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BIC & NAPIA Biennial Meeting 2023

Greenville, SC November 5-9, 2023

Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) and North American Pulse Improvement Association (NAPIA) biannual meeting hosted by Clemson University.

An opportunity for members and colleagues from around the world and from many diverse disciplines to interact and exchange information on bean and pulse improvement

All are invited to join the BIC-NAPIA meeting!

  • To provide a forum on recent research developments and future plans for projects in pulse crops
  • Collaborate with scientific and industry leaders from all over the world
  • Opportunities for graduate student research
  • Help create solutions through innovative and collaborative science
  • Connect worldwide



Conference Registration

Abstract Submissions

Close – August 30, 2023

Abstract Submission

What is BIC?

The Bean Improvement Cooperative (BIC) is a voluntary and informal organization that was established to affect the exchange of information and materials for improving bean production worldwide. Members include scientists, students, private organizations, and lay-people interested in our mission.

Since its first meeting in 1959 in Madison, Wisconsin, the Bean Improvement Cooperative has held a biennial meeting at which members and colleagues from around the world and from a number of diverse disciplines can interact and exchange information on bean improvement. For more information visit the BIC website.

What is NAPIA?

NAPIA’s originating organization, the National Pea Improvement Association, was formed in 1956 as an organization supporting fresh pea breeders. Over the years, the focus began to turn to dry pea. In 1999, the name was changed to North American Pulse Improvement Association (NAPIA) to include other food legumes and the Canadian pulse industry. The mission of NAPIA is to provide a forum to share scientific results and research on pulse crops. The organization has members representing academia, industry, and government.


Clemson University Welcomes You!

Dr. Dil Thavarajah, NAPIA Past President, Professor, Pulse Quality and Nutritional Breeding, Clemson University, SC,

Tristan Lawrence, NAPIA Treasurer/Secretary, Program Manager, Pulse Quality and Nutritional Breeding, Clemson University, SC,

Summer Chandler, Event Planner, Clemson University, SC,

clemson university


Coming Soon! To provide sponsorship for this meeting, please contact a member of the board or our treasurer, Tristan Lawrence directly.



Dr. Mary E. Burrows
NAPIA President
Associate Director of Montana Agricultural Experiment Station and Research Development
Professor, Extension Plant Pathology Specialist,
Montana State University, Bozeman, MT

Dr. Dil Thavarajah
Professor, Pulse Quality and Nutritional Breeding,
Clemson University, Clemson, SC


Dr. Timothy Porch
BIC President, USDA-ARS-Tropical Crops and Germplasm Research,
Mayaguez, PR


The BIC and NAPIA meetings take place at The Westin Poinsett Greenville in downtown Greenville, South Carolina. They offer a complimentary shuttle to and from the Greenville-Spartanburg International Airport (GSP). A block of rooms has been secured for $199/ night+taxes. Please make your reservation by October 15, 2023.

Hotel Reservations

Reservation Dates: November 5 – 9, 2023

Each individual guest must make their own reservations by calling 1-800-WESTIN1 by October 15, 2023. They must identify themselves as members of the Group. All reservations must be guaranteed and accompanied by a first-night room deposit or guaranteed with a major credit card. You can also make your reservation online by visiting the BIC/NAPIA 2023 Conference page.

The Westin Poinsett Greenville
120 South Main Street
Greenville, South Carolina 29601