A Great Success!

Thank you to everyone who helped make the 2013 Yale Food System Symposium a success. We are grateful for all your contributions.
We hosted 3 Keynote events, with 7 Keynote speakers, 100 presenters, 13 posters, and over 200 scholars, practitioners, and activists in attendance. These statistics don’t capture the provocative conversation, the inspiring ideas, the new collaborations, and the experiments in interdisciplinary thinking that the symposium made possible. You all made the symposium an exciting and productive space. Thank you.
Check back soon for links to the recordings of our keynote sessions, and check back in late winter/early spring for the request for abstracts for the 2014 YFSS!
We look forward to seeing you again.
YFSS Planning team

Yale Food Systems Symposium: October 18th & 19th, 2013

On October 18 & 19, 2013, Yale University will host a Food Systems Symposium. The symposium is organized by the student Coalition on Agriculture, Food and the Environment (CAFÉ) in Yale’s School of Forestry & Environmental Studies, in partnership with the Yale Sustainable Food Project. Many partners and sponsors have contributed to make this event possible, rounding out an exciting season of food-related dialog, gathering, and celebration at Yale.

A tentative schedule of events is now available, and the organizing committee will post a final schedule of session topics in late September.

Registration for Non-Presenters is Closed

Thank you to everyone who was able to register early and reserve their spot for the symposium – we look forward to seeing you in New Haven later this fall! Due to the overwhelming response to the conference this October, registration for participants who will NOT be presenting is closed. Conference registration is currently only open for accepted presenters, as we are nearing capacity for this event. If you have not already registered but are interested in attending the conference, please check back for further announcements about registration in mid-September as we may be able to open a few more spots once our speakers have completed the registration process.

Abstract Submissions Are Now Closed

The deadline for abstract submissions has now passed, and accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2013. The conference committee would like to thank everyone for their dedicated work, and we look forward to reviewing the submissions.

Further information on conference schedules, speakers, and and events can be found through this website, and updates will be made as we get closer to the conference.

To register for the symposium, click here. Please note that early registration ends on August 20, 2013.

Request for Proposals

Yale Food Systems Symposium

Yale University, October 18-19, 2013

The parallel forces of urbanization and globalization are transforming our planet. They are bringing unprecedented changes to food production and distribution, livelihoods, communities, and the environment. While the pace of this transformation presents significant challenges to the creation of just and sustainable food systems, it may also create powerful opportunities: to support ecological stewardship, promote economic sustainability, cultivate human health, and ensure social justice. Currently, divergent food system paradigms compete for validity. How can these diverse perspectives be negotiated? How can we synchronize the efforts of research, policy, and practice?

The Yale Food Systems Symposium will bring emerging and established scholars and practitioners to work together in action-oriented sessions that address the complex ecological and socio-economic processes of food production, consumption, climate change and rapid urbanization. A variety of session formats will encourage transdisciplinary dialogue and an active exchange of ideas. We seek a diversity of proposal formats: panels, working groups, roundtables, poster presentations, and papers. We welcome perspectives from the natural and social sciences, from applied disciplines, and from community practitioners. Proposals that bring scholars and practitioners together, work across disciplines, or partner emerging and established researchers are especially encouraged.

Topic areas include, but are not limited to:

  • Climate change and the food system
  • Urbanization, land use change, and food systems planning
  • Politics, policies, and governance across scales
  • Agricultural biodiversity and issues of genetic property
  • Sustainable intensification, multi-functional agriculture
  • Urban-rural linkages
  • Public and market-based approaches to regulating the food system
  • Alternative food networks
  • The right to food, food justice, and food sovereignty movements
  • Industrial ecology approaches to food systems analysis
  • Sustainable diets and assessing and forecasting nutrition trends
  • Sustainable supply chains
  • University-community partnerships
  • Research methods, participatory practice, and frameworks for collaboration

Submission form and deadlines:

Deadline for submission is July 15, 2013. Abstracts & workshop proposals should be 150-200 words and include a title and keywords. Please submit online using our abstract submission form. Accepted proposals will be notified by August 15, 2013.

Questions about proposal submission and registration may be directed to yalefoodsymposium@gmail.com.

To register as an attendee for the conference, please click here