EPC Policy Dialogue
A Sino-Nordic Seminar on Sustainable Food Systems and Food Waste was held on January 13-14, 2018, in Shanghai, China. Over 40 active researchers and stakeholders from the Nordic countries and China in the field of sustainable food systems and food waste shared experience and discussed potential directions of collaboration.
The European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) 2017 will take place from 18 to 26 November, with awareness-creating actions about sustainable resource and waste management taking place all over Europe. In the spotlight of the EWWR is to raise awareness about how to reduse waste, how to reuse products and recycle materials.
The Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Infoweek took place in Brussels 14.-17. November 2017. The week-long event brought together infoday, brokerage, and dissemination with a focus on digitisation and a high-level bioeconomy policy event. REFRESH was presented at the "Bioeconomy Village", and REFRESH researcher Dr. Erica van Herpen gave a presentation on consumer food waste behaviour.
This workshop presented and discussed preliminary findings on opportunities for improving EU policies relevant to food waste prevention and valorisation and explored short- and long-term strategies with stakeholders. It was directed at policymakers and high-level experts in food waste from business, research, and civil society.
The goal of the workshop is to find ways on how to establish, foster and maintain long-lasting transnational cooperation between relevant stakeholders.
Comprised of PacPro Asia, FoodPex, CHINA-PHARM, and BulkPex, swop - Shanghai World of Packaging is a 4-in-1 exhibition, one-stop resourceful platform for processing and packaging solutions.
FoodPex displays the latest technology on food processing, packaging technology, automated / smart packaging solutions, food safety and more. FoodPex will not only be the place to show innovations in the field of food processing and packaging but will also offer an opportunity to follow the latest Chinese government regulations and policies on the food industry.
Numerous sources of inspiration across more than 280,000 sqm of exhibition area, pioneering trending topics, an attractive supporting programme and, of course, great business opportunities: all this awaited you at the leading international trade fair Anuga.
Total Food 2017, held in Norwich from 31 October to 2 November, attracted a mix of industrialists and academics from across the world and discussed food waste at all levels of the food use hierarchy. The event featured a number of plenary lectures from REFRESH partners and was organized by the Quadram Institute Bioscience.
This one day conference will serve to disseminate successful European Research and Innovation (R&I) initiatives and contribute to the ongoing science-policy dialogue in the area of Food Nutrition and Security.
Sardinia 2017 - 16th Waste Management and Landfill Symposium is dedicated to various aspects, case studies and new technologies of Waste Management, including:
The Consumer Goods Forum leads the Sustainable Retail Summit to catalyze collaborative and action-oriented work towards long-term sustainable growth in the consumer goods industry. The focuses of the Summit are strategies for reducing food waste, eradicating forced labour, and supporting healthier living.
All 26 REFRESH partners gathered to discuss midterm progress in the project and build synergies between work in different parts of REFRESH. The meeting took place in Budapest on 07. and 08. September 2017.
The 8th International Conference on Life Cycle Management will take place on 3rd – 6th September 2017 in Luxembourg, on the theme “Designing sustainable technologies, products and policies: from science to innovation”.
REFRESH researcher Lisanne van Geffen presented project findings on consumer behaviour at the International Conference on Environmental Psychology.
The EU-funded project Strategies to Reduce Food Waste in Central Europe (STREFOWA) will be hosting its second of five Food Waste Hackathons in Poland June 23-25.
With the World Food Convention, the German newspaper Tagesspiegel is organizing an international, high level event on 22 June 2017 in Berlin. 500 participants from policy, industry, diplomacy, NGOs as well as science and academia will discuss the most pressing issues of global food production and distribution.
The REFRESH Food Waste 2017 Multi-stakeholder Conference took place on the 18th of May at the Umweltforum in Berlin, Germany. The Conference brought together leaders in food waste prevention, reduction and valorisation. REFRESH partners presented the latest results and ongoing work of the REFRESH Project. Documentation of the conference including proceedings and presentations are available for download.
Seeds&Chips is the International Summit dedicated to food innovation from farm to fork, where food and technology meet. Hundreds of startups, companies in food and tech, investors, thought leaders and policymakers come together to share content and visions, projects and experiences — innovating the food system is not just an opportunity.
Seeds&Chips is four days of exhibition, conferences/panel discussions, business matching and a hackathon, pitches and awards with the protagonists of Food Tech, Ag Tech and the “Internet of Food.”
The packaging industry is essential to all other industry sectors. It’s impossible to think of any product without the sometimes highly complex manufacturing processes behind it – however large or small the company or product might be. All industry sectors require intelligent packaging strategies along the entire value chain, encompassing warehousing, logistics and even administration.
Fight Food Waste through innovation and let us use technology to solve the problem of food waste we are facing all over the world. From 21 April to 23 April everyone is invited to participate with innovative ideas for apps or websites that could help tackle food waste in the Czech Republic.
CommBeBiz is holding its second annual meeting in London, UK. Funded by the EU, this two-days-meeting is designed to challenge, support and inform researchers on their quest to innovate in the commercial, social and policy arenas.
Webinars and Speaker Series organized by the Rural Development Institute of the Brandon University.
As part of a series of events for the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) hosted by Berlin food waste start-up MealSaver, REFRESH researcher Keighley McFarland will present the REFRESH project and the REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest.
Food Matters Live is a cross-sector event for the food and drink industry, retailers, foodservice providers, government and people in the nutrition field, to enable collaboration and innovation to support a sustainable food landscape for the future.
The European Week for Waste Reduction is an initiative aiming to promote the implementation of awareness-raising actions about sustainable resource and waste management during a single week. It encourages a wide range of audiences (public authorities, private companies, civil society as well as citizens themselves) to get involved.
As part of the 2016-17 School of Agriculture & Food Science Research Seminar Series, Dr Matteo Vittuari, Department of Agricultural and Food Sciences, University of Bologna, Italy, will present a seminar entitled "Addressing Food Waste in the EU: Reduction Practices and Policies". The seminar is open to the public and takes place in room G-08, Agriculture & Food Science Centre, UCD, Belfield, Dublin 4, from 1-2pm. Attendance is free, but registration is necessary. The seminar is scheduled for the November 16.
Food Science is playing an increasingly important role in today’s society: health, welfare, economy, and many other related issues make this field one of the most dynamic and relevant areas of current research. This three day conference will offer an excellent opportunity to learn and discuss about the latest research results, insights, advances, etc. in the field of food science.
The Ministry of Agriculture, Viticulture and Consumer Protection in Luxembourg launches a campaign raising awareness about food waste. Therefore, a multilingual conference welcomes global experts on this topic in Luxembourg.
The Sustainable Retail Summit is an essential 2-day event to be inspired, informed and able to implement socially and environmentally sustainable business solutions and improve the health and wellness of our communities. REFRESH will be attending this event.
Developing a future bio-economy has become a key goal for Nordic policy-makers, across Europe –and around the world. The bio-economy is considered critical for several reasons: the need for sustainability in use of resources, the growing demand for both food and energy, and the need to decouple economic growth from environmental degradation. The conference focus on cycle-thinking in technology, foresight exercises, and transitions related to different aspects of the bio-economy and future challenges and possibilities for both researchers and industry.
The Swedish Collaboration Group for Reduced Food Waste (SaMMa) is an open forum for Swedish actors interested in food waste. The meeting on October 25 was attended by 33 participants representing, industry, retail, NGO, Academy and consultants and policy bodies as well as several social entrepreneurs.
At the European Forum for Industrial Biotechnology & the Bioeconomy (EFIB), industry experts throughout the vibrant and innovative biobased community come together every year to discuss the key issues in the industry and gain a snapshot of the most significant developments on scale up of commercial biorefineries around the world. REFRESH will be at EFIB - click to see how to connect with us.
The aim of this workshop is to discuss the challenges the European healthcare sector faces in implementing sustainable and healthy food policies, including the prevention and reduction of food waste at their facilities.
World Food Day is a day of action against hunger. Annually on October 16, people around the world come together to declare their commitment to eradicate hunger in our lifetime. Food security and sustainability are important topics on World Food Day. Events are held at all levels across the world.
In 2016, Paris will be a source of food inspiration. Explore the world trends and innovations in the agri-food industry. SIAL will analyse them for you. A not-to-be-missed SIAL Paris event held for the last 20 years, SIAL Innovation reveals the most innovative food products displayed by SIAL exhibitors.
In 2016, SIAL Paris will revisit the food sector of today and, above all, invent that of tomorrow in order to:
The FOOD 2030 high level event will provide a platform for dialogue that seeks to build on the political momentum for a coherent research and innovation policy framework for Food and Nutrition Security. REFRESH will be at FOOD 2030 - click to see how to connect with us.
REFRESH business engagement gets off the ground. The third meeting of the German Pilot Working Platform (PWP) took place on 06/10/2016 at the CSCP’s premises in Wuppertal. Representatives from retail, the food industry, ministries at federal and national level as well as civil society organizations agreed upon five priority topics to tackle with a number of collaborative projects from 2017 on.
The EEB conference will be one of the first opportunities since the Brexit for those concerned about the environment across Europe to come together and take stock of recent EU developments and their implications for the environment and sustainability.
On September 22, 2016, the second meeting of the steering committee of the Spanish national platform to fight against food waste in the context of the EU REFRESH project took place at the headquarters of CREDA-UPC-IRTA in UPC’s Baix Llobregat Campus in Castelldefels (Barcelona). Representatives of stakeholders of the food chain met to agree on a Framework for Action to set up their collective engagement of working to reduce or prevent food waste.
On the 7th and 8th of September 2016 the second meeting of the partners of the EU REFRESH project took place at the headquarters of CREDA-UPC-IRTA in Barcelona. The aim of the meeting was to examine the project's progress and jointly define future actions against food waste. In line with REFRESH objectives and values, catering services were provided by the social enterprise Espigoladors that demonstrated in a delicious way that it is possible to be sustainable.
The general aim of the ISEKI_Food conference series is to contribute to the creation of an "open" international forum for researchers, education scientists, technologists and industry representatives as well as food consumers, to promote constructive dialogue and collaboration on topics relevant to Food Science and Technology, Industry and Education and to present and disseminate the results of the activities developed by the ISEKI_Food network projects.
After a stock take of progress since its meeting in 2013, the Network will have a closer look at food waste in the retail and processing sectors. Issues of definition and measurement, possible causes and ways to reduce and valorise it will be discussed.
The 2016 IFAMA World Conference will take place in the picturesque city of Aarhus, Denmark, located in the heart of the European Food Sphere--a unique, innovation-driven environment. Under the umbrella of food security, the IFAMA 2015 conference examines three major themes: Climate; Big data; People.
The 2015 IFAMA conference in St. Paul was the beginning of the IFAMA's three-year initiative Become the Solution: Food Security 2050.
We will discuss, together with our stakeholders, roadmaps towards an innovative, near zero waste Europe. Join us for this interactive stakeholder conference on the future of Europe’s circular economy. Let’s start preparing together for this event that will gather all the actors in the field: companies, researchers and governmental organizations. Let us know what your organization wants to address!
The EU-FUSIONs Project will hold its final project conference. The event will bring together members from its extensive stakeholder platform of over 200 Members including leading organizations and experts on food waste prevention and innovation across Europe.
EurAsia Waste Management Symposium will provide a comprehensive overview of effective waste management strategies across the Asian and the European regions. Also, the symposium will provide the opportunity discuss and evaluate the current and future regional waste management strategies and recycling projects.
At this conference, national and international representatives of governments, science, civil society and businesses are invited to discuss in plenaries and dialogue forums and to contribute ideas and approaches to move forward with SDG implementation in Germany and internationally. The conference will focus on partnerships and the need to sustainably manage natural resources and change consumption and production patterns. The conference features a dialogue forum on food waste.
Representatives from key organizations of the food sector attended the first REFRESH Pilot Working Platform Steering Committee meeting in Budapest on March 22, 2016. The event was hosted by the Ministry of Agriculture and organized by the Hungarian Food Bank Association. Participants confirmed their commitment towards more efficiently using food and fighting against hunger.
On March 2, 2016, the first REFRESH meeting to develop a Framework for Action for reducing food waste in Spain took place in Barcelona. Stakeholders interested in tackling food waste at national level got together to share their visions about the problem and potential solutions. The meeting developed the basis for future collaborative work within the Pilot Working Platform.
Under the Salima Trade Fair banner, BVV hosts four international food fairs, each one designed specifically for the right customer within the sector. Salima brings together food producers and food technology with MBK Bakery (milling and confectionery), INTECO (the essential fair for hoteliers and the hospitality trade). These three fairs run concurrently to spotlight the Central European food and food technology sectors to buyers worldwide.
15-16 February 2016
DIAMANT Brussels Conference & Business Centre, Brussels, Belgium
After three years of intensive research and analysis, the DYNAMIX and POLFREE projects, both funded by the European Commission FP7 program, will come to a close in March 2016. Therefore, it is time to present and disseminate main results and messages from the research outcomes on policy mixes for a resource efficient EU.
On Monday January 25th and Tuesday January 26th 2016, the government of the Netherlands will host a circular economy conference, "Unwrapping the Package - towards a Circular Economy in Europe," in light of the forthcoming Commission's proposal for a circular economy. The objective of the event is to discuss challenges and opportunities for a circular economy in Europe.
Securing global food supplies in an era of urbanisation is one of the challenges facing mankind. It is also a challenge for agricultural policy-makers. Modern, sustainable agriculture, vibrant rural areas and cooperative partnerships with rural and urban development going hand in hand are some of the important prerequisites for meeting this challenge. What we need are overarching policies that regard urban and rural structural change as an interconnected process. Agricultural policy – in cooperation with other policy areas – must take this into account.
FUSIONS aims for more efficient use of resources and a considerable reduction of food waste in the food chain from field to fork across Europe. An overview of the project activities will be presented in the meeting.
You are warmly welcome to participate in the fourth and final Regional FUSIONS Nordic/Scandinavian Platform meeting in Copenhagen!
We kindly ask for your contribution and knowledge to reduce food waste through social innovations. You will hear latest news about food waste research in FUSIONS project and Nordic countries.
THE FIRST EVENT IN SPAIN DEDICATED TO THE COLLABORATIVE ECONOMY.
After 3 editions of the OuiShare Fest organized in Paris, the most important international meeting of the collaborative economy which gathers together all the global sector's global leaders, innovators and experts, OuiShare invites you to participate in OuiShare Fest BCN 2015.
This conference is designed as a multidisciplinary deliberation forum. It aims to provide an opportunity to discuss significant challenges facing the global food system in the 21st Century.
FPPE 2015 in Kenya is being organised by an international consortium of leading organisations and trade fair professionals. The initiator is StarlingExpo together with Messe Düsseldorf. The Exposyum is aimed at manufacturers of machinery, plants, processes and services for the food processing and food packaging industry.
At this final conference of the EU project RESFOOD, practitioners and researchers of the water sector and the food chain, large companies and SME’s, will find out about new technologies designing a sustainable food chain.
On Saturday 17th October, Feeding the 5000 will come to the Piazza Castello in Milan, Italy to offer 5000 delicious, free meals prepared with fresh quality food that would otherwise have been wasted. The cooks are two-Michelin star Chef Marco Sacco. This celebratory and festive event is open to all and will bring attention to the scandal of food waste and prove that win-win solutions to the problem do exist.
This forum will be occasion to look at food waste from a hands-on perspective and explore new tracks in addressing the issue.
"Fight Food Waste, Feed the Planet" aims to contribute to the setting of EU and global directions for food waste prevention, focusing in particular on the importance of effective inter-sector co-operationfrom farm to fork. The conference will gather EU and international policy makers as well as all stakeholders involved in the food chain – from industry to non-governmental organizations, the scientific community and consumers – in order to share achievements to date and foster an open and action-oriented debate.
World Efficiency is the first biennial event for policy makers and businesses looking for resource and climate solutions. The first event will run from 13th to 15th October 2015 in the Paris Porte de Versailles exhibition centre.
This event will focus on several ways to use food to improve our lives: the valorization of side streams to produce safe feed thus reducing food waste, the promotion of traditional food production and use of minor cereals for a better food quality and the improvement of the food supply chain for human consumption. The event will bring together experts from research and industry from all around Europe to discuss such topics.
This congress will assess the challenges associated with postharvest loss within the framework of metrics and measurements. The focus is to enable the development of better tools and interventions to prevent postharvest loss for smallholders in developing countries. The event will provide networking opportunities for professionals from academic, governments, non-governmental organizations, foundations, and private entities.
This four day event brings together young farmers, producers, food professionals, and activists from all over the world to learn from each other and develop solutions for the future of food. Alongside the Expo 2015, WFTP will feature a Food Academy for young producers and professionals, a Hackathon on contemporary food challenges, lectures and discussions, interactive workshops, public events, and food and entertainment.