How can open-access university facilities best support food and nutrition security?

Help Guide Future Efforts by Participating in a Half-Day Workshop

Join us on March 9, 2021 (10 am – 2 pm, Eastern Time) for a virtual half-day workshop aimed at informing and guiding the future of facilities to support food and nutrition security. We encourage attendees from all disciplines including plant science, genetics, policy, economics, risk assessment, law, engineering, biology, etc.

More meeting information, including a link to the virtual meeting, will be provided to registrants closer to the event date.

Plenary Talks

We will kick off the workshop with talks from two experts in the field.

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Dr. Hongda Chen

National Program Leader
Bioprocess Engineering and Nanotechnology at National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA), USDA

Opportunities and Challenges of Nanotechnology towards Sustainable Food and Nutrition Security

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Dr. Antje Bäumner

Professor and Director
Institute of Analytical Chemistry, Chemo- and Biosensors
University of Regensburg

Can distributed nanotechnology as evidenced in new sensor developments enable the advancements required for a sustainable Farm-to-Fork process?

Breakout Sessions

Attendees will meet in small groups to discuss a variety of topics. Potential discussion topics include:

Nanotechnology for

Pest managementNutrient managementSensors
PackagingPrecision agriculturePest detection
Enhanced food productsClimate-change-resilient foodWater treatment/quality
Pathogen managementAnimal diseaseAnd more!

After the breakout sessions all attendees will reconvene to discuss major themes, main ideas, and issues raised in the small groups. The findings will be organized and formalized to produce a workshop report that will be disseminated broadly. This report will help to guide the future of nanotechnology core facilities and, potentially, nanotechnology research in these areas.

A full agenda will be posted here in early 2021.

Any and all questions can be directed to Maude Cuchiara (