130 participants debated challenges, opportunities and visions for interdisciplinary research at the START Annual Meeting

Over two days, researchers, PhD students and fundraisers gathered to discuss how an interdisciplinary approach to research in the agrifood sector can kick-start the green transition.

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130 participants gathered at the second START Annual Meeting.

Both panel debates, presentations and various networking activities were on the program for the second START Annual Meeting, this year hosted by Copenhagen Business School on March 19-20.

The 130 participants met across universities and faculties to learn more about the possibilities for interdisciplinary research projects in the agrifood area, incorporating both natural and social science perspectives.

Opening debate, fundraising opportunities and networking

The meeting was opened by Hanne Harmsen, START Chair and Vice Dean for Green Transition at CBS, who welcomed the participants, followed by a panel debate on the key dynamics seen in the transition of the agrifood sector.

The rest of the day zoomed in on funding opportunities for research projects in the agrifood sector, presented by four speakers: Lina Christensen from Central Denmark EU Office, Daniel Enslev from Greater Copenhagen EU-Office, Luis Sanches Alvarez from DG AGRI Research & Innovation and Thorbjørn Moth Gilberg from Innovation Fund Denmark.

The first day of the conference ended with a reception where participants had time to network before meeting for dinner.

Immersion in three key topics and Hub time

On the second day, participants started by diving into one of the three topics: Landuse, Living Lab as method or Tax regulation and consumption patterns.

See the full program for the Annual Meeting and download the presentations on the three topics here.

After the lunch break, the last hours of the Annual Meeting were dedicated to meetings in the different START Hubs. START has a total of ten Hubs, and during the day the members of the different Hubs had the opportunity to propose future Hub activities and discuss in which research directions their Hubs should go.

You can read more about START and register here.

Sense the atmosphere at the Annual Meeting here (YouTube video).