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#FoodFuture Ideas Fest

The #FoodFuture Ideas Fest will run from 15:00-18:00 on Thursday, 16 June, in the garden of the Museum of Natural Sciences in Brussels, just two minutes from the European Parliament (follow the signs from the museum entrance).

15:00-15:30: Welcome and network
15:30-16:30: Session 1
16:30-17:00: Networking break
17:00-18:00: Session 2

The speakers will deliver energetic TED-style talks lasting no more than 10 minutes each followed by a Q&A session. Here are some of the brilliant speakers that will light up our three stages: 

Nutrition IDEAS tent

Session 1

  • Nudging consumers for good – Michelle Gibbons, Director General at European Brands Association (AIM)
  • Understanding consumer behaviour – Dr. Marleen Onwezen, Researcher at Wageningen University 
  • Healthy vs. tasty: what do consumers really want? – Sebastian Emig, Director General at the European Snacks Association
  • The importance of whole grain – Jan Willem van der Kamp, Director Cereal Research at TNO Netherlands and Chair of the Definitions Working Group of the Whole Grain initiative

Session 2

  • Education, planetary diets and the Gen Z take – Júlia Montoliu Boneu, Pharmacist, Nutritionist and FutureFoodMaker at EIT Food
  • Food as a Force for Good – Hanneke Faber, President Nutrition at Unilever
  • Digital solutions enabling diets good for people and the planet – Annika Hedberg, Head of Sustainable Prosperity for Europe programme at the European Policy Centre
  • What’s a healthy city? – Anja Katalin De Cunto, “Food Trails” Project Coordinator and Policy Advisor for food and procurement at Eurocities
  • Unsung heroes of food innovations – Jonas Lazaro Mojica, Senior Manager Food Policy, Science and R&D at FoodDrinkEurope

Climate change IDEAS tent

Session 1

  • The big food redesign – Gaëlle Le Gélard, Design Manager at the Ellen MacArthur Foundation
  • Reducing packaging weight to reduce the carbon footprint – Niels Brouwers, Packaging Development Manager Europe at ABinBev
  • What is regenerative agriculture? – Chuck de Liedekerke, CEO at Soil Capital
  • How to tell your climate story – Max Fry, BBC series partnerships

Session 2

  • Can Brussels food go green? – Rob Renaerts, Coduco and Brussels Good Food Project
  • The tale of two soups – Sam Williams, Business Development Manager at Ricardo
  • Food waste: the urgency of peeling the onion – Raschad Al-Khafaji Brussels Director at the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO)
  • Dreaming of a carbon-free village – Philippe Birker, co-founder of Climate Farmers

Sustainable packaging IDEAS tent

Session 1

  • The path to zero waste – Joan-Marc Simon, Executive Director at Zero Waste
  • The EU’s 2030 vision – Maja Desgrees Du Loû, Policy Officer at the European Commission’s DG Environment
  • Replacing plastic with…sugar beet? – Judith Schrenk, Communications officer at the European sugar manufacturers organisation CEFS
  • Flexible packaging on a mission – Graham Houlder, Project Co-ordinator at Ceflex

Session 2

  • Consumers’ role towards packaging circularity – Jean-Pierre Schweitzer, Senior Policy Officer for Circular Economy and Product Policy at the European Environmental Bureau (EEB)
  • Nestle’s sustainable packaging solutions – Christian Detrois, Senior Packaging Expert at Nestlé Europe
  • Why deposit return schemes matter – Raymond Gianotten, Director at Statiegeld Nederland
  • Circularity of spirits bottles – Ulrich Adam, Director General at spiritsEurope