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Crop Science Innovation Summit

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Crop Science Innovation Summit // June 20, 2023

Bayer's Crop Science Innovation Summit showcased how the journey toward regenerative agriculture has already begun. Feeding a growing world population while respecting the planet’s boundaries is one of the biggest challenges for the decades ahead.

Rodrigo Santos, President of the Crop Science Division and Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG, along with other Crop Science top leaders and scientists discussed how innovation can help overcome this challenge.  

Beyond our core business of seeds, traits, crop protection and digital solutions we are developing technologies for adjacent markets such as alternatives to synthetic fertilizer, specialized cover crops and tools for carbon farming that will allow growers to produce more while preserving the soil and reducing the environmental impact of farming. 

The event took place in New York City on June 20, 2023.




8:00 a.m. EDT 
(2:00 p.m CEST)

Vision for Sustainable & Regenerative Agriculture 

  • Rodrigo Santos, President of Crop Science Division and Member of the Board of Management of Bayer AG
  • Jeremy Williams, Head of Climate Corporation and Digital Farming 
  • Frank Terhorst, Head of Strategy & Sustainability of the Crop Science Division



Crop Science's Innovation Investment

  • Robert Reiter, Head of Research and Development of the Crop Science Division 

9:00 a.m. EDT 
(3:00 p.m CEST)

Break (15 min.)



Designer Seeds

  • Mike Graham, Head of Breeding of the Crop Science Division

Transformative Trait Technologies

  • Kelly Gillespie, Vice President of Digital Ecosystem Services of the Crop Science Division


Sustainable Small Molecules   

  • Axel Trautwein, Head of Regulatory Science of the Crop Science Division


Biological Breakthroughs 

  • Jessica Christiansen, Head of Sustainability and Business Stewardship of the Crop Science Division

Digital Ag & Carbon

  • Tom Eickhoff, Chief Science Officer for Digital Farming Solutions

11:00 a.m. EDT
(5:00 p.m. CEST)


11:20 a.m. EDT
(5:20 p.m. CEST)

Live Q&A 

12:10 p.m. EDT
(6:10 p.m. CEST)