The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative will host a virtual conference October 6-8 with the theme “Global Resilience: Science, Pandemics, and the Future of Wheat.” The 2021 BGRI Virtual Technical Workshop will explore how nearly two decades of monitoring and responding to wheat rust epidemics can provide lessons for other global disease outbreaks such as COVID-19. Keynote speakers will draw attention to how we can apply the lessons learned from wheat research and epidemic response to other pandemic diseases facing today’s world.
The online-only 3 day event is open to all and free for registrants. The meetings will begin on October 6, 2021. The sessions begin at 12:00 UTC each day
Mexico City - 7:00 AM (UTC-5)
Ithaca - 8:00 AM (UTC-4)
London - 1:00 PM (UTC+1)
Addis Ababa - 3:00PM (UTC+3)
New Delhi - 5:00 PM (UTC+5:30)
Sydney - 11:00 PM (UTC+11)
This year’s workshop will feature technical sessions from leading experts at national, regional and global institutions such as Cornell University, CIMMYT, U.S. Department of Agriculture – Agricultural Research Service, Agriculture and AgriFood Canada, Aarhus University, Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research, Kenya Agricultural & Livestock Research Organization, Cambridge University and the John Innes Centre in the UK. Presenters from around the globe will lead in-depth talks and discussions on emerging challenges facing global wheat security.