Welcome Dinner

Sunday, December 2

5:30 p.m.
Registration opens
6 p.m. Stewards, Partnership and the N.C. Plant Sciences Initiative
Richard Linton, Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University, USA
6:10 p.m. Forging Collaborations
Louis Martin-Vega, Dean, College of Engineering, NC State University, USA
6:15 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. Setting the Scene: Plant Talk
Dorothea Tholl, Professor (Biological Sciences), Virginia Tech, USA

Full-day conference

Monday, December 3

7:30 – 8:15 a.m.
Full Breakfast
8:30 a.m. Welcome
Randy Woodson, Chancellor, NC State University
8:40 a.m. Leaders in Ag and Engineering
John Gilligan, Executive Associate Dean, College of Engineering, NC State University, USA
8:50 a.m. Plants and Sensors: Solving Grand Challenges through the NC Plant Sciences Initiative
Steven Lommel, Associate Dean, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, NC State University, USA
9 a.m. How do we Currently Listen to Plants?
Jorg-Peter  (Jogi) Schnitzler, Director, Institute of Biochemical Plant Pathology, Neuherberg, Germany 
9:45 a.m. Challenges in the Detection of Plant Stress Volatiles
Krishna Persaud, Professor (Chemical Engineering & Analytical Science), University of Manchester, UK
10:30 a.m. Break and posters – abstracts
11 a.m. Biomarkers and Diagnostics
Cristina Davis,
Professor (Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering) UC Davis, USA
11:45 p.m. Lunch and posters
Remarks from Luke Bozeman, Director, BASF
1:30 p.m. Building Incredibly Small Sensors to Monitor the Health of Plant
Liang Dong, Professor (Electrical and Computer Engineering), Iowa State University, USA
2:15 p.m. Nanotechnology for Plants: Biochips
Michael S. Strano, Professor (Chemical Engineering) MIT, USA
3 p.m. Break and Posters – abstracts
3:30 p.m. A Brief Introduction to Statistical Pattern Recognition
Ricardo Gutierrez-Osuna, Professor (Computer Science and Engineering), Texas A&M, USA
4:15 p.m. The Future: Integration of Electronics and Plants to Feed the World
Alper Bozkurt (with Michael Daniele), Nasie Constantino, Michael Kudenov, Qingshan Wei and Cranos Williams – NC State University
5:30 p.m. Adjourn


Stewards of the Future fundraising operates under the auspices of and is co-hosted by the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Federal Tax ID #56-6049304. Proceeds will be used to support the conference and future initiatives of NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.