Cornell's Innovations in Food Systems Forum is June 7

Dig into digital agriculture, comprehend plant breeding and biotechnology, and find out how the microbiome may solve food production problems at an agricultural technology and partnership forum June 7, hosted by the Center for Technology Licensing at Cornell University.

“This forum is an opportunity for Cornell researchers to connect with industry leaders and explore emerging trends in the food systems space,” said Laura Salter, associate director of strategic communications for the Center for Technology Licensing.

Ron Meeusen, managing director at Cultvian Sandbox, will deliver the morning keynote, “Innovations in Food Systems: Feeding a Growing World,” where he will discuss the need for agricultural technology to feed at least 9 billion people by 2050 while using less land and water. He will explain how today’s innovations can keep up with growing demand.

Harold van Es, professor of plant science, will explore cloud computing, sensors and hyper-connected, data-driven management in his midday keynote, “Digital Agriculture: Technology Innovation in Complex Production Environments.”

The morning session includes a panel on the future of plant breeding and its role in food systems, as well as talks on genome editing for plant improvement, food safety from farm to fork, and plant biotechnology.

The afternoon will feature a panel on animal health and a panel on venture capital investing in the biotechnology realm.

Register online at the Center for Technology Licensing website. The registration fee is $195, the academic registration fee is $95 and students can register for $25. For complete programming details, visit the website here.

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