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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.

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2018 Prairie Fire Bioneers Conference and made it such a success!

Want to receive an email when we set the date and schedule for the 2019 conference? Email us at

Check back in the fall for details about the 2019 conference or follow the Prairie Fire Bioneers Facebook page.

View the brochure for last year's 2.5 day conference or the general agenda below: 

Friday, February 9

4:oo pm - Registration Opens

4:30 pm - Opening Ceremony and Plenary Speakers and discussion (videos from National Conference)*

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

7:30 pm - Evening event of music and poetry

Saturday, February 10

8:30 am - Registration Opens

9:00 am - Morning Activities (concurrent options)

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - Plenary Speakers and discussion (videos from National Conference)*

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

1:00 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent options)

2:00 pm - Break

2:15 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent options)

3:15 pm - Break

3:30 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent options)

4:30 pm - Break

4:45 pm - Plenary Speakers and discussion (videos from National Conference)*

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

7:00 pm - Live Keynote Event 

Sunday, February 11

9:00 am - Registration Opens

9:30 am - Plenary Speaker and discussion (video from National Conference)*

10:15 am - Break

10:30 am - Morning Activities (concurrent options)

11:45 am - Break

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

1:00 pm - Plenary Speakers and discussion (videos from National Conference)*

2:30 pm - Break

2:45 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent options)

3:45 pm - Break

4:00 pm - Local Interactive Workshops (concurrent options)

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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