Opening Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (ACWFS)

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10/10/2017 | 2:50 PM

The new Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (ACWFS) conducts interdisciplinary research in collaboration with societal stakeholders and end-users in order to enhance food and nutrition security by identifying policies and strategies that are economically, socially and environmentally sustainable, and increase the quality of life. The Opening Symposium, to mark the start of the ACWFS, will take place on Thursday 12 October at 1 pm at Vrije Universiteit  Amsterdam, de Boelelaan 1105, Amsterdam.

The progamme
The symposium will bring together a broad audience from academics, policy making, civil society, ACWFS partner organizations, and other interested parties. Keynote speakers Gerda Verburg, Coordinator of the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement and Assistant Secretary-General of the United Nations and Professor Tim Lang, Professor of Food Policy, Centre for Food Policy, City University of London and the first ‘Food Professor’ of the UK will speak on the topic 'Policy and Research for Food and Nutrition Security in the 21th Century'. Subsequently, the ACWFS will be officially opened by Prof. dr. Vinod Subramaniam, the Rector Magnificus of Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, with Paul van de Logt, Head Food and Nutrition Security of Inclusive Green Growth Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs. After the official opening Prof. dr. Huanguang Qiu of Renmin University will address the major 21st century food and nutrition security challenges from a Chinese perspective, followed by a presentation of the ACWFS mission and research foci and a panel session.

Amsterdam Centre for World Food Studies (ACWFS)
The new centre is an interdisciplinary institute that brings together people and groups from various institutes and two Faculties of VU Amsterdam, the School of Business and Economics (SBE) and the Faculty of Science (FoS). The Centre’s ambition is to foster interdisciplinary cooperation in research, education and outreach. To achieve this, the Centre is active in acquisition of externally funded research projects, in developing interdisciplinary education; in promoting communication between researchers at the VU by organizing seminars, workshops and conferences; and in representing the VU in national and international food and nutrition security fora.

 You can consult the Centre’s website for additional information on research programs/projects, educational activities and current research associates