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10:15 am - 7:15 pm
Museumsplatz 1
Wien, 1070 Austria

Join us for our conference in Vienna where we will be exploring best practices of alternative urban food supplies from across Europe!

Event background

As part of its thematic priority on food and agriculture, the Green European Foundation wants to bring together different actors of the food system to find alternative solutions to our current food supply which has negative impacts not only on us humans but more so on our environment. Furthermore, GEF’s activities aim to highlight and to support alternative proposals to the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union.

About the event

As part of a two-day symposium on urban agriculture with a particular focus on Vienna, GEF is organising, with the support of Grüne Bildungswerkstatt, a conference focusing on the political dimensions while fostering the exchange of best practices by inviting highlight projects from all over Europe to share their experiences with alternative urban food supply.

The objective is to get inspiration from each other as well as to formulate concrete recommendations for local politicians as well as citizens on how to ensure urban food supply of the future.


Friday, 18th October

10:15 – 10:30 Welcome and introduction – Rüdiger Maresch

10:30 – 12:30 European highlight projects of urban food policy

  • Dirk Holemans: Healthy food in Ghent, Belgium
  • tbc: Die essbare Stadt Andernach, Germany
  • tbc: Copenhagen, Denmark
  • tbc: Barcelona, Catalonia-Spain


12:30 – 13:15 Lunch break

13:15 – 15:00 Workshops: The political dimension of food

Workshop 1: Nutrition and social policies

  • Clara Schöner: Activism against food waste
  • tbc, FIAN: Access to healthy food as modern class struggle

Discussion in groups: How can the city contribute to improve the situation?

Workshop 2: Nutrition and environment

  • tbc, Greenpeace: Environmental destruction through agriculture
  • tbc, Verein gegen Tierfabriken: Insights into the production of Austrian animal products

Discussion in groups: How can the city contribute to improve the situation?

Following the workshops, participants exchange in plenary and share input.

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee break

15:15 – 16:30 Panel debate: Urban food of the future – visions and demands for a modern food supply in Vienna, moderated by Dagmar Tutschek, Director Grüne Bildungswerkstatt

17:30 – 19:15 Workshops

Workshop 1: How to cook with food from dumpster diving?

Workshop 2: How to plant seedlings?

Workshop 3: How to build an insect hotel?

Saturday, 19th October

On Saturday, 19th October, the symposium is continued at Nationalparkhaus Lobau in Vienna, looking at the current food supply in Vienna and inspiring initiatives for alternative (self-)supply. The day will be completed with excursions that will bring participants together with urban farmers, beekeepers, food cooperatives and more. As of 20:00 the evening will be concluded with a joint dinner at Kleine Stadtfarm.

For more information on this event, please contact our Project Coordinator Carlotta Weber carlotta.weber@gef.eu.

Museumsplatz 1
Wien, 1070 Austria

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