Transforming Food Systems:
Conference Themes and Programme

We invite you to register for Eursafe 2022 Edinburgh to engage with the topic of transforming our food systems effectively, ethically and sustainably to meet the multiple challenges of feeding a growing population without ruining our environment and exacerbating human suffering, especially in the context of the climate emergency. The outline programme, including the keynote speaker titles, is now available here on the website

Themes

A central feature of Eursafe conferences is their inter-disciplinarity. As well as our first class plenary speakers and panelists, we will have about 100 presentations in parallel sessions, which reflect the broad range of disciplines, including ethics; social and political sciences; science technology and innovation studies; agriculture and food systems; animal and veterinary ethics; biotechnology innovations; law and regulation; economics.

To give you a flavour of the wide range of subjects which will be covered, here are a few representative examples of papers under some of our main themes.

How the food system can be made transformed sustainably and justly

  • Food policy transition to sustainability: learning from the Scottish context
  • What is (not) the point of just transition in food systems?

Land and Wild Places

  • Do We Need A New Land Ethics?
  • Domesticating rewilding: combining rewilding and agriculture offers environmental and human benefits

Grasslands, Ruminants and Climate change

  • How can ruminants fit into future food systems?

Animals and society : breeding, welfare, research, relationships

  • Monetarisation of ethical values in animal farming
  • How is animal motherhood conceptualised in farm animal husbandry?

Veterinary practice, ethics and teaching

  • Learning to Kill. How Veterinarians reflect their learning process
  • Veterinary Responsibility for Antibiotic Resistance

Eating : diet, meat, health and waste

  • Performing ‘meat’: Meat replacements as ‘drag’
  • Food Waste: Does agreement conceal ambiguity?

Food for the Future : Innovative Technologies

  • New Narratives of Genetic Engineering
  • The ethics and politics of cultured meat: food transition, big business, greenwashing

Ethical issues in marine and aquaculture

  • Sustainable seaweed food and feed – hope or hype?
  • Ethics through technology? Individuation of farmed salmon by facial recognition

 

The Vonne Lund Prize

Early Career Researchers and Postgraduate students are particularly welcome. The Vonne Lund Prize is awarded at each EurSafe Congress for the best student oral paper and poster presentation. EurSafe initiated the Vonne Lund Prize in memory of Dr Vonne Lund (1955-2009). She was a long-standing member of EurSafe. She engaged in and was committed to interdisciplinary research and she had a strong research interest in human-animal interactions. 

At each Congress an evaluation panel appointed by the EurSafe Board awards a prize of €200, a diploma and one year membership to the Society for the best student (master or doctoral) poster and oral paper. All presenters who register as students are eligible for this Prize.