October 25, 2022

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7:30 to 8:30 a.m.

Conference Foyer

Registration and Continental Breakfast  

8:30 to 8:45 a.m.


Welcome and Opening Remarks 

Dr. Ian Stavness, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Baljit Singh, VP Research, University of Saskatchewan


8:45 to 9:25 a.m.


 Keynote Speaker

Dr. Valerio Hoyos-Villegas, McGill University - Turning the phenotyping bottleneck into a pipeline

9:25 to 10:15 a.m.



P2IRC Flagship One

Dr. Eiji Nambara, University of Toronto - Development of tools and method to visualize/modulate abscisic acid signaling for improving water use in crops

Carlos Erazo Melo, University of Saskatchewan - Dissecting the genetic basis of root gravitropism towards improving crop drought performance

Dr. Sampath Perumal, Global Institute for Food Security - The Structural Variants Landscape of Canola (Brassica napus) genome

10:15 to 10:30 a.m.

Conference Foyer

 Coffee Break

10:30 to 11:20 a.m.



P2IRC Flagship Two

Dr. Bobbi Helagson, University of Saskatchewan

Dr. Etienne Yergeau, Armand-Frappier Santé Biotechnologie Research Centre - Modeling and engineering the plant and soil microbiomes

11:20 to 12:05 p.m.


Lightning Talks

12:05 to 1:00 p.m.



1:00 to 1:50 p.m.


P2IRC Flagship Three

Derek Wright, University of Saskatchewan - Dissecting lentil crop growth across multi-environment trials using unoccupied aerial vehicles

Pujitha Macha, University of Saskatchewan - High-throughput automated phenotyping pipelines for 2D and 3D plant root images

Dr. Jordan Ubbens, Global Institute for Food Security - What Really Matters? Exploring Learned Representations of Genotype Data

1:50 to 2:40 p.m.


P2IRC Flagship Four

Dr. Kwabena Nketia, University of Saskatewan - Agriculture, Big Data and xAI: Current & Future Needs of Crop Phenotyping

Dr. Bree Kelln,  University of Saskatchewan - Integrated Forage Management and Utilization: Research for Western Canada

2:40 to 2:55 pm

 Conference Foyer

Coffee Break


2:55 to 3:45 p.m.


P2IRC Platforms

Dr. Peter Phillips, Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy - Responding to the climate crisis with biotechnology

Travis Gray,  Global Institute for Food Security - PlotVision: a software platform for aerial crop image storage, organization and analysis

Dr. Banani Roy, University of Saskatchewan - Supporting multidisciplinary data analytics

3:45 to 4:25 p.m.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Danny Singh, Iowa State University - Diversity in breeding projects and technical approaches for a more sustainable crop production

4:25 to 4:35 p.m.

Closing Remarks

5:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Networking Event and Poster Competition