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2023 AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture


Wednesday, November 15, 2023
5:00pm to 6:30pm ET
Reception to follow

AAAS Headquarters
Auditorium, 2nd floor
1200 New York Ave N.W.
Washington, DC 20005
(Entrance on 12th and H Street)

The AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture is an important opportunity to explore the environmental and societal challenges facing our planet through the lens of agricultural innovation and its applications in a global context.


In 2023, we present the 13th Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture, which will be a part of the AAAS 175th anniversary celebration. In light of the AAAS anniversary, the Lecture will reflect on how the history of science and technology has impacted agriculture, and look forward to how innovation can help address the future of food security and environmental challenges. The annual lecture is a collaboration between AAAS, RMF, and the World Food Prize Foundation. This year’s hybrid lecture will feature Dr. Joe Cornelius, Chief Executive Officer at the Bill & Melinda Gates Agricultural Innovations (Gates Ag One)

                                                       Reimagining the Arc to Impact

Dr. Cornelius’s remarks will be followed by a Q&A session and a panel discussion with noted leaders Dr. Saharah Moon Chapotin, Executive Director at Foundation for Food & Agriculture Research, Dr. Daniel Robison, President of the C.V. Riley Memorial Foundation, and Dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Iowa State University, and Dr. Sudip Parikh, Chief Executive Officer at AAAS and Executive Publisher of Science Family of Journals. The discussion will be led by Dr. Valda Vinson, Executive Editor of the Science journals.

A reception will follow for the in-person attendees.

4:30 pm Registration Opens
5:00 pm Lecture
6:30 pm Reception

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