According to the United nations, roughly one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tonnes — gets lost or wasted whereas millions of people face food shortages in many parts of the world. How can science contribute to challenges of this magnitude?
Future Food Utrecht organizes the symposium 'Food Shortage & Food Waste' on 3 November 2017, and gladly invites you to participate. Several internationally-renowned speakers from the Netherlands and abroad will share their visions on how science can tackle some of today’s global food challenges regarding food waste and food shortage. Please take a moment and register to attend, as there are only a limited number of places available.
Utrecht University has a broad range of high-quality scientists that perform food-related research. Future Food Utrecht brings together these scientists from very diverse backgrounds to integrate scientific knowledge, develop new interdisciplinary research lines. We aim to ultimately create innovative food-related solutions that will contribute to solve many of the food-related challenges that we are facing today. It is therefore important to develop, in collaboration with external partners, a food research community.
09:30 Welcome, by the Board Future Food Utrecht, Utrecht University
09:35 Opening, by Prof. dr. Piet Hoekstra
(Dean Faculty of Geosciences, Utrecht University)
09:45 'Building together a Healthier Future'
by Dr. Katrien van Laere – Nutricia Research
10.10 'Is the current focus of food waste justified?'
by Dr. Peter Alexander – University of Edinburgh
10:50 ‘Food shortages as distribution issues: learning from history’
by Dr. Jessica Dijkman – Utrecht University
11.15 Coffee & Tea break
11:35 'Microbial agriculture: the sustainable promise for future food security'
by Prof. dr. ir. Corné Pieterse - Utrecht University
12:00 'The global challenge of reducing the water footprint of food'
by Prof. dr. Arjen Hoekstra – Twente University
13.30 'Does Waste Law Hamper the Circular Use of Nutrients?'
by Prof. dr. Chris Backes LLM - Utrecht University
13:55 'Food waste, symptom or opportunity to build a better circular food system?'
by Ir. Toine Timmermans – Wageningen University
14.35 Coffee & Tea break
14:55 'How to deal ethically and sustainable with ‘unwanted’ animals in specialized animal production systems?'
by Prof.dr. Mirjam Nielen - Utrecht University
15:20 Discussion led by Dr. Herman Lelieveld - Utrecht University
16:20 Networking and drinks
17:30 End of symposium
Participation in the event is free, however the organisers kindly ask you to register without much delay, as the number of places is limited and the catering needs to be arranged timely.
We encourage participants to use public transport (plan your journey at 9292ov) as parking lots in the Uithof are available but space may be limited.
For information about the event contact the organisation:
We are looking forward to meeting you at the symposium!