iSEE Congress 2014: ‘Feeding 9 Billion’

Date(s) - 09/30/2014 - 10/02/2014
12:00 am

Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment

In a world with rapidly decreasing availability of water and land for agricultural production, how can we hope to provide a secure and safe supply of food and fuel to an estimated nine billion people by the year 2050 — while maintaining agricultural practices that are ecologically balanced and adaptable to climate change?

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is excited to present its first Congress, “Feeding 9 Billion: A Path to Sustainable Agriculture.” This conference will emphasize the critical role that technology and policy can play in increasing agricultural productivity while reducing environmental degradation.

From Sept. 30 through Oct. 2, twenty-two worldwide experts will assemble in Urbana-Champaign to highlight the implications of a changing climate; scarce water resources and growing demand for food, feed, and fuel on the development of sustainable agriculture.

During conference sessions, students will learn about the impact of climate change on crop productivity, land use, and water resources as well as the role for new crops and technologies – including biotech and precision agriculture – in increasing productivity while reducing the use of chemical inputs and fossil fuels. The interaction between agriculture and ecosystem services and the importance of the public and private sectors, so any student will career goals in agriculture should be knowledgeable about these topics.

Don’t let your students miss out on an opportunity to learn the latest and greatest science on sustainable agriculture and to network with agricultural professionals, researchers, world experts, and other students.

This event is FREE to all, and registration is open through Sept. 5! Secure your spot today by registering at

For more information about the schedule, the speakers and the topics that will be discussed, visit

Travel stipends may be available upon request. Please indicate your need on the Congress registration form.

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