ICCCFS will feature reports by leading researchers from the BRICS countries, Indonesia, and the United States. They include: Tang Huajun, CAAS (China), Roger Beachy (United States), Bob Scholes, The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR; South Africa), Elisio Contini, Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA; Brazil), Sergey Kiselev, Lomonosov Moscow State University (Russia), and Endah Murniningtyas, National Development Planning Agency (Indonesia). Roger Beachy was unable to attend ICCCFS, but he was one of the authors of the U.S. report.
Dr. Roger Beachy recently served as the Director of the National Institute for Food and Agriculture (NIFA) at the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). The renowned plant scientist is also the founding president of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis, Missouri. Recognized for his work in molecular virology, gene expression, and virus-resistant transgenic plants, Beachy is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences and Science Academy, among other organizations. He is a recipient of numerous prizes, including the Wolf Prize in Agriculture. Dr. Beachy has a Ph.D. plant pathology from Michigan State University.