Agroforestry Symposium to Focus on Innovation, Entrepreneurship

Tenth annual event is free and open to the public

The 10th annual University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium will focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. The two-day symposium begins Wednesday, Jan. 30, with a presentation by Rodolphe Barrangou, an associate professor from North Carolina State University.

There will be numerous presentations and round-table discussions the following day, Thursday, Jan. 31. The title of the symposium is, “Innovation to Entrepreneurship: Fostering a Culture of Research Translation,” and the entire event will be held at the Bond Life Sciences Center on the MU campus.

The symposium is free and open to the public, but advanced registration is requested. Registration can be completed by clicking here. A livestream will be available for those who are unable to attend in person. Registration and the livestream link are available by clicking here.

“The annual Agroforestry Symposium is an opportunity to bring together leading researchers and practitioners to explore in-depth and showcase a compelling agroforestry-related theme,” said Gregory Ormsby Mori, Center for Agroforestry outreach coordinator.

Michael Gold, interim director, MU Center for Agroforestry, will welcome guests of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.Michael Gold, interim director, MU Center for Agroforestry, will welcome guests of the University of Missouri Center for Agroforestry Symposium at 8:15 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31.

The symposium kicks off at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 30, with an introduction from Mark McIntosh, vice president for research and economic development for the UM System, and vice chancellor for research at MU. A special guest speaker, Barrangou, will follow at 7 p.m. with a presentation titled, “The CRISPR Craze: Entrepreneurial Lessons from a Disruptive Technology.” Barrangou is an associate professor of food science at NC State. His lab focuses on the biology and genetics of the CRISPR-Cas immune systems in bacteria.

“We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. McIntosh and Dr. Barrangou to the symposium,” Ormsby Mori said. “They will get the event off to a great start.”

The symposium will continue at 8 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31. Michael Gold, interim director, Center for Agroforestry, and Christopher Daubert, vice chancellor and dean for the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, will welcome everyone at 8:15 a.m.

Kelly Sexton, associate vice president for research – technology transfer and innovation partnerships at the University of Michigan, will serve as the keynote speaker. Sexton will discuss universities as drivers of economic growth.

She will be followed by a variety of presenters and topics throughout the day – everything from medicinal plants to elemental enzymes. There will be two panel discussions as well. A reception and poster session will close the event, which will end around 6 p.m. For a complete list of speakers and topics, visit the Center for Agroforestry website.

“The symposium has something for everyone,” Ormsby Mori said. “We have an incredible lineup of speakers and topics, and we’re excited to have some great discussions.”

The MU Center for Agroforestry was established in 1998 and is one of the world’s leading center’s contributing to the science underlying agroforestry. Agroforestry practices help landowners to diversify products, markets and farm income; improve soil and water quality; sequester carbon; reduce erosion, non-point source pollution and damage due to flooding; and mitigate climate change.

The Bond Life Sciences Center is located at 1201 Rollins Street, Columbia, MO, 65211.