AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture

In 2008, the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation (RMF) made a gift to AAAS to endow a Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture at AAAS in honor of Professor Riley's legacy as a "whole picture" person with a vision for enhancing agriculture through scientific knowledge.

Working in collaboration with the RMF and the World Food Prize Foundation (WFPF) — an organization whose fundamental goal is to support efforts toward an adequate supply and availability of nutritious food for the burgeoning world population in the 21st century — the AAAS Riley Lecture is a special opportunity to highlight the important role of research and innovation in agriculture, the most basic human endeavor.

"…to promote a broader and more complete understanding of agriculture as the most basic human endeavor and... to enhance agriculture through increased scientific knowledge."

Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation
Charles Valentine Riley Examining an Insect. Undated | Charles Valentine Riley Collection. Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, Maryland.

About Charles Valentine Riley

Charles Valentine Riley was a prominent 19th century entomologist. In 1878, he was appointed to the post of Entomologist to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and was chosen to be the first Curator of Insects for the Smithsonian Institution in 1885. Professor Riley became a member of AAAS in 1868, was elected a Fellow in 1874, and then went on to be the Vice President for the biology section in 1888.

The impact of his work of more than a century ago is still being felt today, not only in the fields of entomology and agriculture but also in other natural sciences. Professor Riley's vision and ability to see the role of agriculture in the productive use of the landscape, as an artistry upon which all society depends, is perhaps his greatest legacy.

For more information, please contact Anne Moraske at amoraske@aaas.org or 202-326-6759.

Sponsors

The AAAS Riley Lecture is sponsored by the Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Foundation; the U. S. Department of Agriculture's Agricultural Research Service, Economic Research Service, Forest Service, National Institute of Food and Agriculture; Case IH; DuPont; and Mars Incorporated.

2014 Lecture

 

A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future

The Honorable Daniel Glickman
Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

Panel discussion with Secretary Glickman

Leon H. Bruner
Executive Vice President for Scientific & Regulatory Affairs and Chief Science Officer, Grocery Manufacturer’s Association

Gebisa Ejeta
Distinguished Professor of Plant Breeding & Genetics and International Agriculture, Purdue University

Philip G. Pardey
Professor of Science and Technology Policy, University of Minnesota

Daniel P. Schrag
Director, Harvard University Center for the Environment; Sturgis Hooper Professor of Geology; and Professor of Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University (Moderator)

Catherine Woteki
Under Secretary for Research, Education, and Economics, U.S. Department of Agriculture

Past Lectures

2013 Lecture

Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops under Global Atmospheric Change: Could we have it all in 2030?
Dr. Stephen P. Long
Gutgesell Endowed University Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences
University of Illinois

2012 Lecture

Why Innovation in Agriculture Matters
Dr. Rob Horsch
Deputy Director for Research & Development
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2011 Lecture

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food
Dr. Pamela C. Ronald
Professor, Department of Plant Pathology
University of California, Davis
Co-author of Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food

2010 Lecture

Agricultural Research: Changing of the Guard, Guarding the Change
Dr. Roger Beachy
Formerly Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)