Helsinki wins European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 competition

Helsinki has taken first place in the European Commission’s new European Capital of Smart Tourism 2019 competition. The title for 2019 was awarded to two cities: Helsinki and Lyon. The final selection took place on 24 September 2018 in Brussels, where Pia Pakarinen, Deputy Mayor of Helsinki, and Laura Aalto, CEO of Helsinki Marketing, presented Helsinki’s winning entry under the theme “Helsinki – taking smart to new heights”.

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”Transforming our food systems to be more resilient and sustainable in the future – How to make most of the € 10 billion for Food & Natural Resources in Horizon Europe?”

”Transforming our food systems to be more resilient and sustainable in the future – How to make most of the € 10 billion for Food & Natural Resources in Horizon Europe?”

 

European Commission’s Horizon Europe proposal foresees a strong investment in Food and Natural Resources related R&I activities. This is needed in order to fully implement the systemic transformation of food systems towards sustainability and to create the impact needed for a necessary change and an overall correction to restore the planetary health while boosting sustainable growth and jobs.

 

Only through ambitious European research which is built on interdisciplinary, multi-actor, and multiscale-practices across European borders and beyond, integrating strongly the UN Global Sustainable Development Goals in a comprehensive and balanced way. Horizon Europe programme can contribute to bringing about a sustainable and resilient future both for the people and the planet.

 

Date and venue: 26 September 2018 at 17:30-19:30 at 5G1, European Parliament

 

PROGRAMME

 

17:30                    Opening remarks by Elsi KATAINEN, MEP, COMAGRI Rapporteur on Horizon Europe’s Food &Natural Resources

 

17:40                    Barend VERACHTERT, Head of Unit of AGRI-Food Chain/DG RTD, European Commission: State of  Play on the Horizon Europe’s Food & Natural Resources

 

17:55                    Paula EEROLA, Vice-Rector for Research – University of Helsinki: Intervention by the University

 

18:05                    Helena KORPELAINEN, Professor, Head of the Department of Agricultural Sciences: Case study of the EU funded research in the field of AGRI in the University of Helsinki

 

18:20                  Johanna VILKKI, Research Professor:  Case study of the EU funded research in the field of AGRI in Luke Natural Resources Institute Finland

 

18:35                   Panel session with MEPs and following experts:

 

                          Barend VERACHTERT, Head of Unit of AGRI-Food Chain/DG RTD,                               European Commission

                          Oana NEAGU, Director of General Affairs at COPACOGECA

                          Johanna VILKKI, Research Professor at Luke Natural Resources                                      Institute Finland

                          Helena KORPELAINEN, Professor & Head of the Department of                                     Agricultural Sciences

 

19:05                Q&A – 15 min.

 

19:20               Final remarks and commentary by Ilkka P. LAURILA, Senior Vice                                   President, Development, LUKE Natural Resources Institute Finland

 

 

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