Program
(Venue: Ralph W Cummings Auditorium)
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Inaugural Session
IntroductionAnu Chitikineni
Senior Manager-Center of Excellence in Genomics & System Biology (CEGSB),
ICRISAT
WelcomeRajeev Varshney
Research Program Director-Genetic Gains,
Director-Center of Excellence in Genomics & System Biology (CEGSB),
ICRISAT
Inaugural AddressKiran Sharma
Deputy Director General (Research),
ICRISAT
Inspirational addressHS Gupta
Former Director General, Borlaug Institute for South Asia (BISA) & Former Director,
ICAR-Indian Agriculture Research Institute (IARI),
India
Keynote Lecture 1:
Integration of rapid cycling system with GS and other breeding tools?
Lee Hickey
The University of Queensland,
Australia
Keynote Lecture 2:
Precision breeding to accelerate genetic gains in crop improvement
Arvind Kumar
International Rice Research Institute (IRRI),
Philippines
Session I: Panel Discussions on Technological Interventions
Moderator : Rajeev Varshney, ICRISAT, Hyderabad                        
Panellists:
Sabhyata Bhatia, National Institute of Plant Genome Research, New Delhi
Asnake Fikre, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Ethiopia
Pooran Gaur, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad
PK Gupta, Chaudhary Charan Singh University, Meerut
Shailaja Hittalmani, University of Agricultural Sciences, Bangalore
T Radhakrishnan, ICAR-Directorate of Groundnut Research, Junagadh
Sujay Rakshit, ICAR- Indian Institute of Maize Research, Ludhiana
AK Singh, ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute, New Delhi
NP Singh, ICAR-Indian Institute of Pulses Research, Kanpur
Session II: Panel Discussions on Policy Interventions
Moderator : Chris Ojiewo, ICRISAT, Nairobi                        
Panellists:
IU Abubakar, Institute for Agricultural Research (IAR), Nigeria
PK Agrawal, ICAR- National Agricultural Science Fund, New Delhi
Jan Debaene, International Crops Research Institute for the Semi-Arid Tropics, Hyderabad
V Praveen Rao, Prof Jayashankar Telangana State Agri. Uni., Hyderabad
C Tara Satyavathi, ICAR- AICRP-Pearl Millet, Jodhpur
G P Singh, ICAR-Indian Institute of Wheat & Barley Research, Karnal
Vilas Tonapi, ICAR- Indian Institute of Millets Research, Hyderabad
KP Viswanatha, Mahatma Phule Krishi Vidyapeeth, Rahuri
OP Yadav, ICAR- Central Arid Zone Research Institute, Jodhpur
Closing Session
Kiran Sharma
Deputy Director General (Research),
ICRISAT
 
RP Sharma
INSA Senior Scientist ,
National Res. Centre for Plant Biotechnology,
Rajeev Varshney
Research Program Director-Genetic Gains,
Director-Center of Excellence in Genomics & System Biology (CEGSB),
ICRISAT
Rajeev Gupta
Theme Leader-Genomics & Trait Discovery,
ICRISAT