Addresses several objectives of AAAS through its programs, including furthering the work of scientists, improving the effectiveness of science in the promotion of human welfare, and fostering scientific freedom and responsibility.
“...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
The 2014 Lecture will be held this spring at the AAAS Headquarters in Washington, DC. More information to come...
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.
Background on the 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.
2013: Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops under Global Atmospheric Change: Could we have it all in 2030?
Presented by Dr. Stephen P. Long, Gutgesell Endowed University Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences, University of Illinois
Presented by Dr. Rob Horsch, Deputy Director for Research & Development, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
2011: Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food
Presented by Dr. Pamela C. Ronald, Professor, Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Davis; and co-author of Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics, and the Future of Food
2010: Agricultural Research: Changing of the Guard, Guarding the Change
Presented by Dr. Roger Beachy, then Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)
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.
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