Nebraska Plant Science Symposium


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Dear 2020 NPSS registrants

In light of the ongoing developments related to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), the Nebraska Plant Science Symposium will be held as a Webinar ONLY on March 17.

Our speakers (including three-minute talks) will speak remotely through zoom.
There will not be any in-person activity. Please see the updated program and zoom link information below to attend the webinar. For any further questions, please contact the organizing committee at

We hope you understand our change of plans as this situation (COVID-19) evolved rapidly.
Best wishes, Plant Science Organizing Committee

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Nebraska Plant Science Symposia Series

Advancing Frontiers in Plant Sciences: Challenges from Concepts to Applicability

Nebraska Innovation Campus Conference Center

Tuesday, March 17th, 2020
8:00 am – 5:30 pm


Nebraska Plant Breeding Symposium

About the symposium

The Nebraska Plant Science Symposium is a part of a biennial series which began in 2012. In 2015, the Symposium became an annual event. It is affiliated with the Plant Sciences Symposia Series spanning multiple universities, facilitated by Corteva Agrisciences.

The goal of the symposium series at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln is to enhance agricultural scientific literacy, stimulate collaboration, and help build interest in plant breeding careers. This one-day symposium is free, open to the public, and offered via webinar to the broader scientific community around the world.

Questions? Contact us!

Nebraska Plant Breeding Symposium

Invited Speakers

  • Paul Gepts, Distinguished Professor, University of California Davis, Department of Plant Sciences
  • Rajiv Khosla, Professor, Colorado State University, College of Agricultural Sciences
  • Keith Boldman, Corteva Agriscience

Student Speakers

  • Balpreet Kaur Dhatt, Doctoral Student, Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Kirk Amundson, Ph.D. Candidate, Plant Biology, University of California Davis
Speaker Bio

Tours and Workshops

When registering for the conference you will rank the following workshop or tour options with your FIRST through FOURTH choices. You will only be able to attend two options in the 1–2:50 pm timeframe. We will do our best to accommodate your top 2 choices for the 1–2:50 pm timeframe.


  • Workshop: Genomic Selection: Statistical methods, prediction, and new methodologies to leverage plant-breeding applications. Lead: Diego Jarquin - Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor, UNL
  • Workshop: NUtech Ventures: Nonprofit technology commercialization affiliate that evaluates, protects, markets, and licenses patents and intellectual property. Lead: Jeewan Jyot – Ph.D., Senior Licensing Manager, NUtech Ventures, UNL and Cheryl Horst, J.D., Associate Director and IP Counsel, NUtech Ventures, UNL
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Members of the Nebraska Plant Science Symposium 2020 committee are (from left) Osler Ortez, Mary Happ, Fernanda Souza Krupek, Erika Sanchez-Betancourt, Samantha McConaughy, Gabriela Inveninato Carmona, Sarah Johnson, Jaspinder Singh, Alexandre Tonon Rosa and David Hyten (faculty adviser).


Posters should not be bigger than 46 inches wide x 35 inches in height.

Presentations from the Nebraska Plant Breeding Symposium, years 2012, 2014, 2016 and 2019, can be viewed on UNL Media Hub or on YouTube.


The city of Lincoln has a variety of hotel options within the downtown district, and a short drive from the symposium location.

Funding for this symposium was provided by Corteva Agriscience™ and from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln Department of Agronomy and Horticulture, Agricultural Research Division and the Dermot P. Coyne Distinguished Lectureship fund. Thank you to the faculty and staff within the Department of Agronomy and Horticulture for their support.

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