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

Confirmed speakers

Jože Podgoršek

Jože Podgoršek

Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Food,
Slovenia Presidency

Gerda Verburg

Gerda Verburg,

UN Assistant Secretary-General, Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement

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 (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
Brief welcome remarks image
Andy Zynga
Chief Executive Officer, EIT Food
UN Food Systems Summit: What’s next for the EU? image
09:45 - 10:15
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.

 

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
Gerda Verburg
UN Assistant Secretary-General and SUN Movement Coordinator
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
10:15 - 11:15
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of 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 | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
Gianluca Brunori
Full Professor of Food Policy, University of Pisa, Chair of the 5Th SCAR Foresight Exercise Expert Group
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
Herman Betten
Senior Director Strategic Partnerships and Engagement, DSM
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
Kristin Schreiber
Director Chemicals, Food, Retail, European Commission’s DG GROW
Plenary session | Panel debate – From commitment to action: Innovation as a driver of societal impact image
Mathilde Jakobsen
CEO and Co-Founder, Fresh.Land
Networking Break image
11:15 - 11:45
Networking Break
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?

 

Presentation and debate with EIT Food’s FutureFoodMakers 

Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective image
12:30 - 13:00
Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective

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

 

Interview | Policymaker and Innovator perspective image
Claire Bury
Deputy Director-General in DG Health and Food Safety, European Commission
Lunch and networking break image
13:00 - 14:00
Lunch and networking break
Introduction to in-person co-creation working groups and virtual exhibition of innovation projects image
14:00 - 14:15
Introduction to in-person co-creation working groups and virtual exhibition of innovation projects
IN-PERSON: Co-creation working groups image
IN-PERSON: Co-creation working groups
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
Sustainable Agriculture: Soil Purpose: Tackling the regenerative transition

Regenerative agriculture will play an important role in the transformation to more sustainable food systems. For farmers to adopt regenerative practices, however, they will need holistic support in the transition to a new model of Economic, Social and Environmental sustainability. One aspect of such support is the development of innovative technologies enabling regenerative agriculture, while training farmers on their use. Another aspect is the provision of adequate financial rewards to farmers for the uptake of regenerative practices, to ensure they 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.  

 

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

 

Sustainable Agriculture: Soil Purpose: Tackling the regenerative transition image
Martine van Weelden
Senior Manager, Capitals Coalition
VIRTUAL: Exhibition of innovation projects image
VIRTUAL: Exhibition of innovation projects
HoReCa: The future of the HoReCa sector

Introduction

Presentation of EIT Food Projects

Panel debate

Targeted Nutrition: The future of personalized nutrition: An impactful solution for many?

Introduction

Presentation of EIT Food Projects

Panel debate

 

Targeted Nutrition: The future of personalized nutrition: An impactful solution for many? image
Moderator: Lorena Savani
Programme Manager Innovation, EIT Food
Targeted Nutrition: The future of personalized nutrition: An impactful solution for many? image
Paul Finglas
Head of Food Databanks National Capability, Quadram Bioscience Institute
Targeted Nutrition: The future of personalized nutrition: An impactful solution for many? image
Ignace De Nollin
Chief Executive Officer, SmartWithFood
Targeted Nutrition: The future of personalized nutrition: An impactful solution for many? image
Emilia Nordlund
Research Manager, Industrial Biotechnology and Food, VTT
Circular Food Systems: Innovative solutions to build a circular food system

Introduction

Presentation of EIT Food Projects

Panel debate

16:00
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 | Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase citizen engagement image
09:40 - 09:45
Video clip | Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase citizen engagement

In collaboration with our partner Food Unfolded®

Plenary session | Panel debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase citizen engagement: What is the recipe? image
09:45 - 10:30
Plenary session | Panel debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase 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 | Panel debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase citizen engagement: What is the recipe? image
David Barreiro
Editor in Chief, Eurocarne
Plenary session | Panel debate: Fighting food dis- and misinformation to increase trust in food systems and increase citizen engagement: What is the recipe? image
Saskia Nuijten
Communication 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
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
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
Maarten van der Kamp
Education Director, EIT Food
Networking Break image
11:00 - 11:30
Networking Break
Breakout sessions image
11:30 - 12:15
Breakout sessions
Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector

Diversity, including gender diversity, and inclusion are important success factors for food systems innovation. They are even estimated to positively impact per-capita GDP and employment. However, in the agri-food sector, women face barriers at every step: from a lack of opportunities to enter the sector and reach leadership positions, to limited access to finance for enterprising women, to a lack of gender mainstreaming in the design of new products, services and business models, catering for the needs and preferences of female citizens. To remove these barriers and bring change to bear, action must come from every stakeholder:

 

  • Are agrifood stakeholders aware of why is it important to make people of all genders involved in shaping the future of our food systems? How can we build greater awareness and convert it into concrete initiatives?
  • Where are the biggest gender gaps in agrifood innovation?
  • How can we eliminate these gender gaps, making sure that the transition to more sustainable food systems leaves no one behind and generates benefits for society as a whole?

 

Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector image
Moderator: Lara Rodriguez
RIS Project Manager, EIT Food
Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector image
Giovanni Colombo
Senior Public Affairs Manager, EIT Food
Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector image
Simonetta Manfredi
Professor in Equality and Diversity Management and Director of the Centre for Diversity Policy Research and Practice, Oxford Brookes University
Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector image
Anna Ogar
Chief Executive Officer, Insignes Lab
Bridging the gender gaps: Innovating innovation in the agrifood sector image
Dara Nikolova
Finance Advisor, European Investment Bank (EIB)
How skills drive the transformation of the food system

The strategic importance of investing in education and skills is recognised by all the recent EU sustainability strategies to transform agrifood sector. The updated European Skills Agenda prominently positions reskilling and upskilling of labour as a key objective to create a sustainable, digital and competitive economy. There is a clear drive to build underpinning capabilities to strengthen innovation that can deliver on the objectives of the EU Green Deal. Over the past two decades there has been a groundswell of innovative teaching methods to create more entrepreneurial students and professionals who in turn create real innovations and startups. However, the long-term societal impacts of such programmes, beyond programme outputs and their quality assurance, are difficult to quantify. Therefore,we need a more robust framework to connect the attainment of skills with changing practices which in turn can lead to societal impact: 

 

  • How can we anticipate skills needs to create a sustainable food system, especially when society and economy are in rapid transformation? 
  • How can we connect attainment (programme output level) with changed workplace practices (outcomes) and the emergence of innovations (impact)? 
  • How can we evaluate this impact in terms of the food system? 

 

How skills drive the transformation of the food system image
Maarten van der Kamp
Education Director, EIT Food
Networking Break image
12:15 - 13:15
Networking Break
Opening keynote address: Investing in the future of food to generate impact image
13:15 - 13:30
Opening keynote address: Investing in the future of food to generate impact
Opening keynote address: Investing in the future of food to generate impact image
Kyle Welborn
Managing Director, The Yield Lab
EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship and investment programme image
13:30 - 14:15
EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship and investment programme

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

 

EIT Food’s Entrepreneurship and investment programme image
Benoit Buntinx
Entrepreneurship Director, EIT Food
Alternative proteins: Challenges and opportunities to invest in impactful solutions in Europe image
14:15 - 15:15
Alternative proteins: Challenges and opportunities to invest in impactful solutions in Europe

Interactive roundtable discussions with EIT Food’s RisingFoodStars on key challenges and opportunities to accelerate and upscale solutions in Europe.

 

Innovative entrepreneurs are developing new promising solutions which could be converted into successful businesses, while also delivering societal impact in line with the goals of the EU Green Deal and Farm to Fork Strategy. Despite the potential market appetite for these solutions, often technology and investment are not sufficient to accelerate and upscale them.

 

  • What are the other key challenges innovative entrepreneurs are facing in the alternative protein sector?
  • What can the EU do to maintain a competitive edge and keep up with the speed of innovation happening in other world’s markets?

 

Alternative proteins: Challenges and opportunities to invest in impactful solutions in Europe image
Didier Toubia
Co-Founder & CEO, Aleph Pharm
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

Sponsorship Opportunities

There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for this event. To find out more view the sponsorship brochure below or get in touch with Patricia Willems-Mawenu, Events Manager, EIT Food.

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 Hayley Scrowther using any of the details below.

Hayley Scrowther

Event Manager | Forum Europe

eitfutureoffood@forum-europe.com

Tel: +44 (0) 2920 783076