The Future of Food Forum promises to be an exciting one-day gathering, on March 20, 2023, presented by the Global Food Systems Institute at the University of Florida. This Forum will bring together great thinkers—academics, students, business leaders, farmers, growers, and policymakers—researching and implementing innovative ways to integrate artificial intelligence (AI) to transform food systems.
Join us as we explore the power of AI to transform the agricultural and food industries locally to globally. You will gain current ideas and perspectives from some of today’s thought leaders on how AI can be implemented into improving food systems.
Our speakers and panelists will discuss how alternative intelligence can be applied to agriculture to solve some of the most pressing issues of our time, with panels answering questions such as:
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REGISTRATION AND MINGLING
Enjoy coffee or tea, mingle with other participants or explore student posters.
MORNING SESSION FACILITATOR
Welcome and Opening Remarks
Coffee, tea and light refreshments, including vegetarian and vegan options, will be provided.
HOW CAN AI ASSIST US IN CREATING CRISIS-PROOF, CLIMATE-FRIENDLY FOOD SYSTEMS?
FROM “CLOUD” TO EARTH: HOW AI WILL REVOLUTIONIZE THE FUTURE OF AGRICULTURE
Boxed lunches, including vegetarian and vegan options, will be provided
AFTERNOON SESSION FACILITATOR
HOW CAN AI ASSIST WITH ENHANCING PRODUCTIVITY AND SUSTAINABILITY OF FOOD SYSTEMS
HOW CAN AI IMPROVE COLLABORATION FOR GLOBAL FOOD SYSTEMS?
NETWORKING/AFTERNOON BREAK: POSTER SESSION AND LIGHTNING ROUND
“SILICON VALLEY OF AGRICULTURE” (APPLIED AI CENTER)
CLOSING: IFAS INTERNATIONAL AWARDS CEREMONY
Master of Ceremonies:
NETWORKING DESSERT RECEPTION
We are proud to share that the forum has received the Green-Level Certification: the highest level of effort taken toward sustainability granted by the UF Office of Sustainablity.
Registration for this event is limited with registrations accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration payment must be received to secure a space.
The registration fee includes access to all program sessions, light morning refreshments, lunch, and the afternoon break.
The registration fee is non-refundable. However, you may make substitutions until March 13, 2023 by contacting Kimberly Brand.
Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Jennifer Johnson at least 30 days prior to the conference. She can be reached by email at email@example.com, by phone at (352) 294-1014 or by calling 711 TTY/TDD.
Address: 655 Reitz Union Drive, Gainesville, FL 32603
Note: There is a campus-wide speed limit of 20 miles per hour.
We recommend parking in the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage located on Museum Road. There is a daily fee of $6.00 to park in this garage. Visitors should park on the lower level of the Reitz Union parking garage and then follow payment instructions posted on signs at each space. These signs direct customers to one of four pay stations where electronic space meters accept payment in bills, coins or Visa and MasterCard. An attendant will be available to answer questions or assist you at the pay stations. If you are staying at the Reitz Union Hotel, you will receive parking privileges in the garage for one vehicle per room.
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Directions to the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage
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3743 Hull Road
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Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
30 minutes from UF campus by car.
Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
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Orlando International Airport (MCO)
2 hours from Gainesville by car. Roads have tolls.
Tampa International Airport (TPA)
2 hours from Gainesville by car.
Gainesville, Florida is 'Where Nature and Culture Meet'! If you're looking for things to do and see while you are visiting, they have plenty of information and tips for your adventures! Here are some suggestions:
The Florida Museum of Natural History inspires people to value the biological richness and cultural heritage of our diverse world and make a positive difference in its future.
Nowhere else in Florida can visitors experience wild-roaming bison and horses. Nearly 300 species of birds also frequent the park along with alligators, deer and many other animals.
Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a man-made wetland habitat of more than 125 acres, filled with vast numbers of flora and fauna.
Modern museum from the inventor of Gatorade featuring interactive science & technology exhibits.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens (Gainesville, Florida) is a 68 acre facility comprised of 24 major collections visually accessible from a 1 ½ mile paved walkway.
Gainesville has a vibrant craft beer culture with local favorites such as Swamp Head Brewery, First Magnitude Brewing Company, Cypress & Grove Brewing Company, and Blackadder Brewing Company.