START – Centre for Sustainable Agrifood System

START is a unique research-based collaboration platform founded by the united Danish universities. Together, START represents a European research powerhouse that aims to accelerate the green transition within the Agrifood System.

A successful green transition of the agrifood system is paramount for addressing the worldwide green challenges; ensuring nutritious food and other biomass for the biobased society by securing resource sufficiency within the planetary boundaries.  

START is a research driven collaboration platform that enables crucial knowledge-sharing across universities and offers researchers an unique opportunity to engage in new national partnerships with an international focus. The platform favours interdisciplinary collaborations across all sciences disciplines; natural sciences, engineering, social sciences and humanities. And the strong integrative, inclusive and interdisciplinary  profile of START enables the START researchers to adopt mission-based research approaches that impel solutions and strategies for a more sustainable development of the agrifood system.

Researchers are the drivers - you are invited to join

START is driven by a strong commitment of the engaged researchers organised into multiple thematic and interdisciplinary research HUBs. These HUBs are forums for dialogues on collaborations related to research challenges and opportunities within the green transition of agrifood systems. The HUBs serves as networking platforms and as a starting point for research-based multidisciplinary collaborations, in particular fundraising for specific project ideas within the HUB theme.

START Strategic Key Areas

START is focused and organized around 7 strategic priority areas defined as key issues in the green transition of the agrifood system – all of which requires an integrative, inclusive and interdisciplinary approach and collaboration in order to find future green solutions.

Motivation and incentives

  • Research networks across disciplines 

  • Funding opportunities and consortia

  • Increased exposure to European and national research and innovation landscapes 

  • Increased international impact and visibility  

  • Increased access to research infrastructures across the institutions 

  • Increased access to data, analyses, and models