FOOD 2030: Innovative EU research ensures food system is future-ready
Europe’s food production and consumption will play a pivotal role in ensuring food and nutrition security (FNS) in the face of the combined impacts of climate change, resource scarcity, land degradation, biodiversity decline, under- and over-nutrition, population growth and geopolitical instability. Safeguarding food and nutrition security in the long term will require the systemic transformation and future-proofing of our current-day food systems, which at present are mainly linear, fragmented and unsustainable.
The European Commission aims to tackle the FNS challenge with research and innovation (R&I) policies designed to future-proof our food systems so that they can become more sustainable, resilient, responsible, inclusive, diverse and competitive.
This systemic approach to connect, scale-up and boost EU Food R&I is referred to as FOOD 2030 and will provide solutions to four overarching food system priorities. These are NUTRITION for sustainable and healthy diets; CLIMATE resilience and environmental sustainability; CIRCULARITY and resource efficiency; and finally, INNOVATION and the empowerment of communities.
Groundbreaking EU research in the spotlight
This CORDIS Results Pack focuses on new approaches contributing solutions to tackling the four FOOD 2030 priorities by showcasing 13 ambitious cutting-edge EU research projects funded under the EU’s FP7 and Horizon 2020 research programmes relevant to food system transformation.
Flourish developed ground and aerial robots to increase agricultural yield, reduce pesticide use and mitigate food security, thus improving sustainability, while INFARM contributed to sustainable agriculture by improving the environmental footprint of plants. RECARE developed measures to combat climate change related soil degradation. HEALTHYMINORCEREALS contributes to climate resilience by investigating minor cereal varieties for biotic and abiotic stress resistance. FOODINTEGRITY encourages food transparency to minimise food fraud and ensure a responsible food supply chain. PROHEALTH also promotes responsibility by reducing diseases in pig and poultry, and DEPURGAN provides eco-friendly manure management. EARLYNUTRITION explores how early nutrition programming and lifestyle factors impact the rates of obesity and related disorders.
A range of technologies, approaches and business models are reflected in FoodSMART, which created a new mobile app to help consumers make healthier food choices, while NUDGE-IT combats obesity by analysing what determines our food choices. SUCCESS examines processing and production in the seafood industry and proposes ways to enhance competitiveness and sustainability. ARBUATEM raises awareness of the dangers of using waste water for urban agriculture in low and middle-income countries. Finally, MareFrame engages stakeholders in developing tools to sustain healthy marine ecosystems and fisheries.
A stroll along a pier remains the most popular activity for visitors to the British seaside, with 70% of them enjoying a walk over the waves.
For many, the seaside pier is perhaps the most iconic symbol of the British seaside holiday and the epitome of excursions to the coast. Piers have always provided holidaymakers with entertainment, from the grand pavilions and theatres of the Victorian era, to the amusement arcades of the 1980s. For two centuries, piers have been the place to see and be seen at the seaside.
Victorian pleasure piers are unique to the UK, but they are under threat: in the early 20th century nearly 100 piers graced the UK coastline, but almost half of of these have now gone.
By their very nature, seaside piers are risky structures. When piers were constructed, British seaside resorts were at the height of their popularity. The Victorians wanted to demonstrate engineering prowess and their ability to master the force of the sea. Some lasted longer than others, with Aldeburgh pier in Suffolk lasting just less than a decade before it was swept away by a drifting vessel. At the other end of the spectrum is the Isle of Wight’s Ryde pier, which at over 200 years is the oldest pleasure pier in the UK.
Yet the longevity of such piers presents them with new risks: fire, maintenance issues, rising costs, and climate change. Piers face an uncertain future. The National Piers Society estimates that 20% of today’s piers are at risk of being lost.
Piers at risk
Over the last 40 years, many notable piers have succumbed to time and tide. Perhaps the most iconic of these losses is Brighton West Pier, which has suffered multiple storms and fires since closure in 1975, leaving an isolated skeleton as a haunting reminder. Now there is growing recognition that seaside piers are vital to coastal communities in terms of resort identity, heritage, employment, community pride, and tourism. In fact, the UK government now offers funding to enable the revival of piers and other seaside heritage.
Despite the sea change in the perceived importance of seaside piers, many remain derelict and in a state of decay. One such pier is Weston-Super-Mare’s Birnbeck Pier, on the west coast, which has been closed for over three decades. Birnbeck Pier is unusual in that it is the only pier which links to an island, but as time has passed, parts of the structure have crumbled into the sea. Despite the endeavours of the local community and groups such as The Birnbeck Regeneration Trust, the owner of the pier refuses to sell or regenerate the pier.
This is in stark contrast to nearby Clevedon Pier, which was deemed “the most beautiful pier in England” by the poet Sir John Betjeman. After partial collapse and subsequent closure of the pier in 1970 there were calls for its demolition. Clevedon Pier was saved and reopened in 1998, and is now the UK’s only Grade I listed seaside pier. Today it stands as a testament to The Clevedon Pier Heritage Trust who continue to develop the pier with a new visitor centre, wedding venue, and conferencing space. Recently, the pier gained a new group of fans as it featured as a backdrop to a One Direction music video.
Despite their advancing years, since the turn of the 21st century many piers have found a new lease of life. The high-profile regeneration of Hastings Pier, led by a local community trust and backed by Heritage Lottery Funding, has spearheaded the revitalisation of many seaside piers (although the pier, controversially, was recently sold to a commercial investor). Nevertheless, a number of coastal communities have successfully regenerated their piers through the formation of pier trusts, including those at Swanage and Herne Bay. Other seaside towns are being even more ambitious and hoping to rebuild their piers or to build brand new piers.
Local authorities within seaside resorts are also promoting their piers as flagship tourist attractions and investing in their refurbishment and new facilities. Southport Pier, which narrowly escaped demolition during the 1990s, is now at the heart of the resort’s development strategy and is currently undergoing a £2.9m refurbishment which includes the addition of new catering and retail facilities.
The piers that are thriving in the 21st century are those that provide a unique selling point. Bournemouth Pier now features the only pier-to-beach zip line, and its former theatre now houses adrenaline-packed activities such as climbing walls, an aerial assault course, and a vertical drop slide. In Folkestone, the Harbour Arm, which was redeveloped as a pleasure pier in 2016, provides a range of pop-up bars and restaurants and its very own champagne bar. Weston’s Grand Pier offers family fun with a modern twist and even boasts an indoor suspended go-kart track. Southwold Pier boasts a novelty automaton arcade.
By staying tuned to modern desires as well as a sense of nostalgia, piers will continue to adapt to changing tastes and provide entertainment and pleasure for seaside visitors.
But perhaps the biggest threat they face today is climate change, and the attendant rising sea levels and increasingly frequent storm surges. Cromer, Saltburn, and Blackpool North Pier have all recently been significantly damaged by storms. The World Monuments Fund has recognised the threat of extreme weather events to seaside piers by adding Blackpool’s three piers to their 2018 Watch List. With seaside piers regaining their popularity, their next big challenge will literally be finding a way to weather the storm.
On Thursday 19th April the Institute of Hospitality Southern Branch held their 4th annual ‘Student of the Year Awards’ at the Balmer Lawn Hotel in the New Forest. The awards go to recognise outstanding student contribution in education to learning, development and professionalism within six award categories. Bournemouth University International Hospitality Management student Emily Murray, who was nominated by her lecturer Dr Charalampos Giousmpasoglou, was recognised by the institute by being voted the winner in the category ‘Hospitality Management Student of the Year’. The award, sponsored by Chewton Glen Hotel and Spa, was presented on the night by Graham Chambers of Chewton Glen and Jane C Devonshire (Masterchef Winner 2016). Emily said ‘I am delighted to be recognised by the institute for the hard work and commitment I show to my studies at Bournemouth’.
At the same glittering awards dinner Bournemouth University Senior Lecturer Crispin Farbrother received a commendation from the Institute as runner-up in the category ‘Inspirational Tutor of the Year’ (Commendation collected on his behalf by Dr Evangelia Marinakou). Crispin said ‘it was a pleasure just to be nominated for doing what I love and I am delighted to be runner-up in such a prestigious category with such fantastic competition’.
The Institute’s Chairman Richard Ward said, I was delighted by the strong showing from Bournemouth University in two of the award categories and look forward to more great entries in future years’. Head of Department Professor Dimitrios Buhalis also presented the Bournemouth University Department of Tourism & Hospitality Award in the category ‘Apprentice Student of the Year’ to Reegan Graff of Kingston Maurward College. Dimitrios said ‘ we are delighted to recognise the awesome talent within hospitality education and congratulate Reegan on being voted the winner’.
Guest presentationStrategic tourism planning in practice: the case of Porto, Portugal
Tuesday, 24 April, 3-4pm, F108
Dr. Carla Pinto Cardoso, Portuguese Catholic University
Porto, the second largest city of Portugal, is increasingly becoming an important European tourism destination. In 2017, after the 9th consecutive year of above-average growth, the city enjoyed its best performance ever in terms of number of international arrivals and tourist spending. Alongside this boom, Porto has won various international awards, such as the award for Top
European Tourism Destination (2012, 2014, 2017), and was nominated for three categories of the World Travel Awards: Best European Destination; Europe’s Best City Break; and Best Tourist Attraction. In this presentation, the key factors that contributed to the current success of Porto will be examined. In addition, the methodological steps and strategic approaches underpinning the design of Porto’s tourism Plan wwill be reviewed. The presentation will contribute to a better understanding of tourism planning at the regional level, since many of the points raised from Porto’s experience have a more general application to other cities experiencing growth in tourism or seeking to develop this sector.
The presentation is divided into 6 sub-topics:
· Sub topic 1: The Portuguese Tourism governance (national and regional context)
· Sub topic 2: The vision, strategy and Regional Tourism Directives for the Horizon 2027
· Sub topic 3: Tourism in Porto and North of Portugal: diagnosis
· Sub topic 4: The major challenges in the tourism destination to which the Strategic Plan must respond.
· Sub topic 5: Strategic plan: methodological approach
· Sub topic 6: Lessons from Porto
Carla Pinto Cardoso holds a PhD in Economics of Tourism from Bournemouth University (UK) and is currently the Head of the Tourism and Heritage Department in the Faculty of Philosophy and Social Sciences at the Portuguese Catholic University (Braga Campus). Since 2015, she is also a senior tourism consultant at Sigma Team Consulting, where she was involved the design of the strategic plan for the Porto Tourism Board. Her research and publications interests include focus on tourism impacts and planning and strategic studies.
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presentation on Smart Tourism and Greek Tourism and helping the Hotel Managers Association of Rhodes, Greece to develop their hospitality competitiveness #buhalis #greek #tourism #smart #tourism #technology #smarttourism #tiexountaermakaipsofane #presentation
Dimitrios Buhalis live from Rhodes on Smart Tourism and Quality Tourism
Professor Dimitrios Buhalis presentation on the Smart Tourism and Greek Tourism and helping the Hotel Managers Association of Rhodes to develop their hospitality competitiveness #buhalis #greek #tourism #smart #tourism #technology
Sal Gowili, General Manager at The Ritz Hotel London will be one of the invited speakers at the CHME2018 conference
With a passion and broad knowledge of the luxury hotel business, Sal joined The Ritz in 2011 as Front of House Manager, before quickly progressing to Rooms Division Manager. He was appointed Hotel Manager in 2013 and General Manager in 2016. In his capacity as General Manager of The Ritz London, Mr Gowili continues to build on the hotel’s 110 years reputation and its legendary service, known as the byword for luxury and elegance, while maintaining its position amongst the great hotels of the world and at the forefront of the London hotel market.
The Ritz enjoys one of London’s best locations overlooking The Royal Green Park. Mr Gowili oversees the hotel’s 136 rooms and suites, The Ritz Restaurant, The Palm Court, The Rivoli Bar and private dining rooms of the adjoining 18th century William Kent House, and manages a team of over 300 colleagues. Under his leadership The Ritz London has achieved outstanding revenue growth, whilst maintaining the very highest levels of guest service. Prior to joining The Ritz, Sal obtained a degree in Chemical Engineering and spent 11 years in various management positions within Red Carnation Hotel Company, with his first management position in the 5* flagship property: The Milestone Hotel, after moving from Hilton Park Lane.