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Experts on gender and plant breeding at Nov. 10 symposium

How can the gains from new plant breeding tools be linked to more equitable outcomes for men and women? Experts in gender and research will gather at Cornell Nov. 10 to address that topic in public talks, 9:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in B75 Warren Hall. RSVP here.

Speakers will include Stephen Hilgartner ’83, Ph.D. ’88, Cornell professor of science and technology studies, who will present on priority-setting in the sciences. Hilgartner’s work examines the social dimensions and politics of contemporary and emerging science and technology.

Hale Ann Tufan, principal Investigator of Cornell’s Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT) will introduce the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative with Graham Thiel, director of the CGIAR Program on Roots, Tubers and Bananas. Also part of the program are Alessandra Galiè, senior gender scientist, International Livestock Research Institute; Eva Weltzien, agronomy department, University of Wisconsin; and Alastair Orr, honorary research fellow, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics.

Co-hosted by GREAT and Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education, the symposium is part of the CGIAR Gender and Breeding Initiative (GBI) annual meeting. CGIAR is a global agricultural innovation network; GBI brings together social scientists, plant breeders and gender specialists to discuss integrating gender responsiveness into plant breeding programs. GREAT is a collaboration between Cornell and Makerere University, Uganda, funded by a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

“At the end of our program, we will have a roundtable discussion on the question, ‘How can gender integration in plant breeding adapt knowledge and approaches from other disciplines?’ We invite faculty, staff and students from all departments to attend the symposium and share their experiences and insights,” Tufan said.

The full event program is available on the official event flyer.

Samantha Hautea is a communications specialist with International Programs.

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