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 Food Safety Working Group

 
The National Academy of Sciences
2101 Constitution Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20418
The Lecture Room
 
Technology Workshop on Food Safety and National Defense
 
AGENDA
 
In February of this year, members of the Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR)* met in Washington, DC to consider the role of inter-sector partnerships in helping to accelerate the path to solutions in safeguarding the nation’s food supply. Subsequent to that meeting, a small food safety working group was established with a specific objective in mind: To engage senior science, technology and policy personnel from companies, the federal labs, government agencies, and research universities in an open dialogue so as to (1) highlight critical technology collaboration opportunities for maintaining U.S. national defense, focusing on food and the supply chain, and (2) foster new technology collaboration among participants, all of whom possess, manage, and/or oversee particular capabilities – including knowledge, available technology, and/or fundamental research – in the food safety and national defense space. This workshop, as conceived, serves as a forum for candid, cross-sector discussion and the identification of technology areas ripe for innovation and collaboration.
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Tuesday, September 29, 2009
 
10:00 a.m.                          
Welcome, Introductions, and Opening Remarks
 
10:30 a.m.                          
Government: Defining the Problem, Setting the Stage
Robert Hooks, U.S. Department of Homeland Security
 
11:00 a.m.                           
Industry: Defining the Problem, Setting the Stage
 
11:30 a.m.                           
Mars and Oak Ridge National Laboratory: Early Learnings from an Embryonic Partnership   
 
12:00 p.m.                          
LUNCH
 
12:30 p.m.                           
Introduction of Keynote Presenter
Susan Sloan, The National Academies
 
Reshaping FDA’s Foods Program
 
1:00 p.m.                              
Break-out Groups:  WHAT TECHNOLOGIES ALREADY EXIST IN THE NATIONAL LABORATORY NETWORK THAT COULD BE APPLIED TO THE PROBLEMS DEFINED IN THE MORNING SESSION?
                                        
          • RED Group – Room 227
          • GREEN Group – Room 280
          • YELLOW Group – Room 150
          • BLUE Group – Room 180
 
2:00 p.m.                                
Break-out Group Summaries
 
2:30 p.m.                              
BREAK
 
3:00 p.m.                                
University Research in Food Safety and Food Defense
 
3:30 p.m.                        
Break-out Groups: WHAT RESEARCH PROGRAMS ALREADY EXIST IN THE NATIONAL LABORATORY NETWORK THAT COULD BE STRUCTURED TO ADDRESS THE PROBLEMS DEFINED IN THE MORNING SESSION?
 
          • RED Group – Room 227
          • GREEN Group – Room 280
          • YELLOW Group – Room 150
          • BLUE Group – Room 180
                                   
4:30 p.m.                               
Break-out Group Summaries
 
5:00 p.m.                               
Day 1 Conclusions and Day 2 Preview
          Margaret Bruce Saunders, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
          Harold Schmitz, Mars Inc.
 
5:15 - 7:00 p.m.                      
Reception, NAS Great Hall
 
 
Wednesday, September 30
 
8:00 a.m.                                
Continental Breakfast
 
8:30 a.m.                                
Full Group Discussion: WHAT MODELS OF COLLABORATION SHOULD BE CONSIDERED TO OPTIMIZE THE INTERACTION BETWEEN THE NATIONAL LABORATORIES, INDUSTRY AND UNIVERSITIES TO ENSURE THESE ASSETS ARE CAPABLE OF FULFILLING THEIR POTENTIAL TO MINIMIZE THE CURRENT AND FUTURE THREATS TO THE SAFETY OF THE NATION’S FOOD SUPPLY?
 
10:30 a.m.                              
Workshop Summary, Concluding Thoughts, and Suggestions for Next Steps
 
11:30 a.m.                              
ADJOURN                   
 
 
* The Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable (GUIRR) is a joint body of the National Academy of Sciences, National Academy of Engineering, and Institute of Medicine. GUIRR’s focus over the last 25 years has been the health of the U.S. research and education enterprise. The group’s objective is to better understand issues of national and global concern, inject imaginative thought into the system, and identify areas of possible tri-sector confluence and collaboration. The Roundtable does not make recommendations or offer specific advice; rather, it brings together principals from all three sectors to define and explore critical issues related to the national science and technology agenda, frame upcoming critical questions, and incubate activities of ongoing value. For more information about GUIRR, please visit www.nas.edu/guirr.
 

 

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