CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS: FAST TALK ABOUT FOOD: Lightning Talks and Networking

Showcasing the work of the Pioneer Valley higher education community on
food, agriculture and food systems.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011, 6-8 p.m. at Smith Vocational & Agricultural
High School in Northampton

A series of five-minute presentations € Facilitated networking experience
€ A simple meal of local origins will be served €

Sponsored by PVGrows and its Higher Education Working Group, with support
from the UMass Center for Agriculture.

WHAT ARE LIGHTNING TALKS?
Presentations about an effort or project made in five minutes from start
to finish. No slide presentations, one background slide OK. Handouts OK.

WHO CAN APPLY TO PRESENT?
Teachers, students, researchers, librarians or staff involved one way or
another with a university or college in the Valley (Hampden, Hampshire,
Franklin counties). We will select presentations to represent a variety of
institutions and a diverse set of roles with particular emphasis on
innovative, action-based projects.

WHAT'S THE PURPOSE?
To create a stronger network of those involved in one of the Valley¹s
premier sectors ­ higher education ­ and involved in a variety of
food-related topics. We hope to build a stronger community of interest
which gives rise to new opportunities for learning, research and action.

HOW DO I APPLY?
Please fill out the online application form at http://bit.ly/nSr6rb by
Monday, 9/26.

QUESTIONS?
Please email Madeleine Charney at mcharney@library.umass.edu. about your
topic and/or PVGrows Higher Education Working Group.

IMPORTANT DETAILS
€ You may use only one slide projected as a visual anchor. You are welcome
to bring a poster for exhibit and/or paper handouts. No multi-slide
Powerpoint presentations.
€ Five minutes means five minutes. You will be asked to end your
presentation at five minutes whether you have completed it or not. We
recommend that you do a live, aloud, timed run through before November 9.
€ Speakers are asked to remain at the event through its conclusion and
participate in the networking part of the evening, expected to end by 8:00.

ABOUT PVGROWS
PVGrows is a network of people and organizations that share common
interests in the Pioneer Valley food and agriculture system. It provides a
forum for members to collaborate and act together. Membership is open to
individuals, organizations, agencies, or businesses that self-identify as
being aligned with our mission. Members are invited to participate in
PVGrows meetings and Working Groups, and to join the PVGrows listserv. At
present, there are no membership fees.

PVGrows
www.pvgrows.net