3rd Agriculture and Climate Change Conference


Plenary speaker

Robert Henry

Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, Australia

Talk title: Adapting agriculture to climate change: Insights from plant genomics

Professor Robert Henry conducts research on the development of new products from plants. His research targets improved understanding of the molecular basis of the quality of products produced from plants and genome analysis to capture novel genetic resources for diversification of food and energy crops. He is Professor of Innovation in Agriculture and Foundation Director of the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, an Institute of the University of Queensland in partnership with the Queensland Government.

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Keynote speakers

Senthold Asseng

University of Florida, USA

Talk title: Impact and adaptation of cropping systems to climate change

Dr. Asseng is a professor at the University of Florida and develops mathematical modeling and computer simulation of agricultural and biological systems related to climate variability, climate change and sustainability.

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Sinda Ben Mariem

Agrobiotecnology Institute, Spain

Talk title: Changes in wheat grain quality during the last 170 years on the Broadbalk Wheat Experiment

Sinda BEN MARIEM is currently a third-year PhD candidate at the Public University of Navarra (UPNA, Spain).

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Michael Dingkuhn

CIRAD, French Agricultural Research Centre for International Development, France

Talk title: Stress adaptation, memory, plasticity: Strategic thoughts on improving crops’ coping ability

A plant physiologist by training (Ph.D. Hamburg, 1985; Habilitation Montpellier, 2003), Michael’s research career is dedicated to understanding and improving the adaptation and yield potential of tropical crops (rice, sorghum and some tree crops).

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Dave Gustafson

International Life Sciences Institute Research Foundation, USA

Talk title: Use of system performance metrics to improve the efficiency of the food chain

Dr. Dave Gustafson is an independent scientist who uses modeling to help food systems meet human nutrition needs in more sustainable ways.

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Jonas Kathage

European Commission Joint Research Centre, Spain

Talk title: Adoption of cover crops for climate change mitigation in Europe - new insights from farm surveys

Jonas Kathage did his doctoral thesis on the impact and adoption of proprietary seed technologies in developing countries, including empirical work on genetically modified cotton in India and hybrid maize in Tanzania.

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Peter Langridge

The University of Adelaide, Australia

Talk title: The science, politics and challenges of improving wheat productivity under variable climates

Peter is Emeritus Professor at the University of Adelaide and Honorary Professor at the Kazakh National Agrarian University.  Peter established and was CEO of the Australian Centre for Plant Functional Genomics (ACPFG) from 2002 to 2014.

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Jan Leach

Colorado State University, USA

Talk title: Pieces of the phytobiome: Environmental influences on plant health

Jan Leach is a plant pathologist whose research focus is to understand the molecular mechanisms of plant disease susceptibility and resistance.

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Fulai Liu

University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Talk title: Differential effects of CO2 elevation on the response of leaf gas exchange to soil drying in tomato and barley plants

Dr. Fulai Liu is an Associate Professor in the Department of Plant and Environmental Sciences, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He received his B.Sc. in Agronomy from Beijing Agricultural University (now China Agricultural University), Beijing, China in 1992, and M.Sc. in Horticultural Science from University of Hannover, Germany in 2000. In 2004, he received his Ph.D. in Agrohydrology and Bioclimatology from the Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (now Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen).

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Rodomiro Ortiz

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden

Talk title: Oil crops for the future

Rodomiro Ortiz is Faculty (Chair) Professor of Genetics and Plant Breeding at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.

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Alexander Ruane

NASA Goddard Institute for Space Studies, USA

Talk title: Climate change and uncertainty in future agricultural systems – AgMIP frameworks and integrated applications

Dr. Alex Ruane is a NASA Research Scientist focusing on the impacts of extreme events and climate change on agriculture and food security.  As a civil servant in the Goddard Institute for Space Studies (GISS) Climate Impacts Group in New York, Alex uses NASA Earth observations and models to understand how current and future climate will affect society and the natural resources we care about.

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Philip Thornton

International Livestock Research Institute, UK

Talk title: Transforming agri-food systems in lower- and middle-income countries to meet the SDGs

Philip Thornton leads the “Priorities and Policies for Climate-Smart Agriculture” Flagship of the CGIAR Research Program on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS).

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