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posted Mar 25, 2009, 3:45 PM by Jawoo Koo   [ updated Mar 25, 2009, 3:48 PM ]
  1. CSI Reps: After much off-line discussion about the appropriate format for the CSI Spatial Solutions Day (Wednesday April 1), we have reverted to the tried and tested “centre reporting” format. This arises from a persistent yearning for this format from some reps, a push back from others against parallel sessions (not wanting to miss anything), and ambiguity for some about the most appropriate thematic sessions. So it’s now very unambiguous. Each of the 15 centres will make a presentation, each with a very strict time limit of 15 minutes for presentation and 5 minutes Q&A . Very tight, but that’s democracy at work (the timekeeping will however be very autocratic).
  2. Non-CSI Reps: There are several time presentation slots available after the CGIAR presentations (15:50-17:30) so please indicate your willingness to follow the same 20 minute format, in an email to Ria Tenorio, An Notenbaert, or myself (it might be useful to confirm that wish even if you’ve already volunteered). 
  3. All participants: Poster Session: Thursday April 2. 17:30-19:00. Poster space will be available to all. Even for presenters on Spatial Solutions day there are good incentives to produce and present a poster. First there will likely be additional AGCommons Steering Committee members and stakeholders participating from Thursday, and second we are offering an as yet unspecified but likely highly coveted prize for the Best Poster.
  4. All participants: “Open mike” session. A totally unique opportunity to present your own well-considered thoughts on major strategic initiatives that could form flagship actions and products for the CSI-AGCommons alliance (and that could feasibly be considered as future investment areas). The goal is to get ideas pitched in 20 minutes maximum (10 minute pitch, 10 minute Q&A) in the final formal meeting session on the afternoon of Friday April 3. We will develop a working list of these potential presentations during the course of the meeting. It’s likely, but not a precondition, that these opportunities would involve and leverage the CGIAR’s unique network of spatial data and analytical capacity, international, regional, and in-country partnerships, and on-the-ground presence in dealing with agricultural development for the poor. Thus, we hope to see plenty of bold, novel, group-conceived presentations responding to this deliberately open session.