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.

FIT4FOOD2030

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.

 

Date

Webinar

10 March 2020, 11 am (CET)

Recording available! Click here to view!

Written Q&A available here!

Webinar 1

RRI in the food systems

03 June 2020, 11 am (CEST)

Webinar 2

Cities as change agents: building competences for future food systems

09 June 2020, 11 am (CEST)

Webinar 3

Transforming our food systems: Research and Innovation as an enabler of the Farm to Fork Strategy

June 2020 (TBC)

Webinar 4

RRI in policy making for future-proof food systems

Webinar 3: Transforming our food systems: Research and Innovation as an enabler of the Farm to Fork Strategy

In this third webinar from the FIT4FOOD2030 webinar series, we will explore how Research and Innovation, as advocated by the FIT4FOOD2030 project can act as an enabler for policy development. Jacqueline Broerse will lead us through this topic. Then Anne-Laure Gassin from the EU Directorate-General Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) will present the recently published Farm to Fork Strategy.


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

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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).


Anne-Laure

GASSIN Policy officer, Directorate-General for Health and Food Safety

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Anne-Laure Gassin joined the European Commission in 2013 where she is supporting the development of policy on food waste prevention. She previously served from 2003 as Director of Communications at the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) where she developed and implemented EFSA’s risk communication strategy.

Prior to that, she spent more than 15 years with the Kellogg Company, where her last appointment was as European Director with the responsibility for nutrition communications, and scientific and regulatory affairs.

She graduated from Harvard University in 1981, where she majored in biology, and was awarded a Masters in medical management and marketing in 1987 from the École Supérieure de Commerce in Paris.

 

The presentations from our two speakers will be followed by a live Q&A and panel discussion with a panel from DG SANTE and DG AGRI:

Panelists:


Henk Westhoek

Policy officer at the European Commission (DG SANTE)

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Henk Westhoek is currently working as a temporary policy officer at the European Commission (DG SANTE), to work on the elaboration of the Farm to Fork Strategy. Before that, he was working as program manager Food and Agriculture for PBL (Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency). He was involved in many studies centered around food systems, agriculture and the environment, such as the UNEP-IRP report Food systems and natural resources, the EEA report Food in a green light and The Protein Puzzle (PBL). Prior to PBL, he worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food quality in the Netherlands, in education and in development cooperation.


Luis Vivas Alegre

Policy Coordinator in the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission

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Luis Vivas Alegre is a Policy Coordinator in the Directorate General of Health and Food Safety (DG SANTE) of the European Commission, in the Unit dealing with Food Chain Science and Stakeholder Relations. His nearly 20 years of professional career have spanned other components of the safety of food systems: official controls and systems transition (Food Standards Agency (FSA), United Kingdom), risk assessment (European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), Italy), research and innovation programming and management (Directorate General of Research and Innovation (DG RTD), European Commission). A veterinarian by training (University of León, Spain), Luis holds two MSc, on livestock and meat science (University of Bristol, United Kingdom) and on food regulatory affairs (University of Ulster and University of Dublin, United Kingdom and Ireland).


Kerstin Rosenow

Head of Unit ‘Research & Innovation’ in DG AGRI

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Kerstin is Head of Unit ‘Research & Innovation’ in DG AGRI, European Commission where she is responsible for programming, managing and monitoring agricultural research and the European Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI). Previously she was Head of Unit in the EC Research Executive Agency (REA) managing the implementation of the project portfolio for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime, and inland water research and the bioeconomy). She's been working in the EC for over 15 years after covering a managerial position in the German administration (Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU). For DG AGRI she coordinated negotiations with pre-accession and candidate countries and the preparation of the 2014-2020 CAP legislative framework.


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

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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).


Karen Fabbri

Deputy Head of Unit of Bioeconomy and Food Systems

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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.

 

 

Moderator:

Chrissie Brierley

Deputy coordinator JPI Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life

 

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