Towards transformative practices in healthy food and sustainable agriculture for Europe

Towards transformative practices in healthy food and sustainable agriculture for Europe

Academia Europaea’s Task Force for Environment, Sustainability, and Climate (TFESC) recently convened a dynamic workshop with the objective of identifying transformative actions and best practices to promote sustainable agriculture and healthy food systems in Europe.

Participants at Wolfson College Cambridge. From left to right: Verena Winiwarter, Jane Hill, Eystein Jansen, Stephen Evans, Phoebe Koundouri, Carl Walter Matthias Kaiser, Poul Holm, Ingrid Kögel-Knabner, Urbano Fra Paleo, Mark d’Inverno, Katalin Solymosi, Ray Dixon, Helena Bilandzic, Arturo Anadón, Peter Wagner, Patricia Holm. [Missing from photo: Kathrin Golda-Pongratz]

Held from 20th to 22nd September at Wolfson College, University of Cambridge, and organised by the AE Cardiff Hub, the aim of the workshop was to determine Academia Europaea’s capacity to take an active role in addressing pressing climate and environmental challenges, by harnessing the wealth and diversity of expertise found within the AE membership, and by collaborating with the Young Academy of Europe (YAE).

The TFESC’s Core Group invited Members from all Sections of Academia Europaea, resulting in a diverse and interdisciplinary gathering of 17 distinguished MAEs. These participants represented a wide range of academic disciplines and backgrounds, and fostered a rich and multifaceted discussion throughout the 3-day workshop.

Professor Verena Winiwarter MAE said,  

“We found some important potential for the AE in tackling this great challenge, but the most powerful outcome for me was how much members of Academia Europaea enjoyed this opportunity to contribute with their expertise to a joint effort, even expressing how this made their membership meaningful to them beyond the mere honour.”

More about TFESC

Academia Europaea has adopted a proactive stance on issues of climate and environmental change research, particularly in the area of science for policy. The diversity of expertise that exists across the AE membership, together with its wide geographic coverage, provides a unique resource. To fulfil AE’s ambition to be a leading voice in this area, a strategic approach is being developed that will be of critical importance in the next decade and beyond.

The focus of the Task Force for Environment, Sustainability, Climate (TFESC) is to develop a basis for AE to decide about its ability and interest in:

  • Taking selective action, where the AE can, through its membership, access scientific knowledge in its broadest sense for urgent and complex issues
  • Utilise this knowledge to provide expert analyses and added-value inputs (both research and policy-related) to inform external audiences, and
  • Address topics that have a very clear societal dimension and that take account of and address the multidimensional risks and challenges for a future sustainable European society.
  • Identify and deliver on those issues where the Academia Europaea can make a clear and impactful contribution

Find out more about TFESC.

Posted 29th September 2023. For further information please contact

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