Join us May 7-8, 2024, to learn about current research, share ideas for collaboration, and to grow our networks with one another. We welcome participants from the Penn State community as well as our partners across academic institutions, industry, government, and our stakeholder networks.



Registration closes April 16, 2024

About the Symposium

A commitment to a healthy planet and healthy people across farms, wetlands, and waterways to promote biodiversity and to improve the resiliency of our crops, forests, and community health.

Penn State College of Agricultural Sciences is hosting the Technologies for Agriculture and Living Systems Symposium at the University Park campus on May 7-8, 2024, to initiate and foster the productive partnerships necessary for the integration of emerging and advanced technologies to address the complex challenges we face with climate change, resource protection (soil, water, air), biodiversity losses, rural and urban health, and social and economic shifts within our communities.

Symposium Agenda

Day 1 | May 7, 2024


We invite you to join us to learn about current research. Presentations will focus on the development and applications of technologies that are integral to establishing sustainable and resilient agricultural systems that are interconnected with the broader living systems that support them.

Details on the sessions (session themes, presentation titles, and room locations) will be updated as the sessions are finalized with contributing participants.

8:00 am

Check-in, breakfast, and coffee

8:30 am

Welcome and Opening Remarks

9:00 am

Session 1

11:00 am

Session 2

12:00 pm

Poster Session & Lunch

1:00 pm

“Leveraging artificial intelligence and data science to improve data collection and modeling at the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service,” Sean Rhodes, Mathematical Statistician, USDA NASS

1:30 pm

Session 3

2:30 pm

Session 4

3:30 pm

Session 5

4:30 pm

Arboretum Tours

5:30 pm


Day 2 | May 8, 2024


We welcome you to join one of the three concurrent ideation sessions where panelists will share their experiences in building partnerships and set the stage for discussions on how to form lasting networks to advance:

  • Industry and academic engagement;
  • Workforce development;
  • Adoption and implementation.

Details on room locations will be updated as contributing panelists are finalized.

8:15 am

Check-in, breakfast, and coffee

8:30 am

Plenary Remarks on Ideation Sessions

8:45 am

Concurrent Ideation Breakouts

12:00 pm

Networking Lunch

Symposium Logistics

All events will be held on the Penn State University Park campus. Parking information will be provided to registrants. 

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600

Office for Research and Graduate Education


217 Agricultural Administration Building
University Park, PA 16802-2600