MAKING CITIES EDIBLE: THE 1ST EDIBLE CITIES NETWORK CONFERENCE
At a time when community and connection is more important than ever, the Edible Cities Network brought people from around the world together for two days of discussion, exchange and inspiration on urban food innovation, edible nature based solutions & sustainable cities.
Read on for more information about the event and to check out the full programme.
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About the Edible Cities Network Conference 2022
The Edible Cities Network held its 1st ever Annual Conference, live online over two days, 16th & 17th February 2022. Making Cities Edible brought together leading researchers, policymakers and city administrators, civil society actors, green city activists and entrepreneurs to explore the potentials, challenges and future development of urban food innovation for greener, more liveable and more resilient cities.
With a mixture of keynote addresses, roundtable discussions and chances to discuss and network, the 2-day event explored the latest findings on the power of urban food innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic challenges within cities – including insights from the EdiCitNet Project’s partner cities – as well as the social, technical, ethical, ecological, governance and financial challenges around scaling up sustainable edible nature based solutions (NBS) and anchoring them in current and future urban planning.
Beyond highlighting successes, potentials and next steps for further action, the event also aimed to generate guidelines on how to successfully integrate edible NBS in city planning, offering ideas to decision-makers in policy and business and addressing the societal and environmental problems facing our communities and our cities today.
Whether you are a newcomer to the topic of urban food innovation, or a seasoned professional, here are just a few reasons why Making Cities Edible is the event you don’t want to miss. You’ll get the chance to:
- Hear first-hand experiences from expert practitioners in the field of urban farming, community gardening and sustainable food collectives
- Explore recent developments, successes and challenges from the EdiCitNet project’s Living Labs
- Learn about what different cities are doing to integrate edible city policies & strategies into their urban planning
- Discover exciting and successful edible city initiatives from around the world – via the winners of the EdiCitNet Awards 2021
- Network with other urban food enthusiasts from around the world and build alliances for more resilient urban food futures
Meet the Speakers
Ina Säumel leads the research group on Multifunctional Landscapes at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. She conducts and supervises research on urban and landscape ecology and land use change with a special focus on developing concepts for multifunctional, biodiversity-friendly and healthy landscapes.
Mary is chairperson of Incredible Edible Todmorden and co-founder of an idea that has been rooted across the world. Incredible Edible seeks to make a kinder world; using food and growing as the lever. They have achieved more than anyone reckoned was possible, by having oodles of passion and a sense of fun. They have no offices, paid workers or worries; they use the gifts and energy of the community. Kindness is their currency.
Jörg Niewöhner holds a PhD in environmental sciences. In 2004, he joined the Institute of European Ethnology at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and now holds a chair in Social Anthropology of Human-Environment Relations. He conducts ethnographic research at the intersection of science and technology studies, social anthropology and environmental sciences.
Martina Artmann has been a researcher at the Leibniz Institute of Ecological Urban and Regional Development (IOER) in Dresden since 2015, leading since 2020 the Leibniz-Junior Research Group ”Urban human-nature resonance for sustainability transformation” (URBNANCE). In her recent studies, Dr. Artmann has been researching edible cities as an approach for linking urban residents with non-human nature and food.
Robert is the co-founder of Berlin’s best-known urban gardening project, the Prinzessinnengärten which was founded in an abandoned area of Kreuzberg in 2009. Now he is a member of the Prinzessinnengarten Kollektiv Berlin, recently moving to a new 7.5-hectare location in a city cemetery where the organisation is establishing a new form of community gardening with a café, educational centre and spaces for workshops.
Pia Cathrin Kristiansen
Pia is a part-time masters student in public health at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Pia collaborated with Benedicte Susann Nilssen, Thea Nørvåg, Marit Ingeborg Kvernmoen and Julie Bjørgen Myrås also from NMBU in assessing the motivation and wishes for the future of users of the Linderud neighborhood and community garden in Oslo.
Anna Anglí is a geographer specializing in agroecological promotion and Social Solidarity Economics. She has participated in several agro-ecological cooperative projects, from production and consumption to research. She currently works at the Sant Feliu de Llobregat City Council as an agroecological technician.
Doris Damyanovic holds an Associate Professorship for “Sustainable Landscape Planning and Gender Planning” at the Institute of Landscape Planning (BOKU Vienna). Her teaching and research focus is climate and gender-responsive Landscape and Urban Planning.
Boubaker Houman has a PhD in Agro-eco-pedology and is a specialist in soil and environmental sciences. Teacher and researcher for more than 35 years at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Tunis, he was also Chief of Staff at the Ministry of the Environment. An environmental activist for the respect of human rights and the environment, he is a member and activist of several Mediterranean networks.
Hilde Marie Herrebrøden
Hilde Marie Herrebrøden is engaged at the urban environment agency in Oslo municipality to work with EdiCitNet, map existing activities and potential for new areas and implement urban agriculture in urban planning legislation. Her background is practice as an architect and urban planner for 25 years, with 2 years’ education in organic agriculture.
Kerstin Stelmacher has been an urban gardening activist since 2001 in Berlin and besides gardening, is passionate about networking and intersectoral collaboration for sustainable urban development. She is one of the founders and members of the “Forum Stadtgärtnern” – a Berlin network of allotment and community gardens and of the Netzwerk Urbane Garten Berlin. Kerstin works as an urban planner.
Tina Hilbert works in the Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing of the Federal State of Berlin. She deals with coordination aspects in the Urban Development Support programme “Social Cohesion – Building Coexistence in the Neighbourhood Together”, a major instrument as well as funding source for urban renewal and social cohesion.
Kai Gildhorn founded mundraub.org in 2010 and Wir sind essbar (We are edible) in 2018. He is an environmental engineer, a fruit tree arborist and a social entrepreneur.
Jan-Eelco Jansma has a BSc in Agronomics and an MSc in Crop Protection. Over the past 25 years, he operated as an action researcher under the wings of Wageningen University and Research (NL). His ambition is to develop a better balance between agriculture and societal needs. In that context, he has been exploring and researching the various angles of urban food systems, with a key focus on (peri-) urban agriculture.
Ana Moragues Faus
Ana Moragues Faus is a Senior Research Fellow at the University of Barcelona. Her inherently interdisciplinary research revolves mainly around urban and regional development, sustainable food systems, food security, social justice, and governance with a strong dedication to having an international impact.
Anneli is a soil scientist with a background in pesticide research, and is now part of EdiCitNet as the City Team coordinator and Living Lab coordinator and works in the Department of Environment and Sustainability in the City of Andernach.
Lamia Bouziri is a Food Engineer with a PhD in Environmental Sciences and also a researcher at the Centre des Recherches et Technologies des Eaux at the Technopole (CERTE) of Bordj-Cédria. She is a member of REACT (Association la Recherche en Action) and involved in the promotion of urban agriculture and its inclusion in the strategic plans of cities in Tunisia through the European project EdiCitNet.
Nienke is an architect and co-founder of Krachtgroen, a multidisciplinary designers collective that develops the power of green space in and around the city of Rotterdam. Nienke has been working in Rotterdam on various green projects for the past 12 years, including setting up the city-wide network Groen010. All involve the strengthening of green, social, healthy, edible, climat-adaptive, educational and biodiverse networks in the city.
Leon Ballin leads programme delivery at Sustainable Food Places, a network that brings together pioneering food partnerships from towns, cities, boroughs, districts and counties across the UK that are driving innovation and best practice on all aspects of healthy and sustainable food. Sustainable Food Places is a partnership programme led by the Soil Association, Food Matters and Sustain: the alliance for better food and farming.
Latifa Bousselmi is chemical & process engineer, PhD, HDR and Professor at the Centre for Water Research and Technologies, CERTE in Tunisia. She is co-founder and current vice president of the association for sustainable development ‘REACT (Association la Recherche en Action) where she is coordinating the EdiCitNet. She is involved in several EU projects and previously coordinated an FP7 Era-Wide project.
Marit Ingeborg Kvernmoen
Marit is a masters student in public health at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Marit collaborated with Benedicte Susann Nilssen, Thea Nørvåg, Pia Cathrin Kristiansen and Julie Bjørgen Myrås also from NMBU in assessing the motivation and wishes for the future of users of the Linderud neighborhood and community garden in Oslo.
Thea Nørvåg is a masters student in public health at The Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU). Thea collaborated with Benedicte Susann Nilssen, Marit Ingeborg Kvernmoen, Pia Cathrin Kristiansen and Julie Bjørgen Myrås also from NMBU in assessing the motivation and wishes for the future of users of the Linderud neighborhood and community garden in Oslo.
Max works as research associate and PhD candidate at the Working Group Transdisciplinary System Research at the Institute of Organic Farming at BOKU, Vienna. In the EdiCitNet project he facilitates participatory urban planning processes in partnering cities. He has a background in international water management, organic farming and systemic consultancy along the lines of participation and transdisciplinarity.
Vic Borrill is the director of the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership, having worked there since 2006. The Brighton & Hove Food Partnership was one of the first Food Partnerships established in the United Kingdom, and operates as a social enterprise. Its aim is to connect and inspire people around food by working in partnership with residents, businesses, community groups and the city authority, to work towards a healthy, sustainable and fair food system.
Dr Sebastian Eiter is a geographer and landscape ecologist. His research topics include driving forces and consequences of agricultural landscape change, cultural heritage, biodiversity, public participation and urban agriculture.
Nevelina is Research Fellow at RMIT Europe, the European hub of Australian university RMI, and lead of the Urban Governance and Network Infrastructure Work Package of the EdiCitNet project. She works with cities in exploring appropriate governance arrangements for facilitating stakeholder engagement, anchoring edible-nature based solutions in planning and enabling exchange and learning across the EdiCitNet network. Her background is in political science, development economics and participatory planning.
Sören Bott works in the Senate Department for Urban Development, Building and Housing of the Federal State of Berlin. Together with Tina Hilbert he deals with coordination aspects in the Urban Development Support programme “Social Cohesion – Building Coexistence in the Neighbourhood Together”, a major instrument as well as funding source for urban renewal and social cohesion.