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Food for Thought - Food and Local Products in Brussels

Friday, 25 March, 2016 - 12:00
Campus: Brussels Humanities, Sciences & Engineering campus
U-Residence
Groene zaal
Research & Data Management - Research events
02 629 22 11
jane.verlinden@vub.ac.be
http://www.vub.ac.be/onderzoek/food-for-thought

DUE TO THE CLOSING OF THE UNIVERSITY IN LIGHT OF THE ATTACKS ON BRUSSELS, THIS EVENT IS CANCELLED. A NEW DATE WILL BE COMMUNICATED SOON.


The R&D-department offers you, in close cooperation with the VUB-branch of the Jonge Academie, a monthly opportunity to take part in this interdisciplinary meeting ground under the title Food for Thought. For each edition, a theme will be chosen that is not only interesting for diverging disciplines but that also forms a common global challenge. Next to the two theme tables, each edition will have a policy table where you, as researcher can directly and actively take part in the facilitation of interdisciplinary research with the VUB's research policy makers. 

This March edition is themed "Food and local products in Brussels" and is organised in cooperation with Prof. Rita Temmerman and Prof. Peter Scholliers.

Brussels has a long-standing tradition in the production of premium food and beverage products. The typical products were developed and continue to exist in a specific ecological, cultural and linguistic space. Today a global quality food revolution is spreading as people rediscover the pleasures of "good food" and its associations with place and provenance. Good food means simultaneously good for local businesses, for the environment, for citizens’ health, for entrepreneurs. Good food in urban settings implies planning and good governance resulting in sustainability and resilience. Finding and making space for food is a very pertinent issue for a city like Brussels – not just in terms of physical space for food entrepreneurship and self-production, but in terms of a widened understanding of all aspects of food and beverages in the Brussels urban environment. 
Food studies require an encompassing approach, addressing interdisciplinary research questions involving economic, legal, cultural, historical, linguistic, ecological, health-related issues. 
The aim of this conversation table on "Food and local products in Brussels" is to brainstorm on future interdisciplinary VUB research questions related to Brussels' “good food”.