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; 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

Confirmed speakers

Jože Podgoršek

Jože Podgoršek

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food,
Slovenia Presidency

Dr. Kalibata Photo

Dr. Agnes Kalibata,

UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit

Claire Bury 240

Claire Bury

Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety,
European Commission

Janusz Wojciechowski,  EU Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission

Janusz Wojciechowski

EU Commissioner for Agriculture, European Commission

Andy Zynga

Andy Zynga

Chief Executive Officer,
EIT Food

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
2021-11-30
Day 2 – Building an inclusive food system
2021-12-01
09:00 - 09:20
Platform open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session
09:20 - 09:30
Event opens with guidance on the programme and online platform
09:30 - 09:40
Brief welcome remarks
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Andy Zynga
Chief Executive Officer, EIT Food
09:40 - 10:15
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU?

Two months after the UN Food Systems Summit, 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 through investment in food research, innovation and education.

 

UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
Jože Podgoršek
Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food of Slovenia
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
Janusz Wojciechowski
EU Agriculture Commissioner
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
Dr. Agnes Kalibata
UN Secretary General’s Special Envoy for the 2021 Food Systems Summit
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
Gerda Verburg
UN Assistant Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator
10:15 - 11:15
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact

In this session, we will discuss the role of innovation in delivering on UN Food Systems Summit commitments. Exploring the challenges and opportunities to uptake and mainstream innovative solutions in Europe, the role of governments, industries, farmers and consumers will be highlighted.
The session will ask:

  • What types of innovative solutions do we need to adopt, to deliver on the Summit’s commitments, and make sure we meet our climate and sustainability ambitions?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities faced by innovators and entrepreneurs when scaling up these solutions across Europe?
  • How can the EU promote these innovations to be adopted in the context of the EU Farm to Fork strategy through, for example, the Code of Conduct for Responsible Business and Marketing Practices and other initiatives?
  • Could policy and regulatory incentives support the upscaling of innovations which have the potential for positive societal impact?

 

Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
Moderator: Sara Roversi
Founder, Future Food Institute
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Gianluca Brunori
Full Professor of Food Policy, University of Pisa, Chair of the 5Th SCAR Foresight Exercise Expert Group
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Herman Betten
Senior Director Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, DSM
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Kristin Schreiber
Director Chemicals, Food, Retail, European Commission’s DG GROW
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Mathilde Jakobsen
CEO and Co-Founder, Fresh.Land
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Wictoria Bondesson
Head of Unit of Business and Development, Federation of Swedish Farmers (LRF)
11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break
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?

Young people have a vital role to play in building a future-fit food system. In this session, FutureFoodMaker representatives from Generation Z will outline the role of younger generations as change-makers and innovative thinkers in food system transformation.

  • Presenting their highly anticipated Menu For Change, the FutureFoodMakers will discuss: What do young people expect from their food system, now and in the future?
  • How can they make their voice heard on food system transformation?
  • What role can an engaged youth play in promoting change and helping us innovate for a better food system?

Presentation and discussion with EIT Food’s FutureFoodMakers

 

Presentation and debate with EIT Food’s FutureFoodMakers 

Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Moderator: Sara Roversi
Founder, Future Food Institute
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Sasha Cohen Ioannides
FutureFoodMaker
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Chloé Dorin
FutureFoodMaker
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Ricard Celorio
FutureFoodMaker
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Kari Noelken
FutureFoodMaker
Plenary session | A conversation with a panel of Generation Z representatives – Where do we need to be a generation from now? image
Emilija Oreščanin
FutureFoodMaker
12:30 - 13:00
Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective

Reactions and responses to the Generation Z Menu For Change

Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective image
Moderator: Jennifer Baker
Freelance Journalist and Presenter
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Claire Bury
Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective image
Dirk Jacobs
Deputy Director General, Director Consumer Information, Nutrition and Health, FoodDrinkEurope
13:15 - 14:15
Lunch and networking break
14:00 - 14:05
Introduction to parallel breakout sessions
BREAKOUT SESSIONS
BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Sustainable Food Labelling | From many to one: How can we build a harmonised and robust environmental labelling system for food in the EU?

As announced in the Circular Economy Action Plan (CEAP), the Commission will propose that companies substantiate their environmental claims using Product Environmental Footprint (PEF) and Organisation Environmental Footprint (OEF) methods. These Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) methods measure the environmental performance of a product or organisation throughout the value chain, from the production of raw materials to the end of life, using 16 environmental ‘impact categories’.
Foundation Earth is an independent, non-profit organisation, which has joined forces with a group of industry partners to develop front-of-pack environmental scores on food products, enabling consumers to make more sustainable buying choices. This involves developing a methodology of collecting dynamic environmental data relating to food products which is then translated into an effective and clear scoring system for consumers across Europe. This year, the Foundation launched two pilot programmes to test consumer response to front-of-pack labelling options, as it sets about developing an optimum scoring and labelling system for full roll-out in 2022.
In this session we will explore environmental labelling in Europe

  • How can we strike a balance between robustness and credibility, on the one hand, and viability and acceptance both by industries and consumers, on the other?  
  • How can the industry move from the current plethora of commodity-specific, production method-specific ecolabels with wide-ranging environmental claims, to a more harmonised system based on science and widely accepted standards? 
  • How can the EU make sustainable options easy and affordable to identify, and ensure environmental labelling can impact consumer choices as well as decision making throughout the supply chain in time to meet 2030 climate change targets? 

 

BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Sustainable Food Labelling | From many to one: How can we build a harmonised and robust environmental labelling system for food in the EU? image
Moderator: Andrew Carlin
Director of Strategic Programmes, EIT Food
BREAKOUT SESSION 1: Sustainable Food Labelling | From many to one: How can we build a harmonised and robust environmental labelling system for food in the EU? image
Cliona Howie
Chief Executive Director, Foundation Earth
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Saioa Ramos
Senior Researcher, Efficient and Sustainable food chain department, AZTI
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Johannes Weber
European Affairs Manager, Nestlé Europe, Middle East & North Africa
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Laura Degallaix
Director Environmental Sustainability, FoodDrinkEurope
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Tom Holden
Chief Product Officer, Mondra
BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Sustainable Agriculture | Soil purpose: Tackling regenerative transition

Regenerative agriculture will play an important role in the transformation to more sustainable food systems. Farmers need support to help them adopt regenerative practices and transition to a new model of Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability. This support includes developing innovative technologies enabling regenerative agriculture, and training farmers on their use. It also includes the provision of adequate financial rewards to farmers for the uptake of regenerative practices, ensuring they can remain competitive throughout this demanding transition. Finally, beyond the “push” of farmers, commitment from the supply chain and consumer awareness will also help generate the market “pull” that will stimulate the uptake of regenerative practices.
This session will explore the transition to regenerative agriculture: 
 

  • What kind of innovative solutions can help farmers in the transition to regenerative practices?
  • What are the most appropriate financial rewards to offer farmers for regenerative practices?
  • What initiatives can generate a supply chain and consumer pull that can help the upscaling of regenerative agriculture?

 

BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Sustainable Agriculture | Soil purpose: Tackling regenerative transition image
Moderator: Martin Scholten
Principal Advisor, Wageningen University & Research (WUR) in the Netherlands and Aarhus University in Denmark
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Martine van Weelden
Senior Manager, Capitals Coalition
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Roberto Conti
R&D Specialist, Caviro
BREAKOUT SESSION 2: Sustainable Agriculture | Soil purpose: Tackling regenerative transition image
Sirkku Puumala
Farmer, Baltic Sea Action Group
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Andrew Voysey
Head of Sales and Carbon, Soil Capital
BREAKOUT SESSION 3: HoReCa | The future of the HoReCa sector: economic, social and environmental sustainability

According to the EIT Food Foresight Study on the impact of COVID-19 in the agri-food sector, the HoReCa segment proved to be one of the most negatively impacted by the pandemic. Hotels, restaurants and catering businesses faced multiple challenges due to lockdowns and travel bans. What is the future of the hospitality segment in these disruptive times? How can the HoReCa industry become more sustainable, not just environmentally but also socially and economically?

In this breakout session you will learn more about international trends, key opportunities and challenges as well as good practices in the sector. The session will kick off with a presentation of the EIT Food project “Direction: Restaurant of the Future”. We will hear from representatives from the gastronomy community on their co-creative work on sustainable practices in the HoReCa business. This will be followed by a panel discussion on how sustainable practices, educational initiatives and innovation play a role in transforming the future of hotels, restaurants and catering.

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Moderator: Afton Halloran
Independent Consultant in sustainable food systems transitions
BREAKOUT SESSION 3: HoReCa | The future of the HoReCa sector: economic, social and environmental sustainability image
Johan Kristensen Dal
Project Manager, Copenhagen Hospitality College
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Ewa Rzeszowska
Project Manager, EIT Food
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Katarzyna Młynarczyk
Founder of Handelek - gastronomy concept in Poland & Co-founder of Rebread
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Jakub Emanuel Malec
Executive Chef, Novotel Warszawa Centrum hotel
BREAKOUT SESSION 3: HoReCa | The future of the HoReCa sector: economic, social and environmental sustainability image
Christer Bredgaard
Owner, Il Buco and La Banchina
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Olaf van der Veen
Co-founder & CEO, Orbisk
15:20 - 15:30
Coffee Break
BREAKOUT SESSION 4: Targeted Nutrition | The future of personalised nutrition: An impactful solution for many?

Introduction

Presentation of EIT Food Projects

Panel debate

 

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Moderator: Lorena Savani
Programme Manager Innovation, EIT Food
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Paul Finglas
Head of Food Databanks National Capability, Quadram Bioscience Institute
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Ignace De Nollin
Chief Executive Officer, SmartWithFood
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Emilia Nordlund
Research Manager, Industrial Biotechnology and Food, VTT
BREAKOUT SESSION 5: Circular Food Systems | Innovative solutions to build a circular food system

Introduction

Presentation of EIT Food Projects

Panel debate

BREAKOUT SESSION 5: Circular Food Systems | Innovative solutions to build a circular food system image
Moderator: Ilario Ingravallo
Innovation Programme Manager, EIT Food
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Miha Pipan
Founder & CSO, Better Origin
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Claudio Reinhard
Project Lead, ETH Zurich, Laboratory of Food Biochemistry
Volker Lammers
, Head of Research Platform Process Engineering, DIL
16:30
End of Day 1
09:00 - 09:30
Platform open – Informal ‘Make your introductions’ discovery and networking session
09:30 - 09:40
Opening of day 2, and guidance on using the platform
09:40 - 09:45
Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust and increase citizen engagement in food systems: Video

Food Unfolded® video highlighting the impact science-based food information has on consumers

09:45 - 10:30
Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement

FoodUnfolded® is the public-facing platform of EIT Food, raising awareness of the origins and future of our food, as well as of the problems our food system is currently facing and the solutions that are being explored to solve them. FoodUnfolded® commits to being an accurate, accountable, and non-partisan source of information on food and the food system, providing tools to discern valuable information from false and superficial sources in the contradictory landscape of traditional and online media. The popular Netflix documentary Seaspiracy, which came out in March 2021, presented FoodUnfolded® with a challenge – which is often present in science communication: defining the fine line between accuracy and engagement. On the one hand, documentaries such as Seaspiracy can craft powerful narratives, that represent a wake-up call for many consumers and an impressive introduction to sustainability issues within the food system – yet at the risk of being accused of simplism and sensationalism, somehow distorting the image of the industry. On the other hand, attempts to give consumers more accurate, science-based information without telling them what to think, can make the content appear more inconclusive and less impactful on consumers’ awareness and attitudes towards food system challenges. In an ever-more polarised world, how can we build strong, engaging narratives and tackle issues whilst still being as factual as possible? How can narratives be powerful without creating antagonisms?

Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement image
Moderator: Jennifer Baker
Freelance Journalist and Presenter
Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement image
David Barreiro
Editor in Chief, Eurocarne
Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement image
Saskia Nuijten
Communication Director, EIT Food
Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement image
Domagoj Vrbo
Team Leader, Strategic Communications, Communication, Engagement and Cooperation Department, EFSA
Plenary session | Panel debate: Consumer information: The fine line between accuracy and engagement image
Durk Bosma
Founder, Future of Food Institute
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
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood image
Moderator: Maarten van der Kamp
Education Director, EIT Food
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood image
João Santos
Senior Expert, Directorate General for Employment, Social Affairs, and Inclusion, European Commission
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood image
John Edwards
Secretary General, EURASHE
Plenary session | Presentations + debate: Implementing a skills agenda to achieve food system transformation: the future of Vocational and Professional Training in agrifood image
Ondina Afonso
Quality and R&D Director, SONAE MC