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F&A Next Campus tour

Get Informed, Get Inspired and Get Connected!

On Wednesday morning, May 13th, we offer you the chance to stretch your legs before going into conference and discover ‘Wageningen Campus Ecosystem: Value Creation and Cooperation’. We will take you on an inspiring tour in which some of the latest developments and innovations within the Wageningen Campus Ecosystem will be brought to light.

  • Get informed about the latest scientific insights and research on circularity & the protein transition
  • Get inspired about new innovations and potential for your business or research.
  • Get connected to other entrepreneurs, researchers, investors and start-ups to cooperate with.

Two tour themes

You can enroll for one of the two different tours:

  1. The Protein Transition tour,or
  2. the Circularity tour.

Tour 1 – Protein Transition tour

Proteins are the building blocks of life on earth. Both their quantity and quality in food play a major role in human and animal health. Currently, a significant part of proteins are consumed through animal-based products. Our planet’s increasing demand for animal protein is however outpacing our planet’s carrying capacity. Therefore, we have to look for more sustainable protein production and consumption.

Can technology help us to develop a plant based steak with the texture and taste of a ‘real’ steak. Will insects be part of our diet within 10 years? You will hear (and see!) different perspectives on ways to increase the availability and diversity of proteins.

Presentations and demonstration rounds with start-ups and WUR experts

  • Introduction to WUR’s perspective on the Future of Proteins
  • Are mealworms a more sustainable source of protein than conventional production animals?
  • Is seaweed a sustainable alternative to meat?
  • How can we fill the culinary gap in plant-based gastronomy?
  • Is duckweed suitable for animal feed and human consumption?
  • Can we replace egg white to produce 100% vegan products?

Locations that we visit during this tour:

  • Plus Ultra: the multi-company building with R&D facilities:
  • Forum: main university and most public building of the campus
  • Hive:  Unilever’s global Foods Innovation Centre

Tour 2 – Circularity tour

Circularity agriculture is based on the principle of optimising the use of all biomass. The waste streams of one supply chain can be the raw materials for another. Farmers, citizens, business, scientists and researchers need to search for the optimum combination of ecological principles with modern technology, with new partnerships and new economic models. A network of sensors that measure nutrients in soil and water? Is that possible? One Planet Research Centre is working on chip and digital technology innovations. But there are more examples that show an integrate circular agricultural approach. Can Plant phenotyping be the game changer that make sustainable agriculture available? During this tour you will hear and see about these (and more) ground breaking innovations that aim towards closing the loops at different scales.

Presentations and demonstration rounds with start-ups and WUR experts:

  • How can chip and digital technology innovations enable a sustainable future in food, agriculture and health?
  • The state-of-art plant phenotyping facility: NPEC
  • Strip farming
  • Can drones reveal hidden plant-soil history effects on crops?
  • How can we recover useful products from waste streams?

Locations that we visit during this tour:

  • Plus Ultra: the multi-company building with R&D facilities:
  • IMEC: One Planet Research Centre
  • Unifarm: WUR Greenhouses and experimental fields
  • HiveUnilever’s global Foods Innovation Centre

Practical information

Date: Wednesday May 13th, 2020
Time: 9.30 AM – 12.00 PM
Duration: 2,5 hours

Max. number participants per group: 25

How to register for a F&A Next Campus tour?

You can register for one of the aforementioned F&A Next Campus tours when getting your conference ticket.