Research-to-Policy Faculty Workshop

Monday, June 20, 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Alumni House Toll Room


This workshop is open to UC Berkeley faculty, lecturers, professional research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students.

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 workshops, in collaboration with the UC Global Food Initiative. This year our workshop 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.

Cosponsored by: Goldman School of Public Policy and Office of Government and Community Relations, UC Berkeley.


8 ­– 8:30: Registration and Refreshments

8:30: 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 and Professor in the Departments of Agricultural and Resource Economics and Environmental Science, Policy, and Management, UC Berkeley

9:10: Examples of Translational Research

  • 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: Making Science Come Alive

  • 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

12:30: Navigating Legal and Political Environments

  • Adrian Diaz, Director, State Government Relations, Office of Government and Community Relations, UC Berkeley

1:15: Closing Keynote

  • Mariko Yamada, Former California Assemblymember and Candidate for California State Senate District 3

1:55: Thank you and Closing

  •  L. Ann Thrupp, Executive Director, Berkeley Food Institute


Event Photos by Jonathan Fong