We are excited to be hosting the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium in North Carolina. The Local Organizing Committee is busy making plans for an informative meeting mixed with a bit of southern hospitality and charm. The theme for this symposium is Healthful Harvests, Global Reach, Local Roots.

The objective of this quadrennial symposium is to provide an exchange of up-to-date scientific and technical information on both Rubus and Ribes species. This event will be open to those involved in all aspects of Rubus and Ribes research, teaching, extension, business, and public services and to promote international co-operation between colleagues all over the world.

About the Program

Attendees of the Rubus and Ribes Symposia have come to expect high quality science with opportunities for one-on-one interactions and great social opportunities. The XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium will offer these same opportunities and more. This meeting attracts scientific expertise from around the globe and is an opportunity to meet and share scientific knowledge with international colleagues in a comfortable intimate setting.

About the Locations

Asheville, NC at sunsetThe XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium will take place in Asheville, North Carolina. Asheville was a primitive outpost in 1797 and frontiersmen such as Daniel Boone and Davy Crockett traveled through in the early days. The city prides itself on this fascinating Appalachian past and celebrates this culture with annual events such as Shindig on the Green. The railroad transformed Asheville and Buncombe County into a resort and therapeutic health center when it arrived in 1880. Today, Asheville is that type of unique, special town that lingers sweetly in your mind with memories for years to come. Asheville’s historic and architecturally diverse downtown remains beautifully preserved. The city’s rich architectural legacy with its mix of Art Deco, Beaux Arts and Neoclassical styles is the perfect retro-urban backdrop to the edgy energy that emanates from the locally owned-shops and art galleries, distinctive restaurants and exciting entertainment venues. Known as an art colony, a healing resort and a home to notable luminaries, statesmen and bohemians, Asheville is one of the most welcoming, vibrant cities in America and the ultimate playground!

charlotte-skylineThe Pre-Symposium Tour will take place in Charlotte, North Carolina. Located in the heart of the Southeast, Charlotte lies along the state’s border with South Carolina. Charlotte has a rich history steeped in the discovery of gold and the pride of Scots-Irish settlers. This “Queen City” was founded in 1768 and named for Queen Charlotte, wife of King George III of England. Now the nation’s second leading financial center, Charlotte was originally built at the crossroads of two Native-American trading paths. The intersection of these two paths, now major streets, is known as the heart of Charlotte – “Trade & Tryon.” The Queen City is bursting with invigorating restaurant concepts, regional favorites done right such as BBQ and fried pickles, and countless hotspots serving upscale elegance and local flavor. With more than a mile’s worth of cultural facilities all within Center City alone, it’s clear that Charlotte has an ever-increasing commitment to the arts that makes for one-of-a-kind visitor experiences. And there is entertainment for the kid in us all. New thrill rides like Windseeker and The Intimidator can be found at Carowinds, a local amusement park. Rousing races at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and the boisterous Duke Energy Broadway Lights performances at NC Blumenthal Performing Arts show exactly why Charlotte has a lot to offer. For animal enthusiasts, don’t miss the Lazy 5 Ranch for an up-close look at exotic animals and the Carolina Raptor Center for a lesson on birds of prey. With everything from firework-filled minor league baseball games to adrenaline-rushing adventures at the U.S. National Whitewater Center, Charlotte’s family-friendly attractions engage, excite and exhilarate.


Abstract submission for the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium is now closed. Should you have questions about a previously submitted abstract, please contact the Symposium Convener, Gina Fernandez. For details on how to prepare your manuscript for your accepted oral or poster presentation,
please visit the Paper Submission page.


Charlotte is the site for the Pre-Symposium Tour. In June, Charlotte is clear, sunny, and “pleasantly warm”. The average high in June is 86°F (30°C), while the temperatures at night are around 64°F (18°C). Summer is usually the rainiest season, and afternoon showers often occur.

Asheville, the site of the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium, is located in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. At an elevation of 2134 ft. (650 m), Asheville is not as hot as Charlotte and less humid. The daily average temperature in June is 81 °F (27°C), while evenings are pleasantly warm with average temperatures of 59 °F (15 °C).

Disabilities Act

The XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium and Pre-Symposium Tour will make all reasonable efforts to accommodate persons with disabilities at the meeting. The Embassy Suites Charlotte and Renaissance Asheville are in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Please indicate your special needs when making your reservations at the hotel


There will be exhibit booths and tabletop displays allowing registrants the opportunity to examine state-of-the-art products and services. Information can be obtained here or by contacting Symposium Secretariat, Marietta Wheaton Ellis at (919) 562-0600, fax (919) 562-0608, or by email: Marietta@newbeginningsmanagement.com.


To learn about the Pre-Symposium Tour and XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium hotels, or to make your reservations, please visit our Hotel Reservations page.

Share-a-Room Program

If you would like to share accommodations with another attendee to diffuse costs, please contact the Secretariat’s Office with your name, contact information, and housing needs (gender, days you need to share). Once we find an appropriate applicant, we will connect you. Once introduced, it is up to the two of you to make your own hotel reservations together, directly with the hotel. NOTE: You, the respondent, and not the the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Organizers, will assume all responsibility for any arrangements made afterwards. The meeting organizers are not liable for any rooming costs incurred with shared rooms in this program.


Advanced registration to the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium is now closed. On site registration will be available at the Renaissance Asheville at the Meeting Registration Desk beginning on 3:00 pm June 21. Please visit our Registration Page for details on rates and more.


The Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) is approximately 8 minutes from the Embassy Suites Charlotte (the Pre-Symposium Tour Hotel).  The Embassy Suites offers a 24-hour complimentary shuttle service available through the hotel.  To organize pick up, upon your arrival to the Charlotte airport, please call (704) 527-8400 and choose option “0”. You will be connected to the hotel front desk. They will be able to send the shuttle to the airport and provide you with directions on where to meet it.

The following Car Rental and Limousine/Shuttle Service are available at the Charlotte Douglas Airport:
Car Rentals
Limousine and Shuttle Services

The Asheville Regional Airport (AVL) is approximately 25 minutes from the Renaissance Asheville (the XIth International Rubus and Ribes Symposium Hotel). Taxis to the Renaissance Asheville run approximately $40 each way. To pre-order a taxi, you can contact Bluebird Taxi at (828) 258-8331 or Checker Cab at (828) 254-1155. There is no shuttle service available.