Today it was a wonderful day for Harvita. Our CEO Mayra Samaniego was invited to talk about Blockchain to enhance Global Food Security at the 4th Plant Phenotyping Symposium organized by the Global Institute for Food Security. Her presentation opened a debate regarding intellectual property rights to accelerate research collaboration globally.
Each year, the Global Institute for Food Security hosts a Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre (P2IRC) Symposium designed to share information and learnings achieved in the past year. The event brings together P2IRC researchers, members of our International Scientific Advisory Committee, students, delegates and partners representing industry and producer groups.
The 4th Annual P2IRC Symposium is held on October 23-24, 2019, at the Delta Bessborough Hotel in Saskatoon, Canada. The theme of the symposium is Achievements. Expectations. Implementations.
“This year’s conference presents the opportunity to share the different innovations already created within this extensive program and to showcase their potential to transform crop breeding and provide innovative solutions to national and global food security,” P2IRC Program Director Andrew Sharpe said. “The new science developed in P2IRC will help elevate Canada’s position as a global powerhouse in agricultural research.”
The 2019 symposium, themed “Achievement. Expectations. Implementation”, will showcase the knowledge and technological solutions created in Phase I of P2IRC’s research program, and will feature talks on how those solutions may be applied to breed crops that will be more resilient to climate change—for Phase II of the innovative seven-year research and training program. The event will feature renowned researchers from across the world and Canada, as well as industry representatives and students.
Presentations at the symposium will include:
The P2IRC program, managed by GIFS, is a multidisciplinary program of USask funded by the Canada First Research Excellence Fund (CFREF) and is an internationally recognized centre of excellence in phenotyping.