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Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference


Peter Schwartzman

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

2 East South Street

Galesburg, IL 61401-4999



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The Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference includes video recordings of nationally recognized plenary speakers combined with in-person workshops and presentations by local experts - all social and scientific innovators who have practical and visionary solutions for the world's most pressing environmental and social challenges.

Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference
February 9-11, 2018

Knox College, Ford Center for the Fine Arts (Campus Map)
Interactive workshops, local food, renowned speakers, and more!
Free to all participants. Registration includes complimentary meals.

Registration: coming soon!

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The Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference is brought to you by the Office of Sustainability and the Department of Environmental Studies.

Follow the Prairie Fire Bioneers Facebook page for photos, updates, and announcements about the upcoming conference. 

Tentative agenda: 

Friday, February 9

4:oo pm - Registration Opens

4:30 pm - Opening Ceremony and Plenary Speakers (videos)*

6:30 pm - Dinner (free with advance registration)

7:30 pm - Evening event of music and poetry - TBD

Saturday, February 10

8:30 am - Registration Opens

9:00 am - Morning Activities 

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - Plenary Speakers (videos)* 

12:00 pm - Lunch (free with advance registration)

1:00 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

4:30 pm - Break

4:45 pm - Plenary Speakers (videos)*

6:15 pm - Dinner (free with advance registration)

7:30 pm - Keynote Event - TBD

Sunday, February 11

9:00 am - Registration Opens

9:30 pm - Plenary Speaker (videos)*

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - Morning Activities (concurrent)

11:45 am - Break

12:00 am - Buddy Brunch (free with advance registration)

1:00 pm - Plenary Speakers (videos)*

2:30 pm - Break

2:45 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

3:45 pm - Break

4:00 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent)

5:00 pm - Break

5:15 pm - Closing Ceremony

*Plenary speaker sessions include video recordings of talks presented at the 2017 National Bioneers Conference in California that are rebroadcast for our audience on a large theater screen followed by in-person audience discussions.

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