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Virtual 2020 Urban Food Systems Symposium

Wednesday, October 7, 2020 - 10:00 AM to Wednesday, October 28, 2020 - 03:00 PM

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. 

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 begin with Dr. Jess Halliday, an associate of the RUAF Global Partnership on Sustainable Urban Agriculture and Food Systems on October 7. The second keynote will be October 14 by Dr. Chuck Rice, distinguished professor of soil microbiology at Kansas State University. Keynoters for October 21 are Karen Washington, farmer and activist with Rise & Root Farm and Black Urban Growers, and Dr. Elizabeth Mitcham, director of the  Horticulture Innovation Lab, a USAID-funded program at the University of California, Davis. The final two keynotes will be October 28. First up will be co-presenters 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. Rounding out the symposium will be Mark Winne, food policy expert and former executive director of the Hartford Food System. 

Registered attendees will have access to recorded breakout session 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: Questions? Please email