2nd International Quinoa Research Symposium August 16th – 19th, 2020

The symposium will take place in Port Townsend, WA, on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. An optional pre-symposium research plot tour in Mt. Vernon, WA, located about an hour and a half north of Seattle, will occur on Sunday August 16th.  

The objective of the Symposium is to focus world attention on the role that quinoa’s biodiversity, adaptability, and nutritional value plays in providing food security, seed sovereignty, sustainable production and wholistic use worldwide. 
— Kevin Murphy, Director

Hosted by the WSU Sustainable Seed Systems Lab in collaboration with the WSU Food Systems Program, the 2nd International Quinoa Research Symposium will bring together the global community of quinoa farmers, processors, handlers, marketers, and scientists at a historic venue in Port Townsend, WA, a picturesque town in a unique and promising quinoa growing region. The objective of the Symposium is to focus world attention on the role that quinoa’s biodiversity, adaptability, and nutritional value plays in providing food security, seed sovereignty, sustainable production and wholistic use worldwide. 

There will also be an optional tour of research plots on the morning of Sunday, August 16, in Mount Vernon, WA. The Symposium will officially begin at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA on Monday August 17th and end after morning sessions on Wednesday August 19th. The two and a half days will feature keynote presentations, panel discussions, a poster session as well as hands-on workshops and field visits to local farms.   

This event is an important opportunity to network and collaborate on an international stage. Also included in Symposium will be locally sourced meals Monday and Tuesday, along with breakfast Wednesday. Monday evening will include networking opportunities and a poster session with quinoa-based beers and spirits.  

Early Bird Price for the full Symposium, including field trips and meals is $200 (not including housing) and runs through January 1st. Regular registration price is $250 starting January 1, 2020. After August 1 the Day-of price will be $300. Housing is available at Fort Worden under our room block starting January 1, 2020.


At the Symposium 

* Farmers learn about quinoa production, connect with scale appropriate buyers, and learn strategies for increasing demands. 

* Processors get an inside look into quinoa production, quality, and brokering relationships. 

* Local government officials learn about on rising investment and policy opportunities. 

* Scientists and researchers share cutting-edge findings, identify gaps in knowledge, and establish working relationships to advance quinoa research and development. 


Please note that Symposium registration does not include the cost of housing. You will need to reserve your lodging individually and we hope that you will join us at Fort Worden, the site of the Symposium on August 16th - 19th. 

ROOM RESERVATIONS FOR LODGING AT FORT WORDEN OPEN JANUARY 1st, 2020. Please contact the Fort to reserve your room individually at a discounted block rate starting January 1st. 2020. The Reservations phone number is 360-344-4400 x 304.

***REIMBURSEMENT POLICY*** All tickets may be refunded by May 1st, 2020 at no cost. After May 1st refunds will be considered on a case by case basis. Email aba.kiser@wsu.edu for more information.