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1st EIT Food Region West Event!

We welcome our community to come and join us in Edinburgh, Scotland, on the 20th June at the Radisson Blu Hotel.

We will discuss exciting topics such as sustainable packaging and regenerative agriculture. We will hear from experts, plus have the chance to hear startups pitch their innovations. There will also be lots of time for networking with others within the community!

Please note that for partners, we have capacity for yourself, plus two of your colleagues, to attend this event.


19.6 - Arrival Day (Festive Dinner - Strategic and Delivery partners only)

  • 16:00 - Closed session (optional) for Strategic and Delivers Partners to meet EMT members in 1-1 talk
  • 17:30 - Pre-dinner networking reception and welcome by Richard Zaltzman, CEO EIT Food and a Welcome-Note by Thomas Engel (SB EIT Food)
  • 18:30 - Keynote by Garlich von Essen (Secretary General & CEO Euroseeds; formerly European Parliament and EU Commission DG AGRI) “Lessons to learn: EU Green Deal – past and future”...
  • 19:00 onwards - Dinner @ Radisson (For Partners + EIT Food SB, EMT Members and Leadership team)

20.6 - Event Day (Keynotes, Workshops, Talks - Open to the wider EIT Food community)

  • 8:30 - Arrival and Registration
  • 9:00 - Welcome
  • 9:15 - Panel Session: “How do we keep delivering the food we need, at a quality and price that doesn't cost the earth and feeds the population appropriately? - Who pays for any changes? Who makes any changes and how do we measure the impact of these?", moderated by Jayne Brookman, Director of Partner Recruitment, EIT Food
    • Dirk Holste, EIT Food Partner Austrian Institue of Technology (AIT)
    • Mathew Gilmour, EIT Food Partner Quadram Institute
    • Philip Tigges, Managing Director and CFO of EIT Food awarded Startup Infinite Roots
    • Prof. Stefan Lorkowski, University of Jena, Federation of European Nutrition Societies (FENS) and Coordinator Competence Cluster for Nutrition and Cardiovascular Health for the German Federal Ministry of Research and Education
    • Lesley Mitchell, Director of Policy Sustainable Food Trust
  • 10:15 - Coffee Break and networking (30 min)
  • 10:45 - Roundtable Group discussions on developing approaches for working together on Mission topics: using systems thinking to prioritise interventions. Select which topic you want to work on. Starting with impluse-talks in each section.
    • Packaging for sustainable and safe foods
    • Producing healthy, nutritious food using regenerative agriculture
  • 12:15 - Lunch break
  • 13:15 - Networking and Pitching Opportunities: Explore our breakout rooms to discover more of what the EIT Food network has to offer. With enough time to discover different topics and to hear short pitches. Pitches or presentations will be held in each room at the time indicated and the rooms will remain open for the full 1h15 slot
    • 13:15-13:40 Startup pitching corner (room 1): Solutions for a fairer sustainable food system
    • 13:45-14:10 Catch up with EIT Food (room 2): an opportunity to connect with EIT Food staff e.g. Education, Consumer Observatory. Any questions you may have and to find out more about current and future work.
    • 14:15-14:25 Presenting (room 3): EIT Food Alumni Network
  • 14:30 - Food innovation clinics: EIT Food's mission work clearly identifies the important supporting and potentailly defining role that date, definitions and standards; policy and regulation can have on the food system's ability to deliver on a healthy sustainable diet for all. We believe that convening communities around key areas or topics outlined within the mission's framework is an effective pathway toward change. This session aims to generate a starting conversation in two areas around potential multi-actor direct iniatives and/or collaborative approaches for potential funding. Starting with an Impulse talk by Abbie Roberts, EIT Food Strategic Programmes Executive
    • Livestock supply chains within a circular, regenerative system
    • Food Safety and Regulation: date, risk analysis and learning from others
  • 15:00 - Coffee Break and networking (45 min)
  • 15:45 - Reverse Panel: “What role can play pet food in the food systems transformation?”
    • Prof Andrew Knight, Centre for Animal Welfare at the University of Winchester
    • Dr Peter Alexander, University of Edinburgh, Global Academy of Agriculture and Food Systems
  • 16:30 - Wrap Up and Reflection of Conference-Day by Katherine Foster, EIT Food Supervisory Board
  • 16:45 - Farewell by Jayne Brookman, Director of Partner Recruitment, EIT Food
  • 17:00 - Official End of Conference

Would you like to join us in the evening?

We have an Optional Evening Program which we would love for you to attend!

  • We will explore Edinburgh together and take in the beautiful scenery with a guided walk though Edinburgh.
  • We will have a relaxed dinner at Bonnie & Wild with a drinks and local buffet reception.
  • And of course, more time to network with one another.

We also have a surprise waiting for you on the evening...

Please note: If you need help with anything at all, please get in touch with who will be happy to assist you.

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Frank Horlbeck EIT Food West

Senior Regional Communications and Event Manager

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