North American Plant Phenotyping Network Inaugural Convening Event

Cohosted by FFAR and Purdue University

Thank you to the more than 180 attendees who joined the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and Purdue University in uniting the community of phenotyping technology users and developers for a dynamic and collaborative three days of phenomics presentations and discussions.

For a recap of the August 29 – 31, 2016 event, please review this collaborative working document

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Event Objectives

1) Initiate formation of a Plant Phenotyping Network for North America (NAPPN), which will include private and public sectors, and

2) Identify potential research thrusts in the pre-competitive space, and guide FFAR toward relevant areas in plant phenotyping.

FFAR and Purdue University are pleased to recognize the following Event Sponsors:

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, August 29

10:30 Building Dedication & Lunch | Indiana Corn & Soybean Innovation Center
Regional event to celebrate the opening of Purdue’s new automated field phenotyping and seed processing facility. Dedication by Purdue President followed by facility tours and lunch. (Register here for this optional event).

11:30 Conference Check-In Available | Beck Agricultural Center Atrium

12:30 Welcome
Suresh Garimella, Exec. Vice President for Research and Partnerships, Purdue
Karen Plaut, Senior Associate Dean for Research, College of Agriculture, Purdue
Sally Rockey, Executive Director, Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research

1:00 Keynote Address | Xavier Sirault, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation, Australia

2:00 Invited Talk | Advancing sensing tools and future of phenomics
Sindhu Sankaran, Washington State University, USA

3:00 Afternoon Break/Tour | Indiana Corn and Soybean Innovation Center

4:00 Lightning Talks | 5 minute overviews from representatives of attending organizations, research programs or companies
Moderated by Jennifer Clarke, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

5:30 Closing

6:00 Dinner & Activities | Farmhouse at Prophetstown State Park
A 1920s farmstead highlighting sustainable agriculture, homesteading, heirloom gardening, and
farm to table cooking

Tuesday, August 30

8:00 Welcome

8:15 Invited Talk | Phenes, Phenomes, and Phenotyping
Jonathan Lynch, Penn State University

9:15 Proposed Research Thrusts in Plant Phenomics

1. Below-Ground Phenotyping

2. Abiotic & Biotic Stress

3. Value-Added Traits

4. Understanding the Phenome Beyond Simple Genetics

10:45 Proposed Research Thrusts in Plant Phenomics II

5. Data Acquisition I: Sensors, Systems and Vehicles

6. Data Acquisition II: Plant & Environmental Perspective

7. Data Management I: Processing & Preprocessing, Algorithms, and Modeling

8. Data Management II: Discovery and Reuse

11:30 Breakout Sessions & Lunch | Research Thrusts & Pre-Competitive Space

1:30 Invited Talk | The Power of Public-Private Partnerships
Aled Edwards, CEO – Structural Genomics Consortium

2:15 Funding Agency Panel
DOE ARPA-E
USAID
Genomes Canada
NSF
FFAR

3:45 Industry Panel
Doane Chilcoat – DuPont Pioneer
Jasenka French – The Climate Corp
Gabe Gusmini – PepsiCo
Bas van Eerdt – PhenoKey

5:30 Poster Session & Dinner | Purdue – Marriott Hall

Wednesday, August 31

8:00 Welcome | April Agee Carroll, Purdue University

8:15 Invited Talk | Research Highlights for Plant Phenotyping Networks Abroad
Roland Pieruschka, Forschungszentrum Jülich, Germany

9:00 Invited Talk
Edgar Spalding, University of Wisconsin, Madison

11:00 Breakout Sessions | Goals of the NAPPN
Moderated by April Agee Carroll, Purdue University

  • Governance, membership, and policy
  • Engineering: sensors, rovers, and environments
  • Facilities: sharing
  • Methods: data processing
  • Data and standards: data discovery and re-use
  • Initial working group topics

12:00 Box Lunch & Depart

                           

  •  Registered attendees are eligible to submit an abstract to present a poster or be considered for a Lightning Talk. 
  • All abstracts for posters will be accepted to present. (Posters should not exceed 36″ x 48″). A limited number of abstracts will be selected for Lightning Talks based on breadth of topics, not necessarily based on merit. 
  • Submit your 300-word abstract.
  • Deadline Extended: COB Monday, August 15, 2016.
Standup banners, demo equipment or promotional items can be displayed in the conference center’s atrium free of charge. Power is available with prior arrangement on a first come basis. Please contact Ranae Wetli for further information or to reserve space:
rjwetli@purdue.edu
West Lafayette, Indiana, is conveniently located near Interstate 65, which connects Indianapolis and Chicago. The Purdue campus is about one hour north of Indianapolis and two hours south of Chicago. Commercial travel to West Lafayette is easily accessible and lodging on and around campus is plentiful. The resources below will help you plan your trip.
  • Air Travel
    The nearest commercial airports are Indianapolis International (65 miles) and Chicago O’Hare (140 miles) and Chicago Midway (130 miles). The Purdue Airport accommodates privately owned planes.
  • Shuttle Services to and from Airports
    Indianapolis airport service: Lafayette Limo and Star of America.
    Chicago O’Hare airport service: Express Air Coach and Reindeer Shuttle.
  • Lodging
    Room blocks are reserved at the Four Points Sheraton (3.9 mi) and the Hilton Garden Inn (7.9 mi).
  • Driving and Parking
    The NAPPN Inaugural Convening Event will be held at the Beck Agricultural Center on Purdue’s Agronomy Farm for Research and Education, 7 miles northwest of campus. Shuttle vans will be provided for travel to and from the Four Points Sheraton. Carpooling is encouraged due to limited seating in the vans.

    FREE Parking, no permit required

    Beck Agricultural Center
    4540 U.S. 52 West
    West Lafayette, IN 47906

    Phone: 765.583.0590

    From the North: Take exit 193 for U.S. 231 south. Turn left on U.S. 52 W. Beck Ag Center is on the left at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

    From the South: Take I 65 N. to exit 175, turn left onto Schuyler Ave. Turn right onto Sagamore Pkwy N. follow thru W. Lafayette and continue on 52 W. to the Beck Ag Center on the right at the Agronomy Center for Research and Education (ACRE).

April Carroll
Purdue University
AprilCarroll@Purdue.edu
John Reich
FFAR
jreich@foundationfar.org
Ranae Wetli
Purdue
rjwetli@purdue.edu
For further information regarding sponsorship, please contact:
Renée Bullion
rbullion@foundationfar.org