The Friedman School leads innovation in scientific communication, by organizing and providing content for 7-minute speed talks planned for the fourth Global Food+ symposium to be held on February 12, 19, 26, and March 5.
The Global Food+ symposium showcases cutting-edge research about food, including its links to agriculture, health, the environment, and society. Presenters are a cross-section of top faculty and graduate students at Tufts, MIT, Harvard, Boston University and other nearby schools, mixing presenters who approach food from all angles to spark insights and forge new connections among neighboring researchers.
This year’s event builds on the previous symposium held in person at the Friedman School, and is carefully designed for the Zoom era. From this year’s symposium website, potential participants can quickly see who is talking when, register and get calendar entries for themselves, then join & participate in real time then share for others to watch later.
The event will feature new work from Friedman faculty members Nicole Blackstone on worker protection in fruit and vegetable production, Erin Coughlan de Perez on climate shocks and humanitarian crises, Jose Ordovas on genetics and precision nutrition, Susan Roberts on child nutrition and cognitive development, and Patrick Webb on food system transformation, as well as recent PhD graduate Ana Marshak on seasonality of acute undernutrition.
The Global Food+ concept was developed by a group of Boston-area faculty including Friedman’s Will Masters, collaborating this year with Daniele Lantagne from the School of Engineering. Each 90-minute session features ten speed talks, with topics interspersed to put new and unexpected discoveries next to familiar names, and thereby build an ever stronger community of researchers and students working on food issues around Boston.