Networking opportunities are consistently the most valuable aspect of the Cereals & Grains annual meeting. 

Build valuable connections​ and exchange ideas during Cereals & Grains 23. You will have plenty of opportunities to engage with fellow attendees and industry experts during social events, curated discussion times, and in-between sessions during breaks. ​


Included with registration

​Coffee Breaks​

Take a break from great science, grab a warm beverage, and spark up a conversation with fellow attendees before setting off toward the next exciting sessions.​


Networking Lunches ​

​Gather with peers and industry experts over lunch to connect and recap on the advancements and talks of the day. 

Student Networking Lunches​

Funded by the endowed Joe Warthesen Fund, student attendees at Cereals & Grains 23 will have opportunities for additional curated networking included with their registration fee. Cereals & Grains will host two lunch events – one with a panel sharing insights on how to cultivate and maintain a professional network. The second will be a small roundtable event with the opportunity to discuss specific scientific and professional interests with experts.​

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Tuesday, October 17

Elixir Mixer Challenge

​​​​7:30 - 9:00 pm

Organized by the Milling & Baking Division, this event gi​ves you a chance to grab a drink, meet new people and catch up with old and new friends.  But don’t settle in—we’ll be dividing into assigned teams to compete against each other in a drink-making contest.  Teams will be judged by a special panel, and prizes will be given. ​*Pre-registration required*

Wednesday, Oct​ober 18

​Poster Viewing with Authors  

​​​​2:30–3:15 pm 

Browse the latest research in cereal and grain science in the form of posters, and don't miss out on your opportunity to meet and connect with poster authors during this dedicated time.​​​

Networking Reception 
5:45–7:15​​ p.m. 

supported by Brabender

Join hundreds of industry experts and professionals at this welcome reception, where we'll celebrate Brabender's centennial year of business. Take this opportunity to grow your network and develop valuable connections. Thank you for sponsoring, Brabender!​

​​​Thursday, October 19

​Networking Happy Hour

5:15–6:30 pm 

sponsored by Lesaffre​

Relax in an inviting atmosphere, offering a variety of beverage options. Mingle with new and old faces vital to the cereals and grains industry. Thank you for sponsoring Les​affre!

Student Meet-Up​

​7:30–9:30 pm 

​​Connect with other students eager to meet you and share their experiences and knowledge of cereal and grain science at this fun event. More details coming soon!​

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​​What past attendees are saying about engaging with purpose at Cereals & Grains...

"This meeting felt different from others in a good way [with] the emphasis on networking and connecting research to big picture thinking.​" 

​​"Collaborating with others in the industry is great."

​"Importance of connecting Ph.D. students, researchers and academics with industry ."

​​​​​​​​"The networking opportunities and the connection of ideas... are invaluable."

​​"[The] only place in the food industry for cereal scientists to be among friends and colleagues who understand the challenges we face."​​​