22nd Annual Harvard Nutrition Obesity Symposium:
Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century

Tuesday, June 15, 2021
8:00am to 5:30pm EST
This event will be held virtually. All are welcome!

The NORCH is pleased to announce the topic for this year’s symposium: Global Food Systems and Sustainable Nutrition in the 21st Century. We have an outstanding lineup of speakers who are experts in the fields of public health, global food systems, food inequity, and sustainable nutrition. The full list of speakers can be found below.

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Symposium Agenda

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Speaker List

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Keynote Speaker

From Family Farms to Global Food Systems: Where Will Food Come From in 2021?
Jessica Fanzo, PhD
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Global Food & Agricultural Policy and Ethics, Johns Hopkins University

Session 1: Global Food Systems and The Public Health

Moderators: Marie-France Hivert and Katie Fitch, Harvard Medical School

Global Food Systems, Malnutrition, and Obesity
Lindsay Jaacks, PhD
Senior Lecturer
, The University of Edinburgh

Global Food Systems and Systemic Inequity: Who Do These Systems Serve?
Nicholas Nisbett, DPhil
Senior Research Fellow
, Institute of Development Studies, UK

Global Food Systems and Zoonotic Disease
Delia Grace, PhD, MSc, MVB
Senior Epidemiologist, International Livestock Research Institute

Food Deserts and Food Swamps
Chelsea Singleton, PhD, MPH
Assistant Professor of Kinesiology and Community Health, University of Illinois

Session 2: Global Food Systems and Climate Change

Moderator: Christopher Golden, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Interaction between Crops and Climate
Peter Huybers, PhD
Professor of Earth and Planetary Sciences and Environmental Science and Engineering, Harvard University

Effect of Climate Change on Global Food Security
Molly E. Brown, PhD
Research Professor, University of Maryland College Park Department of Geographical Sciences

Session 3: Moving Forward – Individual and Collective Actions toward Sustainable Nutrition

Moderator: Christopher Duggan, Boston Children’s Hospital

What Does an Environmentally Sustainable Diet Look Like?
Walter Willett, MD, DrPH
Professor of Epidemiology and Nutrition, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health 

Is a Healthy and Sustainable Diet Affordable?
William Masters, PhD
Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Transition Steps towards Healthy Sustainable Food Systems: What we can do now
Patrick Webb, PhD
Professor, Tufts University Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy

Three Visions for an Environmentally Sustainable and Equitable Food System

Namukolo Covic, PhD
Senior Research Staff, International Food Policy Research Institute

Tim Benton, PhD
Professor, Chatham House

Ruth Richardson
Executive Director, Global Alliance for the Future of Food