The center organized an open poster forum for AUB community on February 17th, 2011, during which faculty, research assistants and students from AUB and the University of Ottawa, Canada, presented their preliminary findings following two years of field research within the context of a project entitled “Food and Health in Rural Lebanon”. The interdisciplinary team follows an ecosystem approach to human health, known as Ecohealth, and works closely with the communities of Aarsal, Batloun and Kwakh, villages constituting the focus of this three-year project.
The open forum included contributions from over 12 disciplines that addressed topics such as cultural, economic and dietary benefits of local foods and rural lifestyles, exploring possibilities for introducing healthy eating habits among the youth, promoting food safety by investigating traditional methods of food production, determining the impact and potentials of natural resources and their value and use to communities, using a landscape approach to propose local solutions and engaging AUB community to respond to local needs.
Among the visitors to the forum were President Dorman, Provost Dallal and Dean McGreevy. The Provost thanked the participants for their work and emphasized the importance of such projects that involve teams of faculty and students and make room for social impact on communities without affecting research quality.
Following the poster forum, the research partners, faculty, students and research assistants convened a three-hour retreat and discussed ways to further integrate research activities and relay findings to the communities. This proved to be a very much needed exercise where participants were able to deliberately bring in their field experience, share and integrate their findings in view of a more holistic outcome.
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