The overall program will be highlighted by two keynote addresses. On September 14, in the evening, Dr. Jared DIAMOND will provide the inaugural address for the symposium. On September 16, in the evening, Dr. Gary NABHAN will address the participants of the California Cornucopia Dinner.
During the actual symposium, presentations will be organized around three themes: Crop and animal domestication scenarios on Monday (15 Sept.); Processes of agricultural evolution on Tuesday (16 Sept.); and Agricultural biodiversity and sustainability: the global implications of California agriculture on Wednesday (17 Sept.). The Wednesday session will have a specific focus on California agriculture, including a review of the plant and animal breeding contributions of UC Davis (and the California Agricultural Experiment Station) to California agriculture. For each of these days, we have identified speakers who are at the forefront of research in these areas.
Contributed Posters: Participants may present posters on topics relevant to the Symposium objectives. Some poster topics may be selected and presenters invited to make an oral presentation. Abstracts will be required before the Symposium.
Post-Symposium Tours: Optional (extra cost) one-day tours have been arranged. Possible itineraries include genetic resources collections, crop and livestock improvement projects, agrobiodiversity assessment and conservation efforts, local museums and reserves.