Overview

The Future of Food Conference will provide a high-level platform to discuss future trends and priorities in food innovation in Europe, in the broader context of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the EU Farm to Fork Strategy.

Our audiences: EU policymakers, EIT Food partners and other key stakeholders active in agri-food innovation, education, entrepreneurship and consumer engagement, as well as industry, farmer and consumer associations.

Two months after the UN Food Systems Summit, the Conference will take stock of the Summit’s outcomes and it will look at the role of the EU in implementing its commitments through the uptake of innovation which can deliver both economic and societal impact in line with the SDGs.

We will also address the role of younger generations in transforming food systems. We will discuss challenges and solutions in areas such as: soil health and regenerative agriculture; aquaculture; circular food systems; sustainable food labelling. The program will include sessions on the impact of information on consumer trust in food, and education, with a special focus on vocational education and training.

Themes

Why attend?

Enhanced networking opportunities with stakeholders from across Europe

Discover EIT Food programmes and projects

Scope out future collaboration opportunities

Learn about latest food innovation and food policy trends

Agenda

30 November - 1 December 2021

Day 1 – Change-makers Summit (Hybrid Sessions)
2021-11-30
Day 2 – Building an inclusive food system (Virtual sessions)
2021-12-01
Platform/Venue open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session image
09:00 - 09:30
Platform/Venue open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session
Event opens with guidance on the programme and online platform image
09:30 - 09:35
Event opens with guidance on the programme and online platform
Brief welcome remarks image
09:35 - 09:45
Brief welcome remarks
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
09:45 - 10:30
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU?

Two months after the UN Food Systems Summit (UN FSS), the conference will take stock of the Summit’s outcomes and we will look at the role of the EU in implementing the Summit’s commitments.

Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver for societal impact image
10:30 - 11:15
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver for societal impact

This session will discuss the role of innovation to deliver on UN FSS commitments. This session will discuss the challenges and opportunities to uptake and mainstream innovative solutions in Europe, looking at the role of governments, industries, farmers and consumers.

  • What kind of innovative solutions do we need to adopt to deliver on UNFSS’s commitments?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities faced by innovators and entrepreneurs to scale up these solutions and mainstream them across the EU
  • How can the EU promote these innovations through the Code of Conduct for Responsible Business and Marketing Practices and other initiatives to be adopted in the context of the EU Farm to Fork strategy? What policy and regulatory incentives can support the upscaling of these solutions?
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
11:45 - 12:30
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now?

This session will look at the role and expectations of younger generations as change-makers and innovative thinkers. We are in the middle of a deep transition. The EU has set ambitious climate and farm-to-fork targets and we will need build back better our society and our economy after the ravages made by the pandemic. Significant change is expected to come and will be necessary to bring the food system within a safe and just operating space.

  • What are the expectations of younger generations?
  • Are we listening to their voice?
  • What role can engaged youngsters play in promoting change and helping us innovate for a better food system?
Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective image
12:30 - 12:45
Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective

Reactions and comments to the views of Generation Z by policymakers and industry experts

Introduction to in-person co-creation working groups and virtual exhibition of innovation projects image
13:45 - 13:55
Introduction to in-person co-creation working groups and virtual exhibition of innovation projects
IN-PERSON: Co-creation working groups image
13:55 - 15:30
IN-PERSON: Co-creation working groups
Sustainable Agriculture: The Regenerative Agriculture Revolution
  • Presentation on challenges & solutions
  • Interactive discussion and brainstorm
  • Recommendations and next steps
Circular Food Systems: Tackling food loss and food waste through innovation and collaboration across the value chain
  • Presentation on challenges & solutions
  • Interactive discussion and brainstorm
  • Recommendations and next steps
Sustainable Food labelling: Measuring and communicating to consumers the environmental impact of food
  • Presentation on challenges & solutions
  • Interactive discussion and brainstorm
  • Recommendations and next steps
VIRTUAL: Exhibition of EIT Food projects to transform food systems image
14:00 - 15:30
VIRTUAL: Exhibition of EIT Food projects to transform food systems

2 rounds of project exhibitions

15:30
End of Day 1
Platform open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session image
09:00 - 09:30
Platform open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session
Opening of day 2, and guidance on using the platform image
09:30 - 09:40
Opening of day 2, and guidance on using the platform
Video clip | Building Solutions Together – Views from our audience image
09:40 - 09:45
Video clip | Building Solutions Together – Views from our audience

In collaboration with our partner Food Unfolded® we will ask our citizen audience to give their thoughts on what they see as the biggest challenge for the sector, and what they see as the solution – a video compilation will show the answers we gathered.

Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems through citizen engagement: What is the recipe? image
09:45 - 10:30
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems through citizen engagement: What is the recipe?
  • Do European consumers trust their food?
  • The role of media and fake news in food
  • Fighting fakes news online
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood image
10:30 - 11:00
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood
Breakout Sessions image
11:30 - 12:15
Breakout Sessions
Diversity and inclusion in agrifood R&I

Series of presentations followed by Q&A with participants

A new framework to connect Education to Societal Impact

Presentations of solutions and best practice examples

Opening keynote address: Investing in the future of food to generate impact image
13:30 - 13:45
Opening keynote address: Investing in the future of food to generate impact
EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship and investment programme image
13:45 - 14:15
EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship and investment programme

Presentation of EIT Food’s entrepreneurship activities and showcase of selected RisingFoodStars developing solutions that will help Europe and its global partners improve food systems.

Interactive Startup Showcase sessions image
14:15 - 15:15
Interactive Startup Showcase sessions

A series of brief and interactive parallel showcase sessions featuring a selection of RisingFoodStars (startups and scaleups). Focus Areas: Sustainable Agriculture; Sustainable Aquaculture; Alternative Proteins; Targeted Nutrition; Digital Traceability; Circular Food Systems.

15:15
End of day 2 & End of Conference
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Speakers

Future of Food Conference 2020

665
attendees

42
speakers

66 countries
represented

2020 Conference Speakers

Platinum package

● Exclusive opportunity to put forward a speaker to participate in a plenary session
● Opportunity to host a Showcase session
● 3 Guaranteed seats at the in-person event
● Your organisation thanked as a key supporter of the event
● Prime positioning of your logo across all pre-event and event day materials
● Opportunity to take a Virtual Exhibition Booth

Gold package

● Opportunity to host an interactive Showcase session
● 2 Guaranteed seats at the in-person event
● Your organisation thanked as a key supporter of the event
● Prime positioning of your logo across all pre-event and event day materials,
● Opportunity to take a Virtual Exhibition Booth

Silver package


● Opportunity to sponsor the showcase session of an EIT Food supported startup
● 1 Guaranteed seat at the in-person event
● Your organisation thanked as a key supporter of the event
● Prime positioning of your logo across all pre-event and event day materials
● Opportunity to take a Virtual Exhibition Booth

About EIT Food

EIT Food is Europe’s leading food innovation initiative, working to make the food system more sustainable, healthy and trusted. We believe that we are all responsible for and connected to the food that we eat, so we all need to work together to improve it. We are building a unique network of diverse partners that provide a holistic view of the food value chain, including key industry players, agrifood startups, research centres and universities from across Europe, all working together to deliver an innovative and entrepreneurial food sector.

Join the conversation #FutureFood21

Video

Digital Traceability - The agrifood startups enhancing trust in the food system

Alternative Proteins - Is this the food of our future?

Targeted Nutrition - Is this the key to a healthier and more sustainable food system?

Resources

News Post

How can we improve the future of food together?

News Post

The Future of Food is now

Social Media

#FutureFood20

#FutureFood21

Contact

For more information on any aspect of this event, please contact Anna Harrison using any of the details below.

Anna Harrison
Event Manager | Forum Europe

eitfutureoffood@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783073