Science-driven solutions for sustainable food

This event, organised by the European Research Council (ERC) and the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA), will address the critical role of curiosity-driven, frontier research in solving practical challenges in sustainable food production and consumption.

10 – 11 October 2023
Info Hub, European Parliament, Esplanade Solidarność 1980, Rue Wiertz 60, 1047 Brussels, Belgium
Organised by the European Science-Media Hub, the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA) and the European Research Council


ERC-funded researchers will discuss consumer behaviour, greener production processes and the impact on health, food security and trade, together with members of the European Parliament and other prominent speakers (see programme below).

The European Science-Media Hub (ESMH) of the European Parliament will be organising a workshop with journalists that will run alongside the 2-day event.

This is an in-person event and will be held in English only. Closing registration: 8 October at 12:00.

More information, registration and biographies

The event is open to the media, for requests please contact

Read also the interview with speaker Prof. Eric Lambin: ‘Heavy red meat eaters could be CO2-taxed in the future’


10 Oct 2023

15:00 – 15:30 CEST | Opening Plenary


15:40 – 16:40 CEST | Thematic session 1: Adopting sustainable choices and consumer behaviour


  • Pierre Girard, Journalist, Arte


16:50 – 17:50 CEST | Thematic session 2: Improved food production processes



  • Wolfgang Burtscher, Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agricultural and Rural Development
  • Dario Leister, ERC grantee, Ludwig-Maximilian University, Munich
  • Juan Daniel Prades Garcia, ERC grantee, University of Barcelona

18:00 CEST | Reception (at the Info Hub)

11 Oct 2023

10:00 – 11:00 CEST | Thematic session 3: The impact of food systems on health, society and the planet



  • John Bell, Director at the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, Healthy Planet Directorate
  • Rocco Macchiavello, ERC grantee, London School of Economics
  • Eric Robinson, ERC grantee, University of Liverpool

11:10 – 11:30 CEST | Closing Plenary


  • Christian Ehler, Chair of the European Parliament’s Panel for the Future of Science and Technology (STOA)
  • Eric Lambin, Professor of Geography and Sustainability Science, Catholic University of Louvain and Stanford University; member of the Group of Chief Scientific Advisors to the European Commission
  • Maria Leptin, ERC President

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