We cordially invite you to the “1st Cologne Conference on Food for Future” from September 5th -7th, 2018 in Cologne. The general objective of the conference is to bring together scientists from academia and industry to discuss the future of food production, development of new products and processes and new research opportunities to ensure global food and nutrition security.
The conference focuses on Orphan Crops, Functional Food and Innovative Food Sources and Production Systems. We aim to provide an opportunity for a lively exchange among all stakeholders in the Food Security field.

More information on the scientific programme, registration process and call for abstracts will be posted soon.
The conference is organised by the Competence Area “Food Security”, which is part of the institutional strategy of the University of Cologne. The main mission of the Competence Area is to embed the efforts of the Cluster of Excellence on Plant Sciences, CEPLAS, to improve plant productivity within a broader societal context and to promote efficient knowledge transfer between relevant disciplines. Additionally, the Competence Area contributes to training and teaching to raise awareness of the great challenges of food and nutrition security.


  • Allen van Deynze, UC Davis, USA
  • Ian Graham, University of York, UK
  • Arnold van Huis, Wageningen University & Research, Netherlands
  • Richard Mithen, Quadram Institute, UK
  • Cathie Martin, John Innes Centre, UK
  • Johnathan Napier, Rothamsted Research, UK
  • Uwe Sonnewald, Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg, Germany

Organising Committee

  • Cordula Jörgens
    Coordinator Competence Area Food Security, University of Cologne
  • Stanislav Kopriva
    Botanical Institute, University of Cologne
  • Andreas P.M. Weber
    Institute of Plant Biochemistry, Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
  • Lars Niehaus
    Department of Philosophy, University of Cologne

Administrative Support

  • Elke Henn
    Botanical Institute, University of Cologne


"Food for Future 2018" will accept scientific abstracts for poster and short talk presentations. Details for abstract submissions will be posted soon.


+49 221 470 1144

Competence Area Food Security
Universität zu Köln
Zülpicher Strasse 47b
50674 Köln

Heinrich Heine University
University of Cologne
Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research
Forschungszentrum Jülich