Join the final conference of SmartFood Project:

“Engaging citizens in food diversity in cities”  

The SmartFood final conference “Engaging citizens in food diversity in cities” is scheduled on Friday 12th April 2024 (08:30-18:00 CEST).

The conference will be held as a hybrid event, featuring a physical venue located at the Akademia Pedagogiki Specjalnej (MGU), Szczęśliwicka 40, Building D, in Warsaw.

The transition to climate neutrality in Europe will require deep structural changes to our food production and consumption systems so as to make them more sustainable and inclusive. Urban agriculture innovation must be developed and implemented closely with citizens if they are to benefit from this overarching objective.

For the last three years, the SmartFood project’s partners have been working with residents of urban areas in Poland and Norway to engage them in novel in-house green food self-production and consumption. Using field experiments organized in Urban Living labs in Warsaw and Oslo, new technological solutions have been co-created and tested in operational environments of residential buildings. This final conference will share key insights from the project with a wider audience, and discuss their meaning and implications for Europe in the coming years.

The conference will be chaired by Łukasz Gontar, SmartFood Principal Investigator from Research and Innovation Centre Pro-Akademia. The event will hold presentations and discussions on following topics:

  • Current readiness of cities for urban agriculture innovation: introducing hydroponics into urban buildings, sustainable water management, engaging residents in urban agriculture
  • Co-creating tomorrow's urban food systems today: green food production by households and businesses in cities in Poland and Norway
  • Driving a green transition of cities policies: how to support the exploitation of urban agriculture potential and greening of food systems?
The conference will wrap up with a hands-on visit to the SmartFood Urban Living Lab located at Kaspijska 1 street in Warsaw. This site visit will take participants through the corridors of an urban apartment block where, for the past few months, 20 households have been cultivating their own green food in SmartFood Cabins. This experience will provide attendees with a direct view of how the concepts discussed in urban agriculture can be applied in real-life settings.


Learn more about the event programme and register now!

SmartFood has received funding from the Norway Grants 2014-2021 and the state budget of Poland via the National Centre for Research and Development within "Applied Research" Programme. The project benefits from a grant of €1,364,249.99 euro from Norway as well as a grant of € 240,750.00 from the state budget of Poland. The total project value is €1,604,999.99.

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