This was the first in a series of food science and agriculture webinars co-hosted by ASTC and the International Food Information Council Foundation, exploring how these subjects can be successfully featured in programs and exhibitions at science centers, museums, and similar institutions around the world.
In this introductory webinar on May 25, researchers from the International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation shared some of their latest data on the public’s understanding of food science and agriculture as consumers.
The webinar included new insights on how your visitors navigate this complex web of information, and how this affects their understanding of the food system. Special attention was paid to how headlines about new scientific studies shape beliefs about food.
Each day people are bombarded with information on food. But how do they sort through this often-conflicting information to decide what and how to eat?
Webinar participants found out how different consumer subgroups form their opinions about nutrition, food safety, biotechnology, and food production.
This webinar was designed to benefit science center, museum, and cultural institution professionals from all career levels who have an interest in developing programs, exhibitions, and other informal learning resources related to agriculture, food science, nutrition, and related topics.
Megan Meyer, Ph.D., is the IFIC Foundation’s director, science communication. She leads communications strategies to help consumers better understand food and nutrition related issues. In addition, Dr. Meyer oversees the execution and development of key educational materials focused on issues specific to nutrition, food safety, and food production. She has a B.S. in biology from Loyola University Maryland as well as a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology, focused on nutritional immunology, from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Coupling her training in basic scientific research with her passion for communication, Dr. Meyer serves as a science liaison who is adept at writing, communicating, and presenting public health related topics and materials to various audiences.
Liz Sanders, MPH, RDN, is the IFIC Foundation’s associate director of nutrition and food safety. In addition to writing educational materials on various food and nutrition topics, Sanders manages the planning and implementation of the yearly IFIC Foundation Food and Health Survey. She is a fervent science advocate, dedicated to delivering sound nutrition information through engagement and wit. Before joining IFIC, Sanders served as a nutrition educator in a variety of settings including diabetes self-management and community health centers. She earned her undergraduate degree in biology from Oberlin College and is a graduate of the MPH/RD combined program in nutrition at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
Registration included a link to an archived recording of the webinar, so even if registrants couldn’t participate in the live event, they received access to its recording, which they and their colleagues can watch when they wish.