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Central Africa Consultative Meeting on Gene Drive Technology

Libreville, Gabon

The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD) is organizing a regional consultation that will examine the basic principles of environmental risk assessment. NEPAD requested that the ILSI Research Foundation assist them in setting the agenda for the scientific program.

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Can Biotechnology Save Threatened Trees?

Washington, DC, USA

The ILSI Research Foundation hosted Andrew Newhouse of the American Chestnut Research and Restoration Project (SUNY-ESF) for a biotechnology seminar on the coexistence of transgenic American chestnut trees with the blight that nearly drove the species extinct.

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7th International Botanical Conference

Dhaka, Bangladesh

The ILSI Research Foundation’s South Asia Biosafety Program (SABP) sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session at the 7th International Botanical Conference in Dhaka.

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2018 ILSI Annual Meeting

Southampton, Bermuda

Register today for ILSI’s 2018 Annual Meeting in Southampton, Bermuda

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Sustainable Agriculture Summit

Kansas City, MO, USA

The Sustainable Agriculture Summit convened diverse stakeholders from across the food and agricultural supply chain to discuss opportunities to advance continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The ILSI Research Foundation, University of Arkansas and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops  organized a one-hour Breakout Session on “Innovating Resilient US Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Exploring Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities.”

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Overview: Organized by the Bangladesh Botanical Society (BBS), the 7th International Botanical Conference was held at the University of Dhaka on February 3-4, 2018. It attracted about 300 participants from Bangladesh and abroad, representing policymakers, public and private universities, national agricultural research institutes, private laboratories, and non-governmental organizations.

The conference’s theme was “Plant Diversity - Food Security and Environmental Management.” In addition to a poster session, it included scientific sessions covering the following aspects of plant sciences:

  • Environmental Management and Conservation Biology
  • Restoration of Plant Diversity, Food Security, and Global Climate Change
  • Microbes and Plant Diseases
  • Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops
  • Taxonomy and Ethnobotany
  • Plant Physiology, Nutrition, and Horticulture.

The ILSI Research Foundation's South Asia Biosafety Program sponsored the “Genetics, Biotechnology, and Biosafety Regulations in Genetically Engineered Crops” session.

Presentations from our Scientific Session

Vibha

Dr. Vibha Ahuja (BCIL)

Strengthening Biosafety
Compliance among Public
Sector Institutions in India

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Dr. Donald J. Mackenzie (IRRI)

The Golden Rice Story:
Realizing the Promise of Public Sector
Biotech Product Delivery

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Dr. Andrew Roberts

Regulatory Transparency, Information
Dissemination and Biosafety Information
Resources for Bangladesh (Video)

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Mr. Mohammed Solaiman Haider (DOE BD)

The Biosafety Regulatory
Regime in Bangladesh

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For more information about the event, please visit the Bangladesh Botanical Society website.

For more information about the South Asia Biosafety Program, please visit our program page.

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The 2018 ILSI Annual Meeting was a premiere gathering of scientists from around the world. The primary focus of the meeting was to learn about new food safety and nutrition science and identify areas where ILSI can have an impact on public health. This multidisciplinary meeting was an opportunity for experts from all sectors to collaborate and share knowledge. It included:

Scientific Sessions

Keynote Lectures

Branch Meetings

Networking Events

Scientific Program and Presentations

The Exposome: Challenges & Opportunities in the Study of Non-Communicable Diseases

January 21, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote presentation by Paul Elliott, PhD, Imperial College, Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health will explore new insights into disease etiology and pathogenesis that can inform both lifestyle and preventative strategies.

Organized by ILSI North America

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It’s Coming, Ready or Not: Algorithms and Benefit-Cost Analysis

January 21, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

Keynote presentation by Richard Williams, PhD, George Mason University will focus on how developments in nutrition and science are impacting government and private sectors as well as personalization. 

Organized by ILSI North America

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Positive-Sum Governance

January 21, 2018
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Keynote presentation by Andrea E. Stumpf, J.D. Principal, Structured Partnerships. 

Organized by ILSI

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Advances in Health Based Decision Making

The purpose of this session is to educate the audience about the value of health-based assessments in decision-making in comparison with endpoint or hazard-based determinations.

Organized by ILSI North America

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New Advances: Diet and Microbiome

January 22, 2018
10:30 am - 12:30 pm

This session will examine the latest science on the diet and microbiome, including advances on application and intervention for appetite and eating behavior as well as new research on infant and fetal microbiome.

Organized by ILSI North America

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Threats to the Global Food Supply

January 22, 2018
2:00 pm - 5:40 pm

This session will examine new and emerging global threats to the food chain and system including impact on supply, process, security, agricultural practices, food safety and human health.

Organized by ILSI North America

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Carbohydrates Forum 2018: A Research Paradigm for Determining the Role of Fiber in Gut Barrier Health

January 22, 2018
5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Presentation by Gary Wu, PhD, University of Pennsylvania will discuss how dietary fiber affects the various components of the gut microbiota.  

Organized by ILSI North America

Science Serving Society

January 23, 2018
8:00 am - 12:00 pm

The purpose of this session is to highlight specific programs that clearly demonstrate ILSI´s significant contributions to the theme, with an emphasis on multi-year, multi-partner programs with demonstrable impact.

Organized by ILSI

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The Intersection Between Food Sustainability and Health

January 23, 2018
8:00 am - 10:00 am

This session will examine the intersection of food sustainability and health, with a look at current practices, challenges and research gaps.

Organized by ILSI North America

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Water II – Water Management for the Future

January 23, 2018
10:00 am - 12:30 am

This session will examine new and emerging technologies related to water management (including regeneration, conservation, & efficiency improvement) and the impact of these approaches on short and long-term water management and human practice. This session builds off of Water I: Pursuing a Safe & Reliable Supply presented at the 2017 Annual Meeting.

Organized by ILSI North America

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Posters

View some of the posters presented at the 2018 Annual Meeting.

Why Attend

ILSI’s mission is to provide science that improves human health and well-being and safeguards the environment. There is no substitute for the in-person engagement that has come to define ILSI’s Annual Meetings. Each year, we join scientific colleagues from academia, government, industry, and civil society for state-of-the-science symposia, keynote lectures, networking events, and ILSI branch meetings. We look forward to doing so again at the 2019 Annual Meeting, scheduled for January 10-14, in Clearwater, Florida . 

Learning Opportunities
Get the latest research in personalized nutrition, food and water safety, sustainability, and risk assessment. The scientific program at the ILSI Annual Meetings is relevant for all experts in the food safety and nutrition community. 

Networking  
Nothing beats the value of interacting with colleagues in-person. ILSI brings scientific thought leaders together from all sectors, allowing for face-to-face discussion and collaboration to solve and identify some of the biggest challenges facing the food safety and nutrition community. 

Perspective
Attending ILSI Annual Meetings allows participants to take a step back and look at challenges in nutrition, food safety, and health through the viewpoint of colleagues that they don't engage with normally.

Leadership
Attending ILSI Annual Meetings allows participants to draw attention to challenges that not everyone is aware of.  It is a chance to connect with other experts and take a leadership role while using the resources and network provided by the unique ILSI platform.

Past Annual Meetings

View presentations from previous ILSI Annual Meetings:

2017

The 2017 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in La Jolla, California, USA January 20-25, 2017.

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2014

The 2014 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Southampton, Bermuda
January 17-22, 2014.

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2016

The 2016 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in St. Petersburg, Florida, USA January 22-27, 2016.

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2013

The 2013 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Miami, Florida, USA
January 18-23, 2013.

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2015

The 2015 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Chandler, Arizona, USA January 16-21, 2015.

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2012

The 2012 ILSI Annual Meeting was held in Phoenix, Arizona, USA
January 20-25, 2012.

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View the presentation the ILSI Research presented during our session “Innovating Resilient US Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Exploring Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities”.

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Access the University of Arkansas News Release, “Scientists Lead New Efforts to Enhance Sustainability of Produce Supply Chains”, that focused on the breakout session at the Sustainable Agriculture Summit.

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Overview: Hosted by Field to Market, the Innovation Center for U.S. Dairy, the National Pork Board, the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops, the U.S. Poultry & Egg Association and the U.S. Roundtable for Sustainable Beef, the 2017 Sustainable Agriculture Summit convened diverse stakeholders from across the food and agricultural supply chain to discuss opportunities to advance continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability. The vision of the Summit is to strengthen the supply chain network of producers, agribusinesses, retailers, and influencers who drive continuous improvement in agricultural sustainability and deliver food, fiber, and fuel to a growing world. The event provided opportunities for members of the agricultural supply chain to engage with leading experts and learn more about key sustainability challenges and opportunities.

Breakout Session: The ILSI Research Foundation, University of Arkansas and the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops organized a one-hour Breakout Session on Thursday at 9am. This session presented new and on-going efforts to enhance the productivity, resilience, and sustainability of domestic produce supply chains, including a new 4-year USDA-funded project: “Fruit & Vegetable Supply Chains: Climate Adaptation & Mitigation Opportunities,” as well as the Stewardship Index for Specialty Crops’ on-going work to develop and maintain sustainability performance metrics for specialty crops. All participants were asked to join a facilitated roundtable discussion on future trends in these supply chains, which are now undergoing significant innovation and transformation as a result of multiple drivers: consumer preference for fresh produce grown locally; climate change & increased competition for natural resources; cost & availability of labor; efforts to improve sustainability profiles; and the rise of protected & peri-urban production.

For more information about this breakout session, please email rf@ilsi.org
For more information about the Fruit and Vegetable Supply Chains Project, visit the project page.

Registration: To register for the Summit, please visit the conference website.

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