North American Plant Phenotyping Network Inaugural Convening Event

10:30 am - 12:00 am MT
Purdue University Beck Agricultural Center
4540 U.S. 52 West

West Lafayette, IN

  • Convening Event
Cohosted by FFAR and Purdue University

Thank you to the more than 180 attendees who joined the Foundation for Food & 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

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:



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.

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 & 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 companiesModerated 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


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


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