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15th International Conference
the Finland Futures Research Centre and the Finland Futures Academy, University of Turku
FUTURES FOR FOOD
6–7 June 2013 Turku, Finland
What could the futures of food look like? How will consumers need and value food?
Where will our food come from? What kinds of trade-offs and synergies will there be between the increasing demand for food and bioenergy?
Will we eat algae and larvae in darkness? What methods and tools will we use to study future foodways?
These and many other
interesting questions will be considered in the Futures for Food conference.
Topics of the Conference:
Food consumption trends
Future scenarios for food
Food systems – Futures for the production, processing and consumption of food
Changing foodways – Cross-disciplinary approaches to food and eating
Innovative R&D processes within the food sector
Case studies from food companies
Futures research methodology in the study of the future of food
Theoretical approaches for the future interaction of food, culture, society, and the economy
Sustainable development and food
Food and bioenergy
About the Conference:
Foodways are in constant
change. There is a strong need within the food sector at large to better
understand consumer behaviour and environmental changes, to see what impacts
they will have for the futures of food. On the short term, these changes are due
to differentiating lifestyles, consumer needs and trends, as well as food
research and development processes, which bring new products to markets. On the
long term, food is becoming a scarce renewable resource that is susceptible to
being lost. Global and local environmental changes, such as climate change,
population growth, and shortage of natural resources like energy, water, and
fertilisers, are putting more pressure on food production environments. On the
other hand, technological development and food innovations can offer new
solutions for producing food more effectively for the growing number of people
in the globalising world. As a consequence of these short and long-term
phenomena, food production systems – from primary production to consumption –
are changing. Futures thinking, research, and methodology will offer the means
to assess alternative futures for food.
This international conference will bring together people from universities, research institutes, companies, authorities, and governmental and non-governmental organisations. The aim of the conference will be to create a cross-disciplinary platform where participants can meet, share, and discuss new ideas concerning the futures of food. The conference committee encourages all those who are interested in these questions and futures studies to participate and/or present a paper or poster at the conference. Our aim is to generate multidisciplinary, lively, and productive discussions, as well as promote networking between people from different backgrounds.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Turku next summer!
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