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11 Feeding the World

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Despite progress having been made, almost 850 million people in the world are estimated not to have enough food to lead active and healthy lives. Agriculture and food systems face the enormous challenge of meeting the growing demand for more and higher quality foods, while supply is limited by the scarcity of good agricultural land, climate change, and additional demand for bioenergy as well as social and economic constraints. Apart from analysing driving forces and limitations, the seminar will address options to provide ample and healthy food that meets the nutritional needs of the world s growing population. The seminar will also look at obstacles for innovation and implementation.


Associate Professor, University of Brasilia; Former Director of Nutrition, WHO - World Health Organization, Genf Chair
Professor and Head, Plant Sciences, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Center, Jülich Chair


Associate Professor, University of Brasilia; Former Director of Nutrition, WHO - World Health Organization, Genf

1984 MSC in Human Nutrition, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London
1985-1987 Nutrition consultant, UNICEF - United Nations Children s Fund, Maputo
1988-1989 Researcher, Hunger Studies Program, University of Brasilia
1990-1997 Nutrition consultant, Ministry of Health, Pan American Health Organization, Brasilia
1998 Doctorate in Public Health, University of Sao Paulo
1998-2002 Director, Food and Nutrition Policy Unit, Ministry of Health, Brasilia
2003 Professor, Department of Human Nutrition, University of Brasilia
2004-2007 Director, Nutrition for Health and Development, World Health Organization, Geneva
2008-2009 Global Coordinator, REACH: ending child hunger and under nutrition, UN World Food Program, Rome
 Since 2013 Associate Professor, University of Brasilia
2010-2012 Executive Secretary, UN Standing Committee on Nutrition, Geneva

Dr. Ulrich SCHURR

Professor and Head, Plant Sciences, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Center, Jülich

1982-1988 Studies Biology, University Bayreuth
1988-1991 Ph.D., University Bayreuth
1991-2001 Group Leader, Institute for Botany, University Heidelberg
2001 Habilitation, Botany, University Heidelberg
since 2001 Forschungszentrum Jülich
2001-2011 Director, ICG - Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, ICG-4: Phytosphere
since 2011 Director, IBG - Institute for Bio- and Geosciences, IBG-2: Plant Sciences
2004-2011 Member, Executive Board, EPSO - European Plant Science Organization
2006-2008 Research Director, Research Area Earth and Environment, Forschungszentrum Jülich
since 2006 Member, Executive Board, European Technology Platform Plants for the Future
2006 Founder, JPPC - Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center
2007-2012 Member, Steering Committee, European Technology Platform Biofuels
since 2007 Member, Directorate, KoGa - Competence Center for Horticulture
2008-2011 Vice President, EPSO - European Plant Science Organization
since 2009 Spokesman, IPPN - International Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2010 Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Centers
since 2011 Coordinator, Cross-Program Activity Sustainable Bioeconomy, Helmholtz Association
since 2012 Coordinator, EPPN - European Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2012 German Head, LABEX Germany of EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agro Research Organization)
since 2012 Member, Science Advisory Board, German Association for the Support of Private German Plant Breeding
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, QS Science Fund - Fruits, Vegetables and Potato
since 2012 Member, CEPLAS - Center of Excellence in Plant Sciences
since 2012 Coordinator, DPPN - German Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2013 Senior Official, EU-CELAC - workgroup Bioeconomy in the cooperation process between Latin America and Europe, Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
since 2013 Programme Speaker, Helmholtz Programme Key Technologies for the Bioeconomy
since 2014 Chairman of the European Technology Platform Plants for the Future
since 2016 Coordinator of EMPHASIS - European Infrastructure for multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation for food security in a changing climate

Seminar Week

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17:00 - 17:15Opening of the European Forum Alpbach 2014Plenary
17:15 - 17:30Opening Concert, Part 1: sAmo for Flute, Violoncello and AccordionCulture
17:30 - 18:30Opening SpeechesPlenary
19:00 - 19:30Opening Concert, Part 2: Blink, Think & ListenCulture
19:30 - 21:00Presentation of the SeminarsPlenary
21:00 - 22:00Bread and WineSocial


01 Sustainable Peace and Security - Who Cares?Seminar
02 The Politics of Emotions: Diagnosis and Historical TransformationsSeminar
03 An Energy Transition for the FutureSeminar
04 The Human MicrobiomeSeminar
05 Creativity and Innovation for GrowthSeminar
06 1814 - 1914 - 1989: Paradigm Shifts in Public International Law and PoliticsSeminar
07 Ethical Implications of Religious WorldviewsSeminar
08 Art and ProtestSeminar
09 Europe and Its Neighbours - EU External Relations at the Crossroads?Seminar
10 Collective Memory - Present Focus on the PastSeminar
11 Feeding the WorldSeminar
12 Decisions Under UncertaintySeminar
13 Macroeconomics - The Return of IdeologiesSeminar
14 Human - Machine - RoboticsSeminar
15 The Aftermath of 1914-1918: Images of the Great WarSeminar
16 The Key to Good GovernanceSeminar
17 Media from a Theoretical PerspectiveSeminar


18:00 - 19:00Vernissage: Let the Children Play. On the 25th Anniversary of the UN-Declaration of the Rights of the ChildCulture


19:00 - 20:30Literature Talk: Wars and Civil Wars in the Mirror of Current World LiteratureCulture


18:00 - 19:30Courage. In Memoriam Fritz MoldenCulture


19:30 - 20:30Theatre Performance: Free AssociationCulture


19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary