The Mississippi Academy of Sciences (MAS) is an organization of scientists, engineers, technicians, science educators and others from schools and universities, government, industry and business. Each year, the Academy holds an annual meeting at sites throughout the state to present addresses, symposia, workshops, scientific papers, and exhibits of interest to its members. One of the largest research conferences in the state, Mississippi INBRE has been the major sponsor of the annual meeting since 2009. The last meeting, held on March 31, 2022 – April 1, 2022, at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, MS, boasted over 1,200 attendees as well as over 400 presentations in both oral and poster format. Highlights include an update on COVID-19 by Mississippi State Epidemiologist Paul Byers and the Dodgen Lecture by David Shaw, PhD, titled The Wicked Nature of Global Food Security and Sustainability Challenges.

Research presented at this conference is divided into 13 divisions: agriculture and plant sciences; cellular, molecular and developmental biology; chemistry and chemical engineering; ecology and evolutionary biology; geology and geography; health sciences; history and philosophy of science; marine and atmospheric sciences; mathematics, computer sciences and statistics; physics and engineering; psychology and social science; science education; and zoology and entomology.

The next annual meeting will be held on February 23-24, 2023 at the Mississippi Coast Convention Center in Biloxi, MS. For more information about the meeting, visit

See photos from last year’s meeting.