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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)
5:00 p.m. Reception in the McDonnell Atrium
5:45 p.m. Program in the AT&T Auditorium

Thursday, September 26, 2019
7:30 a.m. Registration in the lobby with refreshments in the Café
9:00 a.m. Welcome Remarks
9:10 a.m. Presentation by Rob Horsch, Advocate of Innovation and Equity
9:50 a.m. Break
10:30 a.m.
Climate Resilience Session - hosted by Nigel Taylor, Co-Chair

  • Lisa AinsworthProfessor of Plant Biology, USDA ARS Photosynthesis Research Unit, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • Jonathan Jenkinson, Head of Analytics and Pipeline Design, Global Plant Breeding, Bayer Crop Science
  • Thomas Juenger, Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Allison Miller​, Member and Principal Investigator Professor, Saint Louis University
12:30 p.m. Lunch in the McDonnell Atrium
1:30 p.m. Ag Development Through a Gender Lens - hosted by Becky Bart, Co-Chair

  • Elizabeth Bryan​, Senior Scientist, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
  • Sally Mallowa​, Plant pathologist, Food Security, Gender & Education Advocacy, Augustana University
  • Shanti Parikh​, Associate Professor of Anthropology and of African and African-American Studies, Washington University in St. Louis
  • Vivian Polar, Gender, Monitoring and Evaluation Specialist for the CGIAR Research Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas (RTB)
3:30 p.m. Break
4:00 p.m. Poster Abstract Lightning Round Talks
4:45 p.m. Poster Viewing and Network Reception in the WHD Wing

Friday, September 27, 2019
9:00 a.m. Biofortification - hosted by Don MacKenzie, Co-Chair
  • Howarth (Howdy) Bouis​, Founding Director and Interim CEO, HarvestPlus
  • Inez H. Slamet-Loedin​, Cluster Lead-Trait and Genome Engineering, International Rice Research Institute
  • Dominique Van Der Straeten​, Professor of Plant Physiology, Research Director, Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, Ghent University
  • ​Rolf KlemmVice President for Nutrition, Helen Keller International and Senior Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
10:45 a.m. Break
11:00 a.m. Policy and the Impact on Agricultural Development - hosted by Don MacKenzie Co-Chair
  • Eric Danquah​, Professor & Director, West Africa Centre for Crop Improvement (WACCI), College of Basic and Applied Sciences, University of Ghana
  • Segenet Kelemu​, Director General & CEO, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe)
  • Rob Horsch​, Advocate of Innovation and Equity
12:00 p.m. Poster and Lightning Round Talk Awards and Closing Remarks
​12:30 p.m.
For questions, please contact Tam McGuire by email at tmcguire@danforthcenter.org or by phone at 314-587-1403.