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.


Monday, February 24th 12pm – 4pm

The “Fraunhofer PhenoPot” is an ESP32 based, open-source smart pot with on-board WiFi and Bluetooth that is able to send sensor readings e.g. to a central database via WLAN. The pot is capable of sensing ambient temperature, light and humidity, as well as soil moisture. It also features a Multi-color RGB-LED and switches and can be expanded with additional soil moisture sensors.

The half-day workshop is an introduction to anyone who is interested in learning how to make their own IoT application with their PhenoPot. It will give attendees with very little to no prior programming experience the chance to get started with embedded IoT development. Simple examples that work “out of the box” allow the participants to understand the inner workings of the hardware and invite them to modify the provided code examples.

Topics covered include:

  • Powering up the PhenoPot/Downloading code
  • Generate debug output
  • Control a RGB-LED
  • Read user input
  • Read analog sensor data
  • Sensor calibration
  • Find and connect to WiFis
  • Sending data to the internet
  • Controlling the pot from a web browser
  • Full smart pot source code sending data to database server

There will be ample time for attendees to tinker with the provided source code and get started to realize their own ideas. And best of all: attendees get to take home their PhenoPot to continue their learning experience! A Laptop (PC, Mac or Linux) is needed to participate in the workshop.

If you’ve always wanted to get started with IoT development but didn’t know where to start, this is your chance!

WORKSHOP: Graduate Student Phenotyping Sensors WorkshopNEW

Tuesday, February 25th 7pm-8pm

This workshop will introduce attendees to various, ready-to-use sensors that can be used for collecting phenotypic data of potted plants. This activity will be led by graduate students from Iowa State University’s Predictive Plant Phenomics (P3) NSF NRT program and is sponsored by Corteva Agriscience. There will be an emphasis on hands-on building and experimenting with these economical sensors.

This graduate student-oriented workshop will cover:

  • An introduction to plant/environmental sensors and data processing
  • Budget-friendly rover assembly and usage
  • Imaging with the utilization of Raspberry Pi camera and processing
  • The integration of sensors, rovers, and image acquisition

We encourage attendees to bring smart-phones for scanning barcodes. Knowledge of sensors and robotics is not necessary as this will provide entry-level exposure to sensors in a relaxed, inquisitive setting.

This event is free to attend but is limited to 40 participants.


Thursday, February 27th 7pm – 11pm

Phenome 2020 will conclude with a closing party on the rooftop of Downtown Tucson’s most electrifying and eclectic venues – Playground Bar and Lounge. Come join us for a night filled with live music, dancing, award-winning food and tantalizing drinks. All attendees must be 21 years or older.


FIELD TRIP: Bayer Crop Science Global Breeding Protected Culture SiteSOLD OUT

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.