Knowledge Based Bio-Economy

Save the Date - Conference: Research and Innovation to Foster the Competitiveness of the European Agri-Food and Seafood Sectors

10-11 March 2014, Athens Greece

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The Greek Presidency of the Council of the EU together with the Directorate General for Research and Innovation of the European Commission (DG RTD) is organising a conference on the main drivers for research and innovation in European food chains. The European Technology Platform “Food for Life”, the Hellenic Technology Platform “Food for Life” & the Federation of Hellenic Food Industries (SEVT) are also supporting the conference.

The aim is to discuss research and innovation as valuable tools for fostering the competitiveness of the European food sector and for promoting healthy and safe diets among Europe’s citizens. Conference contributions will showcase examples of excellence, both from Europe and worldwide.

The conference covers the following activities:

  • Discussing the effects of the main drivers of change on the whole food chain – from primary production to the ‘healthy consumer’ – taking into account the development of relevant EU policies, sustainability and measures to support market development for innovative food products and processes.
  • Assessing the contribution of successful European projects and of existing synergies in shaping the future research priorities within the Horizon 2020 (2014-2020).
  • Explaining how the new European Framework Programme for Research and Innovation – Horizon 2020 – will tackle the challenges along the food and value chains.
  • Raising awareness on research opportunities for food industries, especially SMEs, and fostering their participation in the EU-supported RTD activities.

In the margins of the conference the Board meetings of the European Technology Platform “Food for Life” and the Hellenic Technology Platform “Food for Life”will take place.

For more information please check the Tentative Programme pdf - 138 KB [138 KB] .

Who should attend?
The organisers are looking forward to welcoming SMEs and food industry researchers, as well as scientists and technologists with an interest in research and innovation in the entire food value chain.

How to register?
To be considered for participation interested experts will be asked to register when the online registration webpage is available.

Participants will be accepted on a first-come-first-served basis up to the maximum room capacity (approx 250).

Registration and further details will be available soon.

Please note that there is no participation fee.

Dates and Venue
The Conference will be held in the ‘Megaro Mousikis Athinon’ (Athens Concert Hall), Athens, Greece on 10-11 March 2014. The meeting will start at 9:00am on 10 March and will end at 16:20pm on 11 March 2014. Further details on the venue, where to stay and how to get there, will be communicated to participants upon confirmation of their invitations.

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