More than 200 agriculture and bioengineering students, faculty, research scientists and industry representatives are expected at Lethbridge College July 23 to 26 for a national conference and Annual General Meeting of the Canadian Society for Bioengineering/La Société Canadienne de Génie Agroalimentaire et de Bioingénierie (CSBE/SCGAB).
With nearly 600 members worldwide, the CSBE/SCGAB is the technical society of choice for all professionals and students with an interest in the application of scientific and engineering principals for the sustainable production of food, bioproducts and bioenergy.
July’s conference will not only be a first for Lethbridge, but the first time a Canadian college has hosted.
Dr. Chandra Singh, Senior Research Chair in Agricultural Engineering and Technology at Lethbridge College, is CSBE/SCGAB Alberta Regional Director and chair of the 2023 AGM organizing committee.
“Much of the college’s work in advanced post-harvest technology, irrigation, greenhouse, aquaculture and aquaponics involves researching and developing new ways for sustainable food production and to minimize post-harvest losses,” says Singh. “We’re looking forward to showcasing our projects at this year’s CSBE/SCGAB AGM, connecting with fellow members to further the discussion around sustainability, and promoting the Lethbridge region – the centre of Canada’s Premier Food Corridor.”
The theme of this year’s conference is “Engineering Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Food Production.” Contributions from various areas are welcomed, including but not limited to agronomy, bioenergy, bioengineering, biotechnology, engineering applications for plant pathology, irrigation, aquaculture, aquaponics, greenhouse, mechanized systems, renewable energy, soil and water, sustainable management for agriculture and natural resources, and climate change impacts and adaptation. Abstract submissions are open and will be accepted until March 15.
Sponsorship opportunities are also available for agri-food industry and agri-tech companies. Please contact Megan Shapka, Director of Applied Research Operations, Lethbridge College, for sponsorship and exhibition related inquiries.
Agricultural research teams at Lethbridge College, including the Advanced Post-harvest Technology Centre, Aquaculture Centre of Excellence, Centre for Sustainable Food Production, and Mueller Irrigation Group, operate within the Centre for Applied Research, Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CARIE). CARIE connects small- and medium-sized enterprises in the agriculture industry with the technologies and research expertise at Lethbridge College to enhance their productivity, competitiveness and innovation results.