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City Food Symposium 2020: Harnessing the Power of Youth to Transform Food Systems for Health and Sustainability




Please note that this event has been postponed. Details regarding a rescheduled date will be available as soon as possible.

In the midst of a climate emergency, and with poor diets established as the world’s leading cause of ill-health, the need for effective and equitable public policy to transform food systems for health and sustainability has never been greater.  At the same time, the voices of youth demanding change are getting louder. How can these voices be heard and included to drive the policy changes needed?

The 2020 City Food Symposium will bring together examples of youth engagement and youth-led initiatives in the UK and internationally that are aiming to make a difference – and which have already made a difference. It will feature a series of short talks from youth-led initiatives focused on health and sustainability, and workshops from young people and other experts on how to engage and collaborate with young advocates, exploring the challenges and opportunities this presents. It will also ask the question: how can young people engaged on either sustainability or health come together? In a new format for the City Food Symposium, the afternoon session will be followed by an evening keynote and panel debate on whether and how harnessing the power of youth can make a difference. Networking opportunities during lunch and prior to the evening session will provide a space for participants to engage with each other.

The 2020 City Food Symposium is an opportunity to find out more about engaging youth in policy, advocacy and research to effect meaningful change to food systems. All are welcome.

Participants are invited to register separately for the afternoon and evening sessions. If you can only make the afternoon session please only register for the afternoon and likewise for the evening. Please register for both if you can attend both sessions. We typically have a waiting list for this event so please only sign up if you are sure you can attend.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the Worshipful Company of Cooks.


AFTERNOON SESSION (TICKET 1)The first part of the Symposium features a series of short talks from youth-led initiatives on food, followed by workshops from the experts on how to engage and collaborate with young advocates, learn from what they do, and how to do it, exploring the challenges and opportunities involved.
12.00pm - 1.00pmNetworking Lunch
1.00pm - 2.30pmShort talks from groups in the UK and around the world who are harnessing the power of youth to address a range of food systems problems, including food poverty, obesity and malnutrition, food waste, climate change and gastronomy.  Confirmed speakers include:
* Lianne de Bie, Director Slow Food Youth Network (SFYN) Netherlands
* Pierre Cooke of the Healthy Caribbean Coalition
* Jo Ralling of the Children’s Future Food Inquiry / #Right2Food Campaign, The Food Foundation
* James Toop, CEO of BiteBack 2030
* Emily B. N'Dombaxe Dola, Campaign Assistant, Youth4Nature
* Claire Woodhill, Project Manager, EcoTalent, Feedback Global 
* Further talks will be posted soon
2.30pm - 3.00pmCoffee Break
3:00pm - 5:00pmWorkshops to equip participants with the knowledge and skills to harness the power of youth. These include:
* “How to engage youth in food through the power of digital media?” led by Ben Ebbrell of SORTEDfood
* “Harnessing the youth perspective: a systems mapping approach to identifying problems and solutions” led by Natalie Savona of Co-Create/LSHTM
* “How to engage young people in delivering change: lessons learned from young people’s leadership of food waste reduction” led by Christian Reynolds
* “How to engage students in on-campus food systems action” with Tilly Jarvis and Odette Wills, Student Eats programme, Students Organising for Sustainability (SOS-UK)
* A youth-oriented Food Systems Dialogue (FSD) run by the global FSD team
* "Engaging with youth to design child friendly cities from a foodscape perspective” with Sophia Schuff and Emil Blauert of Gehl 
* Further workshops will be posted soon
5.00pm - 6.00pmNetworking and light refreshments
6.00pm - 8.00pmEvening youth keynotes and panel: ‘How to harness the power of youth – and why we should do it if we want to transform food systems.’
For those at the afternoon session, the evening panel forms the second half of the day. But if you cannot make the afternoon, not to worry: our evening session will give you some great insights about harnessing the power of youth - from young people themselves. We are excited to have keynotes from two young people followed by a panel of youth with experience of participating or leading youth initiatives with impact. These include:
*Chloe Donovan, Founder of Hundred River Farm CIC and member of the Food Ethics Council. Chloe is a lifelong advocate for the youth social action movement and the value of engaging young people in nature-based activities.
The two keynotes will be followed by a discussion with the youth panel including Tasha Mhakayakora of Bite Back 2030 and Ben Ebbrell of SORTEDfood.
8.00pm - 9.00pmDrinks Reception

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When and where

12.00pm - 9.00pmThursday 23rd April 2020

Oliver Thompson Lecture Theatre Tait Building City, University of London Northampton Square London EC1V 0HB United Kingdom

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City Events Team

+44 (0)20 7040 8037

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