​​Symposia Submission​

As thought-leaders in cereal and grain science, we welcome you to submit a symposium topic for this year’s annual meeting program. 


​You don’t need to be an expert to contribute to this year’s program. By submitting a topic, you simply organize the symposium by bringing together subject-matter speakers in a forum that connect with attendees. Submission closed​ April 5.​

Submitters, you will be notified by end of April of the status of your submission. ​


  • What Should my Symposium Topic Be?

    What Should my Symposium Topic be?

    The goal of each symposium is to focus on problem solving and overcoming today’s cereals and grains challenges while inspiring attendees to make connections between grain science and food evolution. In other words, we encourage a holistic presentation of subject matter from factual information (“what happened?”) to historical, economic or scientific motivations (“why it was done this way?”) as well as current and future impacts and implications (“what impact does it have?”).


    Think about topics and challenges that excite you. What are you passionate about? What are you curious about? This can also be a great opportunity for you to search for a deeper understanding about a topic you previously haven’t had the time to delve into more.


    To help inspire your submission to the meeting program, we’ve created examples of session topics that align with the event topics and each learning track for you to use as a jumping off point for developing your own symposia content.




    Learning Track A
    Grain Production, Global Trade Sustainability​

    Learning Track B
    Innovation for health, Functionality & Consumer Trust


    June 24
    Ensuring Quality and Safety in the Grain Industry
    • How to trace grains that move from producing to consuming countries, as well as within countries
    • Links to sustainable agriculture
    • How can we ensure the food safety that is so valued by today's consumers?
    • How do we ensure that the differences in quality and safety requirements that affect trade do not have a negative impact on stakeholders, such as small producers or small producing areas?
    • How do we overcome the requirement challenges that act as a trade barrier vs. that protect quality and consumer health?
    • Production, processing and commercialization of cereal-based foods, including pulses
    • Grain safety and how we manage things like bacteria, coronavirus and micro-nutrients
    • Food safety and the accuracy of health claims, including the education of consumers on nutrition and health

    September 23
    Grains Can Meet the Growing List of Demands of the Environmental and Health-Conscious Consumer​
    • How the grain industry considers the security, quality and integrity of food in line with the standards valued by consumers.
    • Environmentally sustainable practices in global grain trade
    • What are the impacts of misguided consumer activities on grain production (e.g., taking varieties out of cultivation due to court cases (specifically in EU decisions), GMO regulations applied to modern breeding (including mutants), etc.).
    • Perspectives on the recent innovation in carbohydrate ingredients for functional and nutritional enhancements, including the current preference by some food companies not to use carbohydrates.
    • Nutritional studies related to grains and cereals (e.g., low glycemic food using pusses; plant protein to replace carbohydrates, dietary fiber and gut health; etc.).
    • Ensuring accurate and clear communication to consumers on health claims of grain protein and fiber.
    • Health claims of grains and pulses – and ingredients derived from them.
    • The pros and cons of alternative diets, as well as how to restore consumer trust in grains.
    • Tension between clean-label and meat substitute
    • Recent efforts and future trends on avoiding cross-contamination of wheat, nuts and gluten-free grains.​
    • Specialty grains (small volume, such as quinoa) used in specialty food products.
    • Growing demands for clean-labels and new varieties of grain that are more functional​

    November 18
    New Innovation Strategies to Meet Food Security, Environmental and Market Needs
    • How stakeholders in the grain trade industry can navigate the multitude of safety and quality requirements, in addition to managing the economic costs of transportation.
    • How to obtain effective partnerships due to global grain trade and production systems.
    • How do we innovate to deal with the impact of climate change and the adaption of wheat proteins?
    • New sorghum varieties to revolutionize feed and, potentially, food uses.
    • How do farmers adapt to current environmental and consumption challenges, such as moving from growing maize to small grains or how environmental changes influence crop choice?
    • 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.​

    • Novel grain and pulse-based ingredients (e.g., micronutrients, phytochemicals, etc.).
    • Developing new products and addressing roadblocks in using grain-based protein as an ingredient
    • Flavor chemistry, particularly for pulses, in regard to health benefits and taste.
    • How can grain-based ingredients assist in solving for the challenges associated with formulating better-for-you foods, including challenges with health ingredient formulations)?
    • How to translate science to actual food products, including true product application beyond information presented in papers.
    • Plant-based protein trends: meat and dairy analogues – by using pulses and grains as the base for these products, are we increasing food insecurity?
    • New analytical equipment that allows for faster screening of ingredients - advancements in this area
    • Co-creation: how companies work together to quickly introduce products into the market.
    • How to balance the requests from cash-heavy consumers with keeping costs low for the food insecure.
    • How can we leverage and use pulse by-products in sustainable ways?​


  • How Should I Design my Symposium Session?

    ​How Should I design my Symposium Session?

    We encourage you to design your session in the manner that is most conducive to your content – and in ways that are most likely to appeal to the different learning style of attendees. While each symposium session must be 75 minutes in length, you can choose the number of speakers you have and how long each will speak. You also have the freedom to determine the format that is best for relaying information related to your chosen topic. Examples of formats that can be used include:

    • Panel Discussions - 3 or more experts in different areas discuss the topic at hand with time for audience discussion.
    • Opposing-Viewpoint Panels - 2 -3 panelists with differing viewpoints provide a short, introductory talk followed by an engaging discussion to explore different approaches to a topic.
    • TED-Style talk (non-traditional talk) - Short presentations of a story-telling format that use the full stage without a podium and include time for audience discussion.
    • Traditional podium talk - One speaker at a time speaking to a rehearsed or PowerPoint presentation followed by audience Q&A.

    Based on feedback, we are not publishing the speaking times of presenters. This will encourage attendees to experience your session in its entirety, from start to finish.


  • I'd Love to Contribute, What do I do Next?

    I'd Love to Contribute, What do​ I do Next?


    Submit Your Session Idea​


    Submission closes April 5.


    Please note: The Grains & Cereals 21 program team will review all session submissions. There is limited space within the program, and not all sessions will be accepted. As a result, we encourage you to be as thorough as possible when completing the submission form. Organizers will be notified of session status in mid-April. Do not formally invite your speakers until you personally received official communication by the program team that your session has been accepted.


    As a reminder, this year’s session length is limited to 75 minutes, and the number of speakers and individual presentation length are completely up to your discretion.



  • Submission Guidelines

    Submission​ Guidelines

    Please have the following information ready before submitting your topic, keeping a 75 minute session length in mind:

    • Session Title
    • Submitter Email
    • Session Format
      • Non Traditional Talk ("TED Talk" Style) - One speaker at a time, no podium, full use of stage, presentation followed by Q&A
      • Panel Discussion - All panelists on stage, each give short introductory talk, followed by engaging discussion with audience
      • Opposing-Viewpoint Panel - 2 - 3 panelists with differing viewpoints, each gives short introductory talk, followed by engaging discussion to explore the different points of view
      • Traditional Podium Talk - One speaker at a time, PowerPoint presentation followed by Q&A
      • Other

    • Brief Description of Symposia
    • Cereals & Grains 21: A Series on Food Evolution Theme - Indicate how your session supports the meeting theme
    • Learning Objectives - Provide the learning objectives that will be acquired by attendees after attending this session
    • Target Audience for Symposium
      • Fundamental/Basic Research
      • Applied Research
      • QA/QC
      • Nutrition
      • Processing

    • Promotion - Provide statements that you would use to promote your session to the target audience
    • Event Themes (select that which best applies to your session)
      • Ensuring Quality and Safety in the Grain Industry
      • Fulfilling the Growing List of Demands of the Environmental and Health-Conscious Consumer
      • Faster Innovation to Meet Food Security, Environmental and Market Needs
      • I am unsure which best applies, please help me decide

    • Program Tracks (select that which best applies to your session)
      • Grain Production, Global Trade & Sustainability
      • Innovation for Health, Functionality & Consumer Trust
      • I am unsure which best applies, please help decide

    • Cereals & Grains Association Sponsoring Committees (if applicable)
    • Cereals & Grains Association Co-Sponsors (if applicable)
    • The amount of funding you are requesting from Cereals & Grains Association (if applicable)
    • Potential outside sponsors and the sponsorship amount (if applicable)
    • Speaker Information and Proposed Presentation Titles

    PLEASE NOTE: Do not formally invite speakers until your symposium has been formally accepted by the Cereal & Grains 21​ program team via email by April 30. The program team will review all submissions for acceptance; only a limited number of sessions will be accepted to the program.