Psst — plant biotechnology researchers …

Anyone have the latest program announcement from The Consortium for Plant Biotechnology Research?  The title is “Bioenergy and Biomass Conversion From Plant-Based Research to Prototype Bio-Materials.” I’m hugely curious to know whether they have deleted the appendix on poster design tips.  In case you didn’t know, they are accusing me of stealing their tips … in fact, if I don’t take my page down (Designing conference posters), they plan to bring me to court to sue for damages. If they deleted or completely reworded their appendix, the change would be an admission of copyright infringement guilt.

Hence my curiosity.

So please let me know if you have a copy.  Would also love to chat with anyone who submitted a pre-proposal back in December 2013.  Especially interesting in chatting with those who might have been selected to present a poster in Washington, D.C. in March 2014.  I can give you poster advice if you contact me! Don’t worry, I will not release your name.

If you are curious, below are some pages from their previous Appendix 5, “Symposium Poster Rules and Guidelines.”  If you see highlighting, that’s where the text is taken from my site, which I published years before they crafted their Appendix 5. Yes, that’s right: they copy/pasted, then made minor edits.  And then just claimed it was theirs.


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