The FIT4FOOD2030 Consortium warmly welcomes you to join the FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference!

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24th and 25th November

10.00-13.00

FREE

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Conference Overview

The FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference is in a way a conclusion of all the project’s activities. It will take place virtually on ZOOM on the 24th and 25th of November 2020. The conference intends to broaden the understanding and importance of food system transformation and help different stakeholders engage to accomplish the transformation.

In this two-day virtual conference, you get the chance to learn about the systems approach to food system transformation and gain practical tools and solutions developed by FIT4FOOD2030 to support responsible research and innovation in food system transformation, which will help you to have an impact on the challenges our food systems currently face within the local, national or European context.

The FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference is divided into two thematic streams. Each stream consists of three targeted sessions which the attendees can choose from. That will allow the attendees to engage with both streams during the two days.

First stream “Understanding food system transformation” focuses on describing food system transformation by describing trends, showcases, and breakthroughs that are affecting the food system and its transformation. It is primarily intended for researchers within food system.

Second stream “Engaging stakeholders for food system transformation” emphasizes hands on information, learnings, and tools on how to best engage with stakeholders at EU, national and city level to drive food system transformation and food policy coordination. It is primarily intended for EU and national policy makers as well as local actors.

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Agenda will be available soon!

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WHO IS THE CONFERENCE FOR?

The FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference is for anyone interested in learning about:

  • the systems approach in food system transformation,
  • responsible research and innovation (RRI),
  • trends, showcases and breakthroughs that can affect the food systems transformation,
  • future plans and directions in food systems transformation.

The conference will also welcome two respectable keynote speakers. In addition, scheduled "Meet the Experts" sessions give participants the chance to network and interact with food systems and R&I experts in the smaller groups.

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HOW TO REGISTER? [not available yet]

Registration for the FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference is free and open to anyone interested in participating in the sessions. To register, fill out the registration form and wait for the confirmation e-mail.

In the registration form you will have a chance to pick the sessions of the Stream 1 and Stream 2 you want to participate in, as well as speakers you want to join in the "Meet the Experts" session. We kindly remind participants that once you choose the sessions to take part in, you will not be able to switch sessions on the day of the conference.

A number of seats in the "Meet the Experts" session is limited. The seats will be given on a first-come, first-served basis. Conference participants will be informed about this subsequently after the registration.

Registration will open soon!

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PRE-CONFERENCE ENGAGEMENT ON THE Sustainable Food Systems Network (SFSN)

The ongoing activities related to the conference will also take place on the SFSN platform!

Before the conference, you can interact with the community of like-minded people who are striving to transform food systems as well as research and innovation practices by becoming a part of the Sustainable Food Systems Network.

All you need to do is to fill out a short registration form.

Learn more about the Sustainable Food Systems Network here.

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Meet the Speakers

- Keynote Speakers -

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Dr. John Bell

Dr. John Bell

Director Healthy Planet, DG Research & Innovation at European Commission

Dr John Bell is the ”Healthy Planet” Director in DG Research & Innovation. He is responsible for leading the Research and Innovation transitions on Climate Change within planetary boundaries, Bioeconomy, Food Systems, Environment and Biodiversity, Oceans and Arctic, Circular Economy, Water and Bio-based innovations. This includes harnessing the investments of €10 billion Horizon Europe, Circular Bioeconomy, the EU Bioeconomy Strategy, and Governing Board of €3.7 billion in Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking, as well as delivering policy initiatives as FOOD2030, and the All Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance.

Dr. Afton Halloran

Independent Consultant in Sustainable Food Systems Transitions

As an independent consultant in sustainable food systems transitions and a transdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Afton Halloran advises on issues related to food and agriculture. She works with such organizations as the World Bank, World Health Organization, Food Planet Prize Secretariat, and the Nordic Council of Ministers. She has written and co-authored multiple books and research papers on food policy and security, underutilized foods, urban agriculture, and gastronomy. Afton also holds a research position at the University of Copenhagen and is the host of the Nordic Talks podcast. Although originally from Canada, Afton now calls Denmark her home base.

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Afton Halloran

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Prof. Jacqueline Broerse

Project Coordinator, FIT4FOOD2030, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Jacqueline Broerse is full professor of innovation and communication in the health and life sciences (with focus on diversity and social inclusion) and since 2020 director of the Athena Institute, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Her current research is focused on (1) methodology development for multi-stakeholder co-creation innovation processes, and (2) management of system change processes, in order to contribute to more equitable and inclusive innovation processes that address societal challenges. Her research projects are in the domain of (global) health, food and sustainable development.

She currently coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Program on Transdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Challenges, and the large EU-funded FIT4FOOD2030 project on improving R&I so as to contribute to more sustainable, resilient, responsible, competitive and inclusive European food systems.

Barbara Regeer

Associate Professor, Athena Institute, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Barbara Regeer, PhD, is associate professor transdisciplinary strategies for sustainable development and system transformation at the Athena Institute for innovation and communication in the health and life sciences, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

Her research interests are in emerging innovative strategies for (sustainable) development, with a specific focus on the facilitation of multi-stakeholder processes, knowledge co-creation, social change and mutual learning between all actors involved, in such areas as sustainable food systems, integrated rural development, mental health care, child and youth care, and disability mainstreaming. Besides publications in the mentioned areas in international peer reviewed journals, she has (co)authored books on approaches for knowledge co-creation for sustainable development.

She is director of the Graduate School for Transdisciplinary PhD Education at Athena Institute.

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Raymond Gemen

Raymond Gemen

Senior Manager - Food & Health Science | Collaborations Coordination, European Food Information Council (EUFIC)

Raymond Gemen is Senior Manager at the European Food Information Council (EUFIC). He has a BSc in Biology and an MSc in Nutrition & Health from Wageningen University. Before joining EUFIC in 2012, he has worked in different public and private organisations in Europe. In his current role, he coordinates EUFIC’s activities in several EU-funded projects and leads the communication work package in FIT4FOOD2030. He sits on various scientific/advisory boards and is a Board member of the European Nutrition Leadership Platform (ENLP).

Tommaso Emiliani

Project Manager, European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food

Tommaso Emiliani (Italy) is Project Manager in the Public Engagement area at EIT Food. Tommaso has distinctive expertise in the external dimension of EU policies and International Negotiation Analysis. He has a prove track of publications, trainings and lectures delivered across the world for institutions such as the Gulf Cooperation Council, the Israel-Palestine Centre for Research and Information, the French École Nationale d'Administration and the College of Europe.

Tommaso is a graduate of the College of Europe, of the Free University of Brussels – ULB, and of the Rome III University.

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Tommaso Emiliani

- Meet the Experts -

Topic: The Food 2030 pathways for action: R&I policy for sustainable, healthy and inclusive food systems

Tatiana Tallarico

Policy officer in the Bioeconomy and Food Systems unit, Healthy Planet Directorate, DG Research and Innovation - European Commission

Within the FOOD 2030 team, Tatiana contributes to EU research and innovation programmes for sustainable healthy and inclusive food systems, both in terms of content and process coordination. In particular, she is responsible for the activities related to urban areas, food waste prevention and reduction and social innovation.

Before joining the Directorate General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) in 2018, she worked at the DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, where she was involved in the implementation of EU research programs, including communication and dissemination activities. Prior to that, she was a Bluebook trainee at the DG for Health and Food Safety, supporting the Food waste team. Between the graduation in 2012 and the Brussels career, Tatiana worked in Milan for a research centre, Expo Milan 2015 and a consultancy company. She holds two master’s degrees respectively from the Bocconi University of Milan and the Paris Institute of Political Studies.

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Tatiana Tallarico

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Karen Fabbri

Deputy Head of Unit Bioeconomy and Food Systems, Healthy Planet Directorate, DG Research and Innovation - European Commission

Karen has over two decades of work experience at the European Commission, where over the years she has held various positions focusing on the interface between science and policy in areas such as food systems and nutrition, environment and sustainable development, early warning and disaster risk reduction, sustainable urban, land and coastal management, responsible research and innovation, and multi-actor and public engagement in science. Karen currently leads the Food 2030 work at the Directorate General for Research and Innovation, where she is responsible for the development of EU research and innovation policy for sustainable healthy and inclusive food systems.

You can learn more about Food 2030 policy framework by visiting European Commission's official website.

Topic: Building Together our Food Safety Systems of the Future

Dr. Stef Bronzwaer

FIT4FOOD2030 Advisory Board, Research Coordinator at EFSA

Stef Bronzwaer graduated as a medical doctor at the University of Amsterdam (NL). Later he completed his International Master of Public Health, and his PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen (NL). As a medical doctor he worked shortly in a slum-area near Manila (the Philippines), and in 1997 he moved to the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome (IT), as project manager of an EU-project on communicable diseases. From 1998 to 2002 he worked in the National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) in the Netherlands, where he helped establish the European Antimicrobial Resistance Surveillance System (EARSS). From 2002 to 2005 he worked at the European Commission in Luxembourg, where he was responsible for the proper functioning and coherence of a number of European surveillance networks on communicable diseases. Since February 2006, he has worked at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), currently as Research Coordinator, informing research agendas and promoting EFSA’s and national food safety research priorities. He facilitates access to research programmes by sharing information on calls and funding opportunities and coordinates EFSA’s research involvement and requests for research participation.

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Dr. Stef Bronzwaer

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Dr. Veronica Maria Teresa Lattanzio

Chemist, Senior Researcher at the Institute of Sciences of Food Production – National Research Council of Italy, Coordinator of the H2020 project “FOODSAFETY4EU: Multi-Stakeholder Platform for Food Safety in Europe” (G.A. 101000613)

Her main research topic is the development and validation of analytical methods for mycotoxin and pesticides detection either based on mass spectrometry techniques and immunoassays, including organization of collaborative trials. She is Member of the Working Group “Biotoxins” (CEN/TC 275 WG5 “Food Analysis – Horizontal Methods – Biotoxins), of the European Committee for Standardization.  She collaborates with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as Expert to provide individual and collective training related to testing chemical contamination for food safety. She also has specific expertise in identification, structural characterization and determination of mycotoxin metabolites and modified mycotoxins, study of fate of mycotoxins during food processing, identification and characterization of biomarkers for the evaluation of animal and human exposure to mycotoxins.

Topic: Food systems and the urban poor in low-income countries

Jef Leroy

Senior Research Fellow, International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)

Jef Leroy, PhD in International Nutrition and MSc in Agricultural and Applied Biological Sciences, is a Senior Research Fellow in IFPRI’s Poverty, Health, and Nutrition Division. He studies the impact of nutrition-sensitive agriculture and social protection programs on maternal and child nutrition. His evaluation studies use experimental designs combined with process evaluations and costing studies. Jef currently works on the evaluation of a social protection program in Bangladesh designed to improve birth outcomes and on the evaluation of a training and certification program aimed at improving the quality of milk sold by informal vendors in Nairobi. In addition, he studies the role of food environments in adolescent nutrition in urban areas in Ghana and conducts research on the use of child linear growth in development. Jef recently completed the evaluation of two large-scale food-assisted maternal and child health and nutrition programs in Burundi and Guatemala. He has also conducted research on the impact of aflatoxin on child linear growth in Kenya and Mexico.

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Topic: Promoting systemic innovation at collective level

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Rosina Malagrida

Rosina Malagrida

Head of the Living Lab for Health at IrsiCaixa and co-coordinator of the Barcelona “la Caixa” Living Lab

Rosina aims to contribute to systemic transformations in parallel with changes in the R&I system by making them more open, inclusive and transdisciplinary with the aim to achieve high impact solutions for complex societal challenges. She offers consultancy and facilitation of multi-stakeholder innovation ecosystems where different actors are invited to participate in strategic reflections and the co-design and co-implementation of action plans to promote alignment and improvement of current solutions and to co-design new ones, including policies, services and R&I solutions, among others. She also offers training in other universities, research organisations and innovation agencies and has already trained more than 5,000 researchers and innovators. Rosina has previously worked at the Barcelona Science Park and the science museums of Barcelona and London and has participated as PI in 10 EC funded projects related with RRI during the last 15 years (RRI Tools, Fit4Food2030, EnRRICH, InSPIRES, etc.).

Marina Pino Cebrián

Living Lab for Health at IrsiCaixa, Barcelona “la Caixa” Living Lab

Marina Pino has a degree in Food Science and Technology and Master in Food Ethics and Law, both from the University of Barcelona. She has been working in the Living Lab for Health for almost two years where she has contributed to pursue the objectives of the Living Lab. During this period, she has been working on the local transformation of the food system through the EC funded project Fit4Food2030, and she has also been working with InSPIRES, another EC funded project that aims to co-design, jointly pilot, implement and roll out innovative models for Science Shops, where she has been coordinating training activities and performing research management. Furthermore, she has collaborated in the organization of RRI courses, reflection workshops, science education events and outreach activities, where she has participated as a facilitator.

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Topic: How to develop Food Systems Thinking?

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Diana Szakal

Diana Szakál

FIT4FOOD2030 Budapest City Lab Coordinator, Environmental Social Science Research Group (ESSRG)

Diana is a systems practice enthusiast who loves to go beyond the surface and work with the deeper dynamics and interrelations of organizations and complex systems. She strongly believes in the transformative power of learning and community, and a holistic approach and empathy are essential components of her various efforts that aim to create a positive impact. Currently, she is coordinating the Budapest Food City Lab of Fit4Food2030 as a member and research fellow of the Environmental Social Science Research Group.  In the past years, she has been responsible for leading the co-design, development and piloting of education modules that aim to enhance food systems thinking.

Topic: 21st century skills and capacities needed for food systems transformation

Dr. Afton Halloran

Independent Consultant in Sustainable Food Systems Transitions

As an independent consultant in sustainable food systems transitions and a transdisciplinary scientist, Dr. Afton Halloran advises on issues related to food and agriculture. She works with such organizations as the World Bank, World Health Organization, Food Planet Prize Secretariat, and the Nordic Council of Ministers. She has written and co-authored multiple books and research papers on food policy and security, underutilized foods, urban agriculture, and gastronomy. Afton also holds a research position at the University of Copenhagen and is the host of the Nordic Talks podcast. Although originally from Canada, Afton now calls Denmark her home base.

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Topic: Food Connects

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Tessa Avermaete

Chair of the Food and Farming Advisory Board of the City of Leuven

Tessa Avermaete is project manager at the Sustainable Food Economies Research Group (SFERE) of Leuven University. She manages interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary consortia that are working in the domain of food security, sustainable food systems, agriculture and sustainable diets. She focuses on the European context, where the food system is characterized by a growing gap between consumers and producers, inequality, the prevalence of obesity, a polarized debate on sustainable food systems and a continuous decrease in the number of farmers. Tessa Avermaete was involved in the High-Level Steering Board of the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI) and in the focus group on new entrants in farming.

She is member of diverse working groups at the national, regional and local level, contributing to an evidence-based transition of the food system and empowerment of all the actors in the system. She was nominated for the science battle for her work in reaching out current insights on food and farming to children.

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