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Register TODAY for the June 26 Food Systems Student Symposium

Student registration only $15 ($25 for non-students) - includes snacks and lunch!

June 18, 2019 — 

Register today for the second annual Food Systems Student Symposium, happening Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at 200 Robson Hall, University of Manitoba from 9:00am to 5:00pm (registration desk opens at 8:00am on the day of the event).



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This one-day event showcases the food systems research happening here on campus through graduate student presentations, a poster competition, a keynote speech from Dr. Tara Moreau of the University of British Columbia and a panel with Dr. Moreau and some of the top food systems researchers on campus. Through presentations and discussion, we will talk about the opportunities, challenges, and successes made possible by collaboration through transdisciplinary food systems research.

Keep the conversation going by attending the social mixer at the Daily Bread Café on campus after the event from 5:00pm to 8:00pm!

Food Systems Student Symposium keynote Dr. Tara Moreau, UBC.

About the keynote: Tara Moreau, is the Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Gardens where she oversees educational programs, sustainability initiatives, and community outreach. With over 15 years of experience including working as an international consultant for the UN-Food and Agriculture Organization, her goal is to advance local and global food systems and their sustainability. Her publications, presentations and educational programs relate to food systems, sustainability education, agriculture, biodiversity, and food policy across multiple jurisdictions.

About the panel: The afternoon panel discussion covers experiences and opportunities for collaborative, transdisciplinary research, both within the University of Manitoba and beyond. Panelists are Tara Moreau, and professors with the Food Systems Research Group here at the University of Manitoba. The panel will finish with an opportunity for audience questions and discussion.


  • Tara Moreau, Associate Director of Sustainability and Community Programs at UBC Botanical Gardens
  • Joyce Slater, Associate Professor, Food and Human Nutritional Sciences and Community Health Sciences, University of Manitoba
  • Teresa De Kievit, Associate Head/Graduate Chair, Microbiology, University of Manitoba
  • Annette Desmarais, Associate Professor, Sociology & Canada Research Chair in Human Rights, Social Justice and Food Sovereignty, University of Manitoba
  • Iain Davidson-Hunt, Professor, Natural Resources Institute, University of Manitoba

About student presentations: Students will share their research through traditional and Pecha Kucha oral presentations and through research posters. Pecha Kucha is a presentation style where presenters use 20 slides for 20 seconds each to communicate their research, which encourages students to learn how to communicate their research concisely and effectively to a wide audience. 

Here is a sneak peek at the student presentations for the day:

Traditional presentations

  • Folarin Solademi: Heavy Metals Pollution in Industrial/Residential Areas, Winnipeg: Implication on Food Safety and Security
  • Jess Nicksy: Anthronutrients: Amendments for closing nutrient cycles in organically managed systems
  • Ramandeep Kaur: Kgengwe (Citrullus Ianatus) Seeds: A Novel and Sustainable Functional Food with Potential Anti-Atherogenic Properties
  • Hannah Bihun: Regenerating Agriculture: Becoming a young farmer in Manitoba, Canada
  • Md Monirujjaman: Dietary high protein worsens disease progression without altering renal prostanoids and other oxylipins in normal mice or in mice with inherited kidney disease
  • Jeanette Sivilay: Communities of Resistance in Manitoba and the Potential for Food Sovereignty

Pecha Kucha presentations

  • April Stainsby: Soil health monitoring research in prairie Canada and East Africa
  • Sean Scammell: Crafting a Local Food Production System with Innovative Technologies for Northern Canada
  • Uduak Edet: Remote Supervision of Autonomous Agricultural Machines: Concepts and Feasibility
  • Kaitlyn Duthie-Kannikkatt: Cultivating seed sovereignty in Tarija, Bolivia
  • Jeanger Labayen: Efficacy of pre-treatments on improving the tensile strength of unwanted textile and paper waste for biodegradable seedling pots

Poster presentations

  • Emily Boonstra and Sydney Fortier: Environmental impacts associated with removal of productivity-enhancing technologies from the Canadian beef industry
  • Brandon Hanson: Within and between animal variation in supplement intake with the use of a novel precision feeding system for beef cattle
  • Hannah Oduro-Obeng: Impact of extrusion-cooking and sheet and cut processing on pasta carotenoid retention, cooking quality and starch properties
  • Jiaur Rahman: Utilization of brewer’s spent grain through the characterization of bioactive polyphenols
  • Rhea Teranishi: Enteric methane emissions from pregnant heifers as affected by multiple methane mitigation dietary strategies
  • Lucien Cayer: Docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) derived oxylipins are decreased in the heart by dietary exposure to 2-monochloro-1,3-propanediol.
  • Yidi Wang: Does energy dense diet affect birth outcomes in rats with prenatal ethanol exposure?
  • Nikki Hawrylyshen: Connecting the dots: Investigating the relationship between determinants of health and food & nutrition security in Manitoba youth
  • Ravinder Singh: Effects of carbon dioxide gas assisted extrusion cooking on physical properties of yellow pea puffed snacks
  • Navjot Kaur Brar: A comparative evaluation of processing yellow peas (Pisum sativum L.) with convective hot air and superheated steam

On top of all of the great presentations and discussions throughout the day, F3S is an opportunity for students to meet people, network, and participate in the community of food systems researchers here at the University of Manitoba. 

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