The Urban Food Systems Symposium is
June 4- 6, 2020
. This year’s event will be held at Marriott Plaza Hotel in Downtown Kansas City, MO. The 2020 Symposium will also offer a Pre-Symposium workshop on June 3.
Submissions are now being accepted for travel scholarships for both students and urban food systems professionals. For more information on how to apply, please visit our website. Travel scholarships for urban food systems professionals are funded through North Central SARE.*
Abstracts for the Urban Food Systems Symposium will be accepted until November 15 at 5 p.m. CST. This is a great way to share your work with others through presentations or posters.
The symposium will bring together researchers, not-for-profit administrators, community organizers, extension professionals, students and others to share and gain knowledge on urban food systems and agriculture and their role in global food security. The focus is on food production and distribution in cities; climate change; urban planning and development; nutrition and human health; food policy and education; and community and economic development.
Henk de Zeeuw, international secretariat of the RUAF Foundation and an expert in participatory research and extension, multi-stakeholder policy development and planning, institutional development, will give the keynote address. Other speakers include:
- Becca Jablonski, assistant professor and extension economist in food systems at Colorado State University
- Elizabeth Mitcham, director of the Horticulture Innovation Lab at UC Davis
- Chuck Rice, university distinguished professor of soil science at Kansas State University
The planning committee is also pleased to announce, Mark Winne, a community food systems and food policy activist, writer and trainer as our June 4 dinner speaker.
Attendees will have the opportunity to hear an array of additional breakout presentations.