Webinars series

FIT4FOOD2030 is launching a free webinar series aiming to advocate for responsible research and innovation (RRI) and system thinking for food system transformation. The webinar series targets local, regional and national policy makers, food chain actors, academia, stakeholder/citizen engagement organisations, NGOs, CSOs, and interested public. The goal of this webinar series is to use the FOOD 2030 policy framework and FIT4FOOD2030 project as case studies to using research and innovation (R&I) policy for food system transformation.

Each webinar will last one hour, featuring three 10-minute presentations, followed by a live facilitated Q&A session.




10 March 2020, 11 am (CET)

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Webinar 1

RRI in the food systems

May 2020 (TBC)

Webinar 2

RRI in policy making for future-proof food systems

June 2020 (TBC)

Webinar 3

Cities as change agents: building competences for future food systems

June 2020 (TBC)

Webinar 4

Engaging with Stakeholders: learnings from FIT4FOOD2030

Webinar 1: Responsible Research and Innovation in the food systems

The aim of the first webinar is to introduce the European food system, its challenges, and need for transformation to future proof it. It will also introduce the EU’s research and innovation policy: FOOD 2030, which is a response to the food system challenges. Lastly, it will give an overview of the FOOD 2030 agenda, as well as some of the outcomes from the FIT4FOOD2030 project. This first webinar forms the basis on which the following webinars will elaborate.


FIT4FOOD2030 supports the European Commission - DG Research and Innovation - in implementing its Food 2030 policy framework, which aims at future proofing the European food systems through research and innovation (R&I). The key concepts of which FIT4FOOD2030 is based on to succeed are:

  1. the need for a food systems approach in R&I
  2. the need for responsible research and innovation (RRI)
  3. multi-level stakeholder engagement.

Presenters - Webinar 1

Dr. Kelly Parsons

Post-doc food policy researcher, University of Hertfordshire

"The European food system"

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Dr Kelly Parsons is a food policy and governance research fellow at the University of Hertfordshire. Her work focuses on the policies and governance structures influencing food systems, at global, EU, national and local levels. Kelly has particular expertise in the connections in the food system, and efforts to create more integrated and coherent food policy. She is author of a series of accessible briefs on food systemsintegrated food policypolicy coherence, and food governance, and of the policy brief - commissioned by the Austrian Presidency of the European Union - on ‘Connecting Food Systems for Co-Benefits’. She has a PhD in food policy and a Masters in food and nutrition policy, from the Centre for Food Policy at City, University of London. K.parsons@herts.ac.uk. @thefoodrules.

Dr. Karen Fabbri

FOOD 2030 Head of Sector, European Commission, DG RTD 

"FOOD 2030: a research and innovation response to the food system challenges"

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Karen is the Deputy Head of Unit of Bioeconomy and Food Systems, within the Healthy Planet directorate of DG Research and Innovation of the European Commission. Karen is leading of the FOOD 2030 research and innovation policy framework to convene around and drive the transition towards sustainable, climate neutral, healthy and inclusive food system transformation.

Prof. dr. Jacqueline Broerse

Professor of Innovation and Communication in Health and Life Sciences and Director of the Athena Institute, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

"FIT4FOOD2030 as case study; use of responsible research and innovation in practice in food systems"

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Jacqueline Broerse is professor of innovation and communication in the health and life sciences (with focus on diversity and social inclusion) and since 2020 director of the Athena Institute, Faculty of Science, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. From 2017 until 2019 she was Vice Dean (Research) of the Faculty of Science.

She holds a master degree in biomedical sciences (cum laude, 1988). After her graduation she worked two years as a policy maker on biotechnology at the Directorate General International Cooperation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Dept. Research and Technology). In 1998 she obtained her PhD degree on the development of an interactive approach to include small-scale farmers in research agenda setting processes on biotechnology. Her current research is focused on (1) methodology development for multi-stakeholder co-creation innovation processes, and (2) management of system change processes, in order to contribute to more equitable and inclusive innovation processes that address societal challenges. Her research projects are in the domain of (global) health, food and sustainable development.

She currently coordinates the Erasmus Mundus Joint Degree Program on Transdisciplinary Solutions to Global Health Challenges, and the large EU-funded FIT4FOOD2030 project on improving R&I so as to contribute to more sustainable, resilient, responsible, competitive and inclusive European food systems. She participates in the IMI-funded PARADIGM project; a project that aims to enhance patient engagement in the medicine cycle (agenda setting, clinical trials and health technology assessment).

She coordinates, and teaches in, various courses on health policy, health systems, research valorization and entrepreneurship. She is Program Director of the research master degree program ‘Global Health’ and one of the program leaders of the Amsterdam Public Health research institute (APH – Global Health Program).


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