Young Scientists publish transdisciplinary perspectives on the future of food research


Participant’s of this year’s DFG/ICSU/ISSC Networking Conference for Young Scientists have collaborated and published a peer-reviewed research paper on their perspectives on key insights expressed by the young scientists themselves, including the core research questions raised during the meeting in Villa Vigoni, as well as some of the challenges involved in realizing their research ambitions within their professional spheres. The paper begins with an outline of the institutional framework of Future Earth and how it might support innovative transdisciplinary research on food systems, and the position of young scientists within this framework.

A Vision for Transdisciplinarity in Future Earth: Perspectives from Young Researchers

“In this paper, we explore how Future Earth could become a vehicle for inspiring the production of new research ideas and collaborations for sustainably transforming the future food system. We do this on the basis of a synthesis of views from 28 young (below 40 years old) food system scientists, representing five continents. Their expertise comes from disciplines including food engineering, agronomy, ecology, geography, psychology, public health, food politics, nutritional science, political science, sociology and sustainability science.”