Discover Phenome 2019: Workshops and Field Trips

Digital Phenotyping, Genomes to Fields, and Maricopa Research Station

Post written by Michelle Woodvine for Plant Editors/Peridot Scientific Communications.

Phenome offers a unique opportunity for the multidisciplinary phenomics community to come together in the spirit of collaboration, innovation and networking. For more information, visit and follow @PlantPhenomics and #Phenome2019 on Twitter.

Always a popular feature of the conference, workshops and field trips allow participants to experience some of the exciting new hands-on applications available in the phenomics space, and to observe emerging technologies in action. Sign up for the workshops when you register for Phenome 2019!

We are pleased to announce the return of our popular digital phenotyping workshop, plus — new for this year’s conference — the Genome to Fields (G2F) initiative workshop.

Our field trip will tour the USDA-ARS Arid Land Agricultural Research Station at Maricopa, Arizona, where participants will experience the TERRA-REF field scanning system – the largest in North America!

Here’s what some Phenome 2018 participants had to say about the workshops:
“… hands-on time with some of the analysis methods that are being used was very helpful.”
“…a great opportunity to learn what was going on in the field and meet researchers.”
“…the digital phenomics workshop (was the most beneficial aspect of the conference)”

Digital Phenotyping Workshop: Wednesday, February 6th 8 AM–4 PM

In this hands-on workshop, domain experts will guide participants as they experience low-cost phenotyping hardware and data processing from state-of-the-art image-based phenotyping technologies. Workshop participants are expected to bring their own computers. This year, Malia Gehan, Noah Fahlgren, & Josh Peschel will facilitate the workshop.

Genome to Fields (G2F) Workshop: Wednesday, February 6th 10 AM–4 PM

Genomes to Fields (G2F) is a publicly-initiated and led maize research initiative, focused on developing knowledge, tools and technologies that sustainably improve plant productivity through the catalysis and coordination of research linking genomics and predictive phenomics. Learn about the latest advances in plant phenomics as seen through the eyes (and research) of engineers, computer scientists, and mathematicians! This workshop will be facilitated by David Ertl, Iowa Corn & Natalia De Leon, University of Wisconsin.

Field Trip, USDA-ARS Arid-Land Agricultural Research Center.: Wednesday, February 6th 9 AM–3 PM

This tour will highlight the close collaboration between the University of Arizona and the USDA-ARS at Maricopa, AZ. Participants will tour the research station and the TERRA-REF field-scanning system, the largest field scanner system in North America. Visit the TERRA-REF website to learn more about their technology, including the field scanner system; automated controlled-environment; sensors on unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted ground vehicles; genomic, genetic data and computational platform; and high-performance data storage and computing system.

Sign up today, when you register for Phenome 2019!

Dates to remember:

Deadline to submit abstracts to be considered for a talk: October 29, 2018

Early bird registration deadline: October 29, 2018

Keep in touch:

Follow @PlantPhenomics and #Phenome2019 on Twitter.