Cardiff Hub presents at Lisbon Academy of Sciences

Cardiff Hub presents at Lisbon Academy of Sciences

Louise Edwards, Hub Manager, represented SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) and Academia Europaea at a high-profile event held at the Lisbon Academy of Sciences on 23rd May.  The meeting brought together a number of Portuguese experts to examine the Food from the Oceans reports, published through the European Commission’s Scientific Advice Mechanism last November.

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Cardiff Hub oversees completion of the Food from the Oceans evidence review for the European Commission

Cardiff Hub oversees completion of the Food from the Oceans evidence review for the European Commission

The AE Cardiff Hub has overseen the compilation of the Evidence Review Report Food from the Oceans, which examines the question of how the ocean can help satisfy the global demand for food.  Handover to the European Commission took place on 29th November, in Brussels.  Two European Commissioners, Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) and Carlos Moedas (Research, Science and Innovation) were present.

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Professor Petersen in Hamburg public debate

Professor Petersen in Hamburg public debate

Following public events to promote the SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies) project on ‘Food from the Oceans’ in Bergen and Cardiff earlier in the year, a third public event was hosted in the city of Hamburg, Germany on 5th October.

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Food from the oceans comes to Cardiff!

Food from the oceans comes to Cardiff!

Thousands of people came to Cardiff Bay over three days, 14th to 16th July, to enjoy the annual Cardiff Food and Drink Festival.

Food from the Oceans was the theme of a programme of events hosted at the Norwegian Church.  This open and free programme of events was the result of collaboration between the Cardiff and Bergen Hubs, together with SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).  We worked closely with other partners, including the SAM (Science Advice Mechanism) Unit, the Learned Society of Wales, the Hordaland County in Norway and Cardiff University.

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Food from the Oceans public event in Cardiff

Food from the Oceans public event in Cardiff

The Cardiff Hub organised a programme of public talks on the theme Food from the Oceans, in collaboration with SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies). The programme was hosted at the Norwegian Church on 14th and 15th July and took place alongside the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, which attracts around 80,000 people.  It also featured a public debate on the theme of Can we get more food from the ocean?

Getting ready for the Food from the Oceans public event
Getting ready for the Food from the Oceans public event

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Can we get more food from the oceans? A public debate in Cardiff

Can we get more food from the oceans? A public debate in Cardiff

With the world’s human population projected to grow to between 9 and 10 billion by 2050, should we look to the oceans to feed ourselves? This was the theme of a lively public debate held in Cardiff on 15th July, as part of the Food from the Oceans project, coordinated by the Cardiff Hub on behalf of SAPEA (Science Advice for Policy by European Academies).

Our panellists at the Food from the Ocean public debate
Our panellists at the Food from the Ocean public debate

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High Level Group and SAM Unit represented at Food from the Oceans public event

High Level Group and SAM Unit represented at Food from the Oceans public event

Professor Carina Keskitalo at the Food from the Oceans public event in Cardiff
Professor Carina Keskitalo at the Food from the Oceans public event in Cardiff

The Cardiff Hub was delighted to welcome Professor Carina Keskitalo, member of the High Level Group of Scientific Advisers and Chair of the Food from the Oceans Steering Group, to the Food from the Oceans public event at the Cardiff International Food and Drink Festival, 14-16 July.

Also at the event to represent the SAM (Scientific Advice Mechanism) Unit was Stuart Kirk.

Read more in our news item and reports on the events programme and public debate.