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GPC Meeting: Enhancing global collaborations in crop science

The pressing challenges of increased food security in a changing climate cannot be met by researchers and policymakers working in silos. While there is excellent work being done on a national scale, we need to facilitate increased international collaboration in research. For many regions of the world – often where food and climate challenges are greatest – such collaborations and the funding models to support them are not well developed. The global community needs to coordinate research for impact, which necessitates new strategies for fostering international collaboration, as well as the improvement of mechanisms for funding and embedding policy and communication programs into such initiatives. While not without its challenges, there are examples across the globe of progress in this front in the fields of photosynthesis and crop improvement. What is special about the way that these collaborations have come together that has attracted generous international funding? Can we develop these models further in other research areas?

This forum, held at the 2018 ASA-CSSA meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, brings together leading researchers and policy-makers who will provide exemplars of new models for large-scale integrative research and the lessons learned from their implementation. Attendees will also have the opportunity to discuss the issues presented in breakout groups throughout the day, with the aim of bringing forward a possible collaborative project/funding model that addresses the global challenges of food insecurity and climate change.

Date: November 2018

Location: Baltimore, Maryland, USA

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