The 21st Annual STS Conference Graz 2023 „Critical Issues in Science, Technology and Society Studies“ is organised by Science Technology and Society Unit of the Institute of Interactive Systems and Data Science of Graz University of Technology. There is a track with sessions in Sustainable Food Systems including – F.1 Microbes in, for, around Food Systems – F.2 From the edge to the core: participatory food environment research in European cities – F.3 Food Justice in Alternative Food Networks: theoretical, empirical and transdisciplinary perspectives – F.4 (M)eating the future: technologies, materialities, and politics of food – F.5 How can universities support the transition to sustainable food systems?
The 1st Eastern Africa Agroecology Conference Transforming Food Systems for Responsible Production, Consumption, and Social Wellbeing aims to invoke consciousness and motivate regional and continental communities to dialogue how to invest in interventions, which can ameliorate the negative impacts of the current unsustainable food systems by transitioning towards more environmentally friendly solutions with long-term vision and planning. Conference Theme: Strengthening Resilience and Sustainability in Food Systems for Environmental and Socioeconomic Development. Location: Nairobi, Kenya, 21–24 March 2023. The conference is a hybrid event comprising in-person attendance and live-streaming for on-line participants. Cost: 100-200 USD
ORFC – Oxford Real Farming Conference was held 4-6 January 2023 in both online and in person. The online archive is available on https://orfc.org.uk/orfc-archives/ The online conference is a mix of live-streamed sessions from Oxford and online-only sessions with farmers, food producers, activists, academics, authors and many others across six continents. Anything you miss will be recorded for you to catch up on, and each session will available for replay shortly after it has ended. All delegates outside Western Europe, the US, Canada, Japan, Australia and New Zealand can join us for FREE. There is interpretation through COATI (Colectivo para la autogestión de tecnologías para la interpretación) to ensure that sessions are interpreted into many languages.
From Emily Norton, #OFC2023 Chair: “… The collective challenge is not just to avoid the mistakes of the past. Instead, it is to seek the systemic solutions that prevent poverty, environmental exploitation and ultimately conflict. In exploring the consequences of conflict on our farms and communities, we’re aware that we cannot rely on yesterday’s toolbox to fix today’s problems. Hence OFC23 aims to inspire a regeneration in our politics, our society and our supply chains, as well as our farms. This is also long overdue. It’s time to start farming a new future. See you at Oxford.”
Every year, the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) discusses current topics and issues with global outreach. The 2023 GFFA addresses the issue “Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises”. The international community urgently has to develop and implement solutions to realise the right to adequate food. The only expedient solutions are those that address food security, the climate catastrophe, and the extinction of species alike. A comprehensive transformation of global food systems is of vital importance. The event is open to the public. The 2023 GFFA is set to build on the UN Food Systems Summit for this process. Its aim is to promote discussion and to explore possible ways for global and national collaboration in a spirit of partnership. 2000 visitors from politics, business, academia and civil society will discuss how to bring about successful transformation. There is a special focus on the following four questions: 1) How can we create crisis-proof food systems? 2) How can we create climate-friendly food systems? 3) How can we preserve biological diversity? 4) How can we improve collaboration for sustainable global food systems?
You can find further information on the subject in the Backgroundpaper. The website also has Communiqués from the past 14 years.
The Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research organised a webinar entitled “How do Nordic research institutions approach sustainability in the food systems? Experiences from research and education” and the slides are available here. The sessions aims to have an interdisciplinary, multi-stakeholder dialogue among partner universities and other relevant institutions on the role of Nordic research in transition to sustainable agro-marine food systems. The seven Nordic universities share their experiences and practices. The link to the session is also still good – it takes you their website where you can access past presentations.
#ANH2023 will be co-hosted in partnership with Lilongwe University of Agriculture and Natural Resources (LUANAR) from 19 to 30 June 2023, online and in Lilongwe, Malawi. Submit your Abstract before Dec 8, read more about the conference here. Speakers and participants will have the choice of joining in a number of ways. 2023 Jun 19-22: Learning Labs (online only) 2023 Jun 26: Learning Labs (In-person only in Lilongwe). 2023 Jun 27-30: Research Conference (in-person in Lilongwe and online).
📆 Save the Date & 📣 Call for Interest for a Global Networking Event on SFS in Nutrition & Dietetics Education at University College Dublin, Ireland 🇮🇪 from 7–8th June 2023. In-person attendance with selected virtual learning sessions. Event registration will be released shortly & circulated widely. If you are interested in participating/ attending, please fill out this googleform. The #ICDAsfsToolkit will be there as part of the collaboration 🏼🏾 on this event along with: Global Engagement Seed Fund at UCD, Irish Nutrition & Dietetic Institute, UCD School of Public Health, Physiotherapy & Sports Science, International Confederation for the Associations of Dietitians SFS Initiative, European Federation for the Associations of Dietitians, NeverEndingFood Permaculture, Airfield Estate Dublin. Additional information about the event is here.