The 10th Annual Future of Food and Nutrition Graduate Student Research Conference was held on April 8, 2017. Historically, more than 200 attendees from over 30 different institutions have attended the conference each year to hear students present research from fields as diverse as nutritional epidemiology and anthropology. Year after year, this conference has provided a unique venue for graduate students to learn from each other and to network with future colleagues.
Helena Bottemiller Evich, senior food and agriculture reporter at POLITICO, delivered the keynote address, titled "Nutrition Policy in the Trump Era and Beyond.”
This year’s roster of expert panelists included Julian Agyeman Ph.D. FRSA FRGS, professor of Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University; Sylvia Rowe, president of SR Strategy; Richard Black, VP of Global R&D Nutrition Sciences at PepsiCo; and Anne McHugh, director of the Chronic Disease Prevention and Control Division at the Boston Public Health Commission.
The panel discussion, centering on the future of the food and nutrition agenda, was moderated by Friedman School Associate Professor Parke Wilde.
A number of student-led sessions throughout the day covered a wide range of topics including child health policy in the U.S., nutritional social protection, food security, innovations in agriculture, challenges in global malnutrition, and health and policy implications of sugar-sweetened beverages.