The University of Barcelona will host the 2nd EdiCitNet conference: “Advancing the Edible City”

The event will explore the very latest findings on the power of urban food innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic challenges within cities.

The Edible Cities Network (EdiCitNet) will hold, from March 15 to 17 at the University of Barcelona, its second annual conference, “Advancing the Edible City“, which is co-organised and hosted by RMIT University, Humboldt Universität zu Berlin, the Solidarity Foundation of the University of Barcelona (UB), the UB Food Campus and the Món-3 foundation, with the support of the Barcelona City Council.

The event will bring together leading researchers, policymakers and city administrators, as well as civil society actors, green city activists and entrepreneurs, to explore the ideas, practices and systems necessary to support the sustainable, resilient and socially just development of our cities’ food systems.

Whether you are a newcomer to the field of edible cities, or a seasoned professional, at this conference you will get the chance to:

  • Hear first-hand experiences from experts in urban farming, sustainable food collectives, community gardening and food systems research.
  • Take inspiration from food systems innovators worldwide.
  • Join unique field trips across Barcelona to visit grassroots urban food projects.
  • Explore the most interesting developments, successes and challenges from the EdiCitNet’s Living Labs.
  • Learn about what different cities are doing to successfully integrate sustainable food policies and strategies into their development plans.
  • Discover edible city initiatives from around the world, via the winners of the EdiCitNet Awards.
  • Build alliances for more resilient urban food futures.

With a combination of keynote talks, roundtable discussions, field trips to urban food projects in Barcelona and lots of chances to discuss and network, this 3-day event will explore the very latest findings on the power of urban food innovation to tackle social, ecological and economic challenges within cities.

It will also offer space to create and discuss future visions for our cities, explore what steps we can take to integrate edible nature-based solutions into current and future urban developments, and how to ensure that urban areas that embrace nature-based solutions thrive with green-planning at the centre of their growth.

The first day of the conference will be streamed online. Registration is opened to attend in person and virtually (day 1).

EdiCitNet – Edible Cities Network

The EdiCitNet project, co-financed by the Horizon 2020 program of the European Union, aims to demonstrate that the implementation of non ornamental green infrastructures in the city not only allows to increase the sustainable production of food, but also facilitates the regeneration of urban spaces, promotes a green economy, and encourages social cohesion by creating jobs and integrating the most vulnerable sectors of the population.

Within the framework of the project, the UB Solidarity Foundation provides technical advice to the City Council of Sant Feliu de Llobregat and has established a collaboration with the Catalan Institute for Water Research (ICRA). The participation of the UB Solidarity Foundation in EdiCitNet is framed in its Program of natural solutions for a sustainable development.

This news is related to the following SDG of 2030 Agenda: