Organics Europe Youth Event 2022

On 31 August and 1 September 2022, IFOAM Organics Europe, together with FiBL and Bio Suisse, host the first edition of the Organics Europe Youth Event. The event aims to create a platform for young agents active in the organic sector. We will welcome young farmer, young entrepreneurs, start-ups, students, and (young) interested actors from the value chain to network, discuss and develop knowledge and awareness on organic amongst youth.

For more detailed information about the event you can visit the dedicated webpage about the Organics Europe Youth Event.

This is the last chance to register for the youngest organic event of the year! Registration closes on 24 August.

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30 Aug
Welcome get-together

Get to know other participants and short updates about practicalities. Details of the gathering can be found under practical information.

31 Aug
Registration & Welcome Coffee

On-site registration for participants.
Location: Alvarium, Foyer

Opening ceremony

Welcome from the hosts, organizers, FiBL, IFOAM and Bio Suisse Directors.

Hosts of the event:
Eva Berckmans – Communications Manager, IFOAM Organics Europe
Jannick Scherrer – Corporate Communication & Strategy Development, FiBL
Andreas Bisig – Product Manager Milk, Bio Suisse

Panel: Building sustainable food systems: The role of market actors, politics, and youth

In this moderated panel discussion, experts will discuss transformation steps for sustainable food systems and the role of organic and youth within this development.

Jelena Filipovic – Co-President & climate activist, Landwirtschaft mit Zukunft
Theresia Kübler – Chair of the Board, Junges Bioland e.V.
Julien Scharsch – Policy Advisor, FNAB
Jan Heusser – Project manager in the sustainability department, Coop
Sandro Kündig – CEO – Kündig Group

Moderation: Anke Beermann – Doctoral student and podcast host, FiBL

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

Keynote: From what if to what’s next? The power of imagination to create change in our food systems

Speaker: Rob Hopkins – Co-founder, Transition Network

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne


Regional and seasonal lunch provided to all participants (included in the registration fee).

Location: FiBL Restaurant

Discussion session I: Creating ideas for the future food system

Participants are invited to partake in an interactive discussion. In groups they will discuss a selection of sustainability challenges for the food system.

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

Session: Inspirational hour

Want to get an insight into some current initiatives for creating a more sustainable food system? Get inspired during this session in which young entrepreneurs, farmers, or activists from all over Europe pitch their innovative companies, project, or organisation in organic production.

Krassimir Benjamin – CEO and Chief Chocolatier, Bio Benjamin OOD
Jan Trávníček – Director, Czech Organics
Arthur Petrie – International Director, Lemonaid & ChariTea
Alice Fauconnet – Co-founder, New roots
Fabio Volkmann – Partnerships and Project Management, Climate Farmers

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

Networking time!

– Apéro
– Speed networking session
– Bingo game

Location: Alvarium, Foyer or outside

Evening programme

– Dinner – Regional and seasonal dinner provided to all participants (included in the registration fee).
– Chocolate tasting
– Wine tasting
– Music and dance

Location: Alvarium, Foyer or outside

01 Sep
Arrival coffee
Workshops and info sessions at FiBL site

As a participant, you can choose from a selection of workshops and info sessions on a specific topic ranging from practical skills to more theoretical inputs:

– How to get involved in organic organisations?
By Balz Strasser – Director, Bio Suisse; Eduardo Cuoco – Director, IFOAM Organics Europe
(Location: Alvarium, Room Frankfurt)

– Animal production & ethics – Are we on the right track?
By Mirjam Holinger – Group Animal Housing & Livestock Breeding, FiBL
(Location: Calluna, Room Alte Mensa – right)

– The new organic regulation. What change is happening?
By Tom Nizet – Managing Director, Authent GmbH
(Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne)

– Plant-based Food – Taste it!
By Luca Müller – Specialist Processing and Trade, Bio Suisse; Ivraina Brändle – Food Quality & Food Processing, FiBL; Ursula Kretzschmar – Food Quality & Food Processing, FiBL
(Location: Tilia, Room Brüssel)

– How to support short supply chains and enhance direct farm sales.
By Michèle Hürner – Projectlead Direct Farm Sales, Bio Suisse
(Location: Tilia, Room Oberwil)

– Organic breeding as a driver of agrobiodiversity in farming systems.
By Mariateresa Lazzaro – Group Plant Breeding, FiBL; Martin Sommer – Policy Officer on GMOs & Patents and Seeds, IFOAM Organics Europe
(Location: Alvarium, Room Wien)

– Hidden Heroes: Mycorrhizae/rhizobia and other heroes in the soil for soil fertility.
By Sophie van Geijtenbeek – Group Cultivation Technique Arable Crops, FiBL; Sarah Symanczik – Group Nutrient Management & Symbiosis, FiBL
(Location: Tilia, Room Eurre)

– The proof of the pudding is in the eating: Learn about Design Thinking.
By Dominique Dietiker – Group Lead Communication, Agridea
(Location: Tilia, Room Budapest)

-Late to the party: Can organic agriculture catch up on socially sustainable working conditions?
By Noah Ramos – Social Responsibility International, Bio Suisse
(Location: Calluna, Room Alte Mensa – left)


Regional and seasonal lunch provided to all participants (included in the registration fee).

Location: FiBL Restaurant

Discussion Session II: Creating ideas for the future food system

The discussions started during day 1 are continued. We will focus on developing solutions and actions and discuss how we can contribute to tackling the problem.

The results of the discussion will be presented afterwards.

Locations: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

Keynote: Perspectives on transformation - What can we learn from agroecology and philosophy

Two keynote speakers present insights from their disciplines on how change is brought about in society.

Prof. Dr. Johanna Jacobi, Assistant Professor of Agroecological Transitions, Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich
Dr. Joe Slater, Lecturer in Moral and Political Philosophy, University of Glasgow

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

Closing Ceremony: Presentation of discussion results and closing ceremony

Wrap-up and closing remarks by FiBL, IFOAM and Bio Suisse directors.

Location: Alvarium, Room Lausanne

End of event
Optional Excursions - Relocation to excursion sites, overnight

All excursions begin at 16:45, meeting point: Alvarium, Foyer

Kindly note that participating in the excursions is subject to prior registration.

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