SNAP workshop participants in active discussion. Photo by Jonathan Fong

Policy Symposia

Research-to-Policy Faculty Workshop

J. Keith Gilless, College of Natural Resources. Photo by Jonathan Fong.
J. Keith Gilless, College of Natural Resources. Photo by Jonathan Fong.

June 20, 2016
Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

This workshop was open to UC Berkeley faculty, lecturers, professional research staff, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students. Many of our affiliated faculty, research staff, and postdoctoral fellows 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. In 2015, we convened the first of these workshops in collaboration with the UC Global Food Initiative. In 2016, our workshop had a special focus on UC Berkeley faculty and staff and was co-sponsored by the Goldman School of Public Policy and Office of Government and Community Relations at UC Berkeley. The workshop objectives were to identify opportunities and resources for Berkeley researchers to increase involvement in policy; learn from successful examples and explore challenges to effectively communicate research to policy; and share practical tools for engaging policymakers and the media with evidence-based research results.

See here for photos and the complete agenda of this workshop.

The Future of SNAP? Improving Nutrition Policy to Ensure Health and Food Equity

Policy Workshop on the Future of SNAP. Photo by: Jonathan Fong

Friday May 29th, 2015
Alumni House, Toll Room, UC Berkeley

A Workshop for Academics, Policymakers and Community Representatives

Our interdisciplinary workshop will summarize evidence and research findings on SNAP, identify challenges of current delivery approaches and address recommended actions relevant for the future of SNAP. It will involve panel discussions, including leading researchers from UC Berkeley and other universities, representatives from respected NGOs in the field, representatives from federal and state agencies, and practitioners.

See here for SNAP workshop details.

Photo by: Jonathan Fong

Leveraging Research for Food and Agriculture Policy

California State Senator Bill Monning. Photo by: Jay Sullivan
California State Senator Bill Monning. Photo by: Jay Sullivan

July 20, 2015
UC Office of the President

More than 50 food, agriculture, and public health researchers and university staff convened together at the University of California Office of the President for a workshop to understand the importance of university research in the policy arena, the current merit structures in place for community engaged scholarship, the tools necessary to build effective partnerships with stakeholders and policymakers, and the navigation of university legal networks. The workshop, Leveraging Research for Food and Agriculture Policy, was hosted by the UC Global Food Initiative Policy Subcommittee, which included partners from the UC Berkeley Food Institute, the UC Davis World Food Center, the UCSF Philip R. Lee Institute for Health Policy Studies, and the UC Berkeley School of Public Health Advocacy Initiative. This meeting showcased successful research-to-policy cases, included keynote speeches from California State Senator Bill Monning and U.S. Congressman Mark DeSaulnier, and brought in university government relations experts to equip researchers to engage effectively with policy.

Read the workshop report here, and see program details here.

Photo of Senator Monning by Jay Sullivan.