(01/21/21) BATON ROUGE, La. — The LSU AgCenter and a university in the Czech Republic are organizing a joint food symposium to be held virtually March 15 to 19.
Experts from the AgCenter and Mendel University will discuss the importance of regional food supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic. Southern University also will participate in the event.
The symposium will serve as the launch of a new course for LSU and Mendel students that will be co-taught by faculty from both universities. It will be offered throughout the spring 2021 semester and available for years to come.
The AgCenter and Mendel have been strategic partners for several years, with faculty, staff and students collaborating on research projects, exchanges and other endeavors. The institutions have even filed for a joint patent.
“The goal of the symposium is to create a platform for information sharing and future cooperation between the two institutions to build on our five years of cooperation,” said Ivana Tregenza, associate director of the AgCenter Global Network.
She said Bill Richardson, LSU vice president for agriculture, pitched the idea of a joint food symposium to Mendel administrators and scientists while visiting the university’s campus a couple of years ago.
Students, teachers and researchers interested in food science, nutrition, food technology, super foods and micronutrients, food microbiology, food safety, food systems, food waste, food entrepreneurship, economics and regional development are encouraged to participate.
The symposium will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Baton Rouge time (2 to 5 p.m. Czech Republic time) each day. Sessions will be conducted through Microsoft Teams and can be accessed at www.lsuagcenter.com/LSUMendelFoodSymposium2021.
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