The Stewards of the Future conference series was created by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) in 2012 to showcase college innovation and research on the pressing issues of our time, as well as to connect stakeholders with our scientists to help solve global grand challenges. In addition to keynote addresses by speakers of international reputation, conference staples include an Innovation Fair that showcases CALS emerging and ongoing scientific research and an Outstanding Research Awards competition. Below are details about our previous Stewards of the Future events.


Stewards of the Future: Water for a Changing World 
Nov. 2, 2015

This College of Agriculture and Life Sciences conference provided international, national and state level perspectives on issues of water quantity and quality. Participants explored how North Carolina and its global partners can provide leadership toward the goal of ensuring water resiliency for North Carolina and a growing world.

Event Overview
Innovation Fair
Research Awards
Water Stakeholder Report


North Carolina Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit 
Nov. 18-19, 2014

CALS and the North Carolina Biotechnology Center’s AgBiotech Initiative combined their signature events for this two-day conference. The event engaged the agriculture and biotechnology communities to address key topics such as research innovation, technology commercialization, regulation, policy, public acceptance, agricultural production and ag biotech products. Experts discussed challenges and opportunities related to bringing products to market while ensuring a safe and abundant food supply for a growing world. 

Event Overview
Stewards of the Future Speakers
CALS Faculty "Innovation in Action" Videos
Results of Moderated Workgroup Session: "The Time is Now: Action Planning to Shape the Future of Food"


Stewards of the Future: Research for Human Health and Global Sustainability
April 17, 2012

Nobel Laureate and distinguished MIT professor Dr. Phillip A. Sharp and Juan Enriquez, best-selling author and leading authority on the global impact of life sciences, headlined this conference that focused on the importance of research in addressing society's challenges, particularly within the context of human health and global sustainability. In addition to these keynote addresses, conference highlights included a panel discussion with corporate and public sector leaders and an Innovation Fair showcasing examples of and opportunities for research collaboration.

Event Overview
Conference materials and photo gallery




Stewards of the Future fundraising operates under the auspices of and is co-hosted by the NC Agricultural Foundation, Inc., a 501(c)(3) organization. Federal Tax ID #56-6049304. Proceeds will be used to support the conference and future initiatives of NC State’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.