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Registration is now open for the

Food Systems for Food Security Symposium

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

ACES Library, Information and Alumni Center, 1101 South Goodwin Avenue, Urbana, IL

A full-day event sponsored by International Food Security at Illinois (IFSI) to highlight the unique capacities of the University of Illinois to improve food systems and help ensure that all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe, and nutritious food to achieve their human potential.

Faculty, staff, post docs, graduate students, and others who are interested in food security are invited to attend. Registration is required and space is limited, so please register early. Registration deadline is January 30, 2015.

Click here to register.

*speakers, chairs, and discussants should also complete a registration form.






8:15-9 a.m.            Check in and Continental Breakfast – Heritage Room


9 a.m.               Welcome – Monsanto Room

Bob Hauser, Dean, College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES)

Alex Winter-Nelson, Director, ACES Office of International Programs and Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics

“Food systems and food security: what they are and why they matter”


9:30-10:30 a.m.    On-farm Supply Issues

Chair:                    German Bollero, Head, Department of Crop Sciences

Speakers:              Brian Diers (Crop Sciences), Hans Stein (Animal Sciences), Jeff Brawn (Natural Resources and Environmental Sciences)

Discussant:            Evan Delucia (Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment)


10:30-10:45 a.m.  Break in Heritage Room


10:45-11:45 a.m.  On-farm Supply Issues

Chair:                    KC Ting, Head, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering

Speakers:              Martin Bohn (Crop Sciences), Madhu Khanna (Agricultural and Consumer Economics), and TBA

Discussant:            Ximing Cai (Civil and Environmental Engineering); Feng Sheng Hu (Liberal Arts and Sciences)


11:45 a.m. - 1 p.m.  Lunch in Heritage Room - with Lunch Hour Lightening Talks (IFSI Affiliates, Chair: TBD)


1-2 p.m.      Post-farm Supply Issues

Chair:                    Rod Johnson, Director, Division of Nutritional Sciences

Speakers:               Kent Rausch (Agricultural and Biological Engineering), Hope Michelson (Agricultural and Consumer Economics), Hao Feng (Food Science and Human Nutrition)

Discussant:            Reitumetse Mabokela, Vice Provost for International Affairs and Global Strategies


2-3 p.m.      Consumer Issues

Chair:                    Shelly Nickols-Richardson, Head, Food Science and Human Nutrition

Speakers:               Juan Andrade (Food Science and Human Nutrition), Kathy Baylis (Agricultural and Consumer Economics), Barbara Fiese (Health and Community Development)

Discussant:            Brent Roberts (Psychology)


3-3:15 p.m.      Break in Heritage Room


3:15-4:15 p.m.      Infrastructure within ACES

Chair:                    Sue Koerner, Head, Department of Human and Community Development

Speakers:               Peter Goldsmith (Soybean Innovation Lab), Marilyn Nash (National Soybean Research Lab), Paul McNamara (Modernizing Extension and Advisory Services), Prasanta Kalita (Prevention of Postharvest Loss)

Discussant:            Peter Schiffer, Vice Chancellor for Research


4:15-4:45 p.m.      Concluding Remarks – Next Steps for IFSI

Neal Merchen, Associate Dean for Research, ACES

Craig Gundersen, Director, National Soybean Research Laboratory and Professor, Agricultural and Consumer Economics


4:45-6 p.m.            Wine and Cheese Reception – Heritage Room