A New Age of Discovery:
Our Geospatial Future Explored at Conversations
The power and potential of geospatial technology was discussed at the Danforth Center’s event “Conversations: Mapping the Future of St. Louis” on March 30. The program, moderated by Jason Hall, CEO of Greater St. Louis, Inc., brought together two experts who are helping redefine the way we view the world: Vasit Sagan, PhD, acting director of the Taylor Geospatial Institute and associate professor of Earth & Atmospheric Science at Saint Louis University; and Allison Miller, PhD, Danforth Center principal investigator and professor of biology at Saint Louis University. With nearly 350 members of the audience (including around 30 virtual), these eminent panelists enthralled with their insights into how geospatial can transform St. Louis and help solve the world’s greatest challenges.
Charting a New Course
As Dr. Sagan explained, “Geospatial technology is mapping technology,” and, through things like GPS and weather applications, it’s something you probably utilize each day. But scientists at the Danforth Center and TGI are changing the geospatial landscape. Using advanced drones and sensors to image plants in the field, they can make new breakthrough discoveries faster than ever before. This convergence of plant science and geospatial has exciting implications for our future—and St. Louis is at the center of it all.
Danforth Plant Science Center is an excellent model, a blueprint, for Taylor Geospatial Institute’s success. Vasit Sagan, PhD,
Acting Director, Taylor Geospatial Institute
Announced in 2022, the Taylor Geospatial Institute (TGI) is a world-class consortium dedicated to geospatial research. The Danforth Center serves as one of the eight founding partners of TGI, and also, as Dr. Sagan said, “an excellent model, a blueprint, for Taylor Geospatial Institute’s success.”
Dr. William H. Danforth helped found the Danforth Center in the hope of transforming St. Louis into the Silicon Valley of agtech, a vision that has largely been realized in the last 25 years. Likewise, Andy Taylor, with the model of the Danforth Center in mind, helped found TGI to put St. Louis on the map as the Silicon Valley of geotech too. Through fostering new ideas, top talent, and inclusive growth in these two fields, TGI and the Danforth Center are rewriting the future of St. Louis to be a worldwide leader in tech innovation.
Here at the Danforth Center, we’re using geospatial data to try to understand the crops and food systems of the future. Allison Miller, PhD,
The Future of Food
Dr. Sagan and Dr. Miller agreed—feeding the world is an urgent task, and it’s one that geospatial can help accomplish. By being able to collect large amounts of knowledge in a small amount of time, Danforth Center researchers can propel their vital efforts to grow healthier crops that also benefit our environment. If you want to be part of this work, please donate to the Danforth Center today.
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