Research Symposium Schedule
September 28-29, 2018

Friday 9/28

7:30 – 9:00

Breakfast and registration

9:00 – 5:00

Vendor Fair

9:00– 9:30

Welcome and orientation

9:45 – 11:45

“The Science behind the Sweetness” presentation of research papers session #1

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch (presentation of ACER update)

1:00 – 3:00

“The Science behind the Sweetness” presentation of research papers session #2

3:15 – 5:15

“The Science behind the Sweetness” presentation of research papers session #3

7:30 – 9:00

“A West Virginia Welcome” mixer with refreshments and live music

7:30 – 8:30

Poster presenters will be with their posters

Saturday 9/29

7:00 – 8:20

Breakfast and registration

8:30 – 8:50

Orientation and summation of day #1

9:00 – 5:00

Vendor Fair

9:00 – 10:30

Panel discussion session #1

  • Sanitation
  • Agroforestry
  • Entrepreneurship and marketing
10:45–11:45

Producer experiences and experiments

12:00 – 1:00

Lunch (presentation of WVU Southern Syrup Research Institute update)

1:15 – 2:15

Plenary Session: The “Elephant in the Room” (Climate Change)

2:30 – 4:00

Panel discussion session #2

  • Other evaporator uses, including Sweet Sorghum
  • Technological innovations
  • Alternative tree syrups
4:15 – 5:15

Closing and “where do we go from here: Developing a research agenda”

Poster Session

Posters will be displayed in the Arena both Saturday and Sunday. Poster presenters will be with their poster to answer questions Friday evening 7:30 – 8:30.

Vendor Fair

Maple equipment manufacturers will have their equipment and supplies on display throughout the Symposium. This is not only a good opportunity to see and learn about maple product innovation and also to arrange to pickup preplaced order.

Sunday 9/30 (Optional)

Optional, on their way home (sort of), field trip for our northern friends (and others) to the Dry Fork Maple Works to show them: How we grow maples at 4,000 feet elevation, and a West Virginia definition of slope.

Register for the Symposium, and sign up to present and share at our web site: Register Here