Special Event | Global Food+ 2021 | March 5 Session


Friday, March 5, 2021, 1:00pm to 2:30pm


Zoom (registration required)

40 Speed Talks at the Nexus of Food, Agriculture, Environment, Health, and Society

Event graphic for Global Food+ 2021 showing blades of grass against blue skyRegistration is required to attend this webinar. For more information on the event, including links to register, please visit the Global Food+ 2021 website.

GLOBAL FOOD+ 2021 is a joint webinar series run by researchers at Boston University, Harvard, MIT, and Tufts that is free and open to all. Four separate 90 minute sessions will take place on successive Fridays beginning February 12, 2021. Each session will feature ten rapid-fire 7 minute “speed talks,” given by top scholars and researchers working in the greater Boston area. The speakers will be presenting their most recent research findings on food, including its links to agriculture, health, the environment, and society.

The forty presenters will include scholars from Boston University, Clark University, Harvard, University of Massachusetts, MIT, Tufts, Wellesley, and the University of Vermont. Their work will showcase a variety of disciplines ranging from biology, chemistry, nutrition, engineering, and medicine, to economics, sociology, anthropology, history, law, public policy, and geography. Each of the four sessions will include concise presentations on ten entirely different topics, made by the researchers themselves.

The topics covered will vary from global to local. Among them will be the modern obesity crisis, food law and food waste, dietary diversity in Africa, farming and ecosystem health, meat consumption and veganism, mercury in fish, railroads and famine in India, and crop adaptations to global warming.

March 5 Session Speakers

  • Alex De Waal, Tufts University
  • Jessica Leibler, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Benedetto Marelli, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Adolfo Cuevas, Tufts University
  • Jason Block, Harvard Medical School
  • Caterina Scaramelli, Boston University
  • Perrie O'Tierney-Ginn, Tufts University School of Medicine
  • Chris Golden, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health
  • Nicole Blackstone, Tufts University
  • Dave Des Marais, Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Sarah Banse

Registration Information

Register for the March 5 session or visit the conference website for full details