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UVM Food Systems Summit

Dudley H. Davis Center, 590 Main Street
, VT

The Summit will include keynote addresses from food systems leaders, as well as panel discussions with scholars and practitioners. Discussions will focus on local-level responses to globalization in the food system through the following themes: the impact of our geopolitical context on our food system, the biophysical constraints we face for food production globally, and the implications of behavior and culture for our food system.

Unlike traditional academic workshops, the Summit is designed to optimize engagement between scholars and practitioners outside of academia. As such, the Summit is open to the public, the organizers are actively seeking participation from regional nonprofits and government, and all sessions include time for Q&A and engaged dialogue with the audience.

If you’ve been to the Summit in the past 2 years, you’ll recall that we featured multiple speakers in an afternoon of short talks. It was a great way to highlight a wide range of people who are doing inspiring work to revolutionize the food system. What we heard from the audience is that people liked the variety of speakers, but wanted more opportunities to interact—to really dig into the difficult questions faced by scholars, activists, policy makers, farmers, and eaters of all walks of life. So this year we have re-envisioned the Summit as a day and a half gathering to maximize the opportunity for dialogue, networking, and engaging discussion on the pressing food systems issues facing our world.

The 2014 UVM Food Systems Summit will immediately precede the Agriculture, Food, and Human Values Society (AFHVS) and the Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) joint annual meeting June 18-22 at the UVM campus. The UVM Food Systems Summit is an independently organized event and may be attended either alone or in combination with the AFHVS/ASFS conference.

Registration for the UVM Food Systems Summit is open now! Registration rates are as listed below:

  • Full conference: $125 (includes lunch on Wednesday, June 18)
  • Individual sessions: $40 (sessions are divided into morning or afternoon; lunch on Wednesday, June 18, is an additional $20)

Students and farmers receive a discounted registration rate of $75 for the full conference or $25 for individual sessions.

Space is limited, so register soon!