Our Program

This year’s annual meeting theme, “Connecting Grain Science with Global Sustainability,” contains programming dedicated to helping you overcome the current challenges you face working in cereals and grains science.


We’ve designed this year’s conference to be more engaging, focused and interactive, with symposia that present subject matter holistically. Our sessions will still provide the factual, expert information that you’ve come to expect, but will also examine historical, economic and scientific motivations while exploring current and future impacts and implications.


Symposia will further come to life this year through the addition of presentation formats that encourage panel discussions, debates and TED-Style talks, along with standard podium presentations.


To ensure our programs helping connect your work in grain science to a more sustainable world, this year’s conference is organized with daily thought-provoking questions that align with three distinct learning tracks that span across the entire conference.


Here are examples of what you’ll learn:


How do we ensure traceability and safe products in the grain industry?

  • Grain Production & Global Trade learning track
    Overcoming the requirement challenges that act as a trade barrier vs. that protect quality and consumer health
  • Innovation for Health, Functionality & Consumer Trust learning track
    Grain safety and managing things like bacteria, coronavirus and micro-nutrients
  • Food Security & the Environment learning track
    Recent efforts and future trends on avoiding cross-contamination of wheat, nuts and gluten-free grains

How do we meet the growing list of demands of the environmental and health-conscious consumer?

  • Grain Production & Global Trade learning track
    Environmentally sustainable practices in global grain trade
  • Innovation for Health, Functionality & Consumer Trust learning track
    Pros and cons of alternative diets, as well as how to restore consumer trust in grains
  • Food Security & the Environment learning track
    Juxtaposition of the demand for non-GMOs with the need for cereal and grain crops to be engineered to be climate resistant and nutritious

How do we innovate faster to meet food security, environmental, and market needs?

  • Grain Production & Global Trade learning track
    Obtaining effective partnerships due to global grain trade and production systems
  • Innovation for Health, Functionality & Consumer Trust learning track
    Flavor chemistry, particularly for pulses, in regard to health benefits and taste
  • Food Security & the Enviornment learning track
    Breeding: the desire to decrease input and increase yield, and the tension between consumer perception and the use of modern breeding tools for cereal grains

Stay tuned as we finalize our program content!



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