Research-to-Policy Faculty Training, Jun 20

Monday, June 20, 2016

This training is open to UC Berkeley faculty, lecturers, research staff, and postdoctoral fellows.

Registration required. Please register here.

Many of our affiliated faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral fellows have expressed an interest in learning more about policy engagement, and connecting with colleagues who have done work in the policy arena. The Berkeley Food Institute is committed to serving this need by offering practical and engaging sessions tailored to the specific needs of food and agriculture researchers. Last summer we convened the first of these trainings, in collaboration with the UC Global Food Initiative. This year our training will have a special focus on UC Berkeley faculty and staff. We invite the UC Berkeley community working on food and agriculture to join us for this half-day session (it is not necessary to be a BFI affiliated faculty or staff to participate).


-Identify opportunities and resources for Berkeley researchers to increase involvement in policy;
-Learn from successful examples of translational food and agriculture research, and explore challenges to effectively communicate research to policy;
-Share practical tools for engaging policymakers and the media with evidence-based research results;
-Build a community of food and agriculture scholars at Berkeley that are engaged with and knowledgeable about policy and provide opportunities for collaboration.


8 ­– 8:30: Registration and Coffee/tea

8:30 sharp: Introduction and Welcome
Nina F. Ichikawa, Policy Director, Berkeley Food Institute

8:40: Navigating University Structures and Reward Systems
J. Keith Gilless, Dean, College of Natural Resources; Professor, Forest Economics and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management

9:10: Examples of Translational Research
Successful cases of researcher and policymaker collaboration
-Kristine Madsen, Associate Professor, Joint Medical Program and Public Health Nutrition, UC Berkeley/UC San Francisco
-Claire Kremen, Professor, Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

9:40: Group Exercise and Coffee
-Introductions of your work
-Collective questions for lunch time discussions

10:00: Finding the Story in Your Research
Pei-Ru Ko, Founder and Director, Real Food Real Stories

10:45: Engaging with the Media
Haven Bourque, Founder and Principal, Haven B Media

11:45: Lunch Session: Small Group Discussion
Tables with topical foci

12:30: Navigating Legal and Political Environments
Adrian Diaz, Director, State Government Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations, UC Berkeley

1:15: Policymaker Closing Keynote

1:55: Thank you and Closing

More information here.