Started in 2018, The University of Hawaii's Plant Science Symposium series is part of an international symposia series spanning multiple universities and topics. These series are facilitated by what is now Corteva Agriscience, with the following objective:
"Our objective in organizing and supporting the Plant Sciences Symposia Series is to work directly with students at institutions around the world, facilitating a science-based forum that enhances discussion between the academic community and private industry, builds key organizational and management skills in future plant scientists, and exposes students to a diversity of career opportunities in agriculture."
Each year students are encouraged to choose their university's symposium topic. This year will focus on the exchange of information between the scientific community and the public, focusing on agricultural innovation and what can be learned from past experiences. The symposium will focus on the exchange of ideas and experiences from professionals spanning many areas including communication specialists, journalists, farmers, scientists, and industry professionals. There will be special emphasis on the history of Hawaii's own rainbow papaya.
If you want to learn more about rainbow papaya but can't attend the conference, feel free to watch a video created by one of this year's speakers, Joan Conrow.