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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
    twice a year

 

 

2017 EVENTS SPONSORS

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

 

Open to all

Registration opens early December

 

David Slaughter

 

Julin Maloof

FEATURED SPONSOR

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00

6:00 - 7:00 

Featured speakers

  • David Slaughter, Professor, College of Engineering, UC Davis
  • Julin Maloof, Professor, College of Biological Sciences, UC Davis

Topic: The SmartFarm project

SmartFarm will take an integrated systems approach to develop superior plants, smart machines, more efficient farming methods for crops and animals alike, and a highly trained workforce that together will provide a path toward food security in the year 2050 and beyond. To achieve progress that is meaningful to farmers, ranchers and the public at large, plant and animal science research must be conducted at a sufficient scale and under actual farming conditions in addition to the laboratory. SmartFarm will work to develop technological, knowledge-based solutions that allow an intimate understanding of plants and animals at the individual level in order to create novel highly intensive food production systems for urban environments and optimize on-farm management and resource utilization, and maximize productivity in harmony with our diverse, natural environment.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

2018    
January   Thursday, January 11, 2018
3:00 – 7:00 PM


 

Open to all

Registration opens early January

 
 
 
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

1:00 to 2:00 Exhibitors set up at the Conference Center

2:15 - 4:30  Presentations at the Buehler Alumni Center

4:30 - 7:00  Tech showcase & networking at the Conference Center

 

Location: Buehler Alumni Center and Conference Center, UC Davis

Presenting & exhibiting companies

 
 
 
 
 

and

and more...

 

 

and    
  • The Vine (The Verde Innovation Network for Entrepreneurship)
    California
 
   
February   Thursday, February 8, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early February

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

Rita Mumm

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00

   
6:00 - 7:00  Conversation in 3D :
UC Davis PhD Student Katherine "Katie" Murphy in conversation with Dr. Rita Mumm, Director, African Plant Breeding Academy; Assoc. Prof. Quantitative Genetics and Plant Breeding, Emerita, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; Member of the Board of Trustees of CIMMYT; Principal of GeneMax Services.

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

 

Katie Murphy

 

March   Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:00 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early March

 
 

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

 

Nothing destined them to work in the seed and agbiotech industry, yet they are today, and loving it. Their major was not their destiny, and neither was their background.


Come hear their stories at Seed Central on March 8.

This special event will illustrate how many varied pathways and circuitous routes can lead to a satisfying and successful career in the seed and agbiotech industy.

4:00 - 7:00  Encounters, followed by networking

Industry panelists

  • Lisa Branco Aimée Burger Marc Clark
    Scott Harris Monica Ivey Adrian Jaggi
    Carl Jones Chow-Ming Lee Mary Beth Miranda
    Brian Love Eben Ogundiwin Jonny Pham
    Jyoti Rout Rebeca Schauland Douglas Sherman
     
    Elly Soeryapranata Kelly Stanton  
    Lisa Branco
    Sales Manager
    Radicle Seed Company & Headstart Nursery
  • Aimée Burger
    Associate Plant Manager
    HM.Clause
  • Marc Clark
    Research Station Manager USA
    Enza Zaden
  • Scott Harris
    Global Supply Chain Analyst
    HM.Clause
  • Monica Ivey
    Corporate Relations Lead
    Monsanto Company
  • Adrian Jaggi
    Portfolio Planning Lead
    Syngenta Seeds
  • Carl Jones
    Accelerated Breeding Technologies Lead
    Monsanto Company
  • Chow-Ming Lee
    Consumer Sensory Lead
    Monsanto Company
  • Mary Beth Miranda
    Senior Manager
    Technology Sourcing and External R&D, Novozymes
  • Brian Love
    Corn Silage Breeder
    Forage Genetics International
  • Eben Ogundiwin
    Regional Head, MAB Americas
    Bayer
  • Jonathan (Jonny) Pham
    Scientist I
    Novozymes
  • Jyoti Rout
    Plant Transformation & Cell Biology Lead
    Intrexon
  • Rebeca Schauland
    Research Associate in Discovery Genetics
    Monsanto Company
  • Douglas Sherman
    Scientific Programmer
    Forage Genetics International
  • Elly Soeryapranata
    Senior Scientist, Food Technology / Trait Development
    Bayer
  • Kelly Stanton
    Onion Breeding Coordinator
    Enza Zaden

Student panelists

  • TBA

Location: ARC, UC Davis

April   Thursday, April 12, 2018
1:30 – 4:00 PM
 

For
Seed Central
members only

 
 
 
 

Beth Mitcham

 

Barbara Blanco-Ulate

 
Seed Central SCIENCE
SESSION on Produce Quality & Safety

 

Trevor Suslow

Moderator:

Presenters:

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham
    Cooperative Extension Specialist and Pomologist, UC Davis
    Director, Postharvest Technology Center
    Director, Horticulture Innovation Lab

  • Dr. Trevor Suslow
    Extension Research Specialist, Department of Vegetable Crops

  • Barbara Blanco-Ulate
    Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis

  • TBA

Location: UC Davis


4:00 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early April

 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Panel discussion with:
       
  Michael Teel
President & CEO
Raley's, Inc.
Barry Broome
 President and CEO
Greater Sacramento Economic Council
 
   

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

April   Thursday, April 19, 2018



 

Open to all

 
 
Special
Seed Central & Food Central networking event
in cooperation with the California Seed Association

  Encounters with industry professionals
11:00 - 12:00 Catered lunch with featured speakers:
Industry professionals talk about their career path
  Panelists:
  • Lisa Branco - Sales Manager, Radicle Seed Company & Headstart Nursery
  • Velia Nuñez - AgBiotech Inc.
  • and many more...
12:00 - 1:30 Speed networking
Students learn about several companies and network with these companies' researchers & managers

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

 

   
May   Thursday, May 10, 2018
3:00 – 4:30 PM

 

For
Seed Central
members only

 

 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Daniel Runcie
 

 

DISCOVER basic & applied research at UC Davis

Exclusively for members of Seed Central


By invitation only

Premium Members of Seed Central 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. Daniel Runcie, Assistant Professor, Department of Plant Sciences
  • 3:30 - TBA
  • 4:00 - TBA

Location: UC Davis


4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early May

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- Dr. Howard-Yana Shapiro
Chief Agricultural Officer, The First Mars Advanced Research Institute Fellow, Mars, Inc. Senior Fellow, Department of Plant Sciences, Plant Reproductive Biology, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis Distinguished Fellow, World Agroforestry Centre, Nairobi, Kenya

Topic: to be announced

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

September   Thursday, September 13, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early September

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- Dr. Gail Taylor
Department Chair and Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
Dr. Taylor's research priorities include the molecular basis of plant adaptation to a high CO2 world, improving the postharvest shelf life of lettuce through preharvest physiology and genetics, and producing the first genomic information on watercress — the most nutrient dense of the leafy crops with significant links to health outcomes.

Topic: to be announced

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

October   Thursday, October 11, 2018
10:00 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early October

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Special Seed Central event

Seed Central brings together:

  • American Seed Trade Association leaders and key members
  • UC Davis leaders, scientists and students

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

Program and topics to be announced.

4:30 - 6:00 Networking (incl. Guess who is coming to network)

6:00 - 7:00 
Panel discussion

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

 

November  
Thursday
November
15, 2018

    Special Seed Central / Food Central networking event
in connection with
the Cucurbitaceae 2018 Conference

The Cucurbitaceae 2018 Conference will be held at UC Davis November 11-16, 2018.
We decided to push our monthly event back to the
3rd Thursday of November so we could hold it during this conference and bring together the conference participants and our regular Seed Central/Food Central crowd.
2:00 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early November

 
  Afternoon session

2:00 – 4:30 PM

Topic: Focus on squash and pumpkins

Location: Sensory Lab, Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science (RMI), UC Davis


 
 
 
 

 

Ali Bouzari

 

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Panel discussion
  Topic: TBA
  Panelists: Dr. Ali Bouzari, Culinary Scientist, Co-Founder, CSO, Pilot R+D
Vegetable breeder: TBA
Culinary chef: TBA
Food industry chef: TBA

 

Location: ARC, UC Davis

December   Thursday, December 13, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

Registration opens early December

 
 
   
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

 

SPECIAL Seed Central / Food Central event
on processing tomatoes

Networking event with featured speakers/panelists

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Panelists
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

     

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