2021 International Conference/Webinars

Preeminent leaders in science diplomacy and global affairs discuss how science and engineering can bridge communication gaps, tackle societal issues, and positively influence global policy.

These events are online webinars, so anyone can join. Presenters will take questions from the audience. Sign up now to participate!

Global Food Security Challenges & Solutions


Join us at 9:00 a.m. MST on June 22 and 25 for two exciting webinars as experts from nearly every continent discuss sustainable development, biodiversity, agro-technology, biotechnology, insect physiology and more.

Register for the June 22 webinar

Register for the June 25 webinar


Cherry Murray, Event Chair
Deputy Director for Research Biosphere 2, Professor of Physics, University of Arizona
Co-Chair for Science, the InterAcademies Partnership
Co-Chair 10-Member Group, United Nations Technology Facilitation Mechanism: Science Technology & Innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals



Featured Speakers

Global Food Security CHALLENGES

James L. Buizer
Founding Director, Arizona Institutes for Resilience; Professor, School of Natural Resources & the Environment, University of Arizona
Mohamed Hassan
President, The World Academy of Sciences; Vice-Chair, the Scientific Group, United Nations Food Summit 2021,Trieste, Italy
Robin Fears
Biosciences Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council, London, England
Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo
Professor Emeritus, School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia
Sheryl Hendriks
Director of the Institute for Food, Nutrition and Well-Being, Professor of Food Security, Department of Agricultural Economics, University of Pretoria, South Africa


Global Food Security SOLUTIONS

Joaquin Ruiz
Vice President of Global Environmental Futures,
Director of Biosphere, Executive Director of the Alfie Norville Gem & Mineral Museum, and Professor, Geochemistry, University of Arizona
Joel L Cuello
Professor, Agricultural-Biosystems Engineering and the BIO5 Institute, University of Arizona
Segenet Kelemu
Director General and CEO of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, Nairobi, Kenya
Jeff Silvertooth
Associate Dean and Director, Extension and Economic Development, University of Arizona
Moti Harari
Flowers and Garden Plants Head Researcher, Negev-Arava Research & Development, Israel

For further information about the Science, Health and Engineering Policy and Diplomacy Initiative, please contact Hassan VafaiProfessor, UA Civil and Architectural Engineering and Mechanics, at 520.621.5949 or hvafai@arizona.edu.