29 August 2012

New research centre to create sustainable agriculture and forestry systems


On 29 August, the University of Copenhagen opens an interdisciplinary research centre which will bring together research environments from universities, industry and public authorities to design specific solutions to how we can double the global food and biomass production in more sustainable ways by 2030. 

The director of the centre, Professor Lars Stoumann Jensen from the Faculty of Science, University of Copenhagen, says:

 - In the coming years, it is crucial that we identify new and revolutionary methods of doubling food and biomass production in the most eco and climate-friendly way possible. The new centre will provide a platform for addressing this challenge.

The name of the new centre is Centre for Sustainable Agriculture and Forestry Systems (SAFor).

The centre’s different research environments will combine specialist knowledge of agriculture and forestry systems, system modelling as well as social scientific and humanistic analyses.

Mette Gjerskov, the Danish Minister for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries, will inaugurate the centre on 29 August at the Danish Architecture Centre inCopenhagen.

In addition to representatives from the university community, the inauguration will also be attended by players from the sector and interest groups who will all provide input on which challenges and potential solutions should be the centre’s main focus.

For more information, please contact Lars Stoumann Jensen on +45 21 22 20 39.