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.

The Conference featured keynote addresses by the Parliamentary State Secretary of the German Federal Ministry for Food and Agriculture Dr. Maria Flachsbarth and the European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Vytenis Andriukaitis. Throughout the day project partners presented ongoing work in REFRESH with several high level panels and a debate. The winners of the REFRESH Food Waste Solution Contest presented their successful projects and several interactive networking sessions brought practitioners together with policy makers and entrepreneurs. Throughout the day, conference participants could tour the Innovator Fair which invited and showcased successful food waste initiatives from across Europe. 
The Conference featured several innovative elements including two food waste art installations and a performative interpretation of the day's events by an improvisational theatre group. Two real-live pigs joined the Conference in the afternoon to bring attention to the controversial issue of using surplus food to feed livestock. Following the Conference, participants were encouraged to take part in a “Disco Chop” evening event. Participants helped prepare the evening meal chopping rescued fruit and vegetables. Craft beer brewed from surplus bread was made especially for the REFRESH Conference by the Berlin Brewery Straßenbräu.

Available presentations from the Conference:
Available presentations from the Parallel Sessions:
The hashtag #refreshfw2017 was created for the conference. Check out the Twitter Wall.
Twitter Wall
The photographs below are available for download and can be used to communicate about the event and REFRESH (Please credit the photographer Tim Ottenstein). 
18/05/2017 to 19/05/2017
Umweltforum, Berlin


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