Day 1 - Wednesday, October 23, 2019

7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Conference Foyer

Registration and Continental Breakfast  

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.

The Battleford Room

Welcome and Opening Remarks from
Steve Webb, Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer, Global Institute for Food Security

Peter Stoicheff, President, University of Saskatchewan

8:45 to 9:00 a.m.

The Battleford Room

State of the Union

Andrew Sharpe, Program Director, P2IRC

9:00 to 10:10 a.m.

The Battleford Room


Genomics to Phenomics

Laurent Philippot, INRA Dijon - A plant perspective on microbial communities and nitrogen cycling in the rhizosphere

Andrew Sharpe, P2IRC – The Omics and Precision Agriculture Laboratory (OPAL)

Larissa Ramsay, P2IRC – Assembling the Lens genus: Overcoming the challenges of large repeat-rich genomes

Isobel Parkin, P2IRC – Capturing Brassica diversity from the genome to the phenome

10:10 to 10:40 a.m.

Conference Foyer


10:40 to 11:50 a.m.

The Battleford Room


Machine Learning in the Lab

Chris Henry, University of Winnipeg - Enabling the next revolution in global food production through automatically labelled data sets and machine learning

Jordan Ubbens, P2IRC – Latent space phenotyping

Blanche Lezeya, P2IRC – An inexpensive ground-based imaging for plant emergence counting

Mayra Samaniego Pallaroso, P2IRC – A collaborative platform for plant phenotyping using blockchain

12:00 to 1:00 p.m.

Conference Foyer


1:00 to 2:10 p.m.

The Battleford Room

Roots/Plant Microbiome Imaging

Christophe Salon, INRA Dijon - From simple visualization to detailed understanding of plant and microbes interactions, using ‘pheno’ methods and models

Bobbi Helgason, P2IRC – Phenotyping the plant microbiome: progress in plant pedological phenotyping

Steve Mamet, P2IRC – Bacterial microbiomes and plant genotypes: What drives phenotypic variation among canola lines?

Steve Siciliano, P2IRC – Microbiomes and machines: the unicorn hypothesis

2:10 to 2:40 p.m.

Conference Foyer


2:40 to 3:40 p.m.

The Battleford Room

P2IRC Poster Flash talks

3:45 to 4:45 pm

The Battleford Room

Panel Discussion: Q&A with Laurent Philippot, Chris Henry, and Christophe Salon


5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The William Pascoe Room

Poster Viewing & Networking Reception

Day 2 - Thursday, October 24, 2019

7:45 to 8:30 a.m.

Conference Foyer

Continental Breakfast

8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

The Battleford Room

Phenotyping in the Field

Katherine Martin Rainey, Purdue University - Application of UAS longitudinal phenotypes to selection in soybean breeding trials

Ti Zhang, P2IRC – Phenotyping Flowering in Canola and Estimating Seed Yield Using UAV Images

Keshav Singh, P2IRC – Expectations from the UAV-based hyperspectral imaging technique in precision agriculture and plant phenotyping

Hema Duddu, P2IRC – Aerial Imaging for Precision Agriculture Applications

9:45 to 10:15 a.m.

Conference Foyer


10:15 to 11:25 a.m.

The Battleford Room

Machine Learning in the Field: Aerial Image Analysis

Shaun Sharpe, AAFC - Lessons learned from developing machine vision detectors for prevision spraying in Florida plasticulture production

William van der Kamp, P2IRC – PlotVision: HTP for your field imagery

Tewodros Ayalew, P2IRC – Pheno-Canola plot localization using an optimization method

Sara Mardanisamani, P2IRC – Real-time crop lodging prediction of wheat and canola images on drone imagery

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

The Battleford Room


Banquet Lunch

John Pomeroy, Global Institute for Water Security - Global water futures: Solutions to water threats in an era of global change.


1:30 to 2:40 p.m.

The Battleford Room

The Social Science of P2IRC

Brandon McFadden, University of Delaware  - Transitioning consumers from genetic modification to gene editing

Albert Ugochukwu, P2IRC – Social License and Developing World Impacts: Accomplishments in Phase 1

Diego Macall, P2IRC – Digital sequence information and future plant breeding

Stuart Smyth, P2IRC – The Government Policy Impacts from Social Science Research

2:45 to 3:15 p.m.

Conference Foyer


3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

The Battleford Room


Panel Discussion: Q&A with Brandon McFadden and Shaun Sharpe


4:30 to 5:00 p.m.

The Battleford Room


Closing Remarks & Poster Award announcements