The public is invited to attend an open afternoon session of the Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources (BANR) on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016.
The open session will explore two related themes: High-tech Innovations for Agriculture (with an overview presentation by John Hamer, Investment Director for Monsanto Growth Ventures,) and Research Tools for Agriculture in the Face of Climate Change (including a presentation on remote sensing of ground water by Jay Famiglietti, Professor of Earth Science, UC Irvine and Sr. Water Scientist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory). Registration in advance is helpful to ensure sufficient seating.
The meeting will be held at the National Academy of Sciences Building and will also be presented remotely via WebEx.
Forum of Scientific Society Leaders on Genetically Engineered Crops Report
On Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016, representatives of more than 12 scientific societies will meet to explore the findings, conclusions, and recommendations of the report, Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects, which was released earlier this year. The report has quickly become one of the most popular reports from the National Academies, having been downloaded more than 25,000 times since May. In addition to commenting on the reports’ conclusions and recommendations, panelists will explore how the report might be used in the societies’ academic education and public communication activities. The forum agenda is organized around several panels that will focus on different sections of the report presented by members of the study committee.
The forum will be held in the Auditorium of the National Academy of Sciences Building and will also be webcast live.