Alliance for Science

The Alliance for Science (AFS) seeks to promote access to scientific innovation as a means of enhancing food security, improving environmental sustainability, and raising the quality of life globally. AFS is building a global network of science allies who share our commitment to solving complex global hunger issues by leveraging advances in agriculture, including biotechnology.

AFS trains with a purpose, empowering science champions around the world with the tools and skills needed to communicate effectively about science and promote evidence-based decision-making. Alliance for Science provides accurate information about agricultural biotechnology and shares the stories of those who are engaged in its development and implementation through our photographs, videos, blog posts, fact sheets, and other multimedia resources.

Using this three-pronged approach, the Alliance for Science works to ensure global access to life-improving agricultural innovations that can shrink farming’s footprint, deliver food security, reduce the drudgery of fieldwork that often falls on women and children, provide rural families with sufficient income to educate their children, and inspire young people to pursue a career in agriculture and science.

Our Mission: The Alliance for Science advocates for science-based solutions to the key issues of our time, including reducing agriculture’s environmental footprint, mitigating the climate crisis, reducing poverty, and improving food security and nutrition.

Boyce Thompson Institute

Boyce Thompson Institute is a premier life sciences research institution located in Ithaca, New York on the Cornell University campus. BTI scientists conduct investigations into fundamental plant and life sciences research with the goals of increasing food security, improving environmental sustainability in agriculture, and making basic discoveries that will enhance human health.

BTI employs 150 staff, with scientists from 40 countries around the world, and has twice been named as one of the Best Companies in New York State. Its 15 principal investigators are leading minds in plant development, chemical ecology, microbiology, and plant pathology, and have access to state-of-the-art greenhouse facilities with computerized controls and a system of integrated pest management. BTI has one of the largest concentrations of plant bio informaticists in the U.S., with researchers who work across the entire spectrum of “omics” fields. BTI researchers consistently receive funding from NSF, NIH, USDA, and DOE and publish in top-tier journals. Throughout its work, BTI is committed to inspiring and educating students and to providing advanced training for the next generation of scientists.

Our Mission: To advance and communicate scientific discoveries in plant biology to improve agriculture, protect the environment, and enhance human health.

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell CALS is a community with an uncommon sense of a common goal: to leave the world better than we found it. Ambitious? Sure. But Cornell CALS has been changing the world for over a century and will be doing so for a century more. Founded in agriculture and focused on life, we are pioneers who have shaped contemporary science and eagerly embraced international opportunity, while always serving the people in the state of New York. The Wall Street Journal/Times of Higher Education 2020 College Rankings ranked CALS #1 in agriculture, agriculture operations, and related sciences.

Our Mission: As a premier institution of scientific learning, we connect the life, agricultural, environmental and social sciences to provide world-class education, spark unexpected discoveries and inspire pioneering solutions.

Michigan State University

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. A top global university, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery to make a better world while providing students with life-changing opportunities.

Our Mission: The mission of the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is to enhance the quality of life for the people of Michigan and the world by advancing knowledge for the management of communities and agricultural, natural resource, and food systems to meet diverse human needs in a sustainable manner.