BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS, US — The Women in Agribusiness Summit is offering virtual attendance options for its 2020 US and international conferences.

The WIA Summit Europe, planned July 2-3, originally scheduled in Paris, France, will now be completely virtual. The US Summit, planned Sept. 16-18 in Nashville, Tennessee, US, includes a virtual option.

Planning is now underway to ensure these virtual experiences mirror the benefits of networking, intelligence gathering and interactivity that have come to be the hallmarks of WIA events, organizers said.

 “Our robust virtual platform will supercharge attendees’ experience,” said Joy O’Shaughnessy, WIA event director and chief operating officer at HighQuest, parent company of WIA. “Speaker presentations will be brought to life with embedded live-streaming video, interactive Q&A sessions and engaging polling options, not to mention networking that includes instant messaging and real-time chat, and connecting with attendees via private group video discussions as well access to a multi-tiered database of information about fellow delegates.”

 Speakers and topics for WIA Summit Europe include:

  • Keynote: Minette Batters, president of the National Farmers’ Union of England and Wales, who will speak on “Building Back Better” after COVID-19.
  • Panel: Experts from Matador Ventures Lt, Syngenta, CapAgro and AgriSat will talk to “Farming 4.0: Ushering in the Digital Age in Agriculture” and address: How are those that collect this data using it? Who actually owns the data? Who is benefiting from this and how?
  • Presentation: Carol Heil, associate at Ernst & Young, will speak to “Agricultural Trade After COVID-19”.
  • Short Pitch Series: From biotechnology advances in ag to upcycling and eco-extraction, and robots in the poultry sector, these ingenious women will provide a glimpse into the future of ag during this always lively Ag Innovation Hour.

The Women in Agribusiness Summit US, now in its ninth year, is heading to Nashville for the first time (COVID-19 restrictions permitting), offering in-person and virtual attendance.

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