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Virtual Urban Food Systems Symposium


Virtual 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium Set for Every Wednesday in October

In response to COVID-19 restrictions, the 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium: Nourishing Cities in a Changing Climate, hosted by the Kansas State University and K-State Research and Extension, has been modified to an online format scheduled for each Wednesday in October from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CDT. Live keynote speakers will be featured each Wednesday accompanied by breakout discussions and poster sessions. Cost for access to all live and recorded presentations is $100 for professionals and $50 for students (includes AmeriCorps and FoodCorps members), with a price increase on September 18. Recorded sessions will become available next week.

Breakout discussions each day will be led by a diverse group of presenters from across the country. Topics include community engagement, urban planning and development, food production and distribution, climate change, nutrition and food security, food policy and advocacy, economic development, and international perspectives on urban food systems. 

Live keynote sessions: 
October 7 - Dr. Jess Halliday, an associate of the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems presenting on Building climate-resilient urban and regional food systems

October 14 - Dr. Chuck Rice, distinguished professor of soil microbiology at Kansas State University presenting on Urban Agriculture, Climate Change, and Food Security:  Potential Solutions and Synergies

October 21 -  

  • Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, director of theβ€―Horticulture Innovation Lab, a USAID-funded program at the University of California, Davis presenting on The Role of Urban Farming in Nutrition Security
  • Karen Washington, farmer and activist with Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Growers presenting on  Food Justice is More than Growing Food and Feeding People


October 28 - 

  • Dr. Jill Clark, associate professor in the John Glenn College of Public Affairs at The Ohio State University, and Dr. Jennifer King, assistant director of Training and Community Education, Department of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences, Mary Ann Swetland Center for Environmental Health, School of Medicine Case Western Reserve University co-presenting on Fixes that Fail:’ Using community-based systems modeling to diagnose injustice in the food system 
  • Mark Winne, food policy expert and former executive director of the Hartford Food System presenting on The Hydra-Headed Food System: Imagining the Whole and Connecting the Dots


Registered attendees will have access to over 30 recorded presentations starting in September, to all live presentations and discussion sessions as they happen in October, and to recordings of all keynotes and breakouts through April 2021. Complete symposium details including breakout and keynote presentation topics are available at:

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