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.