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Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of the EU
Flagship Conference 2nd FOOD 2030 High Level Event

Research & Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems .

14-15 June 2018, Agricultural University - Plovdiv, Bulgaria

The Bulgarian Presidency of the Council of EU is organising a Flagship Conference dedicated to Research and Innovation (R&I) as a driver of sustainable food systems transformation. Such a transformation requires a new way of doing science, research and innovation that puts the food system at the centre. This is a means to ensure food and nutrition security in a changing world and the combined pressures of climate change, resource scarcity, biodiversity decline, malnutrition, shifting demographics and migration. The systemic approach, as called for by FOOD 2030, requires linking land and sea; connecting producers to consumers – and back, in order to achieve four overarching priorities: nutrition for healthy and sustainable diets, climate and environmental sustainability, circularity and resource efficiency, innovation and empowering communities.

During this event the European Commission will present an update of the FOOD 2030 process and vision towards shaping tomorrow’s food and nutrition systems. The event will aim at answering how the drivers of sustainability, resilience, responsibility, diversity, competitiveness and inclusiveness, can deliver on the FOOD 2030 priorities and Sustainable Development Goals. It will also provide a platform for dialogue, feedback and recommendations towards:

  • Understanding the complexity of food systems and the implications for R&I
  • Building R&I ecosystems and place-based solutions to support food systems transformation
  • Strengthening R&I alignment and investments through better governance
  • Boosting future investments in R&I in Europe, leveraging private investments and increasing synergies with public funding
  • Identifying how, who and what R&I is needed to transform our food systems

The conference program features plenaries with keynote speakers, parallel breakout sessions with interactive panel debates, a cultural performance and an exhibition space showcasing innovative research initiatives, networks, start-ups and sustainable food technologies. Additional side events will take place on the day before the conference.

Our Speakers, Moderators and Panelists .

Vytenis Andriukaitis

European Commissioner for Health & Food Safety
Carlos Moedas

European Commissioner for Research, Innovation and Science
Phil Hogan (video message)

European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
Jean-Eric Paquet

Director-General of DG Research and Innovation, EC
John Bell

Director Bioeconomy, Agriculture, Food, Marine (European Commission) and ECI Food Systems Programme Leader
Krasimir Valchev

Minister of Education and Science of Bulgaria
Rumen Porodzanov

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Forestry of Bulgaria
Svetlana Yordanova

Deputy Minister of Health of Bulgaria
Philippe Mauguin

President of French National Institute for Agricultural Research (INRA)
Krijn Poppe

Business Development at Wageningen University & Research
Patrick Caron

Chair of the United Nations High-level Panel of Experts on Food Security and Nutrition (HLPE)
Tim Benton

University of Leeds and Chatham House
Lorraine Brennan

UCD, Dublin, Ireland
Karen Cooper

Nestlé Research
Alexander Müller

TMG - Think Tank for Sustainability
Martin Caraher

City University of London
John Ingram

Environmental Change Institute, University of Oxford
Angelo Riccaboni

University of Siena
Stephanie Wunder

Coordinator Land Use Policy, Coordinator Food Systems Senior Fellow at Ecologic Institute, Berlin
Emile Frison

International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems
Andrea Segrè

President of Edmund Mach Foundation (Trento)
Pedro Escudero

President of Buggypower, a bio-based company with a proprietary technology dedicated to the controlled production of marine microalgae biomass.
Paul Brereton

Queen's University Belfast, UK. Coordinator of AuthenNet (H2020)
Judith Bryans

President of the International Dairy Federation
Jan Jonker

Professor on business adminiatration and sustainable enterprise, Radboud University - The Netherlands
Triona McCormack

Director of Research at UCD
Davide Spadaro

Associate Professor at University of Torino (Italy) and Researcher at AGROINNOVA
Jacqueline Broerse

Professor at Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Rebecca Wells

Teaching Fellow on Innovative Food Systems at City University of London
Georgi Garnevski

Metro C&C Bulgaria
Anikó Juhász

General director of Research Institute of Agricultural Economics, Budapest, Hungary
Allison Marie Loconto

Institut National de la Recherche Agronomique (INRA) and Harvard Kennedy School of Government
Vesela Todorova

Senior expert of science and ecology at the Regional Department of Education-Pazardzhik, Bulgaria
Ariella Helfgott

Senior Research Fellow in the Environmental Change Institute at the University of Oxford and a member of Shell's Scenario Team
Betina Bergmann Madsen

Copenhagen Municipality
Peter Bossier

Director of the Laboratory of Aquaculture & Artemia Reference Center at Ghent University; Board of the European Aquaculture Society (EAS)
Nick Holden

University College Dublin
Moctar Sacande

International Coordinator for FAO’s Action Against Desertification
Justine Cattacin

La Ruche Qui Dit Oui ! / The Food Assembly
Diána Bánáti

Executive & Scientific Director at International Life Sciences Institute (ILSI) Europe
Galina Peytcheva Miteva

Farmer, agricultural producer
Mattias Brunner

Tsenso CEO
Luis Mira da Silva

CEO INOVISA - Innovation Cluster in Portugal
Shiva Dustdar

European Investment Bank
Heike Bach

CEO Vista Remote Sensing GmbH
Katerina Moutou

Associate Professor of aquaculture at the University of Thessaly, Greece
Talis Tisenkopfs

Professor, Department of Sociology, Faculty of Social Sciences, University of Latvia
Jaakko Nuutila

Natural Resources Institute Finland
Laura Fernandez

Director General of the European Food Information Council
Barna Kovács

BIOEAST Secretary
Minna Huttunen

Senior Officer, Food Policy. Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Finland. Vicechair of SCAR FS WG
Philippe Mengal

Executive Director of Bio-based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU)
Mathilde Douillet

Head of the Research and International program at the Fondation Daniel et Nina Carasso
Arjen Droog

Regional Director Regio FoodValley
Patrizia Brigidi

Rector's Delegate for European Research - Department of Pharmacy and Biotechnology Bologna
Iliana Philipova

Business support organisation - Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Andrea Magarini

Food Policy officer Comune di Milano
Mariya Peneva

Assoc. Prof. Department of Natural Resources Economics, University of National and World Economy (UNWE), Sofia
Roberta Sonnino

Professor of Environmental Policy in the School of Geography and Planning, Cardiff University (UK)
Margaret Bath

CEO of Food KIC
Peter Schmidt

President of the EESC Sustainable Development Observatory

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