Project Description

The Aarhus Food Lab for citizen engagement will be coordinated by the Department of FOOD Science, at Aarhus University. One of the leading European Universities in agriculture and food science, Aarhus University is known for its international research approach within animal and plant food science and technology, and holds international expertise across the entire agriculture and food value chain, as well as in linking the nodes of the food systems: sustainable primary plant and animal production; resource efficiency, environment; food quality; processing, packaging and cascade-utilization of side streams; food and human health, and consumer perception and behaviour, including food preferences, diet and lifestyle. The Department of Food Science together with the City of Aarhus, the Agro Food Park and the Region Central Denmark share the moto that “We don’t have to look far around the world to find needs & solutions that can originate from the local communities and which can successfully contribute in tomorrow’s sustainable food systems”. Via the Aarhus Food Lab, these actors will design impactful, targeted, connected activities on the key issue of getting food systems ready for the future through Research and Innovation.

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Our first press release for the Aarhus Food Lab can be found here.

Aarhus Food Lab officially launched! The Food Lab looked forward to training on new methodologies, increased visibility and joining a community that can act as a powerful bridge builder to other initiatives at the European level. View more Meeting fellow Lab Coordinators The project training was a chance to meet and exchange with other lab coordinators and project partners and discover the project's offer in terms of participative formats and educational modules. Brussels; October 2019 Building synergies The training received greatly benefits the Food Lab and AU Food as a whole in running two EIT FOOD projects on public engagement: Future Proteins and V-PLACE. An alternative protein and dietary shift workshop Exploring opportunities, barriers and possible pathways for a dietary shift towards ‘alternative proteins’ by 2030 with members of the Danish Society of Engineers. The lab received mixed signals about the methodology, and learn a lot about how to set the tone for future workshops. EY Huset, Aarhus; February 2020 Ready for insects in your diet? Despite the restrictions, opportunities for two more face-to-face citizen mandate workshops were found in the context of other activities, with a focus on alternative protein sources such as insects. It was helpful to explore why participants didn't feel ready for insects in their diets. Aarhus; September 2020 Wider value and impact Investing in relationships and collaboration could be converted in new initiatives: two EU project applications with partners from FIT4FOOD2030, four new applications with ecosystem partners and four policy discussion invitations.