Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

Science Day 2016 at BIOFACH

On February 12, 2016, the fourth Science Day took place at BIOFACH, the World Organic Trade Fair, in Nuremberg, Germany. It was a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming.

In the morning of Science Day 2016, TP Organics focussed on research innovation for organic food companies. Organic companies presented examples of recent innovations, and a panel debate was held to discuss how the European Commission can better support research & innovation for organic food companies.

In the afternoon, TIPI presented and discussed current challenges to organic agriculture in tropical zones and research policies in developing countries.  It also presented its Vision and Strategy for Organic Food and Farming Research.

The presentations from the meeting can be downloaded below.

Report from Science Day 2016


9.00 to 9.30 am: Registration, networking, coffee

9.30 to 10 am: Opening

10.00 to 12.00 am: Research and innovation for organic food companies, organised by TP Organics

Because research and innovation are key to developing a sustainable food and nutrition system, the European Commission will build a Food Research Area over the next years. The Food Research Area will tackle the challenge of food and nutrition security and contribute to a “resilient food system that provides sustainable, affordable and healthy food for all”. Producing sustainable and healthy food is the day-to-day business of the organic food industry. The organic sector can play an important role in the design and implementation of the Food Research Area.

The EU is a pioneer in organic agriculture and production. Organic retail sales in the EU grew with 6% per year between 2004 and 2013 and reached 22.2 billion euro in 2013. The organic food sector is a competitive sector delivering jobs and prosperity. Organic food companies are laboratories of creativity and innovation. They are committed to continuously improve the quality and health benefits of their products, while reducing their environmental impact.

The aim of this event is to:

  • Explore how the organic food industry can contribute to the European Food Research Area
  • Showcase examples of innovation by organic food companies
  • Discuss how research & innovation for organic food companies can be funded through Horizon 2020

10.00 – 10.05: Introduction

  • Introduction
    Eduardo Cuoco, Head of Secretariat, TP Organics

10.05-10.15: Key note speech

10.15-10.25: The contribution of organic food systems to sustainable and healthy diets

  • The contribution of organic food systems to sustainable and healthy diets
    Johannes Kahl, University of Copenhagen

10.25-11.05 am: Research and innovation for organic food companies

11.05-11.15: Funding opportunities for organic food companies in Horizon 2020

11.15-12.00: Panel discussion: How to fund innovation for organic food companies?

  • Moderator: Eduardo Cuoco, Head of Secretariat, TP Organics
  • Luc Gauduchon, Food R&D Manager, Léa Nature
  • Lorenzo Tonini, R&D manager, Priobios
  • Johannes Doms, Managing Technical Director (CTO), Hipp GmbH & Co. Produktion KG
  • Alex Beck, Director AöL (tbc)
  • Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, Unit Agri-Food Chain, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation, European Commission

12.00 to 1.30 pm: Lunch

1.30 to 5 pm: Challenges for organic farming research in the tropics and research policies, organized by TIPI

 1.30 to 2.00 pm: TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research  

2 to 3 pm: Session: Challenges for organic agriculture research in tropical zones  

3.00 to 3.30 pm: Coffee break

3.30 to 4.45 pm: Workshop: Roadmap towards more organic farming research in international cooperation

Moderator: Dr. Brian Baker, US

4.45 to 5.00 pm: Outlook and further steps

Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, TIPI president, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, (FiBL), Switzerland

Registration and further information


If you wish to attend please register via the FiBL registration service.


Dr. Helga Willer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL