There is always more than just biomedical at the Annual BIO Convention, but that is especially true when the convention is in Chicago. It is an opportunity for our community to add something special to the convention that you wont get on the coasts.
I am reminded that Chicago is an island in the agriculture ocean of the US. I know there are a lot of other food and ag conventions to attend throughout the year and everyone’s budgets are still tight, but the BIO convention is still a can’t miss event. Mostly because the world of biotech is coming to Chicago. 37% of BIO attendees are International, many of our top trade partners are sending delegations, including government officials. BIO remains the best single point of contact for attendees to meet with anyone from the international community they would want to.
The BIO convention staff and the program committee group have done a great job building a good program for attendees. And the convention has plenty of offerings no matter or registration level.
A can’t miss program for all levels is the US Farmers and Ranchers Alliance Food Dialogs. The U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance® (USFRA®) will host The Food Dialogues℠: Chicago at the 2013 BIO International Convention. This event is designed to answer America’s questions on some of today’s most provocative issues surrounding food and agriculture. This program entitled, “The Straight Story on Biotech in Agriculture: The Media and its Impact on Consumers” will consist of a panel of experts from multiple disciplines, including farmers, media, industry and academia, who will answer some of the toughest questions surrounding GMOs. Panelists will also discuss what more can be done by all sides – including those who are not in favor of this technology – to give consumers access to information that matters..This program is free but it requires an additional RSVP from the convention. Click here to visit the website and register.
For $199 exhibit hall pass attendees can also visit with over 2,000 exhibiting company’s and 60+ state and international pavilions. Also on the exhibit floor is the Food and Ag Pavilion, which will feature programming in the pavilion like Agricultural Biotechnology: Feeding a Hungry Planet and Saving Lives – a Tedx Talk”. Click here for more information.
For $995 sessions pass, attendees have access to over 140 break out sessions covering all sections of the industry. I have listed out the food and AG session tracks at the bottom of this post, but it is a great opportunity to learn about the other parts of the community.
And finally everyone is welcome at the State of Illinois Exhibit Hall reception on Tuesday at 5:30 pm. The reception will be hosted at the Illinois pavilion, booths 1405, and it will feature Garret’s Popcorn, local microbrews and live Chicago blues music. No registration is necessary.
I hope that I will see you at BIO 2013, I will be working out of the Illinois Pavilion when I am not attending the sessions. If you have questions about BIO 2013, feel free to ask me in the comments below or send me an email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Food & Ag Breakout Sessions: