Food: Policies And Innovations

The opening of the two-day Spring 2018 Fashion Week conference on the topic of ''Food: Policies and Innovations'' was held on Friday, June 8, 2018, in the premises of DeltaLab (the building of former Ivex on Delta). Presentations were held by Ms. Biljana Borzan, Member of the European Parliament, and Prof. Jelena Đugum, Ph.D., Assistant Minister at the Ministry of Agriculture.

The conference is one of the events organized within the ''Rijeka: European Capital of Culture 2020'' project (''Sweet and Salt'' program) and the European ''Food and Community'' project of the Center for Dialogue Culture and the Center for Advanced Studies of South East Europe of the University of Rijeka and Food Network.
An important part of the program was the presentation of the "Food and Community" project, worth over one million HRK, conducted by the Center for Dialogue Culture (CeKaDe Association) in cooperation with the UNIRI Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences and UNIRI Faculty of Economics.

Professor Dora Smolčić Jurdana, Ph.D., Rector's Assistant for Development Policies and Promotion of the University of Rijeka, opened the conference and addressed the attendees on behalf of Prof. Snježana Prijić-Samaržija, Ph.D., University of Rijeka Rector: ''Disproportion in throwing huge amounts of food on the one hand and lack of food, on the other hand, is enormous. I am pleased that this conference will contribute to the public debate on this intriguing and engaging topic.'' 

Architect Idis Turato, one of the key stakeholders of the "Sweet and Salt" program within the ''Rijeka ECOC 2020'' project, also addressed the attendees. Mr. Vojko Obersnel, M.Sc., City of Rijeka Mayor, welcomed the conference's attendees.

For the first time in Croatia, the conference brings together political stakeholders, representatives of the civil sector, the scientific community and the media about the burning economic, ecological, social, and urban problems of Europe. The aim of this conference is to address the problem of excessive food waste and insufficient food donation, as well as to offer innovative solutions to food production in cities.


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