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Meeting Information

Valdosta State University is hosting the 2022 Meeting on our campus (in person) March 25-26. 

Program for the 99th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Science

The short program for the Georgia Academy of Science Meeting can be downloaded here
The full program for the Georgia Academy of Science meeting can be downloaded here.  

Thank You

The Georgia Academy of Science Local Planning Committee extends our graditude to the following for supporting the 99th Annual Meeting of the Georgia Academy of Sciences:

  • Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, President, Valdosta State University
  • Dr. Robert T. Smith, Provost, Valdosta State University
  • College of Science & Mathematics, Valdosta State University
  • Department of Mathematics, Valdosta State University
  • Department of Biology Valdosta State University
  • Georgia Beer Company
  • Dr. Bobbie Ticknor, Valdosta State University Virtual Reality Lab
  • Dr. Martha Leake, Valdosta State University Planetarium
  • Copeland African American Museum
  • College of Fine Arts, Valdosta State University
  • Event Services, Catering, and Information Technologies, Valdosta State University

Registration is *OPEN*

Early Registration is now closed, but you can still register to attend the meeting on site or download and complete the registration form (here). Complete forms should be emailed to the Georgia Academy of Science Secretary, Dr. Jim Nienow at

You can pay your registration costs for the annual meeting by one of two methods: (1) By check (see the registration form) or (2) By credit card at the Georgia Academy of Science payment site: All individuals that present papers or posters at the annual meeting must be members of the Academy and be registered to attend.

On-site registration and check-in will be Friday, March 25 (11:00am-6:00pm) and Saturday, March 26 (7:30am-10:30am) in the atrium of Bailey Science Center.

Registration Type Early Registration Fees    (on or before March 11) Registration Fees  (after March 11)
Faculty (Non-Member) $170 $185
Student (Non-Member) $60 $70
Faculty (2022 Current Member) $135 $150
Student (2022 Current Member) $50 $60

 Keynote Speaker: Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, Research Professor at the University of Florida

annalisapaul-universityofflorida-vab.jpg Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul, Research Professor at the University of Florida will deliver the keynote speech "Exploration Science - Going Boldly in Plant Space Biology" on Saturday, March 26. 

Abstract: We humans are explorers, and regardless of the journey - across a continent, across an ocean, or across a solar system - plants will always be a part of the equation. The research of the UF Space Plants Laboratory uses molecular tools to explore how plants respond to novel environments, with a particular emphasis on spaceflight and planetary analogs. A better understanding of the molecular and metabolic strategies that plants use to physiologically adapt to spaceflight provides insight into how we can help them thrive in long-term microgravity habitats, and then take plants off planet to be a part of a human life support system on the moon or Mars.

Dr. Anna-Lisa Paul is a Professor at the University of Florida and the Director of UF’s Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR). She has been active in the NASA spaceflight research community for over 25 years. In that time she has launched 11 orbital experiments to study how plants respond to the spaceflight environment, taken her science to extreme terrestrial environments as planetary analogs, and also used suborbital launch vehicles to explore the effect of the transition to space on the molecular processes of plants. Paul’s fundamental belief is that humans are explorers, and when we leave Earth’s orbit, plants will help us make the journey.  You can read more about her research program at UF and her work with the International Space Program

Explore VSU and Valdosta

We are currently arranging a variety of activities at VSU and in Valdosta for you to enjoy during your time here. Below is a list of activities with tentative times and specific information.  






Planetarium Show

Fri, March 25 3:30pm

Fri, March 25 4:15pm

Nevins Hall Planetarium Signup at check-in table in Bailey Science Center (seating is limited) Learn about the view of south Georgia skies; each show will last approximately 30 minutes

Georgia Beer Company Tour (

Fri, March 25 1:30pm

Fri, March 25 2:15pm

109 S. Briggs St, Valdosta, Georgia 31601

While signup/registration is not needed, but to gauge interest, please complete this Qualtrics survey, or sign the interest sheet at on-site registration/check-in on Friday. Get a behind the scenes tour of the award winning and Georgia's  southernmost brewery. The tour will be given by one of the owners and a VSU alumnus.  Each tour will last approximate 30 minutes. Outdoor and indoor seating is available if you choose to sample the diverse beers they have to offer.

VSU Virtual Reality Lab

(for more info)

Fri, March 25 2-2:45pm

Fri, March 25 3-3:45pm

Odum Library

(room 2220)

Space is limited. Sign-up at the registration/check-in table. Experience VR technology and learn about some of the possibilities of incorporating VR into your courses or research.

Copeland African American Museum 

(for more info)

Fri, March 25 10am-3pm

Thaxton Hall on VSU’s Rea and Lillian Steele North Campus


Signup/registration is not needed.

VSU's Copeland African American Museum has a series of rotating exhibits that cover 150 years of history.

Dedo Maranville Fine Arts Gallery and Martha G. Smart Gallery

(for more info)

Fri, March 25 8:30am-4pm 1st floor of the Fine Arts Building, at the Intersection of Brookwood Drive and Oak Street Signup/registration is not needed. Come see the showcased artwork of VSU students at the All-Media Juried Competition.

Self-guided VSU's Walking Trail System

(for more info)



See map for trails and QR code stops


Signup/registration is not needed.

Check out some of the beautiful and historical locations on campus and use the QR codes to learn about some of VSU's History.

Travel and Hotel Information

Whether this is your first time visiting Valdosta and Valdosta State University, or you are a frequent visitor, we welcome you to our beautiful campus. Directions to VSU and campus parking information can be found here.  In Valdosta there are numerous hotels where you can recharge during your stay and restaurants where you will satisfy your tastebuds. 


On Friday, March 25 before 3:00 pm, parking will be available in any of the VSU lots on Georgia Avenue (Georgia Lot, Infirmary Lot, Geanette Lot, Conference Lot, Blazer Lot).  After 3:00 pm on Friday, and all day Saturday, visitors can use any lot on campus. A parking and university map is available in the full program.

*Funding Opportunity* for VSU Students in the College of Science & Mathematics 

If you are a Valdosta State University student in the College of Science and Mathematics who will be presenting their research at this meeting, please talk with your faculty mentor to learn how the registration fee will be covered by VSU's College of Science and Mathematics.      


Contact Dr. Jim Nienow (