Elsevier Announces the First International Conference on Global Food Security

Elsevier Announces the First International Conference on Global Food Security

  PR Newswire

  AMSTERDAM, February 5, 2013

AMSTERDAM, February 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

  Conference to take place September 29 -October 2, 2013 in the Netherlands

Elsevier, a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and solutions, announces the First International
Conference on Global Food Security, taking place 29 September - 2 October 2013
in Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.

Organized by Elsevier and an International Scientific Committee, the
conference will address food security at local and global levels with an
interdisciplinary and systemic point of view. It will present state-of-the-art
interdisciplinary insights and research on this topic and address the
trade-offs that occur in reconciling competing environmental, economic or
social objectives and outcomes at different spatial and temporal scales. In
addition to the strong focus on integration across academic disciplines, ten
parallel sessions will also focus on aspects of food security such as
nutritional security, lost harvest and wasted food, and sustainable

Keynote speakers include Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Advisor,
Rachel Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank,
Meine van Noordwijk, World Agroforestry Centre, Indonesia, Tristram Stuart,
Author & Founder of Feeding the 5000, Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba,
Canada and Este Vorster, North-West University, South Africa.

"There is a global need to better understand the economic, social,
biophysical, technological and institutional drivers of current and future
global food security," explained conference chairs Professor Ken Giller and
Professor Martin van Ittersum, both of Wageningen University, the Netherlands.
"For the first time an international conference brings together researchers
from key disciplines with the aim to discuss a very daunting question we all
face today: how to feed our growing global population? It is high time that
the breadth and depth of our understanding is brought together to inform the
political debate."

"With both the launch of our new journal Global Food Security and this
conference we seek to encourage integration of knowledge among relevant
disciplines and to create a platform for this new community," explained Gilles
Jonker, Executive Publisher at Elsevier. "Presentations and papers are
designed to be of interest to a diverse audience and aim to inspire scientists
to address the global food security challenge."

More information about the conference including the full list of keynote
speakers and sessions is available at:

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations about the conference themes can be
submitted via the website until 10 May 2013.

More information on the journal Global Food Security available at:


About  Global Food Security Global Food Security aims to publish papers that
contribute to better understanding of economic, social, biophysical,
technological, and institutional drivers of current and future global food

Motivation for Global Food Security arose from concern about the difficulty
scientists and policy makers have in keeping up with the expanding volume of
information about the challenge of meeting human food and nutritional needs
while protecting environmental services.

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical
information products and services. The company works in partnership with the
global science and health communities to publish more than 2,000 journals,
including The Lancet and Cell , and close to 20,000 book titles, including
major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier's online solutions
include ScienceDirect , Scopus , Reaxys , ClinicalKey and Mosby's Nursing
Suite , which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals,
and the SciVal suite and MEDai's Pinpoint Review , which help research and
health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier employs 7,000 people
worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC , a world-leading
provider of professional information solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal
and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and
Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext Amsterdam), REL (London
Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

Media contact Marije Hoogstrate Elsevier +31-20-485-2744
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