May 21, 2020 10:00-11:00 am EDT

The Borlaug Global Rust Initiative

2020 Jeanie Borlaug Laube Women in Triticum
Early Career and Mentor Award
Celebration



"The Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat"





The first 2020 BGRI Virtual Workshop, hosted by Cornell University,

GREAT and the Alliance for Science.

With funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

and UK aid through the Department for International Development.

About the conference
The BGRI's 2020 Women in Triticum (WIT) Celebration will address the changing face of leadership and research in wheat with the global wheat community. Since 2010, the BGRI has honored 55 WIT Early Career awardees and 10 Mentor awardees. Join our interactive Zoom webinar to honor this year's winners.

This page will be our main gathering place during the event, so please bookmark it. All aspects of the 2020 WIT Award Celebration will take place on Zoom as a webinar, so refer to the following agenda. You can also watch the event live here or on the Borlaug Global Rust Initiative's Facebook page.


2020 BGRI WIT Early Career Awardees
Anna Backhaus
John Innes Centre, UK
Anna Backhaus, from Germany, is a second-year Ph.D. student at the John Innes Centre in the United Kingdom. Her work focuses on the genetic network in control of early spike development in wheat. She has also worked at the Max Planck Institute and ICARDA.
Bharati Pandey
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India
Bharati Pandey, from India, is a scientific officer in the Bioscience Group, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC), in Mumbai. Her doctoral thesis focused on identifying and validating single nucleotide polymorphism markers in abiotic stress-responsive genes, and identifying stress-induced microRNAs in wheat.
Yewubdar Ishetu Shewaye
Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research
Yewubdar Ishetu Shewaye, from Ethiopia, works as a wheat breeder for the Ethiopian Institute of Agricultural Research at the Debre Zeit Agricultural Research Center. Her main objectives are to empower the farming community in Ethiopia and other developing nations in the fight against wheat rust diseases, to reduce production costs for resource-poor farmers, and to increase yield.
Paula Silva
Kansas State University
Paula Silva, from Uruguay, leads part of the disease resistance breeding program at INIA as well as coordinates the Precision Wheat Phenotypic Platform for Wheat Diseases in collaboration with CIMMYT. She has worked on projects aimed at breeding for barley yellow dwarf and blast resistance by characterizing wild relatives of wheat to search for novel sources of resistance
Peipei Zhang
Hebei Agricultural University
Peipei Zhang, from China, is a researcher at Hebei Agricultural University. For the last decade, her research has focused on wheat rust genetics, specifically on gene discovery and leaf rust resistance in the wheat genome. She hopes to transform her research outcomes to benefit millions of smallholder farmers in China and other countries to reduce wheat loss due to rust diseases.
2020 BGRI WIT Mentor Awardee
Evans Lagudah
CSIRO
Evans Lagudah, from Australia, is a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science and an adjunct professor at the University of Sydney. Lagudah operates at the interface between agriculture and fundamental molecular research, and his research ensures the rapid translation of new molecular discoveries into practical agriculture in the global grains industry.
Speakers
The BGRI's flagship online event, "The Changing Face of Leadership and Research in Wheat," is hosted by Maricelis Acevedo and Jeanie Borlaug Laube. The BGRI celebrates the 2020 WIT awardees with a keynote presentation by Barbara Stinson, President of the World Food Prize Foundation, a reflection on the history of the BGRI WIT award by Sarah Evanega, Director of the Cornell Alliance for Science, and a panel discussion with previous WIT awardees moderated by Hale Ann Tufan, Co-director, Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT).
Maricelis Acevedo
Assoc Director for Science for Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat
Jeanie Borlaug Laube
Chair of the BGRI
Barbara Stinson
President, World Food Prize
Sarah Davidson Evanega
Director, Cornell Alliance for Science
Hale Ann Tufan
Co-director, Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT)
Sandra Dunckel - Panelist
KWS UK Ltd., UK
Sarah (Battenfield) McNeil - Panelist
Syngenta, US
Mercy Wamalwa - Panelist
Egerton University, Kenya
Sarrah Ben M'Barek-Ben Romdhane - Panelist
Regional Field Crops Research Center of Béja, Tunisia
Conference schedule
May 21, Thursday
10:00 – 10:05
10:00 – 10:05
Welcome
Maricelis Acevedo - Host
Assoc Director for Science for Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

10:05 – 10:10
10:05 – 10:10
"The History of the BGRI WIT Award"
Sarah Davidson Evanega
Director of the Cornell Alliance for Science

10:10 – 10:25
10:10 – 10:25
"2020 WIT Early Career and Mentor Awardees: Our Work and Passion for Wheat": Video testimonials from the awardees
Maricelis Acevedo – Co-host
Assoc Director for Science for Delivering Genetic Gain in Wheat

Jeanie Borlaug Laube – Co-host
Chair of the BGRI
2020 WIT Early Career Awardees
  • Anna Backhaus, John Innes Centre, UK
  • Bharati Pandey, Bhabha Atomic Research Centre, India
  • Yewubdar Ishetu Shewaye, Ethiopia Institute of Agricultural Research, Ethiopia
  • Paula Silva, Kansas State University, Uruguay
  • Peipei Zhang, Hebei Agricultural University, China
2020 WIT Mentor Awardee
  • Evans Lagudah, CSIRO, Australia
10:25 – 10:40
10:25 – 10:40
"The Importance of Gender in Assuring Global Food Security"
Barbara Stinson
President of the World Food Prize
10:40 – 10:55
10:40 – 10:55
"The Future of Wheat Research: Aspirations and Visions"
Hale Ann Tufan, Moderator, 2010 WIT Awardee
Co-director, Gender-responsive Researchers Equipped for Agricultural Transformation (GREAT)


WIT Panelists

  • Sandra Dunckel, 2013 awardee, KWS UK Ltd., UK
  • Sarah (Battenfield) McNeil, 2014, Syngenta, US
  • Mercy Wamalwa, 2016, Egerton University, Kenya
  • Sarrah Ben M'Barek-Ben Romdhane, 2017, Regional Field Crops Research Center of Béja, Tunisia
10:55 – 11:00
10:55 – 11:00
Closing
Maricelis Acevedo
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Thursday May 21, at 10am EDT
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