Date: 22-23 November 2018
Location: Vienna, Austria
Organiser: Austrian Federal Ministry of Labour, Social Affairs, Health
and Consumer Protection during the Austrian EU presidency
The European Food System is challenged in several ways: Healthy lifestyles are gaining importance in
Western societies. At the same time the prevalence of Non-Communicable Diseases, often influenced
by nutrition, is rising. 60 million people in Europe alone suffer from diabetes and 55% of the adult
population in Europe is overweight or obese. This indicates the urgency to find new solutions to
benefit people, societies and the wider economy.
This requires an Open Innovation approach in the Food System: How can we collaborate across
boundaries in order to create co-benefits for all stakeholders? To tackle this challenge, the Austrian
Ministry Labour, Social Affairs, Health and Consumer Protection initiates a high-level crosssectoral
and cross-disciplinary EU-Conference with stakeholders of the entire Food System.
Target audience: Representatives from different sectors from each Member State and important
stakeholders representing the four main domains (economy, civil society, health and environment) of
the Food System.
Participants will be joined by a variety of change-makers and innovators from across the EU
Member States with experience in boundary spanning projects within the area of People’s food –
The conference should be one milestone on the way to transitioning towards healthier and more
sustainable European Food Systems.
The aim of our interdisciplinary, multilevel and highly interactive European conference is to:
• facilitate an active dialogue between all relevant stakeholders in the EU Member States
• share best practice examples from the EU Member States demonstrating how crosscollaboration
• find novel ways to innovate, foster healthy nutrition and solve our public health challenge
through the proposition of concrete actions.
Your attendance is of the highest importance for the successful realisation of our aim to collectively
create a healthier Europe. If you are interested in participation or if you need further information
please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.