When: March 13-15
Where: University of Pennsylvania Houston Hall, 3417 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104-6306
Who: Penn’s Institute for Urban Research (Penn IUR), in collaboration with the University of Pennsylvania Schools of Arts & Sciences, Design, Education, Law, Medicine, Nursing, Social Policy, Veterinary Medicine and Wharton.
What: An international conference examining the critical relationship between urbanization and food security throughout the world.
Conference attendees will hear presentations and participate in plenary and focused breakout sessions designed to facilitate a discussion to identify implementable solutions to the fundamental challenge of our modern age: how to provide a sustainable, nutritious and affordable diet to the world’s burgeoning urban populous. More than 60 distinguished speakers and some 300-400 attendees across the public, private and non-profit sectors will be assembled on Penn’s campus to advance the conference’s ambitious, though achievable goals:
- Stimulate constructive dialogue and foster the exchange of knowledge among a diverse group of speakers and attendees and
- Spur the creation of teaching, research and practice-based coalitions, with participation from both the public and private sectors, dedicated to ensuring a secure, sustainable and equitable food distribution system for the 21st century.
Toward this end, speakers and attendees will delve into the interrelated issues of supply, demand, environment, geography, governance, as well as urban food access, price and distribution.
The conference program will include keynote presentations from Joan Clos, Executive Director of UN-HABITAT; Yael Lehmann, Executive Director of The Food Trust; Ridwan Kamil, Founder and Principal, Urbane Indonesia; Professor Barry Popkin of UNC Chapel Hill; and Drew Becher, President of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society among other prominent leaders from the private sector and academia, as well as 4 high-profile plenary panels and 12 focused breakout sessions. Attendees will be invited to experience the Feeding Cities Photography Exhibition and gallery tour, showcasing the work of the Penn community working and studying around the world, as well as explore the conference book fair. For more information, visit the event website!
General Admission: $25, Student Admission with valid ID: $5. Register HERE!