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2019-10-28

Dinosaurs meet food innovation | The Global Food Summit at the Berlin Science Week

Closed food production in containers, the septic tank as a gold mine and circular food concepts in Africa.

For the first time, the subject area "Food and Agriculture" will be scientifically represented at the current Berlin Science Week by an event of the Global Food Summit 2020. You will find us in the Experimental Field. Our contribution to Science Week is: "Foodtropolis.Urban.Circular.Food.".

The new cultivation and production methods for food, whether vertical farming or precision farming, are also based on linear thinking and linear production. But what we need is networked thinking in cycles. Every by-product, every waste product is a new raw material for reuse. For the first time in history there is the possibility that an entire city will become climate-neutral - through closed production and waste cycles, through an "Urban Circular Food Economy".

On our panel, we present new ideas for recycling management in the food sector on a global and local level. We have invited the following speakers from Germany, Africa and Australia:

Prof. Christian Ulrichs, Head of the Department of Urban Ecophysiology, Vice Dean for Research of the Faculty of Life Sciences & Project Coordinator CUBES Circle at Humboldt University Berlin with the topic: "CUBES Circle - Agricultural Systems of the Future".

Dr. Ousmane Badiane, Director for Africa at the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), Washington, with the topic: "The Urbanization and the Transformation of Traditional Food Value Chains in a Rapidly Growing Africa".

Dr. Ariane Krause, Leibniz Institute for Vegetable and Ornamental Crops (IGZ), Programme Area 4 HORTSYS "Horticultural Systems of the Future" and Research Group "Cultivation Systems - Regulated Environment", with the topic: "Human excreta in the agricultural cycle". 

Dr. Frank Thiemann, Head of Biomarker Discovery & Assay Development, Evonik Nutrition & Care GmbH, Essen, with the topic: "The development of a screening platform for sustainable poultry farming: a holistic approach to health monitoring in poultry herds".

Sebastian Cerone, Co-Founder at LESS Industries, Australia, with the topic: "Smart sensing for agricultural and industrial applications".

Stephan Becker-Sonnenschein, Head & Founder Global Food Summit, Munich, Berlin, with the topic: "Urban. Circular. Food"

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Science Week, which takes place from 1 to 10 November 2019, is an international platform where the most renowned researchers, researching companies, the media and politics meet every year. Universities, research institutions or companies all over Berlin open their doors for a week and offer an insight into their research.

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