of parking at no charge at PSREU.
UF-Plant Science Research & Education Unit
Address: 2556 County Hwy 318, Citra, FL 32113
Please note that there is no central hotel for this conference, so we will not be blocking rooms at any hotels.
There are MANY hotels in the Gainesville/Ocala area, so we have compiled a list of suggested hotels in GAINESVILLE based on local knowledge, location and moderate pricing. We hope that by suggesting these hotels in one town in close proximity to each other, there will be good access to I-75 and US HWY 441 leading to the PSREU conference center. We also want to provide opportunities for private meetings and leisurely activities outside of the conference in the later evening in two central locations in Gainesville.
Although the conference date is not during a UF home football weekend, we encourage you to book a room as soon as possible if you plan to attend.
HOTELS West Campus to West Gainesville – to access I-75: These hotels are located close to I-75 and the west side of the University of Florida, for an easy drive down to the PSREU Conference Center. Located within ½ mile are mainstream shopping, bars and restaurants, Kanapaha Botanical Gardens, The Butterfly Rainforest Museum, The Harn Art Museum, and the Florida Museum of Natural History. There are many other comparable hotels within ½ mile not listed here:
Hilton University of Florida Conference Center Gainesville
1714 SW 34th St, Gainesville, FL 32607 (352) 371-3600
Aloft Gainesville University Area
3743 Hull Rd, Gainesville, FL 32607 (352) 378-1100
Hilton Garden Inn Gainesville
4075 SW 33rd Place, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 338-1466
Comfort Inn University
3440 SW 40th Blvd, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 264-1771
Holiday Inn Express & Suites Gainesville I-75
3370 SW 42nd St, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 378-1300
Courtyard by Marriott Gainesville
3700 SW 42nd St, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 335-9100
HOTELS East Campus to Downtown Gainesville – to access US HWY 441: These hotels are located close to the east side of the University of Florida and Downtown, for an easy drive down to the PSREU Conference Center down US Highway 441. Located within ½ mile are boutique shopping, specialty bars and restaurants, The Cade Museum of Creativity and Invention, live music and ample nightlife. There are a few other boutique and smaller hotels within ½ mile not listed here:
Hampton Inn & Suites Gainesville-Downtown
101 SE 1 Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 240-9300
Holiday Inn Gainesville-University Center
1250 W University Ave, Gainesville, FL 32601 (352) 376-1661
Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
1514 SW 14th St, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 565-3536
Comfort Suites Gainesville Near University
2603 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 519-0000
Home2 Suites by Hilton Gainesville
2115 SW 13th St, Gainesville, FL 32608 (352) 372-1025
Why You Should Attend
Who Will Attend
We are having this conference down at the PSREU farm in early November because it offers a venue that has significant indoor conference space and outdoor recreational space. We will be teaching in full classrooms Fall semester 2021 at The University of Florida, so we anticipate being back to a close to normal state. We will be providing sanitation, masks and ventilation at PSREU. We encourage attendees to come prepared to wear a mask and adhere to proper social distancing in close-quarter events as mandated at the time of the Conference. We would appreciate it if you not attend if you are having COVID symptoms prior to departing for the Conference.