Call for contributions: World Food System Conference 2015, Switzerland, June 2015

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Call for Contributions: World Food System Conference 2015 | 21 – 26 June 2015 | Ascona, Switzerland

Tackling World Food System Challenges: Across Disciplines, Sectors, and Scales

The World Food System Center of the ETH Zürich is pleased to announce that the call for contributions to the World Food System Conference 2015. The conference organizers are particularly interested in contributions that highlight cross- and trans-disciplinary collaborations and focus on solutions to the challenges facing the world food system.  Submission deadline is 22 February 2015.

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Submission deadline: 22 February 2015

The world food system faces unprecedented challenges in its ability to feed a growing global population. There is an urgent need for viable solutions and the scope of the challenges requires collaborative efforts more than ever.

The conference will highlight solution-focused, interdisciplinary, and system-oriented research and practice addressing how to feed the world while considering human health, the environment, and social well-being.

The aim is to bring together researchers and other food system stakeholders to exchange ideas, methodologies, success stories, and lessons learned. The conference will be kept small (maximum 100 participants) in order to maximize opportunities for meaningful exchange among participants.

Sessions highlighting innovative research both within and at the intersections of four thematic focus areas (Sustainable Production Systems, Food for Health, Resilient Food Markets, and Whole Food System Approaches) will offer a rare but exciting space for professional, empirically-driven dialogue that encourages experts to interact across disciplinary and institutional boundaries.

The conference will incorporate a workshop in which the participants explore how collaborative work on different aspects of the food system can be integrated under a comprehensive framework.

The conference will be held from 21 to 26 June, 2015 at the Conference Centre Monte Verità, Ascona, Switzerland, the venue of choice for Congressi Stefano Franscini, the international conference platform of ETH Zurich.

Conference Themes

The conference is organized around the following thematic focus areas and their intersections:

  • Sustainable Production Systems (establishing sustainable food production systems that are resilient in the face of increasing perturbations)
  • Food for Health (design and processing for safe, accessible, high quality and healthy food and food products)
  • Resilient Food Markets (creating and connecting to effective food markets that create value for all stakeholders)
  • Whole Food System Approaches (tools, methods, frameworks designed to take a systems approach)

We are especially interested in contributions that highlight experience working across disciplines, sectors, and/or scales to address food system challenges.

Photo of food market by Ribbla on Morguefile

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