Following the resounding successes of the 2012 and 2013 symposiums, a planning committee of students from around the United States was formed to meet demand for the 2014 symposium. With support from Dr. Mark Sorrells and Dr. Michael Mazourek of the Department of Plant Breeding and Genetics at Cornell University, we are preparing a three-day symposium to be held at Hope Lake Lodge and Conference Center and the Finger Lakes Region of New York from August 17-20, 2014.
The Finger Lakes Region is home to a highly diverse and vibrant agriculture. It will serve as an ideal setting to explore new models and ideas for synergy between plant breeders, farmers, processors, food artisans, chefs, and consumers. The 2014 SOSS will bring together the leading scientists in the field and thirty graduate student plant breeders from across the country to interact with and learn from these stakeholders and systems, to share their ideas and knowledge, and to develop new knowledge, experience, and capacity to advance crop improvement for sustainable agriculture.
The symposium will include field trips, workshops and keynote addresses given by distinguished speakers. The preliminary agenda includes touring Cornell University research programs and partners, a student-led field day to showcase student research projects, and field visits to local farms, seed companies, and food artisans.