FIT4FOOD2030 Workshop ‘Research and Innovation Showcases in the Food System’

Brussels, Belgium

Amongst policy, research and industry experts there is strong consensus that the European food system needs to be transformed to ensure the continued food and nutrition security. Research and innovation is expected to significantly contribute to such a transformation. To achieve such an ambitious goal, all relevant stakeholders involved in research and innovation in the food system need to be brought together; however, overarching factors that contribute to the transformative potential of research and innovation initiatives, such as trends, good practices and networks, social movements, educational approaches, technological innovations and potential breakthroughs need to be well understood also.

The aim of the workshop was to acquire insights into best practices (showcases) in research and innovation that have the potential to support the transformation of the European food system from different actor group perspectives. Within relevant stakeholder groups, we workshop participants will:

• To align on a common definition of a FIT4FOOD2030 showcase
• To select the best Showcases from a list of cases provided by WP3
• To understand how to get inspired by showcases

Expected Outcome
The outcome of the workshop will be a catalogue of identified research and innovation showcases with clear explanations on why certain best practices were more impactful than others and clearly defined criteria to aid the selection of showcases. The output from the workshop is expected to guide the development of an impact assessment tool that can be utilised by national and international funding bodies to assess successful research and innovation processes.

The programme can be found here.

Registrations and hotel reservations at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre have to be made together, click here.

The workshop will be held on 17 April 2019
Buffet lunch and refreshments will be served during the event

Additionally, a welcome buffet dinner is organised on 16 April 2019 at the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre (50 euro). Please join us for this networking opportunity.

FIT4FOOD2030 Expert Group ON ‘R&I Showcases’

Cancellation policy
All cancellations of hotel reservations should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa at Cancellations of registrations received by 15 April 2019 will be refunded minus € 50,- handling charges. Cancellations received after 15 April 2019 will not be refunded. Substitutions of registrations are possible and should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa at
For cancellations received in writing after 15 April 2019, the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre is entitled to charge the full stay. Substitutions of hotel reservation are possible and should be made in writing to Mr Hugo Costa at

Venue and Accommodation
The event will be held at:
Thon hotel Brussels City Centre
Avenue du Boulevard 17
BE - 1210 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 205 15 11

Located next to Place Rogier and the Botanical Gardens, the hotel is within walking distance of Bruxelles-Nord railway station with daily departures to and from Brussels Airport, and connection to Bruxelles-Midi via the Eurostar and Thalys. The hotel has express check-in/checkout kiosks, a fitness club with sauna, and a parking garage.
A number of standard guest rooms have been pre-booked at special rates in the Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre where the event will take place.

Rate single room: 154,24 €/night
Rate double room: 174,24 €/night

Rates include buffet breakfast, free access to Wi-Fi, to the fitness centre, the city tax (€6,40/night) and 6% VAT.

Check-in time: 15:00
Check-out time: 12:00

Important Dates:
15 April 2019: Deadline for hotel and registration cancellations.

Please note that if you are travelling by car, all cars need to be registered to enter Brussels. For more information, please visit here.

For Further Information
Event Programme
Dr Matthieu Flourakis
Scientific Project Manager
+32 2 775 91 42 –

Ms Belinda Antonio
Project Assistant
+32 2 775 91 49 –

Registration and accommodation
Mr Hugo Costa, +32 2 771 00 14 –