METREX Spring 2021 Conference Nürnberg

17-19 February 2021 , Online

Farm to fork and food strategy of the EU - What do they mean for municipalities and regions?

The METREX Nürnberg Conference in 2021 is hosted by Nuremberg Metropolitan Region and linked to the BIOFACH eSpecial, which is the trade fair for organic food. We will run joint sessions with the BIOFACH eSpecial but also will provide some METREX-only sessions.

With the Farm-to-Fork strategy, the EU wants to create a sustainable EU agricultural system for “greener and healthier” food. The use of chemical pesticides, fertilizers and antibiotics is to be drastically reduced. The share of organic farming in the EU is to increase to 30% by 2050.

The EU sees cities as key players in the restructuring of the agricultural and food industry. Quite rightly, we have been experiencing a boom for years in the promotion of organic and regional food “from below” from the organic cities, fair trade towns and eco-model regions as well as the many regional initiatives that promote high-quality food and regional added value. Research and practical projects in recent years have shown that there is great potential for a sustainable food industry, especially in the urban-rural network within metropolitan regions. The Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, which was adopted in 2015, should also be seen as an important basis.

What opportunities do the EU’s farm-to-fork and food strategy offer cities, municipalities and rural districts? How can the EU level and the municipal/regional level be interlinked? The congress STADTLANDBIO 2021 takes up these and other exciting questions.

Image of Nürnberg by Uwe Niklas

Programme Overview

The METREX Nürnberg Conference is linked to the BIOFACH eSpecial. We will run joint sessions with the BIOFACH eSpecial but also will provide some METREX-only sessions.

ALL TIMES IN C.E.T

Wednesday 17 February 2021

09:00-12:30
BIOFACH eSpecial

Johann Kalb, Council President Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

The New METREX President

09:00-12:00
Expert and Network Groups (METREX Members only)

Nordic-Baltic Network – 10:00-12:00 CET

Details of which Expert Groups are meeting will be confirmed. Please contact your Expert Group leader for more information or contact Stephen Gallagher.

13:00-15:00
Expert and Network Groups Report Back (METREX Members only)
Find out what our Expert and Network Groups have been focusing on in the past 12-months and what their plans are for the future.

15:30-17:30
METREX General Assembly (METREX Members only)
Members are invited to join the biennial METREX General Assembly to ratify the new Managing Committee and vote for the next METREX President.

Thursday 18 February 2021

08:30-09:00
METREX Welcome Breakfast (METREX Members only)

Johann Kalb, Council President Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

The New METREX President

09:00-09:20
Opening of the BIOFACH eSpecial & StadtLandBio

Greetings
Julia Klöckner, Federal Minister for Food and Agriculture

Opening talks
Peter Ottmann, Managing Director NürnbergMesse
Britta Walthelm, City of Nuremberg, Officer for Environment and Health
Johann Kalb, Council President Nuremberg Metropolitan Region

Congress idea and procedure
Dr. Werner Ebert, NÜRNBERG — DIE BIOMETROPOLE, Managing Director Bio-Cities Network

09:25-09:45
Keynote: Farm to fork and the EU’s food strategy

09:45-10:05
Keynote: What do cities, rural districts and regions do for agriculture and the food industry? How can the EU and the Green Deal contribute for more efficiency?
Britta Walthelm, City of Nuremberg, Officer for Environment and Health

10:05-10:30
Break

10:30-11:45
Podium discussion “Farm to fork and food strategy of the EU – What do they mean for municipalities and regions?”
Dr Michael Meister, Parliamentary State Secretary, Federal Minister of Education and Research;
Margit Gottstein, State Secretary for Consumer Protection and Anti-discrimination, Berlin;
Dr Claudio Serafini, Director Organic Cities Network Europe;

11:45-13:30
Break

13:30-15:00
Workshops

WS 1 – “Mayors’ meeting: Municipalities develop regional food strategies: model for land development and regional products (in the Nuremberg Metropolitan Region)
Impulse lecture: Dr. Christa Standecker, Managing Director European Metropolitan Region Nuremberg; Dr. Hermann Ulm, District Administrator Forchheim County
Comment: Timo Kaphengst, Netzwerk Flächensicherung
Jérémy Camus, Vice President, Métropole de Lyon (to be confirmed)

WS 2 – Regional added value – new ideas with new analysis tools?
Impulse lecture: Prof. Dr. Tobias Chilla, Institute for Geography, FAU University Erlangen-Nürnberg
Comment: to be confirmed

WS 3 – Nutrition strategies – indispensable for more food democracy and food sovereignty?
Impulse lecture: Margit Gottstein, State Secretary Consumer Protection and Anti-Dircrimination, Berlin
Comment: Dr. Annette Piorr, Leibniz Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF)

WS 4 – Urban and rural areas – revitalizing economic and ecological ties
Impulse lecture: Dipl.-Ing. Agr. Frank Wagener, Institute for Applied Material Flow Management (IfaS);
Comment: Dr. Niels Kohlschütter, Schweisfurth Foundation

WS 5 – Metrex Workshop: Metropolitan Landscapes and the Importance of Agriculture and Food

15:00-15:30
Break

15:30-16:15
Getting to know organic-cities and (model organic) regions in Germany and Europe

16:15-16:30
Break

16:30-17:30
Summary, conclusion “Healthy soil – healthy human – Setting the course for the future after the corona crisis”
Franz Rösl, Interest Group for Healthy Soil e.V.;
Reiner Erben, speaker for environment health and sustainability, City of Augsburg, speaker network organic cities;

17:30-18:00
Break

18:00-19:00
Evening Event (METREX Members only)
Johann Kalb, Council President Nuremberg Metropolitan Region
Dr. Christa Standecker

The New METREX President

Friday 19 February 2021
Regions Day: Digital Excursions

09:30-10:15
Innovation Ecosystems – Medical Valley

10:30-11:15
Green Deal Regional

11:30-12:15
Regional hydrogen projects

12:15
Summary, conclusion and official farewell

12:30
BIOFACH eSpecial

Digital Excursions

Friday 19 February 2021

9:30-10:15 – Innovation Ecosystems- Medical Valley

Digitalization will transform healthcare delivery massively – with huge benefits for every European citizen. “Medical Valley Nuremberg Metropolitan Region” is a leading eco system in Europe for healthcare innovations. In this excursion we we present our cluster work and demonstrate our decentralised approach. We will show project examples for ehealth and AI empowered integrated care solutions, Startups and telemedical solutions to improve rural healthcare.

Input Video: https://youtu.be/FrYxymW8pPk

Speaker
Jörg Trinkwalter, managing director medical valley
 

10:30-11:15 – Green Deal Regional
 

11:30-12:15 – Regional hydrogen ecosystem and projects

Hydrogen harbours great opportunities for new regional value chains, a transition towards decentralized energy supply and mobility. The Nuremberg Metropolitan Region is one of the leading hydrogen regions in Europe with expertise at home in research institutions, hidden champions, global players and medium-sized companies. Our excursion will introduce you to our ecosystem for green hydrogen technologies and applications. Taking the HyExpert region of Wunsiedel im Fichtelgebirge as an example, we will show you how hydrogen will advance the transition towards decentralized energy supply and mobility.

Speakers
Kathrin Gerstner, ENERGIEregion Nürnberg
Florian Heberle, University of Bayreuth

Moderator
Kathrin Gerstner

Nuremberg Metropolitan Region
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