Québec City and Université Laval will host a major international conference in 2020 on using insects as food for both humans and animals. The 3rd International Insects to Feed the World Conference (IFW), will come to the Québec City Convention Centre 3-6 June and is expected to bring together 500 experts from around the world to discuss the status of research and the potential of insect protein for feeding the world.
The first two editions of this event were held in the Netherlands in 2014 and China in 2018.
Canada will host the conference in 2020 thanks to the efforts of Professor Grant Vandenberg and Marie-Hélène Deschamps, who heads up the Entotechnology Programme in the Animal Science Department at Université Laval’s Faculty of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Both researchers are well known internationally for their work on insect-based fish diets. Together with Jocelyn Guertin, Québec City Convention Centre Sales Manager, they helped convince the international committee to select Québec to host the event.
“Well known internationally as a tourist destination, Québec City has also become an important player regarding agricultural food system innovations, via its academic and public research institutes, as well as a vibrant private agri-food sector. Over the past number of years, we have seen the emergence of enthusiastic insect-based research programmes and private ventures, buoyed by visionary environmental guidelines related to sustainable development that have helped to fuel growing interest in these opportunities, said Professor Vandenberg.
“We are convinced that Québec City represents an ideal venue to discuss the many issues related to ento-technologies Vandenberg, a member of the Québec City Ambassadors Club, added.
Meanwhile, Québec City and Université Laval have been chosen to host the 2020 gathering of the Association Internationale de Pédagogie Universitaire (AIPU), which involves some 500 practitioners, researchers, trainers, and experts interested in higher education pedagogy. The Québec City Convention Centre will host the conference 19-22 May.
The news was confirmed by AIPU international board chairperson Christelle Lison, who is also an associate professor at Université de Sherbrooke.
“Between the strong proposal, the active engagement, and the level of planning we’ve seen already, we expect the 31st AIPU conference to be a resounding success,” she said.
The bid was submitted in May 2018 during this year’s AIPU conference in Cotonou, Benin, by Louise Careau, director of the Université Laval Student Assistance Centre, at the request of the event’s ambassador, Steve Vachon, assistant director for pedagogical development at Université Laval’s Teaching Support Office.
Founded in 1980, AIPU holds an international conference every two years.