Food for the Future: Accelerating the Protein Transition event was held at Les Ateliers des Tanneurs in Brussels on 29 January 2020.

The event brought together approximately 100 attendees, representing a wide range of stakeholders from the media, policy makers to the industry. In the morning, keynote speaker, Nick Jacobs, Director of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) set the scene for the protein transition, presenting an IPES-Food report on the paradigm shift from industrial agriculture to diversified agroecological systems, of which PROTEIN2FOOD fits in. In the afternoon, Professor Sir Charles Godfray, Director of the Oxford Martin School, wrapped up the conference, highlighting the urgency for the protein transition and suggesting the need for a double-green revolution, on both the demand and supply side.

In the PROTEIN2FOOD session researchers pitched their research in short presentations, providing a glimps into the 5-years of research in the project. Highlights of the research include:

  • insights into the agronomic performances of the project crops
  • the novel plant protein ingredients
  • innovative plant protein food prototypes
  • life-cycle assesments of these products
  • the key path-ways idenfied in collaboration with key stakeholders.

In additional to the presentations, there were plenty of networking opportunities, where delegates discover the crops the project worked with, the foods developed, as well as meeting the project’s partner SMEs. Conference images, videos and presentations are available below.

Conference Presentations

Presentation Videos

Opening Remarks

Dr Emanuele Zannini, PROTEIN2FOOD: Introduction to PROTEIN2FOOD

Cindy Schoumacher, Policy Officer, European Commission DG Research & Innovation: EC perspective of PROTEIN2FOOD

Nick Jacobs, IPES-Food: Sustainable food systems & a sustainable protein mix: how do we get there?


PROTEIN2FOOD: Project results

Closing Remarks

Professor Charles Godfray: The need for an accelerated protein transition

Emanuele Zannini, PROTEIN2FOOD: Food for the future: What next…?

PROTEIN2FOOD Animated Video


Morning Session

Afternoon Session