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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

 

 

2017 EVENTS SPONSORS

       
       
 
2017    
April   Thursday, April 13, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM

 

For
Seed Central
members only

 
 
 

Ken Giles

Stacey Harmer

DISCOVER basic research at UC Davis
Exclusively for Seed Central members
By invitation only

Dan Kliebenstein

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 - Ken Giles, Professor, Department of Biological and Agricultural Engineering
  • 3:30 - Stacey Harmer, Professor, Department of Plant Biology
  • 4:00 - Daniel Kliebenstein, Professor of Plant Genomics


Location: Conference Center, UC Davis


4:30 - 7:00

 

Open to all

Click HERE to register

 

Doug Cook

 

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00: NEW FEATURE


When regular Seed Central attendees bring visiting friends to our event, we want to offer these visitors the option of being introduced to the crowd so everyone in the room is aware of their presence.
We call this new feature “Guess who is coming to network”. It is scheduled at 5:00 PM.
Anyone registering for our event can submit either on the registration form or at the registration counter the name of visiting friends he/she would like to introduce in this manner.

Featuring on April 13:

  • David Sierra, CEO, PathLog Corporation

  • Arshia Firouzi, Co-Founder & CEO, Ravata Solutions

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker:

Dr. Douglas Cook, UC Davis
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
Director, Feed the Future Innovation Lab on Climate Resilient Chickpea
Principal Investigator of a National Science Foundation Plant Genome Research Program project to investigate the impact of domestication on nitrogen fixation in chickpeas.

Topic: TBA

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis

April   Thursday, April 27, 2017
11:15 AM
to
2:00 PM




 

Open to all

Click HERE to register

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

Special Seed Central & Food Central networking event
Special session at the USDA/ARS station in Salinas

11:15 Registration


Download the program of tours

11:30 Presentation of all research programs
12:00 Networking & lunch
1:00 Tours of the research station
-
Plant breeding: lettuce, spinach, melon, and sugar beet
- Virology
-
Soil borne diseases
- Downy mildew of spinach
- Postharvest, methyl bromide alternatives & APHIS

Location: 1636 E Alisal Street, Salinas, California

   
May   May 11, 2017
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speaker

Location: ARC, UC Davis

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:10 - 7:00  Featured speaker
: Dr. John McKay
 

Associate Professor, Colorado State University
Dr. McKay's seeks an understanding of the genetic basis of traits involved in adaptation to particular stresses (e.g. drought) for both applied (crop breeding, conservation, invasive species) and theoretical questions in ecology and evolution. Are adaptations due to: many genetic changes or only a few? New mutations or older alleles that persist at some frequency throughout the species range and history?
Director of Genetics, New West Genetics
Building on its success in breeding plants like rice and canola, New West Genetics is using its proprietary methods and knowledgebase to improve the genetics and growing processes of Cannabis sativa, initially starting with hemp.

Topic: Cannabis genetics and breeding: an update from New West Genetics

Location: ARC, UC Davis

September  
Wednesday
September 13, 2017



 

Open to all

Register now to exhibit at the trade show

Registration to attend these events will open
in August

 
  Special Seed Central Day
at the



The 12th Triennial Conference
of the International Society for Seed Science (ISSS)

will take place in Monterey, California on September 10-14, 2017.

September 14 being the 2nd Thursday of the month, we decided to move our monthly networking to where all the seed professionals will be that day. We also thought it would be great to bring to the conference a good number of students .
To best fit in the ISSS Conference program, we exceptionally moved our event to Wednesday, September 13, 2017 with the following program:

MORNING

  6:15  -   9:30    Bus from Davis to Salinas
  9:30 – 10:30    Students visit Sakata Seed America in Salinas
11:00 – 11:30    Students visit Enza Zaden in Salinas

AFTERNOON & EVENING
Students in Salinas with ISSS delegates and “Seed Central regulars”

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch
  2:00 – 4:00     Career fair & trade show (Register to exhibit at the trade show)
  4:00 – 5:30     Networking
  5:30 – 6:30     Featured speakers
  6:30 - 9:30      Bus from Salinas to Davis

We will arrange for transportation for the students.
 

October   Thursday, October 12, 2017
2:00 – 4:30 PM

 

For
Seed Central
members only

 
 

 

 

 

Brainstorming session with organizers and students of
TEAM Molecular Prototyping and BioInnovation Lab and the Vertically Integrated Projects (VIP) Programs at UC Davis

Exclusively for Seed Central members
By invitation only


Location: ARC, UC Davis


4:30 – 7:00 PM

 

Open to all

 

FEATURED SPONSOR

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: Dr. Jorge Dubkovsky
          Professor, Department of Plant Sciences, UC Davis
          Howard Hughes Medical Institute-Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation Investigator

Location: ARC, UC Davis

November   Thursday, November 9, 2017
3:00 – 4:30 PM

 

For
Seed Central
members only

 
 
 

 

 

 

Richard Bostock

 

 

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:

  • 3:00 - Dr. Richard Bostock, Professor of Plant Pathology/ Director, Western Region, National Plant Diagnostic Network
  • 3:30 - TBA
  • 4:00 - TBA

Location: Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis


4:30 – 7:00 PM

 

Open to all

 

David Slaughter

 

Julin Maloof

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

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: Buehler Alumni Center, UC Davis

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

 

Open to all

 
 

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

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: Conference Center, UC Davis

2018    
January   Thursday, January 11, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
 

Fifteen “My company in 120 seconds” presentations, followed by networking & trade show

4:00 - 7:00  Presenting companies: TBA

Location: Conference Center, UC Davis
 

February   Thursday, February 8, 2018
1:30 – 4:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
  Seed Central SCIENCE
SPECIAL SESSION on Produce Quality & Safety

Presenters:

  • TBA

  • TBA

  • TBA

Location: UC Davis


4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

6:00 - 7:00  Conversation in 3D
with Dr. Rita Mumm
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: UC Davis

March   Thursday, March 8, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
 

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

4:30 - 7:00  Meeting & networking

Location: ARC, UC Davis

April   Thursday, April 12, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
  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

April   Thursday, April 26, 2018



 

Open to all

 
  Seed Central & Food Central networking event

11:30 - 12:40 - Networking & 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

 

   
May   Thursday, May 10, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
  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

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

Open to all

 
  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 11, 2018
4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
  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

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 – 4:30 PM
 

Open to all

 
  Afternoon session

Topic: Focus on squash and pumpkins

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

4:30 – 7:00 PM
 

Open to all

 
 
 

 

Ali Bouzari

 

 

Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

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: TBA, UC Davis

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

Open to all

 
  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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