This week, bioscience, environmental and technology experts from around the world will be in Winnipeg exploring issues no less weighty than finding ways to feed the world. That is the core rationale for ABIC (Agricultural Bioscience International Conference), whose 17th conference is being held at the RBC Convention Centre from Sept. 25 to 28.
The four-day event will include speakers like Catherine Bertini, a former CEO of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP); Rohit Shukla, an advocate in the venture capital arena of transforming ideas into enterprises that “feed the world, fuel the world and heal the world” and Carlos Saviani, vice-president of the World Wildlife Foundation.
It’s billed as the premier global meeting promoting innovation in bioscience. Industry leaders, policy-makers and researchers from around the world will gather to discuss the latest ideas and technologies in the global bioscience and technology sectors.
Tracey Maconachie, president of the Life Science Association of Manitoba (LSAM) and a member of the conference organizing committee, said in addition to traditional agriscience technologies the Winnipeg event will try to incorporate ideas about how technologies like artificial intelligence are being deployed to enhance food security and food production.
“We wanted to expand the conversation a little,” she said. “There has been lots of time spent on talking about crops. We wanted to make sure we represented the animal side of food production as well as sustainability and where big data fits in… They are all things that will be part of the solution of trying to feed the world. We wanted to make sure we had a strong representation from those types of folks.”
For more information, visit ABIC.