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Schedule of Events

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Wednesday, September 25, 2019
Danforth Award for Plant Science Program, presented to Segenet Kelemu, Director General & CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
4:15 p.m. Reception in the McDonnell Atrium
5:00 p.m. Program in the AT&T Auditorium

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. Registration in the Lobby with Breakfast and Networking in the McDonnell Gallery
9:00 a.m. Welcome by Don MacKenzie, Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Co-Chair, 2019 Fall Symposium
9:05 a.m. Rob Horsch, Advocate of Innovation and Equity  “Innovation, equity and rates of change are keys to economic growth and poverty reduction"
9:50 a.m. Break
Optional tour of the Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory featuring the ZEISS ELYRA7 Super-Resolution Microscope. Limited space, please sign up at the Registration Desk.
10:30 a.m.
Climate Resilience - hosted by Nigel Taylor, Associate Member and Dorothy J. King Distinguished Investigator, Co-Chair, 2019 Fall Symposium

  • Jonathan Jenkinson, Head of Analytics and Pipeline Design, Global Plant Breeding, Bayer Crop Science  “Predicting and breeding for improved crops in the face of Climate Change”
  • Lisa Ainsworth, Professor of Plant Biology, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign “30 Years of Free Air Carbon Dioxide Enrichment (FACE): What Have We Learned About Future Crop Productivity and the Potential for Adaptation”
  • Thomas Juenger, Professor, University of Texas at Austin  “Genetic and genomic studies of local adaptation and gene-by-environment interaction in switchgrass (Panicum virgatum)”
  • Allison Miller, Member and Principal Investigator, Danforth Plant Science Center; Professor, Saint Louis University  “Accelerating pre-breeding of diverse perennial, herbaceous species to enhance agricultural resilience”
12:30 p.m. Lunch in the McDonnell Atrium
1:30 p.m. Ag Development Through a Gender Lens - hosted by Becky Bart, Associate Member, Co-Chair, 2019 Fall Symposium

  • Sally Mallowa, Plant pathologist, Food Security, Gender & Education Advocacy, Augustana University “Reflections from the trenches - growers, entrepreneurs, extension workers, research scientists and mothers” 
  • Hale Ann Tufan, Associate Director for Gender, International Programs CALS, Cornell University “Gender Responsive Plant Breeding: Closing the gap between genes and gender”
  • Vivian Polar, Gender, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB) “FROM THEORY TO PRACTICE: Tools to integrate gender in breeding decisions”
  • Elizabeth Bryan, Senior Scientist, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)  “Increasing Resilience to Climate Change Using a Gender Lens.”
  • Shanti Parikh, Associate Professor of Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis “We Don't Inherit Land: The Gendered Politics of Agrarian Labor, Profit and Global Policy”
3:30 p.m. Break
Optional tour of the Advanced Bioimaging Laboratory featuring the ZEISS ELYRA7 Super-Resolution Microscope. Limited space, please sign up at the Registration Desk.
4:00 p.m. Poster Abstract Lightning Round Talks hosted by Alex Harkess
4:45 p.m. Poster Viewing and Network Reception in the WHD Wing

Friday, September 27, 2019
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking in the McDonnell Gallery
9:00 a.m.
Biofortification - hosted by Don MacKenzie, Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Co-Chair, 2019 Fall Symposium
 
  • Howarth (Howdy) BouisFounding Director and Interim CEO, HarvestPlus  “Progress and Impact of Biofortification Using Conventional Plant Breeding; Evidence from HarvestPlus”
  • Dominique Van Der Straeten​, Professor of Plant Physiology, Research Director, Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Ghent University  “Towards Zero Hunger: biofortification by conventional breeding or metabolic engineering and the case of folates”
  •  Inez H. Slamet-Loedin​, Cluster Lead-Trait and Genome Engineering, International Rice Research Institute  “Enriching iron and zinc in rice grain through genome engineering”
  • ​Rolf KlemmVice President for Nutrition, Helen Keller International and Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health  “NOTHING IS SIMPLE!  Challenges of implementing & evaluating nutrition interventions in a changing programmatic & epidemiological landscape”
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Policy and the Impact on Agricultural Development - hosted by Don MacKenzie, Executive Director, Institute for International Crop Improvement, Co-Chair, 2019 Fall Symposium
 
  • Eric Danquah​, Professor & Director, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana
  • Segenet KelemuDirector General & CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • Rob HorschAdvocate of Innovation and Equity 
12:15 p.m. Poster and Lightning Round Talk Awards and Closing Remarks
​12:30 p.m.
​Adjournment 
For questions, please contact Tam McGuire by email at tmcguire@danforthcenter.org or by phone at 314-587-1403.