GLOBAL FOOD+ 2021

Date: 

Friday, February 26, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Location: 

Zoom

Join Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and Tufts for 40 speed talks on Boston-area research at the nexus of food, agriculture, health, environment, and society.

Join Harvard, Boston University, MIT, and Tufts for 40 speed talks on Boston-area research at the nexus of food, agriculture, health, environment, and society.

Register for the event in advance.

GLOBAL FOOD+ 2021 is a joint webinar series run by researchers at Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts that is free and open to all. Four separate 90 minute sessions will take place on successive Fridays beginning February 12, 2021. Each session will feature ten rapid-fire 7 minute “speed talks,” given by top scholars and researchers working in the greater Boston area. The speakers will be presenting their most recent research findings on food, including its links to agriculture, health, the environment, and society.

The forty presenters will include scholars from Boston University, Clark University, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, MIT, Tufts, Wellesley, and the University of Vermont. Their work will showcase a variety of disciplines ranging from biology, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, and medicine, to economics, sociology, anthropology, history, law, public policy, and geography. Each of the four sessions will include concise presentations on ten entirely different topics, made by the researchers themselves.

The topics covered will vary from global to local. Among them will be the modern obesity crisis, food law and food waste, dietary diversity in Africa, farming and ecosystem health, meat consumption and veganism, mercury in fish, railroads and famine in India, and crop adaptations to global warming.

The GLOBAL FOOD+ 2021 webinar will showcase a number of the Boston area’s best known authorities on these topics but it will also feature more junior scholars presenting research findings that are just now beginning to gain wide attention. The four sessions together will offer an updated snapshot of what talented scholars in the region are learning within the wider global food space. In-depth explorations for those who join the webinar will be encouraged through links to a conference website.

The conference conveners include a steering committee of both senior and junior scholars from Boston University, Harvard University, Tufts University, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, with sponsorship and hosting by Harvard’s Weatherhead Center for International Affairs. 

Contact: sarahbanse@wcfia.harvard.edu