Food and Health - Research 2020
How can we shape the future of research in food and health?
In fall 2013 (on 15th November) around 70 experts and stakeholders from all across Europe and beyond gathered to a full day at the Royal Flemish Academy of Belgium for Science and the Arts in Brussels, Belgium. This conference was conducted as part oft the EU-project Inprofood, funded under the 7th framework of science and society.
The participants came from 18 different countries, mostly Europe, but also from as far as the US, Chile, Israel and Egypt, and brought in a wide spectrum of expertise and cultural backgrounds. Looking at their affiliation, they represented various groups, ranging from NGOs of the food and health sectors, industry associations, companies of food production, scientists and public authorities including ministries.
The conference was based on the Open-Space-Technology, which was developed in the US in the 1980s based on the insight that mutual learning is best done with some structure, but
with as much freedom as possible.
The conference was guided by the heading and slogan "Food and Health - Research 2020", and right at the start the participants developed their own agenda according to their areas of interest and expertise.
There were 18 workshops in the course of the day, covering important and exciting areas in food and health, such as education, involvement of citizens, eating patterns and partnerships between industry and science.
The project partner DIALOGIK works at the book of proceedings, and will inform you soon about the results.
The Open Space Conference was conducted by
DIALOGIK Stuttgart, Germany
University of Hohenheim, Germany
EUFIC, Brussels, Belgium
SPI Porto, Portugal
Healthy Lifestyle and Diet
Targeted at young people, interactive games have been created that evolve around controversial topics in the field of food and health. The games are designed to facilitate the take-up of
participatory methods, exchange experiences and knowledge. Through dialogue and listening to different points of view the participants realise the complexity of policymaking.
PlayDecide is a proven method to stimulate debates and policy positions of a given group on controversial scientific topics; the size and the flexibility of the game (15 persons, 2 hours) complements the Scenario Workshops, reaching out different kinds of publics, yet keeping a methodological coherence.
The results of the PlayDecide Games will be linked to and serve as input for the development of the Action Plan in WP4 to complement the EASWs for the target group of young people. The PlayDecide Games are coordinated by our partner ECSITE and will elicit the opinions and viewpoints of young people from following countries (locations):
Czech Republic (Techmania)
France (Espace des sciences Pierre-Gilles de Gennes (ESPGG)/TRACES)
Germany (Deutsches Museum München)
Israel (Bloomfield Science Museum)
Italy (Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci (MUST), Tecnoscienza, and Associazione Googol)
Slovenia (Hisa Eksperimentov)
Spain (Museos Científicos Coruñeses MC2, and MUDIC), and the
UK (Centre for Life, and At-Bristol)
The PlayDecide Game can be found here.
For further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Maria at ECSITE or the INPROFOOD Coordinator.
New events will be added soon...