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This flagship series brings together Parliamentarians with experts in science and engineering, showcasing outstanding Canadian research accomplishments. Its purpose is to provide unbiased insight into topical scientific issues, within a non-partisan forum. This prestigious forum represents a unique opportunity for scientists to communicate important findings to a distinguished and influential audience.

The series is organized by PAGSE, an umbrella group of 25 + science and engineering organizations operating under the auspices of the Royal Society, and is supported by NSERC.

Next-Generation Technologies for Tomorrow’s Crops: Getting to the Roots of Global Food Security

Leon Kochian, University of Saskatchewan

With stagnating food production and a world population expected to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, global food security is a top-of-mind challenge for everyone. Dr. Kochian’s lab focuses on the plant’s “hidden half” -- the roots, until now largely ignored by breeders. For the very first time, by combining medical imaging, computational biology and data analysis, his lab images root structure and function and creates digital root datasets that allow farmers to breed plants that use less fertilizer and water and yield more crop on the same land.

Named to the 2015/2016 Thomson Reuters list as one of the scientists with the most significant global impact in their field over the past 12 years, Dr. Kochian was attracted to the University of Saskatchewan by the federal Canada Excellence Research Chair Program. In Saskatoon, he heads a major research program in food systems and security. He is Associate Director of the Global Institute for Food Security, and a Professor in the Departments of Plant Sciences and Soil Science. Prior to coming to Canada in 2016, he was Professor of Plant Biology and Director of the Robert Holley Center for Agriculture and Health at Cornell University. He is a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and a member of the USDA-Agricultural Research Service Hall of Fame.

The presentation will be in English.

Organized by: The Partnership Group for Science and Engineering (PAGSE).
Supported by: CANARIE inc. and Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) and many other sponsors.

The Speaker of the Senate
The Speaker of the House of Commons

Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017, 7:30 am - 8:30 am (Hot breakfast is ready by 7am)
Location: Parliamentary Dining Room, Centre Block
Cost: No charge to Members of the House of Commons, Senators and Media. All others $25. Payment must be made in advance by credit card. No refunds for cancellations after May 1, 2017

Contact information: Donna Boag,, 613-991-6369