North American Plant Phenotyping Network Inaugural Convening Event

August 29, 2016 – August 31, 2016

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

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:




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 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

Abstract Submission
  • 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:

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).

Contact Details
April Carroll
Purdue University


John Reich
Ranae Wetli
Sponsorship Opportunities

For further information regarding sponsorship, please contact:

Renée Bullion

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