ARD Research Symposium 2024

Symposium Program of Events

Symposium Theme:
Climate, Health and Cultivating the Next Generation of Agriculture Leaders: Creating Solutions in Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources

Welcome to the website for the 21st Research Symposium of the Association of 1890 Research Directors, Inc. (ARD). The ARD has planned an exciting and informative conference and looks forward to repeating the success of the 2022 Symposium which engaged more than 1100 registrants. This website will be updated periodically to keep you informed of all Symposium activities. Contact information is provided throughout this website should you have any questions. See you in Nashville!

Symposium Goal: To provide a forum for interactions, knowledge sharing, building networks for expanded partnerships and to showcase the talents and achievements of the 1890 community.

Gaylord Opryland Hotel
Nashville, TN
April 6 – 9, 2024


The ARD Symposium Event is now full.

  • Registration is closed.
  • No Onsite Registration will be offered.

Hotel Registration

The ARD Room Block at the Gaylord Opryland is sold out.  Please see attached list of hotels that are nearby.


Each 1890 campus is invited to display one university exhibit FREE. Additional exhibits and non-1890 exhibitors must pay the fee of $3,000 by February 9, 2024. All exhibitors, including the 1890s, must submit the Exhibit Registration Form by the deadline.

To become an Exhibitor:

To become a Sponsor:


The deadline for abstracts for oral presentations is Monday, November 13, 2023. Click below for instructions for formatting and electronic submission.

The application deadline for the Morrison-Evans Outstanding Scientist Award and the B.D. Bayberry Young Scientist Award is Friday, January 19, 2024. To submit a nominee, click below

For Additional Information,Please Contact:

Orlando F. McMeans, Ph.D., Symposium Steering Committee Chair
Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center (225) 771-4310 or

Alton Thompson, Ph.D., ARD Executive Director
North Carolina A&T State University/ (336) 285-2955 or or visit

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