International conference “Taking household food waste seriously” (26/11/2020)

Conference intends to gather researchers and experts in the field, who could share crosscutting aspects of food waste and inspire with examples of successful interventions for higher public awareness and avoidance of the food waste in households. It explores political measures, consumer empowerment, innovations and the public awareness raising campaigns.



Moderator PhD Renata Dagiliūtė, Project Key Expert, Lithuanian Consumer Institute.


9.45-10.00 Getting connected.

10.00-10.10 How EU can help households to reduce food waste?  Virginijus Sinkevičius, European Commissioner in charge of environment, oceans and fisheries.

10.10-10.25 Sincerely, food: innovative ideas to fight food wasteZita Čeponytė, President of the Lithuanian Consumer Institute (Lithuania).

10.30-10.50 Household food waste: drivers and interventions. Erica van Herpen, Associate Professor at Wageningen University (Netherlands).

10.55-11.15 From food consumer to “food citizen”? Elina Närvänen, Associate Professor at Tampere University (Finland).

11.20-11.30 Discussion

11.30-11.45 What does Denmark’s special think tank do? Anne Lerche, Special Advisor at Think Tank on Prevention of Food Loss and Food Waste (ONE\THIRD) and Special Advisor at Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark.

11.50-12.10 Have expiry dates expired? Solveiga Pakštaitė, Founder and Director at Mimica (UK).

12.15-12.35 Food waste reduction in Finland: the role of households. Inkeri Riipi, Research Scientist at Natural Resources Institute (LUKE) (Finland).

12.35-12.45 Discussion and conclusions.

Conference "Food Waste at Home & Ways to Address It" in Vilnius (10/04/2018)

 The present conference, being part of a food waste awareness raising initiative by 6 European countries, is intended to gather researchers and experts experienced in tackling food waste, who could inspire us with examples of successful campaigning that resulted in greater public awareness and reduction of the waste.


12:45-13:00 Rescue food, fight hunger, save the planet: why we need to work together to fight food wasteVytenis Andriukaitis, European Commissioner (Health & Food Safety)
13:00-13:30 Expensive yet devalued: on the value of foodZita Čeponytė, President, Lithuanian Consumer Institute
13:30-14:00 Global approach to food wasteRobert van Otterdijk, Agro-Industry Officer, Food and Agriculture Organization – FAO
14:00-14:30 Consumers and food waste: insights into the latest research and trendsSophie Hieke, Head of Consumer Science, European Food Information Council (EUFIC)
14:30-14:45 Discussion
14:45-15:15 Coffee/Tea Break
15:15-15:45 Influencing consumers’ behaviour to limit food wasteLisanne van Geffen, PhD candidate, Wageningen University & Research
15:45-16:15 Cutting down on Food Waste, the Dutch ExperienceMargret Ploum, Head of Programmes Food Quality and Healthy through Life, Netherlands Nutrition Centre
16:15-16:45 Loved the food. ThanksIngela Morfeldt, project manager – Solid Waste Department at VA SYD, Malmö City
16:45-17:00 Discussion & Conclusions 

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