Keynote Speakers

  • David Lobell

    David Lobell is a Professor at Stanford University in the Department of Earth System Science, and the Gloria and Richard Kushel Director of the Center on Food Security and the Environment at Stanford. His research focuses on generating and using unique datasets to study rural areas throughout the world. He …

  • Amelia Henry

    Amelia is a Senior Scientist I, Drought Physiology, at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), Philippines The main focus of Amelia Henry’s research has been to support the drought trait development pipeline at IRRI. Her research group’s activities include identification of new accessions for drought and direct seeded breeding based on …

  • Charlie Messina, PhD

    Charlie is a Research Fellow in Crop Science and Predictive Agriculture at Corteva R&D, which is the research division of Corteva Agriscience, United States. Charlie conducts research on physiology and genetic determinants of crop responses to water and nitrogen deficits. He is leading a research program to leverage the power of …

  • Guillaume Lobet

    Guillaume Lobet is an Assistant Professor, Forschungszentrum Jülich (IBG3, Agrosphere) and the Université catholique de Louvain (Earth and Life Institute). The aim of Guillaume’s research is (i) to understand how various signals that carry information are interacting and being conveyed and integrated at the plant level and (ii) to amplify …

  • Julian Schroeder

    Julian Schroeder is Novartis Chair and Distinguished Professor at the University of California San Diego. Schroeder identified and characterized ion channels in higher plants and identified their functions and regulation mechanisms, in particular in stomatal guard cell signal transduction and abiotic stress resistance. His recent research is focused on uncovering …

  • Professor María E. Otegui

    María is a Professor in Crop Science at the Agronomy unit of the University of Buenos Aires and Senior scientist of the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina. María conducts research on the physiology of summer grain crops, particularly maize. Her research has been aimed to assist breeding …

  • Francois Tardieu

    Francois Tardieu is an Ecophysiologist at INRA Montpellier (France). His research focuses on the adaptation of plant genotypes to drought scenarios, including those in 2050, via a combination of phenomics, modelling and genomic prediction. He coordinates the French Phenomic infrastructure and a European project on phenomics. He is invited professor …

  • Marianne Bänziger

    Deputy Director General (Research), CIMMYT, Mexico. Marianne Bänziger obtained her PhD in crop physiology from the Swiss Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zurich Switzerland in 1992. She joined CIMMYT as a Post-Doctoral Fellow, before she moved to Zimbabwe in 1996 where her research focused on the development of stress tolerant …

  • Ruilian Jing

    Ruilian Jing Dr. Ruilian Jing is a senior scientist at the Institute of Crop Science, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences …

  • James Hunt

    James is an Associate Professor in Crop Agronomy in the Department of Animal, Plant and Soil Sciences at La Trobe University. James’ research focuses on using combinations of management and genetics to increase productivity, profitability and sustainability of dry-land cropping and mixed farming systems semi-arid environments. Outcomes of his research …

  • Jana Kholová

    Dr. Jana Kholová is a Senior Scientist in crop physiology and modelling at ICRISAT, India. Jana leads the GxExMxS team at ICRISAT (http://gems.icrisat.org/) with a main research focus on cropping systems improvement. She is responsible for integrating the knowledge of crop eco-physiology through modelling tools into the inter-disciplinary pipeline for …

  • Renee Lafitte

    Dr. Renee Lafitte is Deputy Director for Crop R&D in the Agricultural Development program at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in Seattle, Washington. Renee has a background in crop physiology, agronomy, and agro-ecology, with experience in technology discovery and product development for both intensive agriculture and resource-limited cropping systems. …

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