Wednesday, September 20, 2017 at 12:20pm to 1:10pm
Samuel Crowell is an agricultural advisor within the Economic and Business Affairs Bureau at the U.S. Department of State. At the State Department, Sam serves as the U.S. National Focal Point for the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety under the Convention on Biological Diversity, an international treaty governing the trade of biotech crops. Sam also serves as an advisor on biotechnology regulatory policy, trade policy, emerging ag technologies, and science communication. He previously served as an Advisor and AAAS Science & Technology Policy Fellow within the Office of the Chief Scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), where he covered biotechnology, plant breeding, and open data policies, and as a Mirzayan Fellow at the National Academy of Sciences working on communications strategies for the recent report: “Genetically Engineered Crops: Experiences and Prospects.” He holds a Ph.D. from Cornell University in plant biology and plant breeding, where he studied over 300 varieties of rice in collaboration with scientists at the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in the Philippines.