Seasons

Annual Food Agenda organize throughout this year, 32 thematic events across 3 countries; Poland, Spain and United Kingdom, dissemination activities to achieve broad resonance and topic coverage aligned to the EIT Food’s objectives. These interactive events will inspire large numbers of people to dive in food topics, targeting the public, with particular focus on the younger population, food producers and food stakeholders.

The agenda includes a variety of activities such as interactive exhibitions, scientific cafes and hands-on activities marquees. Activities are designed to inspire debate and to foster dialogue between experts and consumers, using dynamics of co-creation to encourage exchange among academia, industry, producers and consumers in every-day environments.

The 32 scheduled activities are organized around four seasons developing relevant topics for the future of food:

#Trusting in Food Jan - Mar

to rebuild consumer trust in our food system, through this block of activities will address citizens’ issues and concerns related to food authenticity, food contamination and food safety

Spain: University Autonomus of Madrid-IMDEA Food and Grupo AN

12th, 14th and 18th Feb 2019

Do you want to know more than your parents when you go shopping?

This activity reaches, primary school students from three schools in the Community of Madrid offering these school children the opportunity to simulate a purchase in the supermarket choosing the healthiest products according to the nutritional pyramid. Students are advised by IMDEA Food nutritionists, guiding them through the shopping process to choose the most suitable products for a correct diet.

30th and 31st March 2019

Siri, what should I eat today? Ask your genes

On 30th-31st March, during the Innovation and Science Fair that will be held in IFEMA (Madrid Trade Fair Institution) IMDEA Food and the University Autonomous of Madrid will exhibit its own stand where different workshops and experimental activities, coordinated by scientist, will be performed. This event aims to engage people on food careers and to tackle the theme "trusting in food". During the event co-creation activities are planned to be carried out through an improvisation performance practice in collaboration with CSIC.

Spain: Csic and Grupo AN

15th February 2019

Trust in Food led by Women- The endless story of the truths and lies of food, told by women with a lot of science

Within the framework of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science this activity will be organized by the CSIC, the Autonomous University of Madrid and IMDEA Food, where attendees will discover truths and lies about some myths about food. Researchers with inspiring professional careers for the new generations will run different workshops offering a critical and scientifically based opinion, which will allow students to have a broader view of some of the headlines that appear every day in the media. The activity will be moderated by Rocío Pérez, coordinator of the "Maldita Ciencia" platform, who will share her professional experience as a scientific disseminator and as an expert in denying some informative headlines, which, in many cases, make us lose confidence in the food we eat every day.

30th and 31st March 2019

Innovation and Science Fair during the Education Week

Education Week is the largest event in Spain, where more than 146,000 students, parents, teachers, tutors, head teachers and professional educators attend every year. This event takes place in IFEMA (Madrid Trade Fair Institution) where on 30th-31st march CSIC will carry out a set of hand-on activities leaded by scientist tackling the theme "trusting in food". During the event co-creation activities are planned to be carried out through an improvisation performance practice in collaboration with CSIC.

Poland: Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research and Maspex

2nd, 8th and 16th March 2019

In Food We Trust – Hands-on Workshops at Food Research Labs

A series of onsite tours accompanied with hands-on workshops for school children at the laboratories of the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research. Performing experiments with the high-tech equipment of the R&D facilities of Microbiology, Sensory Analysis, Chemical and Physical Properties of Food, Metabolimcs, Chemistry and Biodynamics of Food, as well as Food Immunology and Microbiology, pupils will get a first-hand insight into the very core of the food products they eat every day. They will crack the nutrition facts label, analyse compounds present in snacks and beverages available at school’s canteen, learn simple experiments on detecting valuable bio-actives in drinks, and dispel controversies around some food stuffs that undermine consumers’ trust in the food system. Ultimately, the workshops will empower children with the knowledge on how to take a responsibility it the food chain themselves and handle food safety at home. They will learn how to store food products appropriately, avoid cross-contamination, obey hygienic practices and follow advice of manufacturers.

21st March 2019

Building trust in food - workshops at schools

Educational workshops dedicated to school children led by the representatives of the food industry (Maspex) and scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences (Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research). The workshops will be divided into three topical modules finished with a knowledge Competition task. The first module will focus on the newest information concerning nutritional recommendations and engage children in a discussion on their experiences and doubts about food selection. The second module will provide pupils with the knowledge on how to read food labels, while the third present and explain the commonly used laboratory food tests. Here, children will be offered the possibility to run the experiments independently. In the final stage of the workshops, pupils will take part in a quiz, assessing their understanding of the information presented

UK: (University of Cambridge and PepsiCO)

12th March 2019

I'm a Confused Consumer, get me out of here!

Part of Cambridge Science Festival 2019. Three short talks, followed by Q&A with the audience

12th March 2019

Millets for the millions - introducing tasty treats from an ancient grain

Part of Cambridge Science Festival 2019. Hands on activity/ stall. In the UK, this small, golden, round seed is best known as bird food, but we want to demonstrate it is a very tasty food source for us as well. High in fibre and naturally gluten-free, it is a perfect addition to the modern food plate. From porridge, biscuits and cakes to curries and polentas, there are many delicious recipes to try. Millets are quick to grow, full of important nutrients and they are a key crop of the semi-arid tropics in Asia and Africa due to their resistance to heat and drought. This ancient grain has potential to become a main staple food again, however in many areas this cereal has lost popularity.

#Food Trends & Future Consumers Apr - Jun

to encourage the public debate and to foster dialogue between academia, industry, producers and consumers to raise consumer’s understanding of the food system

Spain: University Autonomus of Madrid-IMDEA Food and Grupo AN

1st & 24th April 2019

Visiting IMDEA Food Nutrigenomics Interactive Center

Three Schools from different areas of Spain, like Madrid and Murcia (RIS Area), will visit in two sessions the Interactive Nutrigenomic Centre (CIN) located at IMDEA Food. This interactive museum currently presents its exhibition entitled ‘SNP: Salud y Nutrición Personalizada’, i.e., “Health and Personalised Nutrition” to communicate the importance of nutrition in human health and the relationship between genetics and the effects of food on health. Via scientifically validated interactive surveys, the exhibition allows visitors to understand their degree of adherence to the Mediterranean Diet, their chronotype, and the involvement of their emotions in their food choices.

13th June

Tomorrow starts today - “ Future Trends and Future Consumers”

An initiative of IFEMA and Barrabes.biz in collaboration with Enisa, which will be held in Madrid, from 12 to 14 June as a meeting and thinking platform to develope innovative solutions to problems that we are facing currently and also in the future. IMDEA Food will organize a round table called “Future Trends and Future Consumers” developing one of the quarter topics of the #AnnualFoodAgenda project. The speakers will discuss about the society challenges to achieve a healthy and sustainable diet.

Spain: Csic and Grupo AN

13th April 2019

Days of Exaltation and Festivals of the Vegetable - Tudela - Navarra

The Days of Exaltation and Festivals of the Vegetable are celebrated in the Navarra de Tudela locality during ten days, generally in the first fortnight of May or from the end of April. These days began to be celebrated in Tudela in 1986, date in which the Order of the Volatín along with the City council of Tudela organized the first activities around the vegetable. The AN Group, partner of the #AnnualFoodAgenda project, together with numerous companies and socio-cultural groups of the city, come together in these days which are considered as regional tourist interest holidays in Navarra.

1st June 2019

Food trends: preferences of consumers and the idea of “healthy”

In collaboration with scientists of the "House of Science" in Seville (RIS area) chefs and researchers from the Institute of Food Science Reserch (CIAL) and Instituto de la Grasa, both from CSIC, a wide vision about future food and future kitchen will be presented to draw the next era on Food and the future food consumer generations with a innovative tasting sesion of olive oil and natural beers as well as workshops for childre. This activity will address general public focusing on families.

Poland: Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research and Maspex

16th April 2019

Today’s and tomorrow's consumers - Students workshops

Have you ever thought what kind of a consumer you are? Have you noticed any new food trends? The food around us is changing at an incredible speed. This workshop is a perfect occasion for enlarging your knowledge about food trends and consumers’ behaviour. Content of the workshops will be developed by specialists from Maspex and scientists from the Polish Academy of Sciences. Place: Cracow University of Economics, Address: ul. Rakowicka 27, 31-510 Kraków

8th June 2019

Science Picnic

A series of experiments, workshops and demonstrations delivered by researchers and industry experts, showcasing the influence of science and industry-enabled innovations in the food sector on the health and well-being of consumers. Children and their parents will get a first-hand insight into the latest Europe-wide trends that revolutionize the way we produce, deliver, consume and recycle our food. Place: Olsztyn, Old Town district.

UK: (University of Cambridge and PepsiCO)

18th May 2019

Amazing Algae

Hands on activity/ stall. Set in Cambridge University Botanic Garden’s 40 acres, the Festival of Plants celebrates the wonder of plants at a beautiful time of year. Cambridge University researchers will showcase the many fascinating uses of algae, including for the sustainable supply of food and vitamins in the future. Dissemination materials will be created.

12th June 2019

Are you ready for a Food Revolution?

This event will be made up of a talk, given by three industry professionals, with various perspectives on the April-June AnnualFoodAgenda theme of ‘Food trends and future consumers.’.This will encourage active discussion about sustainability and the future of our food and make our audience question where and why these developments are happening. We will ask audience to participate in a short survey following the talk to enable us to see how they found it and what they learnt. Following the talk we will host an informal drinks and discussion session in the library where our speakers will be open to answering questions for smaller groups or individuals. This informal session will include a side space for testing EIT project FutureKitchen Virtual Reality series and surveying them.

#Healthier Nutrition Jul - Sep

to offer a broader knowledge on balanced nutrition and healthy lifestyle habits will enable citizens, especially younger population, to raise food engagement and to make informed food choices with added value to the consumer

Spain: University Autonomus of Madrid-IMDEA Food and Grupo AN

1st, 8th/ 15th, 22th July 2019

Escape the Museum of Nutrition. Nutrigenomics Interactive Center IMDEA Food

As part of the activities organized by the University Autonomous of Madrid, for school children attending to its Scientific Summer Camp, a scape room game will be run. Pupils will face different challenges to escape from the IMDEA Food Interactive Nutrigenomic Museum using the knowledge gained on personalized and healthier nutrition during the event.

Food & Food with sense

Students will visit the Novalindus platform and participate in several workshops related to food properties. NOVALINDUS (InNOVación para la INDUStria ALimentaria) is a Pilot Plant specialized in the Development of Processes of Obtaining Functional Food Products as well as in the Pilot Production of these products. It is a platform of R&D services for IPOs and companies, whose main philosophy is the Useful Food Research, in constant evolution, to obtain results that can be transferred to society, without forgetting the fundamental role of the company.

Spain: Csic and Grupo AN

15th & 25th July 2019

Summer Camp in the Natural Science Museum

During the month of July several groups of school children will attend to the camp organized by the Natural Science Museum where they will have the opportunity to Learn in a fun and entertaining way, to take a healthy diet and lifestyle.

27th September 2019

Healthier Nutrition. Myths and Facts

This event will reach consumers from rural areas and food producers aiming to disclosure some myths and facts around healthier and personalize nutrition that could means opportunities and threats for their health and their business. The University Autonomus of Madrid-IMDEA Food and Grupo AN will lead this event in collaboration with CSIC.

Poland: Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research and Maspex

16th & 17th September 2019

“Inspirational facts about the food” during Maspex Open Days in Wadowice and Tychy

Think about what you eat. Try to improve your healthy lifestyle and make food choices wisely. It is easier than you think. Representatives from Maspex and Polish Academy of Sciences will show you how to do it. Place: ul. Chopina 10, 34-100 Wadowice and ul. Strefowa 2, 43-100 Tychy

27th September

European Research Night with EIT Food "You are what you eat"

"You are what you eat" - this message comes to us from every possible source. There is probably no one who would question the fact that our eating habits have a key impact on our health. Every day we receive information about how an incorrect diet contributes to the development of obesity, type 2 diabetes or cardiovascular disease, currently responsible for every fifth death in the world (Lancet Study 2019). Responding to these challenges, scientists from the Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences and experts from the Maspex food group will join forces and in the very center of the Olsztyn shopping center organize a series of workshops, demonstrations and experiments devoted to the issue of healthy nutrition - Night of Researchers from EIT Food.

UK: (University of Cambridge and PepsiCO)

15th August

What Does it Matter? Linking Food to Health

We will be screening the documentary film ‘Food Matters’ and following this with a panel discussion. We will have 4 food and health professionals on the panel who will be discussing links between our dietb and our health. This will be followed by drinks, canapes and further discussion around the topic and networking.

23th September

Snackington in Schools

This game about a community, where healthy food can be hard to find, will be taken into schools. Here we will engage with a younger audience about how unhealthy foods can be more prevalent in advertising and shops and how to be aware of it and look for the healthier alternatives.

#Food Sustainability Oct - Dec

these activities aim to raise consumer's understanding on the impact of food production and consumption on the environmental footprint, promoting bio-economy solutions

Spain: University Autonomus of Madrid-IMDEA Food and Grupo AN

17th October

Poultry Scientific Symposium

The Poultry Scientific Symposium is an annual congress with an attractive program, which addresses the topical issues in the poultry sector, with the help of the world’s leading experts. The congress brings together the best experts in the sector with a participatory and practical agenda. The program will address different issues related to new food trends and alternatives to achieve a more sustainable poultry production. Grupo AN will participate with a speech on how to improve sustainability in the sector while using alternative production systems. The possible problems caused by the new production methods and the best ways to prevent them will be explained.

29th November 2019

Sustainability in the agri-food sector

The event will analyze the challenges of the agri-food sector regarding the creation of a sustainable future.The event will consist of two speeches and a discussion table.The first speech will be focus on personalized nutrition: the most recent advances and consumer demands will be raised.The second presentation will deal with the challenges that the agriculture is facing and particularly how a more sustainable future can be created.Finally, a debate will be held with farmers from different areas of Spain, in which it will be discussed whether farmers are prepared to face the new challenges and demands of society. The problems they are currently facing will also be discussed.

20th December 2019

AnnualFoodAgenda in Metro Madrid

For one day, the #AnnualFoodAgenda project will be presented in the Metro of Madrid, leading passengers through the Food Sustainability trip. Hands-on activities and workshops will take place in one of the main Metro station of Madrid to engage consumers around the Food Sustainability Topic.

Spain: Csic and Grupo AN

6th November

Annual Food Agenda at Science Week 2019

Within the framework of the European #AnnualFoodAgenda project, researchers from the Food Science Research Institute (CIAL) -CSIC will participate in the Science Week by carrying out several activities on November 6 and 7. The CIAL team will hold scientific dissemination workshops on ‘Food Sustainability’ aimed at secondary and high school students from various colleges and institutes. Within the framework of this theme, a visit to the Dynamic Gastrointestinal Simulator Platform (simgi®) will take place, which responds to the need to simulate in vitro the processes of digestion and metabolism suffered by food and products in contact with food in The human gastrointestinal tract.

29th November 2019

Sustainability in the agri-food sector

The event will analyze the challenges of the agri-food sector regarding the creation of a sustainable future.The event will consist of two speeches and a discussion table.The first speech will be focus on personalized nutrition: the most recent advances and consumer demands will be raised.The second presentation will deal with the challenges that the agriculture is facing and particularly how a more sustainable future can be created.Finally, a debate will be held with farmers from different areas of Spain, in which it will be discussed whether farmers are prepared to face the new challenges and demands of society. The problems they are currently facing will also be discussed.

Poland: Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research and Maspex

4th October 2019

Food open to the world with EIT Food
Why so wasteful?

From our farms to grocery stores to dinner tables, 30 percent of the food we grow is never eaten. We can do better. During this #AnnualFoodAgenda activity we’ll teach you a number of simple routines that will help you reduce your food waste and help the environment. You will learn how to buy, store and cook food in a wise and efficient way. You will also get familiarized with the activities well-established food companies and start-ups are undertaking to contribute to reduced food waste burden. Place: Pending

6th December 2019

ZERO WASTE Saint Nicholas Day from EIT Food

Have you ever thought about how food is made? Or how much food is wasted? Have you ever wonder what to do with food leftovers or how to share food with strangers? If you would like to improve your life style and develop Zero Waste attitude we can show you how to do this easily. Knowledge and advices from eminent scientists and Food Bank representatives may inspire you to change small things in your daily routine.

UK: (University of Cambridge and PepsiCO)

15th October 2019

Meat and Potatoes: changing diets for Changing Times

"Good or bad, sustainable or not? It takes multiple perspectives to capture the scientific, cultural, and political reasons why we eat the way we do, and what future diets might look like. Could different perspectives help to change our views and habits? This event formed part of Cambridge’s hugely popular Festival of Ideas. It included 6 Cambridge researchers with different expertise to discuss the value and importance of specific foods and food technologies, from canning and refrigeration, to meat and potatoes".

7th December

Is your diet sustainable?

The University of Cambridge Global Food Security Interdisciplinary Research Centre together with the EIT Food funded project #Annual Food Agenda will hold a public event in Cambridge . It will be an opportunity for the research group to interact with the general public using a series of apps and online games to learn about the impact that food has on the environment and the alternatives that we can all adopt with a view to live well and more sustainably.