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The EU at Expo Milano 2015


This year’s World Exhibition in Milan has come to an end and we can say with confidence that it has been a success. The challenge now is to secure its legacy. For this edition of the EXPO, the EU’s objective was to provide an opportunity for a global debate contributing to how science and innovation can help to ensure safe, nutritious, sufficient and sustainable food across the world.

In March 2014 a high-level EU Scientific Steering Committee was established, chaired by former Commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler and involving eleven EU experts in the field of food security and nutrition. The Committee provided valuable scientific analysis and advice on research and innovation options to address this global challenge, which was presented at two high-level conferences at EXPO on 9 May and 15 October.

In addition, EXPO provided a platform to host over 10 events related to research and innovation policies and showcase projects funded by the European Commission Framework Programme for Research and Innovation 'Horizon 2020'. A number of innovative solutions have come to light during this edition of EXPO, and now is the moment to ensure that these are transformed into concrete and sustainable actions.

Find out about the Research & Innovation Events at EXPO 2015


EU Research & Innovation Highlights

Lobster wrappers and wastewater-based bottles – taking recycling to the next level

Photo Chitin, found in lobster, shrimp and crab shells, is being turned into plastic film and containers. © Shutterstock/BW Folsom

Discarded food and wastewater could become raw materials for drinks bottles and food wrappers thanks to technology that can turn them into bio-based plastics.

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Warming oceans, floods and drought - protecting food from climate change

Photo Rising sea temperatures and acidity levels can increase the level of contaminants in seafood. © Shutterstock/lupu robert ciprian

Extreme weather and a changing climate are presenting new threats to the safety of our fish, seafood and vegetables, according to European scientists who are working out how to keep our food safe to eat.

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Mathijs: Sustainable food, materials, and energy will flow from a technology-driven bioeconomy

Interview with Professor Erik Mathijs, chair of the foresight expert group for the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research, which presented its fourth foresight report at Expo Milano on 19 June.

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Gut bacteria linked to longevity

A Mediterranean-style diet rich in fish, fruit and olive oil can help people live longer, and scientists believe this could be because of its effect on the bacteria in our stomachs.

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Did you know

  • In 2013 agricultural exports accounted for around 11% of the total value of EU exports
  • The whole agri-food sector employs 48 million people in Europe
  • 99% of producers are SMEs and the EU is the world's leading food exporter

R&I Events at EXPO 2015

The World Expo 2015 is taking place in Milan, Italy from 1 May to 31 October, 2015.
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