Global Conversations is a series hosted by CALS Global in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. There are two iterations of Global Conversations, Grand Challenges and Connect.

Grand Challenges is a monthly virtual seminar series held on the third Thursday of every month at 1 PM. These sessions feature CALS experts whose work is being used to confront a global grand challenge. All sessions are recorded, past sessions can be viewed here. Each academic year the focus is on a different grand challenge, this year the theme is ‘Feeding the World’. All are welcome to attend and registration is required.

Connect is a monthly in-person event held on the first Tuesday of every month from 8:30 AM – 10:00 AM. Each event is centered around a different geographic region. Resources on how to get involved within the region and work being done on campus and within the college to support each region will be available to all attendees. These events will be useful for all faculty, staff, and students that are interested in networking and increasing their international engagement. Coffee and snacks will be provided.

We value inclusion and access for all participants and are pleased to provide reasonable accommodations for full participation in Global Conversations. For questions, accommodations, and additional information contact Julia Frangul (

Fall 2023 Global Conversations Events

October 19th

Grand Challenges: Feeding the World

1:00 – 2:00 PM


Russ Groves – Entomology
Neuropeptide discovery in the Colorado potato beetle – new biologics in pest management

Rodrigo Werle – Plant & Agroecosystem Sciences
Waterhemp (Amaranthus tuberculatus) – The Achilles’ heel of Wisconsin soybean weed management

There will be time for audience Q&A.

For questions, accommodations, and additional information contact Julia Frangul (

Recorded past events can be found here.