Webinars series

FIT4FOOD2030 is launching a free webinar series aiming to advocate for responsible research and innovation (RRI) and system thinking for food system transformation. The webinar series targets local, regional and national policy makers, food chain actors, academia, stakeholder/citizen engagement organisations, NGOs, CSOs, and interested public. The goal of this webinar series is to use the FOOD 2030 policy framework and FIT4FOOD2030 project as case studies to using research and innovation (R&I) policy for food system transformation.

Each webinar will last one hour, featuring three 10-minute presentations, followed by a live facilitated Q&A session. 

For more information about this webinar series and to view the recordings of past webinars, click here.



FIT4FOOD2030 supports the European Commission - DG Research and Innovation - in implementing its Food 2030 policy framework, which aims at future proofing the European food systems through research and innovation (R&I). The key concepts of which FIT4FOOD2030 is based on to succeed are:

  1. the need for a food systems approach in R&I
  2. the need for responsible research and innovation (RRI)
  3. multi-level stakeholder engagement.




10 March 2020, 11 am (CET)

Recording available! Click here to view!

Written Q&A available here!

Webinar 1

RRI in the food systems

03 June 2020, 11 am (CEST)

Webinar 2

Cities as change agents: building competences for future food systems

09 June 2020, 11 am (CEST)

Webinar 3

Transforming our food systems: Research and Innovation as an enabler of the Farm to Fork Strategy

June 2020 (TBC)

Webinar 4

RRI in policy making for future-proof food systems

Webinar 2: Cities as change agents: building competences for future food systems

This webinar will introduce the importance and challenges of local engagement to transform the EU food system. It will give a broad perspective of what cities can do to contribute to a more future-proof food system. The webinar will introduce the concept of City Labs, by presenting the processes developed by FIT4FOOD2030, focused on building the competences required by the various actors for the desired transformation.

You will hear directly from City Lab coordinators what their experiences and learnings have been.


Roberta Sonnino

Professor of Environmental Policy and Planning

"Cities as agents of change"

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Roberta Sonnino is a Professor and Director of Impact and Engagement in the School of Geography and Planning (Cardiff University, UK). Working across the research-policy interface, over her career she has developed an internationally-renowned expertise in food politics – with a focus in particular on urban food strategies, food security, food re-localization dynamics, public food policies and place-based food governance. Professor Sonnino has acted as a commentator to print and broadcast media organizations in Italy, Finland, Denmark, Spain and the UK and has been an advisor on food policy for the European Commission (including as vice-chair of the FOOD2030 expert group) and the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (as lead author of their Framework for the Urban Food Agenda).


Cristina Paca

Project Manager, Ecsite – European Network of Science Centres and Museums  

"The FIT4FOOD2030 City Lab approach"

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As a Project Manager, Cristina delivers Ecsite's commitments in EU-funded transnational projects dealing with various aspects of science engagement. Currently, she is working with several members of the Ecsite network in the project FIT4FOOD2030, while also providing support to professionals belonging to Ecsite’s thematic group on Space. Before joining Ecsite in March 2017, she was involved in a variety of cultural initiatives, from organising student exchanges, to debating and public speaking, to working in library services. Cristina holds a BA in Politics, Psychology and Sociology from the University of Cambridge (United Kingdom).



Rosina Malagrida

Head of the Living Lab for Health at IrsiCaixa and co-coordinator of the Barcelona “la Caixa” Living Lab

"FITFOOD2030 City Lab Barcelona: Urban food system transformation via communities of practice"

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She aims to contribute to systemic transformations in parallel with changes in the R&I system by making them more open, inclusive and transdisciplinary with the aim to achieve high impact solutions for complex societal challenges. With this aim she offers consultancy and facilitation of multistakeholder innovation ecosystems where different actors are invited to participate in strategic reflections and in the co-design and co-implementation of action plans to promote alignment and improvement of current solutions and to co-design new ones, including policies, services and R&I solutions, among others. The methodologies are inspired by Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and system thinking. She combines these initiatives with research in collaboration with the VU University of Amsterdam and with academic teaching in different undergraduate and post graduate degrees of the University of Barcelona (UB) and the Open University of Catalonia (UOC). She also offers trainings in other universities, research organisations and innovation agencies and has already trained more than 5,000 researchers and innovators. She has previously worked at the Barcelona Science Park and at the science museums of Barcelona and London, and has participated as PI in 10 EC funded projects related with RRI during the last 15 years (RRI Tools, Fit4Food, EnRRICH, InSPIRES, etc.). BA in chemistry from the UB, MSc in science communication from Imperial College London (with a scholarship from “la Caixa” Foundation), postgraduate by ESADE on strategic communication, currently carrying out a PhD at the VU University of Amsterdam.


Martina Arabadzhieva

Project Administrator/ City Lab Coordinator

"FITFOOD2030 City Lab Sofia: education for change"

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Martina Arabadzhieva holds a PhD in economics in relation to higher education. During the last few years, she has been actively participating in various types of projects in the Centre for Research and Analysis, Bulgaria. Most projects are connected with science and education and together with her team she often plays the role of intermediate between various types of stakeholders, from research institutions and universities through governmental bodies and citizen organizations. At the moment she is part of a postdoctoral program at Sofia University, where she conducts her research in the field of social sciences. Because of her work she believes that an interdisciplinary approach is crucial in today's world and that we should aim to implement advanced practices in all fields of education and research.

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