(Call for Posters) 2016 Product Development Research Day

March 21, 2016
Conference Centre and Atrium, 1 Stone Rd W
Guelph, ON, 8:15 AM to 2:00 PM
Students are invited to apply to the Poster Contest
  • Poster abstracts with a maximum of 200 words should be e-mailed tokelley.knight@ontario.ca
  • Deadline: noon, February 8, 2016
  • Abstracts must include:
    1. project title
    2. name of student
    3. a brief explanation of the project
    4. why the project is important
    5. what the specific benefit of the project has been/ could be
    6. who as benefited or is expected to benefit from this research
  • A review committee will select abstracts for poster display and notification of acceptance with poster guidelines will occur by e-mail on or before February 9, 2016.
  • Posters should describe research projects addressing *products and value chain research theme in plain language using the poster template provided at the link below
  • Within the theme “product” encompasses:
    • physical products or technologies in the marketplace (e.g. food products, enhanced agricultural commodities);
    • services, on their own or as a part of a physical product or technology;
    • organizational processes or collaborative initiatives.
  • Poster template link
  • Plain language training:will be held on February 12, 11:30 am to 1:00 pm. To RSVP or more information, contact kelley.knight@ontario.ca
  • Poster presentations: posters are due on or before March 7, 2016.
  • There will be prizes for the best student posters:
    • 1st place – $250, 2nd place – $150, 3rd place – $100
* Products and value chain research theme also refers to research under its previous name,  
Product Development and Enhancement through Value Chain Collaborations research them
8:15 – 8:45 
Coffee and refreshments available, graduate student poster voting
8:45 – 8:55
Opening remarks
 8:55 – 9:05
Intro to Products and Value Chains research theme 
 9:05 – 9:25
Keys to success
9:25 – 9:45
Food processing scale up in Ontario
 9:45 – 10:15
Networking break  Time to view and score student posters
 10:15 – 11:45 (option 1)
Research highlights panel 1   Products and value chains research: from research to market in agriculture 
10:15 – 11:45
(option 2) 
Research highlights panel 2   
Products and value chains research: from research to market in food and beverage 
11:45 – 11:55
UofG student product development course/ showcase intro  
12:00 – 1:00
Lunch, networking, graduate student poster voting closes
12:00 – 2:00
UofG student product development showcase
CIFST presentation: student product development winners
UofG presentation: student poster competition winners
Closing Comments
The Products and Value Chains research theme is funded under the OMAFRA-University of Guelph Partnership and addresses agriculture and agri-food product development.
For more information about the event, contact:
Barb Dillingham, barbara.dillingham@ontario.ca or
Kelley Knight,

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