2021 UH Plant ScienceS Symposium 

Building a Better Tomorrow: 

Leveraging the Power of Plant Natural Products




MARCH 15-17, 2021 on Zoom


Started in 2018, the University of Hawaiʻi's Plant Sciences Symposium Series is part of an international symposia series spanning multiple universities and topics facilitated by Corteva Agriscience. 

Each year, students are encouraged to choose their university's symposium topic. This year's theme, "Building a Better Tomorrow: Leveraging the Power of Plant Natural Products," will focus on the many varied ways that plant natural products can be used for human benefit. 

Plants are expert chemists capable of rendering a diverse array of chemical constituents that is vast and astounding. Humans have leveraged plant-derived chemicals for food, medicine, pest-control, weaponry, and countless other uses since the dawn of time. The processes that lead to these chemicals are complex and influenced by a myriad of factors, but understanding them has led to amazing scientific breakthroughs.

This symposium will feature local, national, and international experts discussing the ways the chemistry of nature can be used to aid humankind.

Register for the event here


Confirmed speakers for UHPSS 2021:


  • Jennifer Barry (Corteva Agriscience)
  • Elizabeth Feldeverd (Women in Science Japan)
  • Mel Jackson (Hawaiʻi Agriculture Research Center/Sweet Green Fields)
  • Harry Klee (University of Florida)
  • Nokwanda Makunga (Stellenbosch University)
  • Patrick Sullivan (Oceanit)
  • Dorothea Tholl (Virginia Tech)
  • Leslie Weston (Charles Sturt University/Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation)



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Virtual Conference Platform: Zoom

Questions? Email rbarone@hawaii.edu.


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