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

 

Open to all

Click here to register

 

 

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

Location: ARC, UC Davis


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

 

By invitation only

 
  Seed Central Brainstorming Session
By invitation only

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 (by invitation only):

  • Managers and human resources specialists from the seed and agbiotech industry: Agribusiness Associates, Alforex Seeds, Dow AgroSciences, East-West Seed, Enza Zaden, HM-Clause, KraftHeinz, Monsanto, Morrison & Foerster LLP, Novozymes, Rijk Zwaan, Semillas Fito, Sakata, Syngenta, Syntech Research, and American Takii.
  • Deans, professors, career counselors 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

 

 

Open to all

Registration opens
in December

 
 
   

FEATURED SPONSOR

Joint Seed Central
& Food Central FORUM

Networking event

4:30 - 7:30 
Special DISCOVER session

Since Seed Central's creation in 2011, 1,800+ individuals from 340+ different companies and organizations 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 120 minutes of networking.

Presenting companies to include:

Acela Biotek
Developing microbial cocktails for plant growth.
Amaryllis Nucleics
Empowering researchers and accelerating important discoveries in genomics.
AstRoNa Biotechnologies
Engineering a simple to use detector that can be deployed on-site at every phase of food production from field to table.
CSP Labs
High quality pathological and genetic testing to the vegetable seed, fruit tree, grapevine, and strawberry industries by approved or in-house improved methods
gThrive
A hardware and software field monitoring solution measuring 5 key parameters and delivering that information wirelessly to your smartphone or laptop.
Logos4n
High-resolution genetics, genome, DNA surveillance technologies, to be applied to precision diagnostics and prognostics.
Lumigrow
Software and hardware spectral control platform enabling large scale greenhouse researchers and growers to manage efficiency, yield and plant characteristics.
Miraculex
The sugar-free revolution you've been waiting for is finally here. 
NexSteppe
Developing biomass sorghum and sweet sorghum to produce feedstocks tailored for these biobased industries.

PathLog Corporation
Disease detection technology.

Pilot R&D
A
food innovation and development company.
Sesotec
Separating and sorting technology.
Stockton Group
A global company focused on high quality crop protection products and innovative eco-friendly solutions
XTB Laboratories
Early disease detection.
 

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

 

Open to all

Registration opens
early February


 

 

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

 

Open to all

Registration opens
early February


 

 

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
4:00 7:00 PM

 

Open to all

Registration opens
in February

 
  Special event: Women in Biotech
An inspirational roundtable
   
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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: Industry   UC Davis
Kristen Bennett
Senior Program Director, Second Genome
Juliana Osorio-Marin
Postdoctoral Researcher
Plant Breeding
Elenor Castillo
Scientist
Sutro Biopharma
 
Nicole Coggins
MCIP Ph.D. Candidate
Cancer Genetics; Genome Engineering
Vonnie Estes
Group Leader, Agricultural & Industrial Biotechnology
Caribou Biosciences
  Adina Boyce
Biological Systems Engineering Ph.D. Candidate Waste Management; Soil Remediation and Alternative Energy
Cassie Hilder
Manager, Business Agriculture
Arcadia Biosciences
 
Julia Wasielewski
MBA Graduate Student
Ag Biotech Business Development
Susan Turner
Sr. Vice President, Research
BioConsortia
Alexandria Igwe
Ph.D. Student Plant microbe associations; bioremediation
Debbie Yaver
Director, Production Strain Technology
Novozymes
Katie Murphy
Graduate Student Maize specialized metabolism
Kate Stuart
Director, Preclinical Development, Symic Bio
Sriya Maran
Undergraduate Student
Bioinformatics; Business start-ups

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


4:30 - 7:00

 

Open to all

Registration opens
early April

 
 

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

 

 

 

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



 

Open to all

Registration opens
early April

 
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: ARC, UC Davis

September   Thursday, September 14, 2017
2:00 4:30 PM

 

Open to all

Registration opens
early September



 

 
 

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

   
4:30 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: ARC, 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: ARC, UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 26, 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: Buehler Alumni Center, 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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