Wednesday, October 18, 2017 from 7:30 PM to 10:00 PM CDT
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Council Bluffs Room 
Des Moines Marriott
700 Grand Avenue
Des Moines, IA 50309  


Jack Westwoood
2Blades Foundation 
+1 847-425-1277 

Kyle Dolan
UK Science and Innovation Network
+1 312-970-3835

Reception and Lightning Talks: Translating Research into Farmer Benefits 

Global agriculture in the 21st Century faces intractable problems that can only be solved with innovative thinking and cooperation across nations, sectors and organizations. Producing sufficient nutritious food for an ever-increasing population in a changing climate under pressure from pests, diseases, and degrading soils requires scientific advances to be translated into tangible, appropriate technologies that can be utilized by smallholder farmers. This requires an integrated approach between scientists, international agricultural development institutions, and farmers to ensure that solutions are accessible to the people that need them.

Please join the UK Science and Innovation Network and 2Blades Foundation, together with a senior research delegation from the UK, to hear about new international initiatives and alliances that will take the products of ground-breaking research directly to the farmer.

Drinks and appetizers will be provided.


7.30pm – 8.00pm Drinks and appetizers

8.00pm Lightning talks (10 mins each)

  • Prof. Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
  • Dr. Diana Horvath, President, 2Blades Foundation
  • Dr. Cristobal Uauy, John Innes Centre
  • Prof. Steven Banwart, University of Leeds
  • Dr. Claire Quinn, University of Leeds
  • Mrs. Sithembile Ndema Mwamakamba, Climate Smart Agriculture Programs Manager, FANRPAN

9.00pm onwards Reception and Networking