On 14th-15th June 2018, in Plovdiv (Bulgaria), the second FOOD 2030 high-level event took place, under the umbrella of the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council. This edition was dedicated to research and innovation (R&I) as a driver of food systems transformation; such that food systems become sustainable, resilient, inclusive, responsible, diverse and competitive.
In the plenary session and 6 parallel sessions the speakers presented the status quo of food research and innovation policies and how they could influence the shaping of tomorrow’s food and nutrition systems. Some of the featured speakers were Jean-Eric Paquet, Director General of DG Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation; Rumen Porozhanov, Bulgarian Minister of Agriculture and Food; Vytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety and Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development.
Furthermore, the high-level event for FOOD 2030 offered the opportunity to visit an open exhibition on the “Food R & I Domain” showcasing innovative research projects, networks, regional initiatives, start-ups and sustainable agriculture and food technologies.
Food 2030 was launched after the 2015 Milan World Expo, when Commissioner for Research and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, announced his intention to launch a Food Research Area by World Food Day 2016. The first FOOD 2030 high level event was organised in October 2016 and the science policy dialogue on FOOD 2030 was held in 2017 on the occasion of the World Food Day (16 October).