Future of Food Forum
January 15, 2020
Rion Ballroom, Reitz Union
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL
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Future of Food Forum

The Future of Food Forum will be an intensive and exciting one-day event at the University of Florida. It will bring together leading experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators to take a look at the future of food with an eye toward 2050.

The keynote speaker, Dr. Louise Fresco, President of Wageningen University in the Netherlands, will focus on responsible agriculture and food consumption as crucial to world stability.

At the forum you will hear some of the world’s changemakers give their perspective on the future of food systems and what we should be doing now to embrace the innovations and challenges of the future of food. There will be four high impact sessions:

  • The Innovators – Hear from inventors and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of food.
  • Food from the Land – Panelists will discuss new technologies: what will be useful, who will use them, where will they be most useful, and what the impacts will be.
  • Food from the Sea – Analysts will present the state of current seafood systems; predictions for future trends in aquaculture and fisheries.
  • Food and Human Well-Being – One Health perspectives on health and food including antimicrobial resistance, foodborne disease, and nutrition.

This will be an insightful event for anyone who cares about the future of food – from producers to consumers; from researchers to innovators; and from business leaders to policymakers.

Keynote Speaker

Dr. Louise O. Fresco

Dr. Louise O. Fresco

Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands. “Responsible agriculture and food consumption are crucial to world stability”

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Forum Agenda

Program Facilitator: James L. Anderson

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January 15, 2020
Coffee and check-in at registration table
Jack Payne, Senior Vice President, Agriculture and Natural Resources, UF/IFAS
James L. Anderson, Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems & Professor, Food and Resource Economics, UF/IFAS
Keynote: Louise Fresco, President, Wageningen University & Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
The Innovators
Moderator: James L. Anderson, Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, UF/IFAS
Cristina Espejo, Head of HR & ESAP (Environmental, Social Action Plan), Atlantic Sapphire, Miami, FL
Matthew Johnston, Head, Global Vegetable Seeds and Flowers, Syngenta, Downers Grove, IL
Sylvia Wulf, President/CEO, AquaBounty, Maynard, MA
Dickson Despommier, Prof Emeritus, Environmental Health Sci, Columbia University & Author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding the World in the 21st Century, New York, NY
Gary Wishnatzki, Co-Founder, Harvest CROO Robotics/Owner, Wish Farms, Plant City, FL
Andy Jarvis, Director of the Decision and Policy Analysis Area, International Centre for Tropical Agriculture, (CIAT), Cali, Colombia
Kent Fuchs, President, University of Florida

Interview with Rafael Flor, Senior Program Officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation’s Agricultural Development Team by Pedro Sanchez, Professor, Soil and Water Sciences Department and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, UF/IFAS

Panel: Food from the Land
Moderator: Wendy-Lin Bartels, Research Scientist, School of Forest Resources & Conservation, UF/IFAS
Jean-François Soussana, Vice President for International Policy, French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA), Paris, France
Nteranya Sanginga, Director General, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture, Ibadan, Nigeria
Sarah Carte, Chair, Women’s Leadership Committee, Florida Farm Bureau, Gainesville, FL
Rob Horsch, Agricultural Research and Development Team Lead, FFAR/Gates Foundation, Retired, Seattle, WA
Adegbola Adesogan, Director, Feed The Future Innovation Lab for Livestock Systems/Professor of Animal Sciences, UF/IFAS
Panel: Food from the Sea
Moderator: James L. Anderson, Director, Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, UF/IFAS
Frank Asche, Professor, School of Forest Resources & Conservation and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems , UF/IFAS
John Connelly, President, National Fisheries Institute, McLean, VA
Gunnar Knapp, Professor Emeritus, Economics & Dir. Inst. for Social and Economic Research, University of Alaska, Anchorage, AK
Susan Jackson, President, International Seafood Sustainability Foundation, McLean, VA
Martin Smith, George M. Woodwell Distinguished Professor of Environmental Economics, Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University, Durham, NC
Panel: Food and Human Well-Being
Moderator: Glenn Morris, Director, Emerging Pathogens Institute and Professor of Medicine (Infectious Diseases), UF/IFAS
Jessica Fanzo, Bloomberg Distinguished Associate Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Barbara Kowalcyk, Assistant Professor, Department of Food Science and Technology, Ohio State University, Columbus, OH
Jaap Wagenaar, Professor, Clinical Infectiology, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands/Wageningen University and Research, Wageningen, The Netherlands
Ilaria Capua, Director, One Health Center of Excellence/Professor, Animal Sciences Department, UF/IFAS
Lisa Conti, Director of Strategic Initiatives and Chief Science Officer, Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Tallahassee, FL
Wrap-up: Perspectives on the Day
Senthold Asseng and Cheryl Palm, Agricultural and Biological Engineering and the Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, UF/IFAS


Kent Fuchs

University of Florida

Jack Payne


James L. Anderson


Louise Fresco

Wageningen University & Research


Atlantic Sapphire

Matthew Johnston


Sylvia Wulf


Dickson Despommier
Dickson Despommier

Columbia University

Gary Wishnatzki

Harvest CROO Robotics/Wish Farms

Andy Jarvis


Rafael Flor
Rafael Flor

Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Pedro Sanchez


Wendy-Lin Bartels


Nteranya Sanginga


Sarah Carte

Florida Farm Bureau

Rob Horsch

FFAR/Gates Foundation

Jean-François Soussana


Adegbola Adegosan


Frank Asche


John Connelly

National Fisheries Institute

Gunnar Knapp

University of Alaska

Susan S. Jackson
Susan Jackson


Martin Smith
Martin Smith

Duke University

J. Glenn Morris, Jr.


Jessica Fanzo

Johns Hopkins University

Barbara Kowalcyk

Ohio State University

Jaap Wagenaar

Utrecht University
Wageningen University & Research

Ilaria Capua


Lisa Conti


Senthold Asseng


Cheryl Palm


Watch Forum Live

January 15, 2020

9:00am – 5:00pm

The 2020 Future of Food Forum will be streaming live between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm on January 15, 2020. Click on the link below during that time to watch the forum.

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Registration Information

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.

What does the fee include?

The registration fee includes a conference program, light morning refreshments, AM & PM breaks, lunch, and an after-forum reception.

Regular Registration $50
Student Registration $25

Refund Policy

You may cancel, however, there are no refunds, only substitutions. If you are unable to attend, please inform the Forum organizers for planning purposes.

Special Needs

Participants with special needs can be reasonably accommodated by contacting Cathy Bester at least 30 days prior to the conference. She can be reached by email at cbester@ufl.edu, by phone at 352-294-1014 or by calling 711 TTY/TDD.

The maximum number of registrations for this event has been reached. If you would like to be placed on the waiting list, please email Kimberly Brand.

Registration FAQs

You should receive a receipt or invoice via your email. Upon completing registration online, a copy of the confirmation is automatically emailed to the address listed in your attendee profile. This confirmation serves as your receipt or as an invoice for the balance due. If you have strict spam filters, your confirmation may not have reached you. If you cannot locate your confirmation, please email Kimberly Brand to request a copy.
No, your registration is not marked as complete until your form of payment has been submitted. If sending a check or deferring payment, you are considered registered as long as the “check” or “invoice” option has been selected and submitted. Registration is complete once you arrive at the confirmation screen and receive a copy of the confirmation in your email.
Yes, in order to defer payment, you will need to select the invoice option when prompted for payment. This will allow you to register your attendance while providing the flexibility to pay by check at a later date. You may also contact the registration office at 352.392.5930 with credit or p-card information once travel funds are authorized.
You may cancel, however, there are no refunds, only substitutions. If you are unable to attend, please inform the Forum organizers for planning purposes.
You can email Kimberly Brand for assistance.

Venue & Hotels

J. Wayne Reitz Union


Parking & Directions

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.

Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30am to 4:30pm. Short-term and daily fees apply during this time. The garage may be used during non-operating hours for short-term parking, free of charge.

Directions to the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage

Information about the UF Welcome Center & Parking Garage

Hotel AccomModations

There are several hotels and motels in the Gainesville area available to accommodate your lodging needs. Attendees may also take advantage of the UF/IFAS Discounted Room Rates available at many of these establishments:

AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown

AC Hotel Gainesville Downtown

151 NW 14th Street
Gainesville FL 32603
$189 USD/night (1/14–1/16/2020)
Cut-off Date (deadline to book): 12/12/2019

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Aloft Gainesville University Area

Aloft Gainesville University Area

Aloft Gainesville University Area 3743 Hull Road
Gainesville FL 32607
$109 USD/night (1/14–1/16/2020)

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Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville

Holiday Inn University Center Gainesville

1250 W. University Avenue
Gainesville FL 32601
$119 USD/night (1/14–1/16/2020)

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Travel Information

Plan ahead and start now. The U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website has the information you need. Visitors planning to visit or attend a meeting most likely will apply for the visa category B-1. Check the estimated wait time for a nonimmigrant visa interview appointment at a US Embassy or Consulate. Some visa processes can take anywhere from 4-6 months.

Gainesville Regional Airport (GNV)
30 minutes from UF campus by car.

Jacksonville International Airport (JAX)
1.5 hours from Gainesville by car.

Orlando International Airport (MCO)
2 hours from Gainesville by car. Roads have tolls.

Tampa International Airport (TPA)
2 hours from Gainesville by car.


Nearby Attractions

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:

Florida Museum of Natural History

The Florida Museum of Natural History

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.

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Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park

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.

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Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park

Sweetwater Wetlands Park is a man-made wetland habitat of more than 125 acres, filled with vast numbers of flora and fauna.

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Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

Cade Museum for Creativity and Invention

Modern museum from the inventor of Gatorade featuring interactive science & technology exhibits.

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Fresh Hops

Local Breweries

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.