Featuring Keynote Speaker
Dr. Robert Bertram
Chief Scientist, Bureau for Food Security
U.S. Agency for International Development
Rob Bertram is the Chief Scientist in USAID’s Bureau for Food Security, where he serves as a key adviser on a range of technical and program issues to advance global food security and nutrition. In this role, he leads USAID’s evidence-based efforts to advance research, technology and implementation in support of the U.S. Government’s global hunger and food security initiative, Feed the Future.
He previously served as Director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy in the Bureau for Food Security, which leads implementation of the Feed the Future research strategy and related efforts to scale innovations in global food security efforts, working with a range of partners. Prior to that, he guided USAID investments in agriculture and natural resources research for many years.
Dr. Bertram’s academic background in plant breeding and genetics includes degrees from University of California, Davis, the University of Minnesota and the University of Maryland. He also studied international affairs at Georgetown University and was a visiting scientist at Washington University in St. Louis. He has been especially active in plant genetic resources policy as it relates to research for development, including applications of biotechnology in food security-related research.
Before coming to USAID, he served with USDA’s international programs as well as overseas with the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) system.
2:30 – Opening Remarks by DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf
2:40 – Keynote Address by Dr. Robert Bertram
3:00 – Presentations by CALS partners and faculty followed by Q&A
4:00 – Poster Session and Networking Reception
Please click the link below to register for the event:
We look forward to the opportunity to explore international connections and collaborations in research, outreach, teaching, and development.
2018 Spring Symposium – Call for Presentations & Posters
CALS Global is hosting a Food Security & Global Development symposium on May 1, 2018 from 2:30-5:00pm. The goal for this symposium is to highlight the important work that CALS is doing to address critical international food, health, and environmental challenges. USAID Chief Scientist in the Bureau for Food Security, Dr. Rob Bertram will be the keynote speaker and Sheila Harsdorf, Wisconsin Secretary of DATCP will be a special guest. Thus, it’s a great opportunity to highlight CALS research in the food security area and engage USAID for future support of our work.
We would like you to consider preparing a presentation or a poster for this event, to be held on campus. To showcase the breadth and depth of our research expertise and to communicate our collective research excellence to USAID, we are seeking the following:
- 5-6 TEDx style presentations (5 minutes each).
- Poster presentations from faculty, academic staff, post-docs, and graduate students. There will be an award for the best poster!
Through these talks and posters, we hope to demonstrate to USAID the cutting-edge research CALS is doing. Please click the link below to register your idea for a presentation or poster by March 30, 2018.
Thank you and please let us know if you have any questions.