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Microorganisms for sustainable food: from Earth to Space

Thursday, September 3, 2020
12 p.m. – 1 p.m.

This event is free



The announcement from SpaceX to launch a crewed flight to Mars in 2024 inspired us to ask the question, “how do we fulfill the nutritional needs of a crew of astronauts on an 80-million-mile, three-year mission to Mars, where there are no grocery stores, farms, or resupply vehicles?”

We want pancakes, with maple syrup, on Mars.

iGEM ULaval and iGEM Concordia are proud to have organized a panel discussion which asks, how can synthetic biology contribute to sustainable production of food in space? 

Come join us as we explore how synthetic biology can harness microorganisms for applications such as to convert undesirable maple syrup to a delectable delight for morning pancakes on the Moon, to help optimize hydroponic systems for long term space flights, and how microorganisms can contribute to establishing permanent agriculture on Mars.  

The panel discussion will be followed by virtual networking at 1pm EDT.

How can you participate? Join the discussion via Zoom or by watching live on our Facebook stream.

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This event is part of:

Microbes and cell agriculture for sustainable food production

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