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By Susanne Hoffmann-Benning
MSU - Sparty

The 17th International Symposium on Plant Lipids will be held on the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan July 16 − 21, 2006.

Organizer

Christoph Benning (MSU)

Co-Organizers

Kent Chapman (UNT); Dean Dellapenna (MSU); Heiko Haertel (BASF); Jan Jaworski (Danforth); Tony Kinney (Dupont); Ljerka Kunst (UBC); Basil Nikolau (ISU); John Ohlrogge (MSU); Paul Roessler (Dow); John Shanklin (Brookhaven); Xuemin Wang (KSU)

Venue

Meetings will be held at the MSU-Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center. All central functions of the meeting as well as breakfasts and lunches for participants will be held under one roof. The Kellogg Center is located on the North West corner of the MSU campus and is in five minutes walking distance from downtown East Lansing with a number of restaurants and bars allowing participants in the evenings to enjoy dinners and drinks at a wide range of styles and prices. The setting of the Kellogg Center also encourages the exploration of the beautiful historic campus of MSU with many gardens and a paved trail along the Red Cedar River.

MSU - Campus

Banquet

The traditional banquet will be held on Thursday at the Henry Center for Executive Development close to the MSU campus. Befitting the American scene, we have invited a jazz band to play at our banquet.

Excursions:

Greenfield Village/Henry Ford Museum near Detroit − (about 1.5 hour bus ride) www.TheHenryFord.org Greenfield Village is Henry Ford's extensive collection of historic American buildings including Thomas Edison's lab, the Wright Brothers' bicycle shop, and more, each rebuilt in a large outdoor museum. The Famous Henry Ford Museum, directly adjacent to the Village, began as Henry Ford's collection of artifacts and includes not only cars, but farm equipment, trains, airplanes, steam engines, household inventions and much more.

Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park in Grand Rapids − (60 min bus ride) www.meijergardens.org The garden includes a 15,000 square foot conservatory with separate gardens as well as a number of outdoor gardens. In both the indoor and outdoor gardens, are a number of superb modern and classical art sculptures. The permanent collection includes 130 works by artists including Degas and Rodin. A striking feature is a creation of the Great Horse designed by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Attractions

Prior to or following the meeting, participants may want to explore some of the great American cities such as Chicago or Toronto (five hours by car). The State of Michigan has the longest coastline of any US-State and is known for its natural beauty. We can suggest a canoeing trip on one of the many beautiful rivers of Michigan or a trip to the shores of one of the great lakes.