Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises

Dear students, doctoral researchers, young scientists and postdocs,

The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) would like to invite you to apply to perform at the GFFA Science Slam in Berlin on 20 January 2023! You will present your research project live in front of a great audience. As slammer, you will also get a booth at the Innovation Forum on 19 and 20 January to present your research subject to visitors. Upon your successful application, accommodation and travel expenses will be covered.  

Apply here with your research subject, your slam concept and a short introduction video of yourself by latest 12 November 2022!

What is the GFFA?
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA) is the world’s leading international conference on key issues regarding the future of the global agri-food industry and is hosted by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL). The 15th GFFA will be in person once again and will take place in Berlin from 18 to 21 January 2023.

This up-coming edition of the GFFA will focus on the topic “Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises”. The Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) invites stakeholders from politics, industry, the scientific community and civil society to engage in an international exchange on the following four guiding questions:
1. How can we create crisis-proof food systems?
2. How can we create climate-friendly food systems?
3. How can we preserve biological diversity?
4. How can we improve collaboration for sustainable global food systems?  

For more information on the topic look at the background paper or visit the GFFA homepage.  

What is the GFFA Science Slam?
The GFFA Science Slam is a competition during which presenters (“slammers”) introduce their scientific research topics, which should match the GFFA topic, in an entertaining way. The focus is on giving a diverse, primarily non-expert audience the opportunity to learn scientific concepts. The audience then votes on the slams, judging them not only on scientific content but also on comprehensibility and on their entertainment value. The presentation with the highest audience rating receives a prize at the end of the event.  

You can watch the 2022 GFFA Science Slam (virtual event) on the GFFA Review website and get impressions of the GFFA Science Slam 2020 (in presence) here

Terms for participation:
The competition is open to all interested young scientists – students, doctoral researchers, junior scientists and postdocs. The GFFA welcomes applicants of all nationalities and all fields of research, including scientists from universities, research institutions, the private sector or any other related area of work. Your slam presentation should be in English and should be max. 10 minutes.

If your application is successful, you will also participate at the Innovation Forum on 19 and 20 January 2023 and present your research subject to the visitors. You will need to prepare and submit a poster about your research subject for the Innovation Forum. (Criteria for the poster will be shared with you once your GFFA Science Slam participation is confirmed.)

Successful applicants will also be asked to join two online meetings in December (an introduction meeting & slam coaching).

Note: the Innovation Forum and the GFFA Science Slam are in-person events. You must be willing and able to travel to Berlin.

The BMEL will assess applications according to the following criteria:
The suitability of the research subject for the theme of the GFFA 2023: “Food Systems Transformation: A Worldwide Response to Multiple Crises”.
The quality, comprehensibility and logical consistency of the presentation concept.
The likely entertainment factor of the presentation (e.g. presentation style, story line and use of media).
The Global Forum for Food and Agriculture looks forward to receiving applications from scientists of all genders and from different institutions, nationalities and countries. In order to promote diversity, these aspects will also be considered during the assessment procedure.    

12 November 2022: deadline for applying for the GFFA Science Slam
End of November 2022: notification about your participation
Early December: online digital introduction meeting
Mid-December 2022: publishing of slammers’ names and presentation topics on the GFFA website
Mid-December 2022: online digital meeting including a science slam coaching course
Early January 2023: deadline for submitting your final poster for the Innovation Forum
19 January 2022: poster presentations at the Innovation Forum in Berlin
20 January 2022: poster presentations at the Innovation Forum & live science slam in Berlin

Please feel free to forward this call for application within your organisation and to your networks. We are looking forward to creative and innovative applications from all around the world.

If you need more information or have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture at: 

Conference Office
Phone: +49 30 26 49 21-77
Fax: +49 30 26 49 21-78
LinkedIn: Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (@GFFA)  

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