Plenary keynotes and panel (April 24-25 morning)
Patricio Grassini, “Science for Food: closing yield gaps while minimizing the environmental footprint”
Dr. Patricio Grassini is an Associate Professor of Agronomy at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL) and a fellow of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute and the Center for Great Plains Study. Patricio earned a B.S. in Agricultural Engineering from University of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and a Ph.D. in Agronomy from UNL in 2007. He has authored 55 papers published in peer-review journals, including top-tier journals such as Nature Communications, PNAS, BioScience, Environmental Research Letters, and Global Change Biology, 7 book chapters, and many extension publications. His research interests center on crop yield potential, yield-gap analysis, resource- and energy-use efficiency in cropping systems, and crop modeling. Patricio’s research covers a diverse range of cropping systems, including rainfed crops in Argentina and Sub-Saharan Africa and high-yield irrigated crops in the U.S. Corn Belt and South-East Asia. Major on-going project is to develop a Global Yield Gap and Water Productivity Atlas (www.yieldgap) that provides estimates of gaps between actual and potential yield for major cropping systems as well as crop water productivity. Dr Grassini is also leading a project to benchmark on-farm yields and input-use efficiency of maize-soybean systems in the US Corn Belt, a USDA-NIFA project on N footprint, and a third project on yield forecasting. Dr. Grassini was recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship and other three fellowships and six awards, including the Agronomy Society of America (ASA) Early Career Award and UNL Junior Faculty Excellence in Research Award. Patricio also serves as a member of the Editorial Advisory Board of Field Crops Research and Global Food Security journals. He also serves as a member of the Science Advisory Council of Field to Market. Patricio is the elected Chair of the Crop Science Society of America C3 Division for the 2018 term.
Karlheinz Erb, "Land use, a key component of the Earth system at the heart of sustainability challenges"
Karlheinz Erb is associated professor for Land use and Global Change at the Institute of Social Ecology (University of Natural Resources and Life Siences, Vienna). Being trained as ecologist, he has more than twenty years of experience in interdisciplinary research, focussing on the interactions between society and global environmental systems, and the consequences of land use and management for ecosystem structures and functioning across spatio-temporal scales. Topics of interest include sustainability dimensions like food security, biodiversity loss and climate change, with a particular interest in better understanding the role of land management in the Earth system. He was member of the Scientific Steering Committee of the Global Land Project, and currently serves as lead author of the IPCC Special Report on Land Use and Climate Change. He is member of the Young Academy of the Austrian Academy of Science and member of the Commission on Ecosystem Management (CEM) at IUCN. He has co-authored more than 100 scientific papers and in 2010 he was awarded an ERC Starting Grant by the ERC for the project "Land Use Intensity from a Socio-Ecological Perspective".
Tania Li, "When the Land is Needed, but the People are Not: Challenging Transition Narratives"
Tania Murray Li is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Toronto. Her publications include: Land's End: Capitalist Relations on an Indigenous Frontier (Duke University Press, 2014) Powers of Exclusion: Land Dilemmas in Southeast Asia (with Derek Hall and Philip Hirsch, NUS Press, 2011) The Will to Improve: Governmentality, Development, and the Practice of Politics (Duke University Press, 2007) and many articles on land, labour, class, capitalism, development, resources and indigeneity with a particular focus on Indonesia. Her current book project, Plantation Life, is an ethnography of an oil palm zone. https://taniamurrayli.wordpress.com/