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 in 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.
The focus will be on identifying the most effective routes to transform and future-proof the Sustainable Food and Nutritional Security by taking on a Food System approach linking land and sea, and producers to consumers and back that addresses the four Food 2030 priorities: Nutrition for healthy and sustainable diets, Climate and environmental sustainability, Circularity and resource efficiency, Innovation and empowering communities.
Responding to the societal needs, the overarching goal of the FOOD 2030 CONFERENCE during the Bulgarian Presidency is to increase the impact of R&I for the whole food chain by engaging a wide diversity of actors to build a shared and inclusive vision and provide input to strategic long term Food and Nutrition Security related R&I developments at the EU level.
Specific objectives of the Conference are to unfold the systemic nature of food and nutritional systems and build R&I ecosystems to provide solutions to food systems transformation, to strengthen the potential for R&I cooperation and coordination/alignment at different levels (within MSs, among the MSs and with the EU), including future investments in R&I in Europe and leveraging private investments and increasing synergies with public funding.
The Conference outcomes will provide input for policy dialogue regarding the European Research and Innovation actions in Sustainable Food and Nutrition Systems.
The official conference of FOOD 2030 will take place on 14-15 June 2018 during the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council. The Conference will include participants from the EU Member States, i.e. high level officials, industry, entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, and civil society organisations. The European Commission will present the status quo of Food research and innovation policy and its vision of shaping tomorrow’s sustainable food and nutritional systems (SFNS), with respect to healthy and sustainable diets, climate resilience and circularity of food systems, user-centric innovation, new business models and investment.
Besides structured plenary and parallel sessions, the Conference Food 2030 will offer opportunity to visit an open exhibition of the ‘Food R&I Domain‘ showcasing innovative research projects, networks, start-ups and sustainable food technologies.