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FSRG talk – Bridging the Gap: The Power of Collaborative Research

April 2, 2019 — 

The next Food Systems Research Group seminar takes place on April 10th. We invite you to join us and be a part of the discussion.

Join us for a special FSRG student seminar “Bridging the Gap: The Power of Collaborative Research” on Wednesday, April 10th at 9:30 am in 320 Sinnott Building by graduate students Hannah Bihun and Roxie Koohgoli, members of the Food Systems Student Symposium (F3S) planning committee.


Food systems operate at local, national, and international scales, however, with the rise of globalization, the complexity within the food system and between food system actors increases. Collaborative research fosters innovation through the exchange of resources and expertise; it provides training and professional development and fosters open dialogue among industry, academia, and government. In addition to sharing information, those involved in collaborative research about the food system are able to share the cost of research as well as the benefits. Last year the Food Systems Research Group at the University of Manitoba (UofM) put together a student committee to plan and execute the inaugural Food Systems Student Symposium, a platform for graduate students to share their research and learn about other food systems research occurring on campus. The symposium was well attended and provided a great platform for food systems discussion with a focus on sustainability in the food system. This year the symposium theme is ‘Bridging the Gap’ and will focus on facilitating meaningful discussions and collaborations between food systems research across faculties at the UofM. Our goal is to establish a common vision for what collaborative food systems research should look like at the University of Manitoba and develop an understanding about the different strategies we can adapt to bridge the gaps that exist.


F3S planning committee (clockwise): Roxie Koohgoli, Rafiqul Islam, Hannah Bihun, Adjarat Adegun, Laura Funk and Adam Franczyk.

The F3S student planning committee is a group of graduate students representing faculties across campus, including; Roxie Koohgoli (Agricultural and Food Sciences), Hannah Bihun (Environment, Earth, and Resources), Adam Franczyk (Agricultural and Food Sciences), Rafiqul Islam (Science), Adjarat Adegun (Environment, Earth, and Resources), and Laura Funk (Arts). The members of the planning committee are engaged in diverse research that contributes to or relates to food systems knowledge and is motivated to find ways to bridge the gaps between faculties. The goal of the symposium is to highlight and share graduate student research about food systems. With our focus on food systems, the purpose of F3S is to spark innovation, encourage collaboration amongst graduate students and faculty, and inspire undergraduate students to join the research community within various departments across the UofM. 


The Food Systems Research Group – a joint initiative by Agriculture, Environment, Science, and Arts Faculties – is an umbrella group fostering the creation of multi/trans-disciplinary collaborative research to advance the UofM signature research theme of Safe, Healthy, Just, and Sustainable Food Systems.

Faculty and students are welcome to join the FSRG. Email to join our mailing list to be informed of future events and activities of this diverse group.

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