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AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture

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AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture Tenth Anniversary

Summer 2019, AAAS Headquarters, Washington, DC

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 recognition of the 10th anniversary lecture, we are seeking nominations for speakers who will address the role of agricultural innovation in addressing critical global challenges in the next decade. A nominee should be someone who is or has been working at the forefront of a pressing issue at the nexus of agriculture and society. He or she should have made outstanding scientific contributions and/or significant policy accomplishments related to research and innovation in agriculture with demonstrated societal impact.

Nomination Instructions

Nominations must include the following information:

  • Nominator’s name and title, institutional affiliation, email address, and phone number
  • Nominee’s name and title, institutional affiliation, address (physical and email), and phone number
  • A summary of the basis of the nomination that illuminates the nominee’s accomplishments with respect to agriculture and society (not to exceed 500 words)
  • A curriculum vitae (3 page maximum)

***Candidates nominated but not selected in 2017 and 2018 may be re-nominated for the 2019 Lecture.

The lecture carries an honorarium of $5,000 and AAAS will cover standard travel and housing expenses.

Submission Instructions and Deadline

All documentation should be submitted in PDF or Word format via email to Michael Fernandez, EPI Center Director, at For more information, please send Dr. Fernandez an email or call 202-326-7056.

The deadline for nominations is April 15, 2019.


"…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.)


The 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; and Mars Incorporated.

Past Lectures

2018 Lecture: Does Agriculture have a Parallel Science Problem?

Presented by Alison Van Eenennaam, Cooperative Extension Specialist in the field of Animal Genomics and Biotechnology, University of California, Davis.

2017 Lecture

Joining Forces to Protect the Future of Agriculture and the Planet

Presented by Robert Fraley, Executive Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Monsanto Company

2016 Lecture

The Role of U.S. Research Universities in Meeting the Global Food Security Challenge
Presented by Randy Woodson, Chancellor of North Carolina State University

2015 Lecture

A University President’s Perspective on the Economic Importance of Pursuing a Unifying Message to Make Agriculture a National Priority
Presented by Steven Leath, President, Iowa State University

2014 Lecture

A Food and Agricultural Research Agenda to Deal with the Asteroids of the Future
Presented by The Honorable Daniel Glickman, Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture

2013 Lecture
Food, Feed and Fuel from Crops under Global Atmospheric Change: Could we have it all in 2030?
Presented by Stephen P. Long, Gutgesell Endowed University Professor of Plant Biology and Crop Sciences University of Illinois

2012 Lecture

Why Innovation in Agriculture Matters
Presented by Rob Horsch, Deputy Director for Research & Development at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

2011 Lecture

Tomorrow's Table: Organic Farming, Genetics and the Future of Food
Presented by 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 Lecture

Agricultural Research: Changing of the Guard, Guarding the Change
Presented by Roger Beachy,  then Director of the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA)