START Annual Meeting 2024

Challenges, opportunities, and visions in a transitioning agrifood sector

The Center for Sustainable Agrifood Systems and Copenhagen Business School welcome you to the second START annual meeting. During the two-day conference, we gather the Danish research environments for sustainable transition in the agrifood sector. With an emphasis on interdisciplinarity and system thinking, we create a venue for all research disciplines to share knowledge and network across the Danish universities.

Join us at Copenhagen Business School, Ovnhallen, on March 19-20, 2024. Early bird registration available until January 31,2024. PhD and Post doc fellows receive a sponsored ticket when signing up with a poster presentation. Poster size: 700x1000mm (portrait). For registration, use this link.

Visit the START Annual Meeting 2024

What’s in it?

Over the course of two days, we will have panel discussions highlighting the dynamics of a transitioning agrifood system, focusing on challenges, opportunities, and visions for research and research contributions to the sector. We will also host an early research career poster fair, a marketplace for the START Hubs, Campfire sessions with European and Danish funding agencies, and tracks dedicated to in-depth discussions of transition challenges.

Follow the ongoing update of the program on this side.

Why join the START Annual Meeting 2024

Why should I join?

  • Network with colleagues from other universities in Denmark.
  • Engage in in-depth debates for interdisciplinary problematization.
  • Meet the START network and the Hub coordinators.
  • Discuss funding opportunities, application processes, and consortia building with experts from the European Commission and Danish funding agencies.

Addtional informations

A little more detail, please!

When you join us, you’ll get a two-day conference with full service, including breakfast, refreshments, lunch, and dinner. The hotel is on you, but we've secured a discount code at Hotel Scandic Falconer, which is located almost at the CBS Campus. From there, it’s just a stroll to the conference venue.

 We’ve chosen three overarching themes for the Annual Meeting in 2024:

  • Land use and Production,
  • Living Labs and Food System Thinking,
  • Policy and Consumption Patterns.

These themes will be the center of our three discussion forums on day 2. So, if an interdisciplinary discussion of these themes sparks your interest, you should join us.

Besides that, on the first day, you will engage in two plenary panel discussions. The first one is on challenges, opportunities, and visions for research engagement/contributions to transitioning the agrifood sector, and the second is on funding opportunities, application processes, and consortia creation in Europe and in a Danish context.

Furthermore, we'll create a marketplace space with a poster exhibition from the early career research environment in Denmark, START Hub meet-and-greet, and campfire/circus sessions.

The annual meeting is both a meeting space for our members and an invitation for everybody else to chip in and get a sense of the energy and potential that lies in joining forces across all universities and research disciplines in Denmark to solve agrifood-related challenges through and with science.

At the core of our approach lie the triple-I-principles, which in short means that every discussion and network activity should include perspectives on interdisciplinarity, problem integration, and inclusion of society, business, and production. If you are interested in the long explanation, have a look at our Input paper from 2023.

How to get there

How do I get there?

CBS Ovnhallen
Porcelænshaven 20
2000 Frederiksberg

By Metro: Ovnhallen is close to Fasanvej Metro Station. From there, it’s a short walk to Ovnhallen.

By Bus: Bus 4A and 9A run almost directly to Ovnhallen. With bus 4A, you should get off at Peter Bangs Vej. With bus 9A, get off at Fasanvej.

By Car: You can request a parking spot, but availability is limited. Contact for more information.

In need of a room in Copenhagen?

We reserved a number of rooms at the Scandic Falkoner, which is located at the CBS Campus. Go to their website and use the unique conference code to get a discount on your stay.  

Booking Code: Book190324 

The discount covers one night stay from March 19-20, 2024 and includes breakfast and internet. The offer is valid up to 30 days prior to arrival and must be booked by February 18, 2024. First come, first served.  

19 March, 2024

Preliminary Program  
13:00 Arrival, registration and refreshments
13:45 Welcome. Introduction to the meeting and general introduction to START. Talking points: Litteracy for interdisciplinarity.
14:00 Challenges, opportunities, and visions for research engagement/contributions to transitioning the agrifood sector.
  Talks by Professor Jørgen E. Olesen, Dep. of Agroecology, Aarhus University. Associate Professor Morten Knudsen, Dep. of Organization, Copenhagen Business School. Associate Professor Jes Lynning Harfeld, Dep. of Culture and Learning, Aalborg University. Opening debate moderated by Hanne Harmsen, Vice Dean, Green Transition, Copenhagen Business School.
15.15 Break
15:30 National and International Funding for Agrifood Research by Lina Christensen, Central Denmark EU Office. Daniel Enslev, Greater Copenhagen EU Office. Daniela Lüth, Bioeconomy and Food Systems, DG RTD.
17:00 Agrifood Researcher EXPO, reception and networking. Early career poster fair, HUB booths and different common activities
18:00 Dinner

20 March, 2024

Preliminary Program  
8:30 Arrival, breakfast, coffee
9:00 Welcome
9:05 Steering Committee Session. State of START and direction on START for 2024/2025
9:25 Presentation of tracks. Introduction to the deep dive into three cross-cutting topics
9:45 Go to one of three parallel tracks
Landuse Four invited speakers discuss the battle for the use of land. Professor Henrik Vejre, University of Copenhagen, Associate Professor Johannes Ravn Jørgensen, Aarhus University, Senior Researcher Diego Abalos, Aarhus University. Moderated by Associate Professor Andreas Aagaard Christensen, Roskilde University.
Living lab as a method Four invited speakers, i.e. Professor Danielle Wilde, University of Southern Denmark, Professor Niels Heine Kristensen, Roskilde University and Senior Research Advisor, Torsten Rødel Berg, Aarhus University. Moderated by Professor Polymeros Chrysochou, Aarhus University
Tax, regulation and consumption patterns Four invited speakers discuss drivers on transitioning the agrifood sector. Professor Lars Gårn Hansen, University of Copenhagen, Associate Professor Anders Horsbøl, Aalborg University, Senior Researcher, Sara Monterio Pires, Technical University of Denmark and Senior Researcher Anders Branth Pedersen, Aarhus University. Moderated by Mission Director Anette Engelund Friis, AgriFoodTure.
12:00 Reception lunch - networking and last-minute conversations
12:45 HUB time - participate in the discussions with the HUB coordinators on the scientific scope for the HUBs further research
14:15 Goodbye