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CALENDAR OF EVENTS  
   

 

 

 

Events are open to everyone except when marked "Seed Central members only.
Attendance is free.

  • on the UC Davis campus
    the 2nd Thursday of the month, September to May
     
  • in Salinas
    the 4th Thursday of April and October

 

 

2016 EVENTS SPONSORS

       
       
 
 
2016    
September   Thursday, September 8, 2016
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
90 minutes of networking, followed by a lively conversation
with a special guest.

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  A conversation with Daniel Morash
, Founder, California Safe Soil LLC

California Safe Soil is a fresh food recycler that increases the productivity of your farm at a low cost, while helping to improve the environment. We make the best use of food that supermarkets cannot sell or donate and turn it into our Harvest to Harvest (H2H) fertilizer which returns the nutrients to the soil and promotes sustainable agriculture. Increase your plant vigor and crop yields with California Safe Soil's H2H Fertilizer.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 13, 2016
3:00 4:30 PM

 

By invitation only

 

Tom Gordon

Lynn Epstein

DISCOVER basic research at UC Davis

Seed Central members are invited to meet UC Davis scientists who pursue basic research that has potential to translate into applied research of value to some of our members companies.

Speakers:

  • 3:00 - Dr. Thomas Gordon, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
  • 3:30 - Dr. Lynn Epstein, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis
  • 4:00 -


Location: Conference Center, UC Davis


4:30 7:00 PM

 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
90 minutes of networking, followed by a lively conversation
with a special guest.

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  A conversation with
Gia Fazio, Director of Project Planning, Arcadia Biosciences

Arcadia Biosciences develops and commercializes agricultural traits and products that bring value to growers, processors and consumers while benefitting the environment and enhancing human health. Using a variety of advanced screening, breeding and biotechnology techniques, Arcadia has created a diverse portfolio of late-stage traits across multiple crops.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 27, 2016
11:30 AM
to
1:30 PM




 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Seed Central & Food Central networking event

We invite:
- USDA ARS researchers based in Salinas,
- UC Cooperative Extension specialists based in Salinas,
- UC Davis scientists based in Salinas,
- members of the Grower-Shipper Association of Central California,
- Hartnell College professors, administrators and students, and
- CSU Monterey Bay professors, administrators and students

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

to get to know each other better and to meet the Seed Central members and all others who attend our networking events.

Each entity will get 5 minutes to present itself. Then, 90 minutes of networking with buffet lunch, in a setting conducive to mixing and meeting as many people as possible.

Location: Hartnell College, main campus, Building C, Student Center, Steinbeck Hall - Salinas, California

November   Wednesday, November 9 & 10, 2016



 

Industry members please click here to register

 

 

 

 

UC Davis scientists and students  please click here to register


 

 


 

 

Kent Bradford
Phyllis Himmel
Krishna Subbarao
Bryce Falk
Seed Central's VegR&D Forum
The Forum enables discussion amongst research managers of long-term, pre-competitive research topics of importance to the North American vegetable seed industry, with invited participation by relevant specialists such as university scientists and technology providers to the seed industry.

Neal Williams

Richard Michelmore

Anne Britt

Isabelle Henry

November 9
5:00 - 7:00 PM
Welcoming social

November 10
8:00 AM - 4:30 PM

SESSION 1 - New research on seed vigor
Speaker: Kent Bradford, Professor of Plant Sciences & Director, Seed
Biotechnology Center, UC Davis

SESSION 2 - A project to identify and pool information about newly emerging disease strains and races (a possible extension of the CPPSI activities)
Speakers:
- Phyllis Himmel, Director, Collaboration for Plant Pathogen Strain identification
(CPPSI)
- Krishna Subbarao, Plant Pathologist, Cooperative Extension Specialist,
UC ANR
- Bryce Falk, Professor of Plant Pathology, UC Davis

SESSION 3 - Using wild bees for the pollination of seed crops
Speaker: Neal Williams, Associate Professor of Entomology, UC Davis

SESSION 4 - New techniques for plant breeding
Speakers:
- Richard Michelmore, Professor, Director of the Genome Center, UC Davis
- Anne Britt, Professor of Plant Biology, UC Davis
- Isabelle Henry, Associate Project Scientist, Luca Comai Laboratory, Genome Center and Department of Plant Biology, UC Davis

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

  Tech Showcase
Held in conjunction with the Forum, the Tech Showcase will feature cutting edge technologies offered by Seed Central member companies:
November   Thursday, November 10, 2016 - Value-added afternoon
4:30 7:00 PM
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speaker

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker -
Dr. Mike Lassner, Biotechnology Consultant/Advisor specializing in agricultural biotechnology: traits, enabling technologies, investment, and business strategy.

Topic: New techniques for plant breeding

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

December   Thursday, December 8, 2016
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker:
Dr. John Sorenson, CEO, Vestaron Corporation

Vestaron Corporation leads the biopesticide industry with a technology platform for developing novel, environmentally benign insecticides. These products are derived from naturally occurring peptides, a patented technology licensed exclusively to Vestaron and protected by an extensive intellectual property estate.

Location: ARC, UC Davis

2017    
January   Thursday, January 12, 2017
   
 
2:30 - 4:30  
  Seed Central Brainstorming Session

Topic: The talent pipeline in the seed and agbiotech industry
The various branches of the industry will present their medium and long-term human resources needs (
categories and types of jobs that will need to be filled in the next 10 years,  skills that will be expected, majors and combination of majors will be most desirable.
Industry will engage in discussion and brainstorming with educators and students, facilitated by a moderator.

Moderator: Mona Ellerbrock, Director of Corporate Relations, UC Davis

Participants:

  • Managers and human resources specialists from the seed and agbiotech industry: Arcadia Biosciences, East-West Seed Company, Monsanto, VoloAgri Group, etc.
  • Deans, professors, career counselers and students from educational institutions (high schools, colleges, universities) in the Seed Central area.

Location: Founders Room, Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis

   
4:30 - 7:00  
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker:
TBA

Topic: TBA

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

February   Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Value-added afternoon
11:15 1:15
Seed Central  members only
 
Seed Central Advisory Board, annual meeting
Seed Central members only.

Location: UC Davis
 

1:30 4:00 PM
 
 

Marcus
Meadows-Smith

Karsten Temme

Matthew DiLeo

Seed Central SCIENCE
SPECIAL SESSION on microbials

Moderator: Marcus Meadows-Smith, CEO, BioConsortia, Inc.

Presenters:

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

 
4:30 7:00 PM
 
 

Bruce German

Tom Tomich

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speaker

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:10 - 7:00  Featured speakers

  • Dr. Bruce German
    Professor, Department of Food Science & Technology
    Director, Foods for Health Institute, UC Davis
  • Dr. Thomas Tomich
    WK Kellogg Endowed Chair in Sustainable Food Systems
    Director, Agricultural Sustainability Institute at UC Davis

Topic: Food system informatics: a new knowledge-based food strategy integrating human health and nutrition across the food system, agriculture, and sustainability.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

March   Thursday, March 9, 2017
2:00 3:30 PM

 
 
 

DISCOVER basic research at UC Davis
Exclusively for Seed Central members
By invitation only

Seed Central members are invited to meet UC Davis scientists who pursue basic research that has potential to translate into applied research of value to some of our members companies.

Speakers:

  • TBA
  • TBA
  • TBA


Location: UC Davis


4:00 7:00 PM  
  Special event: Women in Biotech
An inspirational roundtable
   
  Brought to you by:
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FEATURED SPONSOR

4:00 - 6:00 Women in Biotech roundtable

                     Panelists: TBA

6:00 - 7:00  Networking


Location: ARC, UC Davis
 

April   Thursday, April 13, 2017
3:00 4:30 PM

 
 

Doug Cook

 

 

DISCOVER basic research at UC Davis
Exclusively for Seed Central members
By invitation only

Seed Central members are invited to meet UC Davis scientists who pursue basic research that has potential to translate into applied research of value to some of our members companies.

Speakers:

  • Dr. Douglas Cook, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, UC Davis and Director, USAID Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Climate Resilient Chickpea
  • TBA
  • TBA


Location: Conference Center, UC Davis


   
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker:
TBA


Topic: TBA

Location: UC Davis

April   Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:30 AM
to
1:30 PM



 
 
Special Seed Central & Food Central networking event




11:00  - 1:30  Special Session at the USDA/ARS station in Salinas

  • FEATURED SPONSOR

     

    visit of the research station where, through a cooperative agreement,
    USDA and UC Davis scientists share space,
  • presentation of the research programs,
  • meetings with the station's scientists,
  • networking,
  • catered lunch.

Location: 1636 E Alisal Street, Salinas, California

   
May   May 11, 2017 - Value-added afternoon
1:30 4:00 PM
 
 

 

 

Seed Central SCIENCE
SPECIAL SESSION showcasing cutting edge technologies

Presenters:

  • TBA

  • TBA

  • TBA

Location: UC Davis


   
 
4:30 7:00 PM
 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speaker

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:10 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA


Topic: TBA

Location: UC Davis

September   Thursday, September 12, 2017
2:00 4:30 PM

 
 
 

Special session of the DISCOVER Series
Offered by PIPRA and Seed Central
Open to all

DISCOVER basic research
at Mexico's
CONACYT Research Centers


20 scientists from CONACYT research centers will present their research.


Location: UC Davis

   
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 12, 2017
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 12, 2017
11:30 AM
to
1:30 PM




 
 
 
 
 
 
Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

11:30 - 12:40 Networking (catered lunch)

12:40 - 1:30  Featured speaker: 
to be announced

Topic: - to be announced

Location: Hartnell College, main campus, Building C, Student Center, Steinbeck Hall - Salinas, California

November   Thursday, November 9, 2017
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: UC Davis

December   Thursday, December 14, 2017
4:30 7:00 PM

 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Joint Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: UC Davis

     

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