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Building Interdisciplinary Collaborations to Transform Food and Agriculture into Circular Systems: A Mid-Career Mentoring Workshop

Location: Kansas City Marriott Downtown (Kansas City, MO)
Dates: June 6-8, 2022

The deadline for applications has passed.

More information about the agenda for this workshop, invited panelists, as well as logistics is available on the AAEA website. For any questions, please contact the AAEA Business Office at or (414) 918-3190.

Kansas City Marriott Downtown Reservations

Guest Room Rate: $185.00 per night plus state and local tax of 18.35% and a $1.50 city development fee per room per night
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Reservations must be received on or before 5:00 pm Central on Monday, May 16th


June 6:

Time Activity
5.00 pm Welcome and Introductions
6.00 pm Keynote Address:  David Zilberman, University of California Berkeley
7.00 pm Dinner

June 7:
Building Interdisciplinary Collaborations to Transform Food and Agriculture into Circular Systems

Time Activity  
8.30 am Opening remarks: Madhu Khanna, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
8.45 am  Session #1: Problem Formulation: Disciplinary Views and the Need for Interdisciplinarity 
Panelists: Brahm Verma (University of Georgia), Scott Swinton (Michigan State University), Vara Prasad (Kansas State University), Bruno Basso (Michigan State University)
10.15 am Break
10.30 am Breakout Session #1: Developing a Disciplinary Understanding of Circular Economy Concepts 
Noon Lunch
1.00 pm  Session #2: Developing a Shared Perspective on Circular Economy Principles, Metrics, and Methods
Panelists: Gal Hochman, Allison Thomson, Elena Irwin, Sauleh Siddiqui (invited)
2.00 pm Break
2.15 pm Breakout Session #2a: Developing a Multi-Disciplinary Understanding of Circular Economy Concepts  
3.45 pm Break
4.00 pm Breakout Session #2b: Areas for Future Interdisciplinary Research on Circular Food and Agricultural Economy Topics 
6.00 pm Keynote Address: Elise Golan, Director for Sustainable Development for USDA
7.00 pm Dinner
June 8:
Mentoring Related to Interdisciplinary Research Projects
Time Activity  
9:00 am General Session #3: Building Interdisciplinary Teams and Brainstorming Ideas 

Panelists: Kathleen Liang (North Carolina A&T State University), Norbert Wilson (Duke University), Carola Grebitus (Arizona State University), Siny Joseph (Kansas State University)
Moderator: Carola Grebitus (Arizona State University)

10.30 am Break
10.45 am Breakout Session #2c: Developing Proposal Ideas on Specific Topics 
Noon Lunch
1:00 pm Session #2d: Presentation preparation
2:00 pm General Session #4: Presentations and Wrap-up
2:45 pm Closing Remarks
3:00 pm Adjourn