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Global Food Systems Institute News and Events

Upcoming Events

  • March 2023 Future of Food Forum 
  • July 2025 International Silage Conference

2022 Events

  • World Food Day Event Monday, October 17, 2022, 1:30-4:30 pm, Reitz Union, Rm 2355.
  • State of hunger and food insecurity: Global to local challenges and solutions will be held in recognition of World Food Day and to inform UF students and faculty about the current reality of hunger both locally and around the world, as well as efforts to eradicate hunger. Hunger will be examined at the international and state level as well as at the local and campus level, and we will hear from several GFSI faculty about their work in this area.

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  • 2025 International Silage Conference

    International Silage Conference 2025

    Welcome! On behalf of the organizing committee and the University of Florida, we invite you to XX International Silage Conference, a global platform for sharing and exchanging breakthrough research in areas forage conservation, galvanize a new generation of forage researchers, emphasize the pivotal role and importance of silage and involve them in networking and collaborations with silage researchers from different countries. Meeting in Florida will also give attendees first-hand experience of the challenges and intricacies of tropical/subtropical silage making.
    Program details (tentative)

    Date: July 2025

    Venue: The University of Florida Reitz Union Grand Ballroom, Gainesville, FL

    Accommodation Options:

    • Hotel Eleo at the University of Florida
    • University of Florida Hotel and Conference Center
    • Hilton hotel and Conference CenterOrganizing Committee Members

    Lead Organizing Institution

    The University of Florida is a top-5 public university, a land-grant university which was recently ranked number one in agricultural research in the nation. The University of Florida is the flagship university of the state and it is one of the most comprehensive US universities with 16 different colleges, more than 150 research centers, service centers, education centers, bureaus, and institutes offering more than 100 undergraduate majors and 200 graduate degrees to about 50,000 students. The University is situated on a beautiful campus in Gainesville, Florida, which combines college-town vitality and protected natural beauty, making it one of a kind—a place “where nature and culture meet.” Hence, it has been voted one of the best places to live in the US. Gainesville is served by Gainesville Regional Airport with frequent flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Dallas, and Miami and it is a short two-hour drive from major international airports in Orlando, Tampa, and Jacksonville.


    Mailing Address:

    Global Food Systems Institute

    2250 Shealy Drive, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL-32611

  • 2022 Future of Food Forum

    2022 Future of Food Forum

    Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Food Systems presented by the Food Systems Institute at the University of Florida

    This Forum brought together great thinkers, academics, students, business leaders, farmers, growers, and policymakers who are researching and implementing innovative ways to reduce the carbon footprint of food systems. Participants and attendees learned new ideas and perspectives from some of today’s thought leaders on how to approach the carbon dioxide dilemma.

    Keynote speaker Eric Fyrwald, Chief Executive Officer of Syngenta Group, shared innovations on how to reach carbon neutral agriculture from the perspective of one of the largest global agriculture companies. 

    Details including the program, recording and posters are available at: Proceedings of the Future of Food Forum 2022

    Future of Food Forum: Reducing the Carbon Footprint of Food Systems - YouTube

  • 2020 Future of Food Forum

    2020 Future of Food Forum

    Future of Food Forum Agenda and Program

    The Future of Food Forum, sponsored by the UF|IFAS Institute for Sustainable Food Systems, was an intensive and exciting one-day event at the University of Florida. It brought together leading experts, entrepreneurs, researchers, and innovators to look at the future of food with an eye toward 2050.

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

    In addition, there were four high impact sessions:

    • The Innovators – inventors and entrepreneurs who are shaping the future of food.
    • Food from the Land – panelists discussing 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 presenting the state of current seafood systems; predictions for future trends in aquaculture and fisheries.
    • Food and Human Well-Being – One Health perspectives were presented on health and food including antimicrobial resistance, foodborne disease, and nutrition.

    This event was insightful for producers to consumers; from researchers to innovators; and from business leaders to policymakers. At the forum some of the world’s changemakers gave their perspective on the future of food systems and how to address innovation and challenges of the future of food.