Thought for Food Kick-off Meeting
01 Ferbuary 2017 (Open Session)
L. Malassis Amphitheater, Agropolis International, Montpellier
Agropolis Fondation, Fondazione Cariplo and Fondation Daniel & Nina Carasso launched in December 2015 the Thought for Food Call for Proposals. It aims to (a) advance understanding of the sustainability of food systems and explore innovative solutions that could help actors involved to achieve it; (b) facilitate the emergence of excellent, new and high-impact research activities; and (c) generate a leverage effect that encourages new collaboration between different types of disciplines with a specific focus on combining natural and social sciences, and that are inclusive of diverse stakeholders.
The overall budget envelop for this Call is €2M. The Call’s two thematic strands include (a) Diverse agricultural production for more sustainable food systems and diets; and (b) sustainable food processing for more sustainable and healthy diets.
The TFF Call attracted 361 Concept Notes, of which 24 advanced to full proposal stage. Following the evaluation process, five projects were selected for funding.
The Kick-off meeting of the five projects will be held on 1-3 February 2017 in Montpellier. The first day, 01 February, is an Open Session which includes keynote presentations on sustainable food systems and presentation of the five selected projects.
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DEADLINE EXTENDED until 12 February 2017, 11:59 PM, CET/French time
Agropolis Fondation's 2017 Malassis International Scientific Prize
and Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security
The search is on for the Agropolis Fondation’s Louis Malassis International Scientific Prize for Agriculture and Food.
Now on its fourth edition, the Prize was created in 2009 to recognize the exemplary contribution of scientists in the field as well as to inspire young promising researchers to work towards excellent science in the service of society.
Three Prizes are at stake in the 2017 edition of the Prize:
1) The “Distinguished Scientist Prize” is given to a senior scientist with at least 15 years of professional experience;
2) The “Young Promising Scientist Prize” which is awarded to a junior scientist with at least five years of professional experience; and
3) The “Outstanding Career in Agricultural Development” is handed to someone whose professional career is devoted to agricultural development, be it in the field of agriculture and food research, innovation, capacity building, development or policy.
Each awardee receives €20,000.
The Prize is a tribute to Professor Malassis, a French agronomist, agro-economist and ardent supporter of farmers’ cause. In 1986, he founded Agropolis, an international campus based in Montpellier which brings together research organizations and institutes for higher learning in agriculture. Today, this campus is home to one of the world’s largest concentration of scientific skills and expertise in agriculture, food and environment.
For the second time, the Olam Prize for Innovation in Food Security, given by leading agri-business Olam International, is awarded in conjunction with Agropolis Fondation’s Malassis Prize. It recognizes an innovative scientific research project for its potential impact on the availability, affordability, accessibility or adequacy of food and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal #2: End hunger, achieve food security and improved nutrition, and promote sustainable agriculture.
The winning research project will receive US$ 50,000.
Every other year, Agropolis Fondation and Olam International launch a Call for Candidates. Entries are evaluated and selected based on the scientific excellence, impact of their contribution to sustainable development, and quality of partnerships they have developed and established, notably with the civil society.
An independent jury composed of internationally recognized individuals is appointed by the Chairman of the Board of Agropolis Fondation. This group deliberates and selects the winner in each category.
Deadline for submission of entries is on 25 January 2017 (midnight, CET).
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