The theme of the 2008-Conference is Leadership, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship in Chains and Networks. In the current highly dynamic world of the agri-food industry, product and industry leadership is needed that creates new business relationships to face challenges and transform industries. To timely withstand challenges and grasp opportunities ‘open innovation’ is paramount, including close collaborations in chains and dedicated networks. Firms may either share the costs and risks of innovation, or combine complementary knowledge and skills to reduce time-to-market. Entrepreneurship is necessary to realize the business networks and logistic chains for the new products and services, such as bioingredients, enhanced global sourcing and distribution networks, bio-fuels, sustainable supply chains, regional branding, and healthy food. Private and public actors work together to achieve a transition towards a sustainable agrifood industry that meets ecological, economic and social demands.
Therefore, the 8th International Conference aims to improve the understanding of:
On Friday May 30, the focus will shift to “Science meets Industry”, featuring presentations and forum discussions of industry leaders, politicians, consultants, and applied researchers on the agri-food industry. The focus will be on the analysis of agri-food systems dynamics and interdependencies; the progress on sustainable chain and network strategies and governance, and on the identification of potential system innovations. In addition, region-based workshops will elaborate on regional and local specificities.