Védegylet and Greenpeace Hungary are organising a conference during which professionals from the Innovative Framers’ Programme and from the world’s best agrarian universities are going to give presentations on the current trends in education and research in the fields of sustainable agriculture and sustainable food systems.
Date: March 25th, 2021, Thursday from 10:00 am to 14:00 pm
The conference will be held online in English, simultaneous interpretation into Hungarian will be provided.
Participation is free of charge but a previous registration is required. Click here to register:(please note that registration is open until the 22nd of March).
The aim of the current reorganization of the agrarian higher education in Hungary is for the new, large university – born by merging the previous national agrarian universities – to reach the standards of the best agrarian universities of the world. In order to see clearly where our path is leading, our focus on this event is going to be on the leading directions outlining the future of agriculture according to the agrarian universities being on the top of world rankings.
We are convinced that academic education can meet the highest quality only if it finds solutions to the most urgent problems of our current era. Now that our world is simultaneously struggling with an enormous ecological and climate disaster, the coronavirus pandemic, volatile food safety; while rural areas are constantly becoming deserted – our only beam of hope is the radical transformation of agriculture and our whole food system. To achieve this, high-quality research and education of agroecological sciences and farming practices with an agroecological approach are needed. These aspects would also make the agrarian sector more attractive to younger generations.
Representatives of the following institutions and organizations will give presentations at the event:
Wageningen University & Research (WUR) – the Dutch university is the number one agrarian institute in the QS World University Rankings. A significant part of their education is high-tech precision agriculture and agroecology.
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) – this institute is third on the aforementioned ranking. Their focus is mainly on the research and development of sustainable agricultural practices.
Innovative Farmers Programme – farmers and producers of this British initiative implement scientific knowledge in their practices besides experimenting on their own lands.
University of Gastronomic Sciences – a real specialty among the institutes; a private university established by the founder of the slow food movement. Students from all around the world – from Japan to Zimbabwe – come here to be part of an education system committed to educate professionals who will be able steer food production, processing and consumption to a sustainable direction.