THIS YEARS THEME
The Past, Present and Future of Food, Climate Change and Sustainability Under the general heading ‘food’, BrIAS will in 2021-2022 approach this topic from a wide array of viewpoints, with the input of scholars from biology, chemistry, ecology, agricultural sciences, hydrology, anthropology, ethnography, political sciences, biotechnology, sociology, economic botany, economics, ecology, urban studies, history, archaeology, medicine and law. In addition, BrIAS will involve policy makers and NGOs at a national and supranational level. Attention will be given to legal aspects of future agricultural and food technologies, and to medical and nutritional aspects of food. In order to preserve coherence and inspired by current societal and academic debates, we have identified one core theme that will receive special attention in the activities of BrIAS in 2021-2022:
The world’s future food supply is in jeopardy. The prospect of fast-growing populations combined with environmental degradation and shrinking agricultural yields because of the climate crisis has urged researchers from all disciplines to develop new ways of thinking about food security and sustainability. The Brussels Institute of Advanced Studies (BrIAS) wants to bring together top experts working on this topic and share their insights with the academic community and policy makers.
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