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

 

Exclusively for Seed Central members

By invitation only

 

Tom Gordon

Lynn Epstein

DISCOVER basic research at UC Davis

Johan Leveau

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
  • 3:30 - Dr. Lynn Epstein, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
  • 4:00 - Dr. Johan Leveau, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Pathology


Location: Conference Center, UC Davis


4:30 7:00 PM

 

Open to all

Click here to register

 

Gia Fazio

Sarah Dohle

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   Conversation in 3D 

Featured guest Gia Fazio, Director of Project Planning, Arcadia Biosciences, in conversation with Sarah Dohle, Plant Biology Graduate Student (PhD) at UC Davis.

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.

Article: Sarah Dohle, the "Lima Bean Queen"

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

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


 

Open to all

Click here to register



 

 
 

 

Steve Fennimore
UC Davis
Mark Hoffmann
UC Davis
Jim McCreight
USDA ARS
Steve Klosterman
USDA ARS
Special Seed Central & Food Central networking event

We have invited:
  • USDA ARS researchers based in Salinas,
  • UC Cooperative Extension specialists and Farm Advisors 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
 
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.
         
   
Kelly Richardson
USDA ARS
Ivan Simko
USDA ARS
Shannon Bliss
Hartnell College
- -

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

Location: Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis

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
 
 

Mike Lassner

Richard Michelmore

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   Conversation in 3D

Featured guest Dr. Mike Lassner in conversation with Dr. Richard Michelmore.

Dr. Lassner is a Biotechnology Consultant and Advisor focusing on value creation through technology advancement and specializing in agricultural biotechnology: traits, enabling technologies, investment, and business strategy.
He had a distinguished career in "big ag", most recently as Vice President, Trait Discovery at Pioneer Hi-Bred International.

Dr. Michelmore is Director of the UC Davis Genome Center and Professor in UC Davis' Department of Plant Sciences, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology, and Department of Microbiology and Immunology.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

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

 
 

John Sorenson

Julia Wasielewski

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   Conversation in 3D

Featured guest Dr. John Sorenson, CEO, Vestaron Corporation, in conversation with Julia Wasielewski, MBA Candidate, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, Class of 2017

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 QUALITATIVE medium and long-term human resources needs:
categories and types of jobs that will need to be filled in the next 5-10 years, majors and major combinations that will be most in demand, and skills that will be expected (incl. the important soft skills).
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: Agribusiness Associates, Arcadia Biosciences, East-West Seed, Enza Zaden, HM-Clause, Monsanto, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Rijk Zwaan, Syngenta, Syntech Research, Takii, and VoloAgri Group.
  • 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

4:30 - 7:00 
Special DISCOVER session

In the first 5 years of Seed Central's existence, 1,200+ individuals from 120+ different companies have attended our networking events.

This is only a fraction of the companies & the people in the seed, agbiotech and food ecosystem surrounding UC Davis. We would like to meet them all...

Our January 12th DISCOVER Session will feature 15 companies which we would like to know better: companies involved in seed, agbiotech, crop protection, microbials, seed technology, equipment and food, ranging from startups to established companies.
Each company will make a brief presentation, and there will be 150 minutes of networking.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

February   Thursday, February 9, 2017 - Value-added afternoon
11:30 1:30
Seed Central  members only
 
Seed Central Advisory Board, annual meeting
Seed Central members only.

Location: Plant Reproductive Biology (PRB) building, Conference Room, UC Davis
 

2:00 4:30 PM
 
 

Marcus
Meadows-Smith

 

 

   

 

Karsten Temme

 

Matthew DiLeo

   
 

Venkatesan Sundaresan

 

Varghese Thomas

Seed Central SCIENCE
SPECIAL SESSION on microbials

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

Presenters:

  • Karsten Temme, CEO, PivotBio

  • Dr. Matthew DiLeo, Application Development Group Leader, Novozymes North America Inc.

  • Dr. Venkatesan Sundaresan - Professor, Plant Biology and Plant Sciences, UC Davis

  • Dr. Varghese P. Thomas - Principal Scientist, Microbiology & Crop Efficiency, Biologics, Crop Science Division-Bayer

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

Building on the Forbes magazine article ranking
UC Davis as the #1 school for women in STEM,
we propose a panel discussion and networking event to convene university and industry leaders and students in a conversation about working in biotechnology.
The goal of this event is to bring together women currently working in the biotechnology industry, including UC Davis alums, with UC Davis faculty, staff, students and postdoctoral scholars seeking to better understand opportunities and challenges to working in the agricultural, medical and industrial biotechnology sector.
This event is a spin-off of the successful and well attended Seed Central event focused on Women in the Seed Industry in January 2016.

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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