Annual Meeting Update

Timothy Prather President-Elect/Program Chair

WSWS Annual Meeting

March 4—7, 2024

Grand Hyatt Denver

Annual Meeting Update

Tim Prather President-Elect/Program Chair

The meeting commenced with the welcome reception at 6 pm on Monday, March 4 and concluded Thursday, March 7, 2024.

Meeting events and lodging were both at the Grand Hyatt. The board of directors toured the facility during our summer meeting. 

On behalf of the 2024 Program and Local Arrangements Committees, we look forward to seeing all of you in Denver to meet with colleagues, form new relationships and engage with the latest research, strategies for teaching and outreach, and regulatory/policy issues.

March 4—7, 2024

Grand Hyatt Hotel

1750 Welton Street

Denver, CO 80202

Grand Hyatt Hotel Denver CO


Program and Schedule
  • Regular rate: $450
  • Student rate: $200

Meeting registration included registration for the Palmer Amaranth Symposium and Endangered Species Act (ESA) Symposium.


Hotel Website


  • Title and Authors:  12/1/23
  • Abstract:  2/15/24
  • Presentation:  3/1/24

Silent Auction Donations

The Elena Sanchez Memorial WSWS Outstanding Student Scholarship Program is a unique opportunity offered through the Western Society of Weed Science. Student engagement is a priority for the society and students who are selected to receive this competitive scholarship are provided funding to participate at the annual meeting.

This scholarship is made possible through monetary donations and donated items sold at the silent auction that are provided by members who wish to support this program. Selected students have contributed to the discipline of weed science, have exemplary academic records, and have participated in extracurricular pursuits relevant to the society’s objectives.

Please donate an item or give a financial gift to the Silent Auction, to benefit the Elena Sanchez Memorial Scholarship.

Roland Schirman Memorial Donation

Long time WSWS member Roland Schirman passed away on March 22, 2024. Roland loved the farming community, working with young people and the people of SE Washington. He was heavily involved in multiple community organizations, held various leadership positions, and was recognized for his contribution up until his death. Roland was a student of life and thrived on education and helping others implement what he had learned. WSWS is proud to offer the opportunity to donate on his behalf that will be utilized for scholarship.  Please click the “Donate Now” button if you would like to contribute.

Roland Schirman Memorial Donation

Call for Papers and Posters

The 2024 joint Western Society of Weed Science (WSWS) meeting took place March 4 to March 7 in Denver, Colorado at the Grand Hyatt
 (pay attention, not at the Hyatt Regency).

 Title and abstract submission opened October 23, 2023. Deadline for title submission was December 1, 2023, but abstracts may be entered and revised any time through mid-February 2024. 

All attendees were invited and encouraged to participate by presenting at least one paper or poster, and multiple submissions are welcome. WSWS had a few changes for the 2024 meeting.  We continued to have oral papers and posters divided into projects: Weeds of Agronomic Crops, Basic Biology, Ecology, Technology, Weeds of Horticultural Crops, Teaching and Outreach, Regulatory and Policy and Weeds of Range, Forestry, and Natural Areas. Graduate and undergraduate students were strongly encouraged to enter the student paper and/or poster contests. 

Oral paper presentations were scheduled every 15 minutes in concurrent sessions. Maintaining a timely schedule was important for those who need to move between sessions. Therefore, presentations of 12 to 13 minutes were recommended to allow time for questions and transition to the next presenter. WSWS Poster size should not exceed 42-inches by 42-inches.