online conference 

Good Fish – Good Food

Drive the transformation towards sustainable food for all

16th October 2021 | 10.00-12.00 CET  – FAO World food day

Event Recondings

Welcome and event introduction

Speach 1 – Christine Mauracher 

Speach 2 – Stefano Polato

Speach 3 – Joao G. Ferreira 

Speach 4 – Marie Shrestha 

Panel discussion

October 16th is the international #WorldFoodDay

The GAIN project has decided to celebrate this day by organizing an international online conference to discuss about sustainability and innovation in and for the food sector.
How can we really achieve fair, healthy and environmentally-friendly food systems? What does it means sustainability from farm (and sea) to fork? Are we ready for a change in our production and consumption habits?
We discussed with an international panel of experts from different sectors and expertise, creating a bridge between GAIN project experience and other important initiatives going on at local and EU level.



10.00-10.15 Welcome and event introduction
Robero Pastres (GAIN project coordinator, Università Cà Foscari Venezia, Italy)
Raffaella Lioce (Cities2030 project, EPC European Project Consulting srl, Italy)
10.15-11.15 Talks
Christine Mauracher (Agri-Food Management & Innovation Lab, Università Cà Foscari Venezia, Italy) Sustainable food consumption: trends and tensions
Stefano Polato (Chef and food consultant-Cucina Verticale, Italy) Bringingsustainability to the table: what we can do
Joao G. Ferreira (Longline Environment, UK) The Good Fish app: how to increaseconsumer familiarity and understanding about the fish they eat
Marie Shrestha (ttz Bremerhaven, Germany) Urban and Policy dimension in FoodSystem transformation

11.15-12.00 Panel discussion
Chair: Raffaella Lioce
Panellists: Roberto Pastres – Christine Mauracher – Stefano Polato – Joao G. Ferreira -Marie Shrestha


Christine Mauracher
Agri-Food Mgmt. & Innovation Lab,
Università Cà Foscari Venezia, Italy

Stefano Polato
Chef and food consultant,
Cucina Verticale, Italy

Joao G. Ferreira
Chief Scientific Officer,
Longline Environment, UK

Marie Shrestha
ttz Bremerhaven, Germany

Roberto Pastres
GAIN project coordinator,
Università Cà Foscari Venezia, Italy

Raffaella Lioce
EPC – European Project Consulting,
Cities2030 partner, Italy

Target Audience

The event was intended for researcers, practitioners and experts of the food system, with particular attention to people interested in: Food system sustainability (social, economic and environmental aspects), Food supply chain governance, Production and marketing of food products and interaction with consumers, Food system innovations, Food Policies.

Event organisers

The organising project GAIN – Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe (May 2018 October 2021) is an EU Horizon 2020 Project which aims at supporting the ecological intensification of aquaculture in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA).

In our vision “ecological intensification” means increasing production and competitiveness of the industry, while ensuring sustainability and compilance with EU regulations on food safety and environment. In order to achieve these goals and promote a global approach to the ecological transition, GAIN looks at innovative ways of producing fish and shelfish, and seeks integration with other sectors. Being a real paradigm shift, eco-intensification of European aquaculture is a transdisciplinary challenge that requires the integration os scientific and technical innovations, new policies and economicinstruments, as well as the mitigation of social costraints. Successful eco-intensification of aquaculture will set the scene for the ecological transition of EU and EEA aquaculture, increasing the production of higher quality aquatic products, creating more jobs and improving the trade balance by reducing import.
The GAIN Consortium includes a wide range of complementary expertise and a well-blended mix of research institutes and industrial partners, which are cooperating to:
test novel sustainable feeds, designed to improve productivity without increasing the pressure on land and fish stocks;
develop new circular processes, which turn both by-products and side streams into valuable secondary materials, thus increasing profits and minimizing the environmental footprint;
foster the digitalization of aquafarming, by developing tools for the implementation of Precision Aquaculture in fish and shellfish farms;
introduce a new approach to the sustainability assessment of aquafarming, based on a comprehensive index, including environmental, socio-economic and welfare indicators;
identify legal barriers restricting the implementation of circular processes and suggest policy changes for supporting the growth of EU-EEA aquaculture.

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The contributing project Cities2030 – Co-creating resIlient and susTaInable food systEms towardS FOOD2030 (October 2020 September 2024) is another EU Horizon 2020 Project implemented by a network of 41 EU and extra-EU partners, with overall coordination of Ca’ Foscari University, Department of Economy.
Urban food systems and ecosystems (UFSE) demand immediate action. Cities2030 innovative approach have a great opportunity to attract the best researchers, entrepreneurs, civil society leaders, cities and all agents of the UFSE as well.
The main goal of Cities2030 is to create a future proof and effective UFSE via a connected structure centered in the citizen, built on trust, with partners encompassing the entire UFSE. Cities2030 commit to work towards the transformation and restructuring of the way systems produce, transport and supply, recycle and reuse food in the 21st century.
Cities2030 vision is to connect short food supply chains, gathering cities and regions, consumers, strategic and complement industry partners, the civil society, promising start-ups and enterprises, innovators and visionary thinkers, leading universities and research across the vast diversity of disciplines addressing UFSE, including food science, social science and big data.
Cities2030 actively encourage the participation of citizens by delivering a trusted UFSE, moving consumers from being passive recipients to active engagement and motivated change agents. This objective is achieved via multiple tools delivered by Cities2030 such as the CRFS Alliance, a community of practice supported by a digital platform, reaching all over Europe and beyond. This approach will enable policy developments, innovation actions within result-driven Labs, and enhancements on a pan-European scope with a global reach. Cities and regions will improve resilience and sustainability, and their leadership will create short food supply chain and ecosystems enabling local investments, trans-borders and transnational deployment.
A blockchain-based data-driven UFSE management platform will secure intelligence and coordination actions by delivering an accurate, almost real-time digital twin of the whole supply chain, e.g. from production to waste management, but also on key enablers of resilience and sustainability.


Event Secretariat:

GAIN – Green Aquaculture
Intensification in Europe

Department of
Environmental  Sciences,
Informatics and Statistics (DAIS)

Scientific Campus,

via Torino 155, 30170
Venezia Mestre, Italy

GAIN management team

Roberto Pastres, scientific coordinator

Chiara Licata, project manager

Phone  +39 041 234 8674  
GAIN blog

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This event receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 773330 (GAIN, Green Aquaculture Intensification in Europe).
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