"Food and Environmental Transition: time to listen to nature" is the title of the international conference where environmental activist Vandana Shiva, a scientist and board member of the International Forum on Globalization, also known as the "Gandhi of grain," will deliver a keynote speech. The event is organized by the Universidade Católica Portuguesa in Porto as part of INSURE.hub – an initiative by the Faculty of Biotechnology and the Católica Porto Business School in collaboration with Planetiers New Generation – and by the Serralves Foundation. The conference will take place on October 30th, starting at 2:30 PM, at the Serralves Foundation's Auditorium.
Discussing and reflecting on sustainability, regeneration, biodiversity, and food systems that will impact society in the next 100 years are the purposes of this international conference.
The conference will be divided into three distinct parts. The first panel will address the theme of "Biodiversity and Regeneration" and will feature the participation of Helena Freitas, director of Serralves Park, where she will discuss nature and the future using Serralves Park as an example; Luis Rochartre, senior consultant at Planetiers New Generation & INSURE.hub, who will talk about the new era of natural-based investments exploring voluntary carbon credits; and António Vasconcelos, co-leader of Planetiers NG and INSURE.hub, addressing the emergence of progressive business leaders with sustainable regenerative purposes.
The second panel will focus on "Food Systems" and will feature the presence of Marta Vasconcelos, professor and researcher at the Faculty of Biotechnology of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa, who will address the topic of diversification of protein sources; Manuela Pintado, professor at the Faculty of Biotechnology and director of the Centre for Biotechnology and Fine Chemistry (CBQF/ESB/UCP) and co-leader of INSURE.hub, who will discuss the valorization of food waste. There will also be presentations by Ondina Afonso, president of the Continente Producers Club, and Pedro Rocha on the Noocity project.
Vandana Shiva, an Indian scientist and environmental activist founder of the non-governmental organization Navdany, which has the primary goal of promoting and conserving organic farming, seed biodiversity, and the rights of workers in India, will give a presentation in the third and final part of the conference. To comment on this presentation, the panel will include the participation of Helena Freitas and Manuela Pintado, moderated by Arminda Deusdado, journalist and Managing Director of the production company Farol de Ideias.
The opening of the conference "Food and Environmental Transition: time to listen to nature" will be conducted by Ana Pinho, President of the Board of Directors of the Serralves Foundation, and Isabel Braga da Cruz, Pro-Rector of the Universidade Católica Portuguesa | Porto. The conference will take place at the Serralves Foundation's Auditorium on October 30th at 2:30 PM. Admission is free, subject to prior registration.
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