USask Plant Phenotyping and Imaging Research Centre

2nd Annual P2IRC Symposium

The 2nd Annual P2IRC Symposium: Designing Crops for Global Food Security, took place June 20-22, 2017, at the Delta Bessborough in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. Nearly 300 participants from at least six countries including senior researchers, members of our International Scientific Advisory Committee, about 100 students, and more than 30 delegates and colleagues representing industry and producer groups attended the Symposium.

The Symposium program was transdisciplinary, one of the hallmarks of P2IRC itself, and focused on “cross-pollination.” It provided an opportunity for P2IRC researchers to report on exciting progress made this past year and to identify, through keynote presentations and panel presentations involving researchers from other institutions and industry, the challenges we are facing in digital plant phenotyping as we plan for the next five years of investment. The third day of the Symposium featured a workshop on developing common data standards to foster more effective international collaboration among researchers. Delegates enjoyed an evening “Flavour of the Prairies Market Stroll” at the nearby Saskatoon Farmers’ Market.

Information on the 2nd Annual Student Poster Competition can be viewed here. If you are interested in viewing a complete package of 2017 Symposium posters and abstracts, please email the P2IRC Secretariat at

The program from the 2nd Annual P2IRC Symposium can be found here.

Keynote Presentations

Who Owns Open Ag Data? by Prof. Jeremy de Beer
Field-Based Plant Phenotyping Devices by Dr. Kelly Thorp
Manipulating Relativistic Electrons with Lasers by Prof. Victor Malka
Roles for Digital Phenotyping in Public Breeding Programs by Dr. Kirsten Bett
Challenges of Global Agriculture Using Advanced Plant Traits by Dr. Addie Thompson
Digital Agriculture: The Future of Farming by Prof. Bronwyn Harch
Enhancing Phenotyping Tools for Commercial Canola Breeders by Dr. Van Ripley
Who is Driving Technology Uptake in Plant Breeding? By Prof. Peter Langridge
The Role of High-Throughput Phenotyping in Plant Breeding by Dr. James Schnable
Application of Plant Phenotyping in Plant Science Research by Dr. Tala Awada

Event Photos

Photos from our 2017 Symposium will be available shortly on GIFS' Facebook page.