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FOOD 2030: Research & Innovation
for Tomorrow's Nutrition & Food Systems

High-Level Event, 12-13 October 2016, Brussels


The FOOD 2030 event began with four participatory workshops in the afternoon of 12th October. Three of these workshops were open for participation, whereas one was by invitation only. Immediately following the workshops there was the official opening of the 'Food Village' showcasing research projects, start-ups and regional initiatives dealing with innovative food technologies, and a networking cocktail with keynote speaker, for which all applicants could also register.


Workshop 1 - From food waste to innovative bio-based products

This workshop on the use of food waste in the Bioeconomy outlined the potential of food waste streams from food and beverages industry sectors to produce added value bio-based products: food supplements, feed, sustainable nutrients for agriculture, bio-based chemicals, bio-polymers, bio-based food packaging, etc. The outcome of this workshop showed the best use of food waste in boosting a zero-waste circular economy at local level, by reducing resources depletion, and in fostering long-term economic growth.

Workshop 2 - Aquatic food products and new marine value chains

The workshop was structured on a vivid discussion around three key issues for European aquaculture: fish by-products processing for food and food ingredients, potential of new algae value chains for food, consumer acceptability of aquaculture products, including algae.

Workshop 3 - Hack your Food DiY workshop

This workshop provided an opportunity for participants to learn how citizens can contribute to designing Do-it-Yourself solutions relevant to agriculture and food security. It provided insights and a hands-on opportunity to engage in 'biohacking' and 'DiY food' approaches employed in selected FAB-LABS.

Workshop 4 - FOOD VISIONS 2030 (by invitation only)

This workshop provided participants the opportunity to, firstly, validate and assess a systemic approach to the food system, and secondly, to identify and critically assess the gaps and leverage points in the food system, also with respect to research and innovation. The workshop engaged participants in an interactive process using a mixture of foresight methodology and design-thinking in order to identify potential future areas of action for food and nutrition security to be tackled by the EC. This workshop was by invitation only.

Important notes

Please note that the number of participants of the workshops is limited to 50 and we will make a selection of the final participants. We therefore kindly ask you to briefly explain your motivation to be part of the particular workshop by filling out the provided text box.

Our goal is to ensure – with the help of professional facilitators and moderators – a lively exchange of views and ideas. We count on your valuable contributions in bringing forth ideas and needs towards building the future of EU research and innovation policy for Food and Nutrition Security!

You will first get a notification confirming that your registration has been submitted. Within 2 weeks you should get the confirmation for the plenary on 13 October – so that you can start making your arrangements. Regarding your confirmation for your selected workshop on 12 October, you will get a separate confirmation. In case of cancellation we kindly ask for a short notification.

The registration will close on 15 September 2016.