Gathering in Tucson November 2016

Please read our Post Conference Report to learn about Conference sessions, themes, and next steps.


Our conference video is completed and available to view online.
There will also be a free screening at the Loft on Sunday, April 23, 2017 at 2pm, featuring a panel discussion and heritage market.

A Food and Water Conference, and a Celebration of Place

WHAT: The 2016 ITKI ● UNESCO ● City of Gastronomy Conference in Tucson, Arizona, USA: Food and Water in Arid Lands: Dialogues across Contemporary and Traditional Knowledge, organized by the University of Arizona's College of Social and Behavioral Sciences

THE PROGRAM: "Food and Water in Arid Lands - Schedule Overview"

WHEN: Opens on Friday, November 4, 2016 and concludes on Saturday, November 5 at 5pm, followed by a closing celebration to which all are invited. Additional programming before and after the Conference also available for those interested.

WHERE: The Conference will be held on the University of Arizona Campus, largely in the Student Union Memorial Center.

COST: Absolutely free, but registration required. Space is limited. Please join us!
AS OF OCTOBER 31, 2016: While our online registration option is now closed, you are warmly welcomed to come register in-person the first day of the Conference. Please know that you will likely need to secure lunch on your own in this case.

PARKING: Visitor parking is available from 5am to midnight on a space-available basis at the following campus garages: Highland Avenue, Main Gate, Second Street, Park Avenue, Sixth Street, Cherry Avenue, and Tyndall Avenue. Of these, the Second Street garage is closest to the conference location in the Student Union. Street and metered parking are also available throughout campus. For parking locations and prices, please visit this page.


Please join us for this opportunity to learn about efforts across the globe to create sustainable and thoughtful futures informed by place, history, Traditional Knowledge, and other ways of knowing.

As the world undergoes climate change, urban and rural communities in arid lands need effective adaptive strategies for ensuring resilience in the face of increasing environmental variability, changing weather patterns, dwindling water resources, and intensifying strains on food systems and food security. Join us November 4 and 5, 2016 for discussions with expert panelists about their experiences with water management and water scarcity, their work toward just food systems and sovereignty, and their insights on the roles of local knowledge in adaptation and climate change.

In addition to the Conference, panelists, distinguished guests, and attendees are encouraged to join a number of excursions that highlight both the uniqueness of our region's cultural and food heritage, as well as our unique scientific inquiries into Earth's living systems. Click here for more on our  Friday night dinner and reception with James Beard Award winning Chef Janos Wilder at the Carriage House, and our Sunday morning brunch and programming at the Desert Museum.

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