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.

Global Food Security Challenges & Solutions


Experts from nearly every continent discuss sustainable development, biodiversity, agro-technology, biotechnology, insect physiology and more.


David W. Hahn, Host
Craig M. Berge Dean, College of Engineering, University of Arizona




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

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Robin Fears
Biosciences Programme Director, European Academies Science Advisory Council, London, England

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Elizabeth Hodson de Jaramillo
Professor Emeritus, School of Sciences of the Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Colombia

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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

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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

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Moti Harari
Flowers and Garden Plants Head Researcher, Negev-Arava Research & Development, Israel

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Jeff Silvertooth
Associate Dean and Director, Extension and Economic Development, University of Arizona

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Kimberly Ogden
Department Chair & Professor, Chemical and Environmental Engineering, University of Arizona

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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.