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CIFAR Conference XXXIII Global Partnerships for Success

Food and our Future - It's now on our Plate
A conference that includes oral presentations, exhibits, posters, and individual meetings arranged upon request.


General: $75

Students*: $25  (coupon code WYOAEKFSSU) Copy applicable coupon code before continuing to registration page.

*ID required at check-in.  Please note, there are opportunities for waived registration with students.

For questions or more information, please contact Sharon Shoemkaer, spshoemaker@ucdavis.edu 


California’s food and agricultural sector extends beyond its borders to encompass a vibrant, ever evolving network of global enterprises that offer clear opportunities for those who can navigate its complex terrain effectively.  These include the ability to produce and deliver safe, flavorful, nutritious, culturally acceptable and affordable foods in varying formats to a diverse consumer base.   Partnerships, technologies, location-specific policies and culture, plus effective distribution systems, are key in connecting the dots that constitute this value chain.  Academic-industry-government programs, scientific-logistic venues and governmental policy directives combine to provide the framework for these partnerships.  

This conference will facilitate conversations on select collaborative platforms that are focused on meeting the challenges facing an expanding and more diverse global population by capitalizing on both current and emerging opportunities arising in various quarters.  These include the demands for safe, culturally appropriate food, and also challenges arising from the changes in population patterns and demographics as a consequence of increased industrialization in the developing world, rural-to-urban migration and immigration, all in the context of rapidly aging populations in the developed world. Further challenges requiring solutions are linked to the availability of resources needed to address our global society’s future food needs.

Participants are encouraged to meet the speakers and engage in lively discussion in this one-day conference and networking event.


9:00     WELCOME
Helene Dillard, Dean, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, UC Davis

Martina McGloughlin, Director, International Biotechnology Program, and Adjunct Professor, Plant Pathology, UC Davis  (Introductory Remarks and Moderator)

CIFAR:  Sustaining Global Collaborations.  Sharon Shoemaker. Executive Director, California Institute of Food and Agricultural Research, UC Davis

Seed Central: Building Public – Private Partnerships.  Kent Bradford, Director, Seed Biotechnology Center and Distinguished Professor, Plant Sciences, UC Davis

UC Davis Chile - Life Science Innovation Center. Alan Bennett, Founding Executive Director, Public Intellectual Property Resource for Agriculture (PIPRA), and Distinguished Professor, Plant Sciences, UC Davis

The Global Action Platform.
Scott Massey, Director, Cumberland Center, Nashville, TN

12:00     LUNCH
Raymond Rodriguez, Director, Global HealthShare? and Professor, Molecular and Cellular Biology (Introductory Remarks and Moderator)

    Global Collaborations to Strengthen Food Systems.
Janet Collins, President, Institute of Food Technologists Washington  D.C. and Senior Manager, Corporate Regulatory Affairs, DuPont

    Advancing the Frontiers of Food Science.
Pingfan Rao, Professor and Founder, School of Biotechnology, Fuzhou University;     VP, Chinese Institute of Food Science and Technology, President, International     Union of Food Science and Technology, and     Professor and Director Chinese Academy of Science, SiBS-Zhejiang Gongshang University Joint Center for Food and Nutrition Research, Hangzhou, P.R. China

    Food Insecurity - Approaches to Reducing Inputs to High Yield Crops.
Daniel (Niels) van der Lelie, Global Director, Biological Research, FMC Agricultural Solutions, Research Triangle Park, NC

Addressing Global Climate Change and Resource Scarcity.
Donald Smith, James McGill Professor of Plant Science, Director and CEO, BioFuelNet Canada, Director, McGill Network for Innovation in Biofuels and Bioproducts, and Director, Eastern Canadian Oilseeds Development Initiative, McGill University, Montreal, Canada   

4:00    WRAP UP
    Sharon Shoemaker, Executive Director, CIFAR


Contact: Dr. Sharon Shoemaker, 530.848.6733 M



RMI Sensory Building
Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater, RMI Sensory Building
Parking is an $8 charge.