The Cornell Plant Breeding Symposium organizing committee is soliciting applications from graduate students all over the world to attend and present at the Cornell Corteva Plant Breeding Symposium on April 23rd, 2021. This year's symposium will be held completely virtually. Selected applicants need to be prepared to give a 15 minute presentation focused on their research with 5 minutes for questions on the day of the symposium.

The theme for the 2021 symposium is “Cultivation & Culture”. Since this year is our 10th anniversary, the 2021 theme will be a combination of topics addressing where plant breeding has been and where it may go in the future, while highlighting historically underrepresented plant breeders and geneticists, native and diverse plant species, and underutilized cultivation methods. To accomplish this, we will be splitting the day into 3 sub-themes around the Past, Present, and Future of Plant Breeding.

The Past: The Roots of Breeding
The Present: Culture of Plant Breeding
The Future: Where does our field go in the digital age?

Our goal is to spread the wealth of knowledge generated by these sources, so that plant breeders and geneticists can use this in ongoing and future efforts to combat the challenges we face in plant breeding. We are interested in hearing more about research on underutilized crop species and methods, as well as the stories of BIPOC plant breeders and geneticists. Discussion on any topic that fits these sub-themes is welcome.

Please do not let our theme deter you from applying! Applicants will be selected based on the overall merits of their application, not the adherence to our theme.

Important dates:
Application Closes: March 1, 2021
Applicants Notified: March 10, 2021
Symposium: April 23, 2021

Please send any questions to Savanah Dale at

Fill out the speaker application here!

Questions or want to know more about the symposium? Click here!