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Conversations: Big Ideas 3.0

August 31, 2023
5:15 pm - 7:15 pm
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Conversations: Big Ideas 3.0
About the Event

Back by popular demand: three teams of Danforth Center scientists in a friendly competition. Learn about the best new ideas to address the biggest challenges in agriculture and the environment. The top presenting team, selected by audience vote, will receive a grant to pursue their idea. It's TED Talks meets Shark Tank. Prepare to be engaged, entertained, and inspired by big ideas from some of the Center's most talented early-career scientists!

5:15 PM Networking
6–7:15 PM Presentation (this event will also be livestreamed)

Reservations are free for both in-person and virtual attendees, but required. 

Participating Teams

  • Team EcoTAG (Allen Lab):  Stewart Morley (Partnering Scientist), Somnath Koley (Research Scientist), Poonam Jyoti (Postdoctoral Associate)
  • Team Whatley (Callis-Duehl Lab): Antonio Brazelton (Graduate Student, Topp Lab; and Research Partnership Coordinator for JJK FAN), Zach Stafford (JJK FAN Instructor for the Danforth Center), Kurly Taylor Jr. (Strategic Partnership Manager)
  • Team Metablify (Baxter Lab): Allen Hubbard (Research Scientist), Louis Connelly (Computational Scientist), Britney Millman (Lab Technician)


Chip Lerwick

Missouri Market Leader



Benjamin Ola Akande, PhD

Sr. Vice President, Director Human Resources Enterprise, Diversity & Inclusion and ESG Lead

Stifel Financial Corp.

Marilyn Bush


Bank of America St. Louis

Janet Wilding

Asst. Vice Chancellor of Economic Development

University of Missouri-St. Louis

What to expect

Conversations is a series of free panel discussions organized by the Danforth Center Friends Committee. Since 2003, Conversations has offered the public the opportunity to learn about the world of the Center and its partners. Big Ideas events were inspired by the Danforth Leadership Council.

Attendee Notice of Release
By entering the Danforth Center for this event, you acknowledge that you are providing your consent to be photographed, filmed, and otherwise have your likeness or voice recorded for use by the Danforth Center in any and all media materials, including websites and in other marketing or educational materials, in perpetuity.

Media Sponsor

For information on sponsoring Conversations, contact Lee’at Bachar, Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer, at 314.587.1210 or email:

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