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

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ZOOM Platform

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24th and 25th November

10.00-13.00

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Prof. Jacqueline Broerse about the project’s context and outcomes | FIT4FOOD2030
Prof. Maggie Gill about the EU Think Tank and policy briefs | FIT4FOOD2030
Tatiana Tallarico from the European Commission’s DG for Research and Innovation | FIT4FOOD2030
Chrissie Brierley about the Policy Labs and its outcomes | FIT4FOOD2030
Rosina Malagrida about the City Labs and their outcomes | FIT4FOOD2030
Raymond Gemen about communication as the crucial aspect of the project | FIT4FOOD2030

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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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FIT4FOOD2030 Final Conference Agenda

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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?

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.

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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

More than ever, we need to foster the role of cross-pollinators in our society. It is no longer possible to confront the complexity of food systems with a one-dimensional approach

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Jacqueline Broerse

We need to transform research and innovation systems, so that they can serve as true catalysts for food system transformation

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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FIT4FOOD2030 has engaged a wide variety of stakeholders across Europe to build a multi-level platform that supports food system transformation through research and innovation

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Beatrix Wepner

AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH, Center for Innovation Systems & Policy

Beatrix Wepner, PhD, is a scientist and technology manager at the Center for Innovation Systems & Policy at AIT. She has been involved in or managed a number of national and European funded studies and foresights about value chain analysis, manufacturing technologies like additive manufacturing or laser technology, and energy and resource efficiency strategies (bio-economy). In Fit4Food2030 her focus is on identification of trends, barriers and breakthroughs in the food system. Also, AIT has taken a lead role to set up policy labs to foster food system transformation in this project. In general, Beatrix Wepner`s work areas at AIT are monitoring and detecting emerging issues and emerging technologies as well as supporting roadmapping and foresight processes, interviews and interactive workshops. She develops and enhances models for investigating data so that emerging trends can be identified. She brings extensive experience in the field of cluster management from her previous engagements of managing the food cluster of ecoplus, Lower Austrian Business Agency, and at ofi Austrian Research Institute for Chemistry and Technology, where she worked as a scientist and head of the institute for packaging and later for medical devices.

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Chiara Pontillo

“The EU Food Policy Mapping exercise can be a valuable tool to reflect on how RRI could address national and international food policies. To do so in a co-creation environment, it can be included in the context of City/Food and Policy Labs.”

Chiara Pontillo

Research Manager, Life Sciences & Bioeconomy Unit

Chiara Pontillo is currently working in the Research and Competitive Funding Area of the University of Bologna, specifically in the Life Sciences and Bioeconomy unit. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in International Relations and Diplomatic Affairs, a first Master’s in Local and Global Development, and a second Master’s in Human Development and Food Security. During the university period, Chiara attended an intensive course in Development Projects Management at the Maastricht School of Management, which led her post-graduate career towards the Project management and implementation area. Before becoming a member of the FIT4FOOD2030 UNIBO’s team, she worked as a Project assistant in the NGO environment and volunteered in Mexico. In FIT4FOOD2030, she supported the development of WP2, specifically by turning the EU Food Policy database resulted from Task 2.2 into a demonstrative set of more user-friendly Policy Cards, aimed at highlighting potential policy gaps and priorities and creating debate opportunities around food system-related issues.

Thom Achterbosch

Wageningen Economic Research

Thom is a senior researcher at Wageningen Economic Research, studying metrics and foresight on sustainable food systems. His research interests include healthy and sustainable diets; equity; urban food system transformation; food loss and waste; trade policy; and sustainable development. Thom (co-) leads multidisciplinary research programs on the long-term challenges related to food insecurity and malnutrition in EU and Africa: currently, he is co-leader for diagnosis and foresight on Food systems for healthier diets under the research program Agriculture for Nutrition and Health (A4NH) of the CGIAR;  co-leader for Future Scenarios under the research program Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CCAFS) of the CGIAR, leader on impact investing in urban food systems innovations in FOOD TRAILS, and task leader on foresight in FIT4FOOD2030. Until 2019 he was the coordinator of the EU-funded project SUSFANS on healthy diets and a sustainable EU food system. Recent papers explore the sustainability performance of EU food systems, food systems R&I, equity issues in global food security, the relation between income, food intake and food waste, and food system governance in foresight studies.

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Maggie Gill

Prof. Margaret Gill

University of Aberdeen, chair of the FIT4FOOD2030 EU Think Tank

Margaret Gill is a former Chief Scientific Adviser to the Scottish Government on Rural Affairs and the Environment. She is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Aberdeen, and chairs the Scottish Science Advisory Council and the UKRI-BBSRC Sustainable Agriculture and Food Strategy Science Advisory Panel. She also chairs the Science Advisory Panel for the Our land and Water Challenge programme in New Zealand and chaired the Science Advisory Board of FACCE JPI until June 2017. Her original research career was in animal science, broadening out over time to an interest in the impacts of agriculture on the environment and how science can provide an evidence base to inform policy. She is also a Trustee of GALVmed a charity which seeks to make animal products affordable for smallholder livestock owners in developing countries. For more information, please click here.

Gerda Verburg

UN’s Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

Since August 2016, Gerda Verburg from the Netherlands has served as United Nations Assistant Secretary-General and Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement. She was appointed by the UN Secretary-General based on her extensive experience in politics and international cooperation. In 2008, following her appointment the previous year as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality of the Netherlands, she was elected as Chair of the UN Commission on Sustainable Development (CSD 17). From 2011, she served as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the she served as Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations Rome-based agencies (FAO, IFAD and WFP). In 2013, she was elected as Chair of the UN Committee on World Food Security (CFS), and in 2014 she was appointed as Chair of the Agenda Council for Food and Nutrition of the World Economic Forum (WEF). For more information, please click here or here.

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Mirjana Gurinovic

Scientific Research Advisor, FAO Nutrition Consultant, Research Team Leader at the CENM, University of Belgrade

Mirjana Gurinovic MD. PhD Nutrition, Scientific Research Advisor, FAO Nutrition consultant, research team leader at the  Centre of Research Excellence in Nutrition and Metabolism, Institute for Medical Research, University of Belgrade, Serbia, www.srbnutrition.info is recognized public health nutrition scientists, actively engaged in research on nutrition, food composition data bases, public health nutrition epidemiology,  harmonization of the  dietary intake assessment, nutrient recommendations, food and nutrition policy, Sustainable Food Systems for Healthy Diets, nutritional tools development and research infrastructure for food and nutrition research, preschool and schoolchildren nutrition improvement , diet and health and capacity development in food and nutrition specific for  CEE countries. She had leading and active role in national and international food and nutrition research projects (EC FP6 and FP7 NoE projects, including EURRECA, EuroFIR, BaseFood , CHANCE, EuroFIR-Nexus , BACCHUSS, ODIN , four EFSA projects and member of  project advisory board in Euro DISH project). Dr. Gurinović is a Chair of the Network for Capacity development in Nutrition in CEE Countries (CAPNUTRA) (www.capnutra.org) which was established in 2005 in FAO in Budapest and contributed to food & nutrition capacity development in this region. She has over 300 published peer-review papers, abstracts, and reports in national and international journals. Dr. Gurinovic is a member of a number of professional associations including: Europe Expert Group on ‘Evaluation of New Methods for Dietary Intake Assessment’, EFSA Scientific Network on Food Consumption Data, ‘’EU Think Tank’’ FOOD 2030, World Public Health Nutrition Association (WPHNA), Nutrition Expert Group in European Heart Network where she contributed to the European food and nutrition recommendations for cardiovascular diseases prevention. She is research professor at the integrated food science module for PhD students at the University of Belgrade. For more information, please click here, or here.

Prof. Tim Lang

Professor of Food Policy, City, University of London

Tim Lang has been Professor of Food Policy at City University London’s Centre for Food Policy since 2002. He founded the Centre in 1994. After a PhD in social psychology at Leeds University, he became a hill farmer in the 1970s in the Forest of Bowland, Lancashire which shifted his attention to food policy, where it has been ever since. For years, he’s engaged in academic and public research and debate about its direction, locally to globally. His abiding interest is how policy addresses the mixed challenge of being food for the environment, health, social justice, and citizens. What is a good food system? How is ours measured and measuring up? He has been a consultant to the WHO (eg auditing the Global Top 25 Food Companies on food and health 2005), Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) (eg co-chairing the FAO definition of sustainable diets 2010) and UNEP (eg co-writing its 2012 Avoiding Future Famines report). He has been a special advisor to four House of Commons Select Committee inquiries, two on food standards (1998-9 & 1999), globalisation (2000) and obesity (2003-04), and a consultant on food security to the Royal Institute of International Affairs (Chatham House 2007-09). He was a Commissioner on the UK Government’s Sustainable Development Commission (2006-11). For more information, please click here.

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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).

Jonas Lazaro Mojica

Manager Food Policy, Science and R&D, ETP ‘Food for Life’ Secretariat, FoodDrinkEurope

Jonas Lazaro-Mojica has a PhD in Food Science obtained at the University of Leeds (United Kingdom). He works at FoodDrinkEurope as a manager of Food Policy, Science and R&D, EU Projects and ETP ‘Food for Life’ Secretariat. He has a career of experience in the food industry, working more than 15 years in the food sector as a chef, new product developer, laboratory manager, head of an R&D Center (5 years) and manager of strategy of innovation, mainly in the bakery sector. His main areas of expertise are the innovation in the food industry, the collaborative partnerships with academia and industry, and the representation of food industry interests in research and innovation at European level. He has participated in the FIT4FOOD2030 project as leader of the work package 4; exploring potential R&I breakthroughs in the food systems.

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Jonas Lazaro Mojica

“What should be the Research and Innovation pathways of the future food systems in Europe? Scoping possible R&I breakthroughs of the future and using foresight scenarios are some of the tools that we have explored to answer this crucial question”

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“Sustainable food systems are endlessly balancing between order and chaos.”

Dr. Hugo de Vries

Research Director, Science Direction Food and Bioeconomy, French National Institute for Agricultural, Food and Environmental Research (INRAE), President of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST)

Dr. Hugo de Vries is member of the Scientific Directory Team ‘Food, Nutrition and Bioeconomy’ with a specific focus on European and Mediterranean Affairs concerning Sustainable Food and Bioeconomy Systems. He is actively involved in e.g. the SCAR and SAPEA Working Groups on Sustainable Food Systems, the FAO-led International Sustainable Bioeconomy Working Group, the EU-CSA Fit4Food2030, in Foodforce, in PRIMA foundation. Previously he has been director of the Joint Research Centre IATE of INRA, the University of Montpellier, Montpellier SupAgro and Cirad focusing on transformation of renewable resources into food, bio-energy, biomaterials and bio-molecules. He is President of the European Federation of Food Science and Technology. In The Netherlands, he has been the Head of the Food Technology Research Centre of Wageningen UR and coordinator of the European Integrated Project NovelQ (novel processing methods for the production and distribution of high-quality and safe foods). He obtained a PhD in physics and has held several positions around the globe.

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

“The Covid-19 pandemic and recent policy developments at the European and international level show that striving for safe and sustainable food systems is both ethically responsible and geopolitically necessary”

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Marteen van der Kamp

Director of the Education Functional Area, EIT Food

Dr Maarten van der Kamp is EIT Food’s Director of Education. He is passionate about developing entrepreneurs that are equipped to respond to current and emerging environmental and social challenges to create a more sustainable society. Before joining EIT Food, Maarten taught entrepreneurship, social entrepreneurship and sustainability at Cranfield School of Management and Hult International Business School. He did his PhD on the standardisation of sustainability at Lancaster School of Management. Before then, he worked as a senior engineer and team leader in Philips Medical Systems, and ran a network of entrepreneurship centres in support of excellent entrepreneurship education.

Cristina Paca

Project Manager, Ecsite – European Network of Science Centres and Museums

As a Project Manager, Cristina delivers Ecsite’s commitments in EU-funded transnational projects dealing with various aspects of public engagement with science and technology issues. Currently, she is working with several members of the Ecsite network in the project FIT4FOOD2030, where she coordinates the actions of the City and Food Labs. She also provides support the implementation of Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) Actions in research-performing and funding organisations in the RRI keys on public engagement and science education in the EU-funded project GRACE. Her trajectory at Ecsite has given her the chance to work in and draw connections with a variety of societal challenges and topics: from nanotechnology to gender-inclusive education to space science. Before joining Ecsite in March 2017, she was involved in a variety of cultural initiatives, from organising international student exchanges, to debating and public speaking, to working in library services. Cristina is a graduate of the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom) and is currently pursuing a degree in the field of urban studies the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and Université Libre de Bruxelles.

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– Meet the Experts –

Topic: Building Together our Food Safety Systems of the Future

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Dr. Stef Bronzwaer

Food Safety for the Future starts now!

To bring about the needed food system innovations for the future we need to assess the safety of alternatives and innovations from the start.

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.

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.

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Let’s strengthen trust in the EU Food Safety System!

Contribute to co-creating new strategies, speeding digitalization and boosting transparent communication to shape the Food Safety System of the future!

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

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.

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Topic: How can urban food systems be transformed with R&I and can we effectively fight food waste?

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Tatiana Tallarico

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.

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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“The urban poor in low-income countries do not only suffer from undernutrition (a problem long associated with rural areas), they also face the rapid increase in the problems of overweight, obesity, and diet-related noncommunicable diseases. Redirecting urban food demand to healthier choices holds tremendous potential, but how do we get there?”

Topic: FAO’s Data Lab for food systems

Carola Fabi

“Information needs in times of crisis are intrinsically different from business-as-usual needs: timeliness of data as well as the capacity to quickly and automatically draw insights from data for policy making become essential. FAO created a Data Lab to scrape and analyse openly accessible information.”

Carola Fabi

Senior Statistician, FAO Statistics Division

Carola Fabi is a Senior Statistician in FAO Statistics Division where she leads the Methodological Innovation team. She is coordinating the new Data Lab, created at the end of 2019 with the objective to modernize the statistical processes, and promote the use of non-official data and data science methods to fill in data gaps.

Topic: Rethinking urban food systems. A window full of opportunities beyond proper nutrition

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“The history of cities is the history of their union with food management. But in this historical moment in which local processes are global and vice versa, it is necessary to link various areas of knowledge to guide efforts, strategies and public policies that will generate sustainable development spaces for millions of citizens. Not only in Europe, but anywhere in the world.”

Vicente C. Domingo González

Director of World Sustainable Urban Food Centre of València (CEMAS)

Vicente C. Domingo González has a degree in Audiovisual Communication and a Diploma in Language Theory from the University of València. He has also studied in the field of audiovisual communication at the New York Film Academy, at the Menéndez Pelayo International University and at the Official Institute of Spanish Radio Television. He worked in Spanish Television and in the Valencian regional television Canal Nou RTVV between 1989 and 2013. He is author of numerous documentaries on Human Rights, the Environment, Development Cooperation and Disability; speaker at various meetings and conferences. He has been a visiting professor at the Master of Social Economy at the University of València and speaker at two meetings on social innovation organized by the Mexican government.

Creator and director of the NGO Humania that launched a technological platform with more than 65,000 news and documents from civil society from more than 25 countries. Thousands of news directly published by entities of Civil Society on Human Rights, Environment, Disability, Gender, Sustainable Development, Fair Trade etc. In 2016, the Valencia City Council appointed him Commissioner for the World Food Capital and organized the Summit of Cities signatories of the Milan Pact in Valencia. Since its creation in April 2019, he is the Director of the World Sustainable Urban Food Centre of València, CEMAS.

Topic: Promoting systemic innovation at collective level

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.).

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Rosina Malagrida

“ Researchers and innovators in Europe are struggling to find better solutions for our food system transformation. However, some of those are still focusing on incremental innovations. How can we help different stakeholders to co-design more transformative solutions through system thinking? How can we facilitate experimental multistakeholder spaces for the deep transition we need?

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Marina Pino Cebrian

“System thinking helps us understand why sometimes solutions aimed only at one area of the system do not have the impact we are looking for. How could your project have more impact if it was implemented in coordination with other solutions targetting other areas of the system?”

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 three 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.

Topic: How to support citizens in developing their Food Systems Thinking skills and competencies?

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.

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Diana Szakal

“We need a shift in our individual and collective mental models in order to foster transformative change within society. During this collaborative session, after a brief summary of the lessons learnt from the work of the Budapest City Lab, we will explore how we might encourage embodied food systems thinking among citizens, where learning inspires participants to take actions towards food system sustainability.”

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

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Afton Halloran

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.

Topic: Food Connects

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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“A coherent local food strategy is a valuable tool in the empowerment of citizens for a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle. Targets within a food strategy should be based on facts, not on beliefs or feelings. And finally, the involvement of youngsters – both in urban and rural areas – cannot be underestimated. In this regard, the voice of youngsters is a crucial element in the dialogue on a future proof food strategy.”

Topic: Optimizing national R&I policies for impact on the food system – learnings from a FIT4FOOD2030 policy lab

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Trond Einar Pedersen

Trond Einar Pedersen

Special adviser, Research Council Norway (RCN), Norwegian Policy Lab

Trond is working in the RCN, as a special adviser within the domain of bioeconomy research and innovation. He has extensive experience as team leader and programme coordinator for bioeconomy research and innovation programmes in RCN. He has gained several years of experience from international collaborative projects and processes, e.g. in EC framework programmes, in SCAR, and during the last 3 years in the Horizon 2020 CSA Fit4Food2030 project.

Trond Einar Pedersen was an innovation researcher within the interdisciplinary domain of science, technology and society studies (STS). He has 16 years of experience from research and innovation policy evaluation, and from doing research projects with an emphasis on innovation and technological innovation as a systemic phenomenon in firms, industries, regions, and nations. He has performed a great number of case studies, firm visits and interviews, which have fed into his competence that has an emphasis on innovation in non-research-intensive industrial activity and innovation as (driven by) something else (and more) than research. Before going to the Research Council of Norway, he did several projects on the food industry, the energy sector and other industry sectors.

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