Updates to this program will be made as details are finalized.

Day 1 – Tuesday, June 19

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Convention Foyer

Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Convention Foyer

Welcome Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:50 am

Adam Ballroom

Pre-Conference Workshop: Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC): The Impact Of Agri-Tech On Global Food Security

8:30 am - 8:55 am  Maurice Moloney, Global Institute For Food Security: Strategies And Successes In Plant Phenotyping And Imaging At P2IRC

8:55 am - 9:25 am  Steve Shirtliffe, University of Saskatchewan: Field Phenotyping Of Crops With Unmanned Aerial Vehicles

9:25 am - 9:50 am  Mik Cieslak, University of Calgary: Computational Models For Plant Phenotyping

9:50 am - 10:00 am

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

10:00 am - 11:20 am

Adam Ballroom

P2IRC Workshop Continues:

10:00 am - 10:20 am  Emil Hallin, University of Saskatchewan and Global Institute for Food Security: High Throughout Visualization Of Intact Rhizospheres Using Minimally Invasive Penetrating Radiation

10:20 am - 11:20 am UK-Canada Digital Agri-Tech Company Roundtable

11:20 am - 11:50 am

Adam Ballroom

B. Mario Pinto, Natural Sciences And Engineering Research Council: No Food Production Revolution Without Research Revolution

11:50 am - 12:45 pm

Adam Ballroom

Lunch

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm

Adam Ballroom

Official Opening of the Emerging Technologies for Global Food Security 2018 Conference

Maurice Moloney, Global Institute for Food Security

Karen Chad, University of Saskatchewan

Nutrien

His Worship Mayor Charlie Clark, City of Saskatoon

 

1:30 pm - 2:15 pm

Adam Ballroom

Dame Anne Glover, University of Strathclyde: Making The Best Use Of Evidence-It's Up To You

2:15 pm - 3:00 pm

Adam Ballroom

Giles Oldroyd, Cambridge University: Biological Nitrogen Fixation And Its Implications For Global Food Security

3:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

3:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Abiotic Stress

Adam Ballroom

Chair: Leon Kochian, Global Institute for Food Security

Soil Health and Sustainability

Battleford Room

Chair: Rattan Lal, Ohio State University and University of Iceland

CRISPR-Cas9 and Other Genome Editing Techniques

William Pascoe Room

Chair: John Pickett, Cardiff University

 

Bill Lucas, University of California, Davis: Role Of Vascular-Mediated Long-Distance Signaling In Crop Improvement

Hong Liao, South China Agricultural University: Engineering Crop Nutrient Effciency Through Root Modifcation For Sustainable Agriculture

Jian Feng Ma, Okayama University: Control Of Node-Based Mineral Element Distribution  For Better And Safe Crop Production

Jim Whelan, La Trobe University: Plant Energy Metabolism And Water Use Efficiency

Rattan Lal, Ohio State University and University of Iceland: Soil-Centric Approach To Advancing Global Food Security

 

Rana Munns, CSIRO Agriculture and Food and University of Western Australia: New Strategies For Increasing Crop Yields On Saline Soil

Henry Janzen, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada: Promoting Soil Health By Optimizing Carbon (Energy) Flows

Steve Webb, DowDuPontPioneer: Open Access To Gene Editing Techniques

Fayaz Khazi, Elo Life Systems: Innovation At The Speed Of Knowledge

Jeremy de Beer, University of Ottawa and Open AIR: Gene Editing for Innovation in Agriculture: Global Implications

Peter Phillips, Johnson-Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy: Public Policy And Perseption On Gene Editing Techniques

6:00 pm - 10:00  pm

Bessborough Gardens

Welcome Reception featuring the Crawdaddios

7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

Remai Modern

Remai Modern: Guided Tours of the Gallery

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Day 2 – Wednesday, June 20

7:30 am - 5:00 pm

Convention Foyer

Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Convention Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Adam Ballroom

Ed Buckler, United States Department of Agriculture - Agriculture Research Services: On The Road To Breeding 4.0: Filtering Through The Good, The Bad, And The Boring Of Crop Quantitive Genomic Variation

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Adam Ballroom

Sagadevan Mundree, Queensland University of Technology: Nutrigenomics: Bridging The Gap Between Agriculture And Health

10:00 am -10:30 am

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

10:30 am - 11:15 am

Adam Ballroom

The Honourable Beatrice Atim Anywar, Parliament of Uganda: African Women And Food Security

11:15 am - Noon

Adam Ballroom

Nteranya Sanginga, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture: IITA Experience In Involving Youth Agripreneurs In Agribusiness In Africa

Noon - 1:00 pm

Adam Ballroom

Lunch

1:15 pm - 3:15 pm

Concurrent Sessions

Crop Performance and Nutritional Quality

Adam Ballroom

Chair: Andrew Sharpe, Global Institute For Food Security 

Pests and Diseases

Battleford Room

Chair: Jennifer Thomson, University of Cape Town

Youth in Agricultural Development

William Pascoe Room

Chair: Anne Roulin, the Agripreneurship Alliance

 

 

Curtis Pozniak, University of Saskatchewan: Breeding By Design: Integration Of Omics Technologies

Pierre Broun, Nestlé: Leveraging Plant Science To Secure The Future Of Food: An Industrial Perspective

Carol Henry, University of Saskatchewan: Impacting Household Food Security And Nutrition Quality Through Pulse-Based Nutrition Sensitive Agricultural Interventions In Southern Ethiopia

 

Sylvester Oikeh, African Agricultural Technology Foundation: Contribution Of Agric-Biotechnology To Food Security In Africa: Water Maize for Africa Project

Desiree Hautea, University of the Phillipines, Los Banos: Bt Eggplant: A Genetically Engineered Orphan Crop's Journey

Kwame Ogero, International Potato Centre: Addressing Virus-Related Cultivar Decline In Sweet Potato: Clean Seed Systems And On-Farm Management

 

Molayo Owoeye, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture: Agripreneurship

Nikki Pilania Chaudhary, Chaudhary Agriculture Services Pvt. Ltd.: Agripreneurship In Action In Dairy Farming

Kostas Karantininis, University of Saskatchewan and Swedish University of Agriculture Sciences:Global Food Security: Demographics And The Role Of Youth

 

3:15 pm - 3:45 pm

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

3:45 pm - 5:45 pm

Concurrent Sessions 

Industry

Adam Ballroom

Chair: Maurice Moloney, Global Institute for Food Security

Policy and Regulation

Battleford Room

Chair: Fiona Fox, Science Media Centre

 

 

3:45 pm - 4:15 pm

Hans Johr, Nestlé: Role Of Large Multi-Nationals In Delivery Food Security

Kevin Folta, University of Florida: The Science Of Connecting Citizens To Science 

 

 

4:15 pm - 4:45 pm

Oliver Peoples, Yield-10 Biosciences: New Paradigm for New Crop Improvments 

Zamo Shongwe, Buhle Farmer's

Academy: No Water, No Food? 

   

4:45 pm - 5:15 pm

Nutrien Presentation

Margaret Karembu, International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications: Regulatory And Communication Landscape For Emerging Technologies: Which Way For Africa?

   

5:15 pm - 5:45 pm

Alex Winter-Nelson, Archer Daniels Midland: Post Harvest Losses And Food Security 

Sarah Evanega, Cornell Alliance for Science: Beyond The Bench: Building Alliances, Embracing Advocacy

 

 

5:45 pm - 6:00 pm

Convention Foyer

 Poster Competition Award Winners Announced

6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Dine Around

Dine with a group accompanied by a member of GIFS’ staff at Saskatoon’s best restaurants.

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Day 3 – Thursday, June 21

7:30 am - 3:00 pm

Convention Foyer

Registration and Information Desk Open

7:30 am - 8:30 am

Convention Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 am - 9:15 am

Adam Ballroom

Rob Martienssen, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory and Howard Hughes Medical Institute: Germline Reprogramming And Epigenetic Inheritance: How To Avoid Bad Karma

9:15 am - 10:00 am

Adam Ballroom

Xing Wang Deng, Peking University: Development Of The Third Generation Hybrid Seed Production Technology For Rice And Wheat

10:00 am - 10:30 am

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

10:30 am -11:15am

Adam Ballroom

Hanna Tuomisto, University of Helsinki: Challenges Of Sustainable Intensification Of Agriculture

11:15 am - Noon

Adam Ballroom

Musa Mulongo, International Development Research Centre: Advancing food security in LMICS by linking research innovations to their use at a scale that makes a difference

Noon - 12:15 pm

Adam Ballroom

Special Address by the Hon. Scott Moe, Premier of Saskatchewan

12:15 pm - 1:00 pm

Bessborough Gardens

Lunch

1:00 pm - 1:45 pm

Adam Ballroom

Volker Gerdts, Vaccine Infectious Disease Organization-International Vaccine Centre: Development Of Livestock Vaccines Through The Use Of Genomics

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm

Adam Ballroom

Jonathan Napier, Rothamsted Research: Metabolic Engineering Of The Omega-3 LC PUFA Biosynthetic Pathway In Transgenic Camelina – A Sustainable, Terrestrial Source Of Fish Oils.

2:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Convention Foyer

Refreshment Break

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Adam Ballroom

IQ2 Debate: Agriculture And Forestry Hold The Solution To Mitigating Atmospheric CO2 And Climate Change

Moderator: Rex Murphy, Commentator, CBC's The National, and Columnist, The National Post

Stuart Smyth, University of Saskatchewan

Hanna Tuomisto, University of Helsinki

Merritt Turetsky, University of Guelph

Richard Flavell, Formally of Ceres, Inc.

 

6:30 pm - 7:00 pm

Convention Foyer

Pre-Gala Cocktail Reception

7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Adam Ballroom

Gala Dinner: Climate Change and Public Policy

Keynote Speaker: Rex Murphy, Commentator, CBC's The National, and Columnist, The National Post

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