Organics Europe Youth Event 2022

31 Aug
— 01 Sep
Frick, Switzerland
31 Aug
— 01 Sep
Frick, Switzerland

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.

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Programme

30 Aug
17:00
Welcome get-together
Get to know other participants and short updates about practicalities.
31 Aug
09:00
Registration & Welcome Coffee
On-site registration for participants.
10:00
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
10:15
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.

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

Moderation: Anke Beermann - Podcaster and Group Animal Health, FiBL
11:15
Break
11:45
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

12:30
Lunch
Regional and seasonal lunch provided to all participants (included in the registration fee).

Location: FiBL Restaurant
14:00
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.
15:15
Break
15:45
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.

Speakers:
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

16:45
Networking time!
- Apéro
- Speed networking session
- Bingo game

Location: Alvarium, Foyer or outside
18:30
23:00
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
09:00
Arrival coffee
09:30
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 and Eduardo Cuoco - Director, IFOAM Organics Europe
- Animal production & ethics – Are we on the right track? By Mirjam Holinger - Group Animal Housing & Livestock Breeding, FiBL
- The new organic regulation. What change is happening?
- Organic Processing. By Luca Müller - Specialist Processing and Trade, Bio Suisse; Ivraina Brändle - Food Quality & Food Processing, FiBL; Ursula Kretzschmar - Food Quality & Food Processing, FiBL
- Communicate about Organic! By Michèle Hürner - Projectlead Direct Farm Sales, Bio Suisse
- 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
- 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
- Design Thinking. By Dominique Dietiker - Group Lead Communication, Agridea
12:00
Lunch
Regional and seasonal lunch provided to all participants (included in the registration fee).

Location: FiBL Restaurant
13:30
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.
15:00
Break
15:15
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.

Speakers:
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
16:00
Closing Ceremony: Presentation of discussion results and closing ceremony
Wrap-up and closing remarks by FiBL, IFOAM and Bio Suisse directors.

16:15
End of event
16:45
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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