Attention all students and early-career plant scientists!

The next installment of the DuPont Student-led Plant Sciences Symposium is going to be held in conjunction with TropAg2017. This is a symposium designed by students for students and early-career plant scientists.

With a focus on technical and career challenges, the symposia aims to provide insight into topics such as:
• The development of phenotyping, genotyping, and biotechnologies
• Statistical perspective in the era of Big Data
• The integration of crop growth modelling and genomic selection for plant improvement
• How to capitalise on your knowledge
• Finding a balance between raising a family and pursuing a career


A Q&A session for you to grill three academics from both private and public sectors and one scientific
advisor from a not-for-profit foundation about the challenges and opportunities of career progression in plant sciences. Listen, discuss, challenge, debate, and network with other students, early-career scientists, and established scientists about the advances and challenges we face in the pursuit for crop improvement.

13:30 – 15:30 Concurrent session symposium 5

Chair: Chris Proud, The University of Queensland, Australia
Welcome remarks
Tabare Abadie, DuPoint Pioneer, USA
The developing of genotyping and its future
Robert Henry, The University of Queensland, Australia
Automated phenotyping and analytics
Michael Schaefer, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO), Australia
Statistical perspective in the era of big data
Alison Kelly, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Government, Australia
Phenotypic prediction augmented through crop model-whole genome prediction: Application to ARGOS8
Charlie Messina, DuPont Pioneer, USA
Biotechnoloies and the future of plant improvement
Jimmy Botella, The University of Queensland, Australia

TropAg2017 - See the website for the program and
how to register at:



Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre, Australia