1st Meeting (June 14, 2017 in Washington, DC): When the study committee was appointed by the NAS President, a public session was held in which the study sponsors addressed the committee and shared their vision of the intent of the project. The study committee met in closed session to discuss the submitted white papers and community input received, which will serve as the basis for the agenda of the public Town Hall meeting.
Food Evolution Screening (August 7, 2017 in Washington, DC): The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine’s Board on Agriculture and Natural Resources and Science Breakthroughs 2030 committee member Alison Van Eenennaam hosted a free screening of the documentary Food Evolution.
Town Hall Meeting (August 8, 2017 in Washington, DC): The Town Hall was held to discuss ideas and white pages submitted to the IdeaBuzz discussion platform. The public and participants will explore the science, engineering, and technology that will drive future innovation in food and agriculture research.
Jamboree Meeting (October 2-4, 2017 in Irvine, CA): A Jamboree style meeting will be held to describe major opportunities to advance science, identifying knowledge gaps, prioritize research barriers to overcome, and articulate a strategy for moving forward. As a result of the Town Hall meeting discussions and ideas submitted to the IdeaBuzz platform, the study committee identified focal areas of research around which interdisciplinary working groups will be formed.
Webinar on Food Science Research Breakthroughs (October 27, 2017 at 5:00 pm ET) The committee heard from Gregory Ray Ziegler of Pennsylvania State University on materials science, Devin Peterson of The Ohio State University on flavor chemistry, and John Hayes of Pennsylvania State University on sensory science.
Webinar on Phosphorus Availability and Management (October 30, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET) The committee heard from Philippe Hinsinger of INRA UMR Eco&Sols.
Webinar on Water Resources and Agriculture (November 3, 2017 at 1:00 pm ET) The committee will hear from Upmanu Lall of Columbia University on Advancing Water Resource Systems, Management, and Sustainability.
Webinar on Sensors in Food and Agriculture (November 8, 2017 at 10:00 am ET) The committee will hear from Abraham Duncan Stroock of Cornell University on Sensors to Monitor Plant Physiology for Crop Management and Phenotyping and Suresh Neethirajan of University of Guelph on Sensors to Monitor Animal Health and Food Safety.
Webinar on Integrating Agriculture into the Built Environment Part I (November 9, 2017 at 10:00 am ET) The committee will hear from Peter Groffman of Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies on Microbial Ecosystems and Urban Agricultural.
Webinar on Integrating Agriculture into the Built Environment Part II (November 10, 2017 at 2:00 pm ET) The committee will hear from Michael Hamm of Michigan State University on Frontier Opportunities and Challenges with Developing Regional Agriculture Systems and Ed Harwood of Aerofarms on Toward a Vertical Farm Future.