sf tea fest

Registration is now open for GTI’s 7th Annual Colloquium, Tea and Beyond: Bridging Science and Culture, Time and Space, exploring differences between tea and herbal infusions around the world and in terms of medicine and health, ceremony, traditions, sustainability, marketing, and more. The day-long event will be held by Zoom on Thursday, January 13.

To register and for details please go to:  https://globaltea.ucdavis.edu/7th-annual-colloquium-registration

We have an amazing line-up of speakers who will give you new insights to the world of tea. Please join us!

The Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science promotes evidence-based knowledge about tea, the most consumed prepared beverage in the world. Although the main focus is (Camellia sinensis),GTI also considers things consumed as “tea” (e.g., wellness teas). With UC Davis’s extraordinary breadth of expertise and GTI’s holistic mission, GTI is unique in the world, and the first and only entity to promote research and teaching on tea culture and science, and from a global perspective.

The Global Tea Initiative builds on a history of UC Davis tea research initiated in the 1960s. Current studies are expanding collaborations with industry partners and university researchers in the US and across the globe, and creating new knowledge about tea. Established only in 2015, with significant support from our Tea Advisory Committee, the Global Tea Initiative is rapidly transforming from an initiative into the Global Tea Institute.

The Global Tea Initiative includes more than 40 members from the UC Davis faculty, staff, librarians, and students. (For membership research profiles, please see LINK.) GTI is supported by an active Tea Advisory Committee composed of leading members of the tea industry (LINK). Students are engaged through the Global Tea Club (LINK), an official ASUCD student organization. And, because interest in GTI from scholars and experts around the world has been so strong, an affiliated group of off-campus experts, the International Society for Global Tea Scholars (LINK), has recently been established.

Teaching efforts include an annual Freshman seminar to introduce students to research opportunities at UC Davis. While a new curriculum is being developed for undergraduate and graduate UC Davis students, students are encouraged to develop independent majors with GTI faculty. For the profession, in 2022 GTI will launch the UC Davis GTI Tea Program, which will be open to the public. For outreach, GTI hosts an annual colloquium on tea studies. Each event has global impact and focuses on a theme designed to showcase provocative talks by scholars, experts, and industry members from science and health, humanities and the social sciences. For information about past events, please see LINK. GTI’s next event, its 7th Annual Colloquium, Tea and Beyond: Bridging Science and Culture, Time and Space, is set for January 13, 2022 (LINK). Please stay tuned for more developments!