Food for Thought

Food for Though Public Lecture Series, Macdonald Campus, McGill University

September - November, 17h30-18h30, EDT

Our annual Food for Thought Public Lecture Series is entering its 22nd season of bringing timely science topics to the community: our neighbours, alumni, students, staff and faculty!

Until further notice, all lectures will be online. A registration or a Zoom link will be provided shortly.

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This year's theme:
“Celebrating McGill's Bicentennial and the promise of a better tomorrow"

September 8, 2021, 12h00-13h00 EDT
What’s happening in Our World of Food and Does it Matter?!

Presented in conjunction with the A. Jean de Grandpré Distinguished Speaker Series

The 2021 A. Jean de Grandpré Lecture, held September 8th, welcomed Dr. David Hughes--Emeritus Professor of Food Marketing at Imperial College London, Visiting Professor at the Royal Agricultural University U.K.--who presented "What's Happening in Our World of Food and Does it Matter?".

Watch the video

View the slideshow presentation

2021 A. Jean De Grandpre power point presentation

September 22, 2021
If we ban antibiotics use in agriculture, can we still feed ourselves?

Speaker: Professor Jennifer Ronholm, Department of Animal Science / Department of Food Science and Agricultural Chemistry
Professor Ronholm’s interests primarily lie in understanding the role of the microbiome in determining the susceptibility of individuals (both humans and agricultural animals) to infections. In 2020, she was named a World Economic Forum Young Scientist and won the Macdonald Campus Award for Teaching Excellence!

October 6, 2021
How water use in agriculture has changed over the decades

Speaker: Professor Chandra Madramootoo, BSc(AgrEng) ‘77, MSc 81, PhD 85, (McGill), James McGill Professor, Department of Bioresource Engineering
Former Dean/Associate Vice-Principal (Macdonald Campus) and McGill Bioresource Engineering Professor Chandra Madramootoo, is the Director of the McGill Water Innovation Lab, a member of the Food and Agriculture Organization's Steering Committee on the Global Framework on Water Scarcity in Agriculture, Vice-Chair of the International Development Research Centre's Board of Governors, and the Founding Director of the Brace Centre for Water Resources Management.

October 20, 2021
Sustainably managing multiple ecosystem services across landscapes

Speaker: Dr. Marie Dade, Postdoctoral Fellow in Sustainable Landscapes, McGill Sustainability Systems Initiative
Dr. Dade’s research focuses on how to better manage multiple ecosystem services (the benefits people receive from ecosystems) across landscapes. She is interested in understanding how different policies and management actions influence how we access ecosystem services, and how we can use this information to better manage multiple ecosystem services simultaneously across landscapes.

Wednesday, November 3, 2021
Valorisation of biomass residues into chemicals

Dr. Marie Josee DumontSpeaker: Dr. Marie-Josée Dumont, Associate Professor; William Dawson Scholar, McGill University

Dr. Marie-Josée Dumont obtained a PhD in Bioresource and Food Engineering from the University of Alberta, a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering and a Bachelor degree in Food Engineering from Université Laval. Her research targets the synthesis of high value specialty chemicals and responsive materials to accelerate the development of a strong bioeconomy. For example, her research group is currently focusing on the conversion of non-edible feedstocks into furanic compounds. These compounds have a broad spectrum of applications for the production of fuels, solvents, pharmaceuticals, and biobased polymers.

Wednesday, November 17, 2021
What is coming for livestock farming?

Speaker: Dr. Elsa Vasseur, Associate Professor, Animal Science, McGill University

Elsa Vasseur is an Associate Professor in the Department of Animal Science at McGill University. She is the Chairholder of the NSERC Industrial Research Chair Novalait-Dairy Farmers of Canada-Valacta on Sustainable Life of Dairy Cattle since 2016. In 2020, Vasseur became a McGill University-William Dawson Scholar (equivalent to a Canada Research Chair Tier 2). Her research expertise relates to animal behavior and welfare, and their associations with livestock sustainability farming, in national and international context. Her research has a major industry-focus making use of contacts with industry stakeholders at all levels such as farmers associations, processors, and advisors to lead to the development of new recommendations and novel approaches for knowledge transfer towards Canadian farmers and beyond. Her international interests and experience include an on-going project financed by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (UN-FAO) to understand the performance and adaptation of livestock systems in milk and meat sectors in Senegal in the context of climate change


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