2017 Workshop Participant Info

The NSF grant that supported microMORPH ended in April 2017. microMORPH no longer provides support for travel grants, workshops, or summer courses. The summer courses in organismic plant biology will continue at the Arnold Arboretum.

If you are attending the 2017 microMORPH workshop, here is some information you may find useful! This page will be updated as more information becomes available, so check back.

If you have any questions about the workshop, please contact Becky Povilus (rcnmicromorph@gmail.com).

Workshop Information

General Info

Workshop Location:

- The workshop is being held at the Weld Hill Building, at the Arnold Arboretum. The address of the Weld Hill building is 1300 Centre St, Boston, MA 02131, and it is located on the south-western edge of the Arboretum. Click here for a map of the Arnold Arboretum.


Workshop Schedule:

- The workshop with start with breakfast on March 3rd at 9 am, and will end on May 5th with lunch, which starts at noon.

- Click here to download the Workshop Program (includes full schdule and abstracts)


Talk Format:

- In preparing your talk, keep in mind the goal of trying to grapple with how to think about the intersection of development and evolutionary process and pattern.  Aspects of your work that may inform that kind of conversation would be great.  Speculation is also quite welcome and would make for good discussion.

- Faculty speakers: aim for your talk to be about 40 minutes, with 20 minutes after for discussion.

- Post-doc / student speakers: aim for your talk to be about 15-20 minutes, with 10-15 minutes after for discussion.


A/V information for Speakers:

- Both Mac and PC laptops can be used with AV equipment that we have, and we will have a PC laptop available for running presentations if you don’t want to use your own laptop. However, if you have a Mac please be sure to bring the appropriate adapter so that you can connect to a VGA cord.



- All meals (and snacks and beverages) will be provided for the days of the workshop. Lunches and dinners will take place at the conference site (Weld Hill building, at the Arnold Arboretum). For breakfast:

  • If you are staying at the Taylor House Bed and Breakfast, breakfast will be avaliable at the Taylor House (starting at around 7:30 am).
  • If you are staying at an arboretum apartment, breakfast will be avaliable at the Weld Hill building at 8:30 am.

- If you have any dietary restrictions (food allergies, vegetarian, etc…), please let Becky Povilus (rcnmicromorph@gmail.com) know ASAP so that we can make sure to accommodate you!




Lodging Info

All participants have been contacted about where they will be staying. If you have not recieved an email about that, please contact us! (Becky at rcnmicromorph@gmail.com).


We have lodging reserved for all participants for the nights of March 2, March 3, and March 4. We have arranged lodging at a local bed and breakfast, and at the apartments that the Arnold Arboretum maintains for visiting researchers:







Travel Info



- Arranging your travel: Jess Gard (jgard@fas.harvard.edu) is your contact for travel-related issues/questions.

  • If you are flying, you must contact Jess BEFORE you book any flights. Due to a combination of: 1) what can be a lengthy reimbursement process, and 2) the fact that we are supported by a federal grant and must comply with federal and university regulations regarding travel, we are highly recommending that Jess books your flight for you. In addition, If you book your flights without first consulting Jess, you risk that we may not be able to reimburse you.
  • If you are traveling via car/bus/train, we can reimburse expenses associated with car rental (or milage), bus tickets, or train tickets. Please contact Jess Gard (before you book any tickets or reservations) to confirm your travel plans... and to make sure that we will be able to reimburse you!

- To get from the airport to the hotel or the arboretum, or if you are driving to the arboretum:

  • Taxi (or ride-share service): follow signs in the airport to the taxi pick-up area, which is part of ground transportation. Uber and Lyft are also popular services in Boston. (Click here for a map)
  • Subway: It is possible to use public transportation to get from the airport to the hotel or arboretum. Google maps has an option for selecting directions via public transportation, which incorporates the subway and/or bus schedules - we highly recommend using this to navigate the public transportation in Boston. You can obtain subway/bus passes at the Airport Subway Station, using cash or credit/debit cards.
  • If you are driving to the workshop and are arriving on Friday, there is a parking in the lot in front of the Weld Hill building that you are welcome to use.

- Travel Tips:

  • Boston weather is very unpredictable! However, in early March you can expect below-freezing temperatures at night, and maybe during the day. Precipitation (snow and/or rain) is a possibility. 


Maps & Downloads

Workshop Program



1) Maps from the Boston Logan International Airport to Lodging sites:

2) Map of the Arnold Arboretum (Weld Hill Building is in the lower left corner)

3) Map of Arnold Arboretum, with trail between the Dana Greenhouse Apts and the Weld Hill building highlighted (for participants staying at the Dana Greenhouse Apts)