Announcing the ARN workshop and hackathon at #Plantbio22

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    Modesta Abugu
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    Theme- <b style=”font-family: inherit; font-size: inherit;”>Enhancing climate-smart agriculture to build resilient systems


    Current agricultural ecosystems are threatened by ongoing climate change and weather extremes, which affect crop production, biodiversity and dynamics of pests and diseases. We need to rethink the way we do agriculture in order to bridge the gap between productivity and resilience to environmental stresses. Climate-smart agriculture could help reduce emissions, enhance resilience and ensure sustainable livelihoods. The workshop promoted by the ASPB African Researchers Network aims to stimulate discussions on emerging tools in plant biology, climate science and artificial intelligence to improve climate-smart agriculture.

    The workshop will feature talks by experts and will also include perspectives from early career researchers and science communicators. Building on the success of the previous edition, the workshop will feature an agricultural technology hackathon to expand technology development in climate-smart agriculture. Over a 48 hours period, teams will be asked to hack possible solutions to a series of challenges, which could help guide actions towards climate-resilient agricultural and food systems.

    The four main hackathon themes include: (1) Plant stress biology; (2) Climate change vulnerability assessments; (3) Carbon sequestration and climate change mitigation strategies; (4) Communicating climate change mitigation and adaptation. Information on team formation and challenges will be emailed to registered participants ahead of time. Mentors will be assigned to each team to guide the development of potential solutions. Teams will present their results during Day 2 of the workshop on Monday, July 11th 2022 10:00AM-12:00PM PST, and winning teams will be awarded various prizes.

    Registration form: https://forms.gle/L73z2wv5UV4aDjWB9

    Deadline to register: Tuesday, July 5th, 2022 11:59PM PST