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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    
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.

Since our September networking event is scheduled that week, we decided to move it to the place where some 300 seed scientists from all over the world will be gathered: about 50% from universities/public research and 50% from private companies.
To best fit in the ISSS Conference program, we scheduled it on Wednesday, September 13, and organized for that day a series of events.

We also decided to invite a good number of students and postdocs from UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Cal Poly, Fresno State, CSU-MB and Hartnell College.
UC Davis students and postdocs can sign up by contacting Kathy Esparza at klesparza@ucdavis.edu.

Program:

MORNING
Group of UC Davis students & postdocs and Davis-area Seed Central members

  6:15  -   9:30    Bus from UC Davis to Salinas
  9:30 – 10:30    Visit Sakata Seed America in Salinas
11:00 – 11:45    Visit Enza Zaden in Salinas

FEATURED SPONSOR

 

AFTERNOON at the Steinbeck Center in Salinas
Group joins ISSS delegates and Salinas-area “Seed Central regulars”

12:00 – 1:30     Lunch
  2:00 – 4:00     Trade show & career fair (Register to exhibit)
  4:00 – 5:30     Networking
  5:30 – 6:30     Panel of speakers:

  Perspectives in ...
  Seed biology Seed ecology Seed technology
 
  Ramin Yadegari
University of Arizona
Joe DiTomaso
UC Davis
Johan van Asbrouck
Rhino Research

  6:45 - 10:00      Bus from Salinas to UC Davis


 

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

at 5:00



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

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: 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

at 5:00

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

at 5:00

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
3:00 – 4:30 PM

 

For
Seed Central
members only

 
 
 

 

 

 

Daniel Runcie

 

 

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. 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

 
  Seed Central & Food Central FORUM
Networking event with featured speakers

4:30 - 6:00 Networking

at 5:00


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

at 5:00



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

at 5:00



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

at 5:00



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

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: 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

at 5:00



6:00 - 7:00  Featured speaker
- TBA

Topic: to be announced

Location: UC Davis

     

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