Saving the world - Cultivating the city?

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A small field in the city: The aim of the Edible City project in Munich is to ex
A small field in the city: The aim of the Edible City project in Munich is to explore new possibilities for gardening in the city and to facilitate exchange between urban gardeners. Participants of the 14th Weihenstephan Symposium discuss such and similar projects. Image: M. Egerer / TUM
Weihenstephan Symposium on the topic of "Urban Agriculture"

How can urban food production contribute to a sustainable future? Is urban agriculture a trend phenomenon or can it be seen as a transformative element for the development of resilient food systems and cities? These and more are the topics of the 14th Weihenstephan Symposium on October 21 and 22. This hybrid event is organized by the Professorship of Urban Productive Ecosystems at the Technical University of Munich (TUM).

The industrialization of our global food system and growing urbanization do not only exacerbate the effects of climate change and accelerate the loss of biodiversity, but also significantly cause the spatial and mental decoupling of food production and consumption.

Against the backdrop of the associated socio-ecological challenges, a "renaissance" of various forms of urban agriculture can be observed worldwide over the last decade, accompanied by the emergence of new multifunctional productive ecosystems in urban spaces.

"Especially in the Global North, the manifold forms and different dimensions of urban agriculture increasingly show potentials how negative effects along the food value chain can be reduced and how ecological, economic and social added values can be created," says Monika Egerer, Professor of Urban Productive Ecosystems , who organizes the event. The 14th Weihenstephan Symposium is supported by the Alumni-Club Landschaft TUM e.V. and the World Agricultural Systems Center - Hans Eisenmann-Forum für Agrarwissenschaften.

The professorship for Urban Productive Ecosystems at TUM invites practitioners from science, business, politics and civil society to debate their expertise and experience in the form of keynote speeches and subsequent discussion. Different forms and aspects of urban production - their limits and potentialswill be critically examined and their practical potential discussed from ecological, social and economic points of view.

Please note that registration for on-site participation is required by October 18 to allow for planning the logistics and catering according to Covid rules. For an online participation, you will also need a registration. All admitted registrants will receive final information and the access link for Zoom closer to the event. The event will be held partly in English and partly in German with no simultaneous translation, is open to all and is free of charge.