Announcing our 4.13.21 Food, Space, and Re-Imagination Presenters

Our first public Space for Food event - Food, Space, and Re-Imagination - is in just a few days, on April 13. Join thoughtleaders and innovators across space tech and space exploration, addressing controlled environment growing, microbial ag, regenerative ag, alternative proteins, and food systems as we discuss how the challenges of feeding humanities growing population in space can help develop solutions for the food challenges here on Earth.

Here’s what to expect in this free session (register here):

Thoughtstarter Sessions (starting at 9am Central US Time):

In these Lightning Talk style sessions, you’ll hear from multiple experts on their perspectives and then be able to interact with them and others in the audience around topics like:

Food as System and Experience

We don’t just produce food, humans process, package, transport, prepare and consume it for individual, and societal survival, for enjoyment, and for shared social experiences. It must be intimately trusted even though created as part of larger systems. How can we ensure the newest food tech makes the greatest impact for individuals and us all?

Co-Leaders: Evan Fraser of the Arrell Food Institute at University of Guelph and author of the forthcoming book Dinner on Mars; Nick Kalaitzandonakes, Director of the Food Equation Institute at the University of Missouri; Kimberly Glaus Late, Human Factors and Food Research Section Manager for Leidos at the Johnson Space Center; and Lenore Newman, culinary geographer of the University of Fraser Valley and Director, Food and Agriculture Institute; Canada Research Chair, Food Security and Environment

Measured Progress for Food System Development on Earth and Space

We won’t just turn the food system of a space crew or a city over to technology that hasn’t been proven. How will stakeholders and investors measurably drive progress toward scale?

Co-Leaders: Cynthia Bouthot of Space Commerce Matters; Marni Karlin of the CEA Food Safety Coalition; and Tom Laurita - Director of Entrepreneurship at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center and Co-Founder of New Leaf Symbiotics

Microbial opportunities on Earth and Beyond

Whether in space or on Earth, microbiology offers enormous potential as a food source, to remediate waste and unproductive soil, and to maintain a healthy living environment for producers and consumers and their communities. What potential is waiting to be tapped?

Co-Leaders: Tony Day of Bond Pet Foods and Hawkwood Biotech Partners; and Barry Goldmann of Pluton Biosciences

Systems for Life on Earth and Space

Anything we grow on Earth or in Space has to safely coexist with people, and those people need to thrive, too. What are the factors to control and the systems and infrastructure that we can use to control them to make living and food possible wherever humans go?

Co-Leaders: Michael Swartwout of St. Louis University’s Parks College on the electrical, mechanical, civil, and other engineering solutions needed for life on Mars; Kevin Reilly of the Plant Growth Facility at the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center on tuning light, ventilation, humidity, temperature, and more for the plant and human needs in a controlled environment; moderated by Peter Webb of MARSfarm.

Once your creativity is inspired and you’re ready to change food on Earth and in space, learn from experts what they see as the opportunities to address in these areas over the next years, and what challenges may still need addressing:

Strategic Panel Session (starting at 9:45am Central US Time)

Discussion: Hype vs Realistic Optimism in Future Food Systems

Whether in space or on Earth, what are the real problems and the emerging technologies in food systems? How do we separate the hype from real potential from inputs through growing, processing, consumption and circular systems over extractive systems?


Networking (starting at 10:30am Central US Time)

Finally, meet your peers from all over the world working on issues like these in a special speed networking session where our event platform will connect you to each other for short video sessions that you can control - opt-in, opt-out, duck out early, or extend the conversation if it’s going really well.

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn, network, and grow. REGISTER HERE for Space for Food’s April 13 Food, Space, and Re-Imagination free virtual event.