Session 3: International conference "Tracking the future"

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Session 3: International conference "Tracking the future"

  1. 1. International Conference TRACKING THE FUTURE 10 – 11 November 2010 Centro Congressi Fondazione Cariplo Via Gian Domenico Romagnosi, 8, Milan (Italy) *** NOVEMBER 11th, 2010 Session 3 - Tracking the future: New technological research scenarios for the future agrifood chains Objective of this session is to explore the role of S&T research in envisioning new technological approaches for improving the food chains that will supply food in the future. Programme 9:30 Introduction: Pier Mario Vello, Secretary General of Fondazione Cariplo Demetrio Corno, President of Tecnoalimenti 9:50 Tracking the future Chairman: Angelo Ferro - Honorary President of Tecnoalimenti Presentation of the Conference Declaration on “Actions for Future Food Chain Integrity” adopted by the technical sessions of this Conference - Raffaello Prugger, Director of Tecnoalimenti Topic 1: Research as leverage for evolving the agrifood sector for the benefit of Society Key speakers: Ciaran Mangan, Direction General Research, European Commission Daniele Rossi, Co-chairman of European Technological Platform ‘Food for Life’ Ethel De Paoli, CEO of Tecnoalimenti Tobin Robinson, Head of Unit Emerging Risks, EFSA 10:45 Coffee Break Topic 2: Visions of the new technological scenarios for the future food chains Key speakers: Neil Maiden, Head of Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City University of London Hannu Korhonen, Head Biomolecule Research, MTT Agrifood Research Finland Miguel Blasco, Subdirector, Asociaciòn de Investigaciòn de la Industria Agroalimentaria Carlo Mango, Director of Scientific Research Area, Fondazione Cariplo Silvio Ferrari, Delegate, Milano EXPO 2015 “Feeding The Planet, Energy For Life” 13:00 Closing remarks
  2. 2. A) Summaries Welcome • Angelo Ferro, Honorary President of Tecnoalimenti TRACEBACK introduces the novel concept of “food chain integrity”. Under this concept the supply chain is seen as a single collaborative unit in which the product quality is interiorized in every supplier- client relation. Which is the next step: to develop a supply chain e- platform tool able to make effectively possible the management of the collaborative supply chain in Europe. TRACEBACK is the best starting point since this project realized a platform system on food chain traceability which could be implemented for this purpose with new research activities. Further, it is necessary to work on the voluntary certification involving industry and in parallel on the legal certification to guarantee in the long term a benefit for the entire economy. • Demetrio Corno, President of Tecnoalimenti The agrifood sector is characterised by Small Medium Enterprises (SMEs) which can become active elements in the research system if involved in project contexts. The importance to do research and sustain the research of SMEs from the governments and the European Commission becomes a fundamental element to move the economy of the countries and to establish a leverage for competitiveness. • Pier Mario Vello - Secretary General of Fondazione Cariplo Fondazione Cariplo is deeply involved in food research. There is modification in the attitude of the industry, now dealing more with freshness, quality and other parameters of integrity. The attention to ecological features is also a recent revolution. The Fondazione is a non profit organisation for arts, culture, environment and scientific research, acting with grants, projects, investments. Italy is in a good position in scientific research in the world, but its weakness is that research is far from the market, with few patents and licences. Fondazione Cariplo tries to stimulate this aspect of research.
  3. 3. • Raffaello Prugger - Director of Tecnoalimenti Introduces the Conference Declaration on “Actions for Future Food Chain Integrity” The Sessions 1 and 2 of the conference have addressed technological aspects of food chains, focusing on safety and quality, on tools and devices and informatic support. The results must bring to the exploration of new scenarios, and the declaration is the legacy of the work of 28 partners for 4 years in TRACEBACK. The text of the Declaration is read. Topic 1: Research as leverage for evolving the agrifood sector for the benefit of Society • Ciaran Mangan - Direction General Research, European Commission The Direction General Research and Innovation has published the strategy for European research, characterised by sustainability, innovation, digital agenda, resource efficiency, policy for globalisation, new skills. For food research, the challenge is to provide food security in Europe and the world, adapting to the climate change and considering population growth, decline of fish stocks, deforestation, health, wastes, biotechnology. The 2020 strategy will simplify procedures and focus on knowledge transfer and involvement of SMEs. The Declaration might serve as guidance for the Framework Programme 8. • Silvio Ferrari - representing the European Technological Platform “Food for Life” Italy has a central role in the European food industry, with many products which are traditional. The strong points are quality, link with the territory, high safety standards, tradition coupled with innovation. The critical areas are lack of innovation, logistics, slow growth in exports, frauds and counterfeiting, reduced distribution world-wide. Innovation should focus on products and processes. The European Technological Platforms offer an occasion for joining research and industry.
  4. 4. Topic 2: Visions of the new technological scenarios for the future food chains • Neil Maiden - Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design, City University of London (UK) The future direction of software support for traceability can refer to the emerging trends of cloud computing, mobile computing, social networks, and support to creativity. Services to consumers and companies can be removed and accessed through internet, also utilizing mobile devices with commercial applications. Social networks create virtual communities which can be used in business perspectives. • Silvio Ferrari - Delegate, Milano EXPO 2015 “Feeding The Planet, Energy For Life” The expos have evolved through time, from the era of industrialization, to cultural exchange, and finally nation branding performed by single countries. Italy 2015 will be centered on the territory as excellence, the high quality in tradition. The main focus will be on food, with different topics: science, security, quality, innovation, biodiversity, lifestyles and education, culture, cooperation and development. • Hannu Korhonen - Head Biomolecule Research, MTT Agrifood Research Finland Recent crises in the food business have evidenced some critical points to be addressed with traceability, and some of them affect the dairy chain. Animal cloning can become a controversial issue and EFSA has recently issued an opinion. Genetically modified organisms in feed give problems for tracing in milk and products. Organic production cannot be traced with objective parameters. Chemical contaminants and mycotoxins are also connected with climate change. Globalization increases risks, and new risks are emerging in the dairy chain. The concept of integrity is a platform for emerging food safety issues.
  5. 5. • Miguel Blasco - Subdirector, Asociaciòn de Investigaciòn de la Industria Agroalimentaria (Spain) Traceability is a basic tool, but consumers must be take into account when working on traceability. The new calls for European Commission research programmes present many topics connected with these aspects. The question is if the demands of consumers can be satisfied by traceability. The food business has strategic opportunities, and the European food industry is central; trace

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