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 & 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

Missed the event? View presentations.
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


Subscribe to our newsletter for the latest updates.