GrowNextGen industry leader

Lara Alpan

Head of Science Outreach, Crop Science at Bayer

I’m a science translator, helping Bayer to talk about innovations in science and agriculture. My focus is to bring awareness that breeding isn’t so traditional anymore. From cutting edge thermal imaging, to machine learning in genetics, Bayer’s Global Breeding organization is creating novel ways to improve lives through better harvests.

What is the benefit of collaboration between industry and education?

Collaboration between industry and education is an essential and important driver to cultivate the next generation of problem solvers. By connecting teachers to experts in the field, educators can make their classroom lessons highlight real world application and link students to professional mentors.

What value/assistance can you and your company provide to teachers and classrooms as they connect with you?

I’m willing to be contacted about any of these topics:

  • Biotech
  • Plant Breeding
  • Microbials
  • Global Agriculture
  • Small stakeholder farmers
  • Technology in ag: robotics, data science and analytics, computer science, engineering
  • New breeding innovations, such as gene editing tools or RNAi
  • Ag/Science Communications and Outreach
  • STEM
  • Professional development

Why should teachers connect with you through GrowNextGen?

As a young professional, I am passionate about helping the next generation learn diverse skills to continue innovation in science and agriculture. My goal in partnering with educators is to provide the right resources that encourage students to stay curious, think creatively, and stay engaged in current world challenges.