Enhance your conference experience with these additional preconference and post conference events. These events require additional charges during the registration process.


WORKSHOP: Genome to Fields (G2F)

Monday, February 24th 11:15am – 4:00pm

Genomes to Fields is a publicly initiated and led maize research initiative to catalyze and coordinate research linking genomics and predictive phenomics. The long-term goal is to develop knowledge, tools and technologies that sustainably improve plant productivity. This workshop seeks to update the community about work currently underway as part of this effort and to welcome presentations from individuals working in the fields of engineering, computer science, modeling and related sciences as they relate to plant phenomics.

The cost of the workshop will include lunch.

WORKSHOP: Digital Phenotyping

Monday, February 24th 8:00am 4:00pm

The Phenome Digital Phenotyping Workshop is an opportunity to get hands-on experience with low-cost phenotyping hardware and data processing from state-of-the-art image-based phenotyping technologies with domain experts. Workshop participants are expected to bring their own computers.

The cost of the workshop will include lunch.


FIELD TRIP: Bayer Crop Science Global Breeding Protected Culture Site

Friday, February 28th 9:00am – 3:00pm

This tour will showcase Bayer’s large-scale application of high throughput plant growth and phenomics technologies to corn production in protected culture. Field trip attendees will receive a presentation on the science behind the site’s operations followed by a discussion about talent development for high-tech careers at Bayer. A guided tour of the seven-acre facility will be led by the researchers doing the work every day. Tour highlights will include imaging, automation systems, sensor networks and supporting infrastructure. The facility is a brief 30-min drive from the Tucson Convention Center.

FIELD TRIP: University of Arizona Maricopa Agricultural Research Center and USDA Arid Lands Agricultural Research Center

Friday, February 28th 9:00am – 3:00pm

The tour will highlight the close collaboration between the University of Arizona and the USDA-ARS at Maricopa, AZ. Field trip attendees will tour the research station and the TERRA-REF field-scanning system, the largest field scanner system in North America. Visit the TERRA-REF website to learn more about phenotyping tools including the field scanner system; automated controlled-environment; sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted ground vehicles; genomic, genetic data and computational platform; and high performance data storage and computing system.