future of Food & Biotech
future of Food & Biotech
October 28, 2003, 18:30-22:15
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Reception (17:30-19:00), please visit the online Ticket
Where: PricewaterhouseCoopers, Prins
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The conference language is English.
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Thanks to new technology the food industry
promises to provide healthy, safe food, reliably, cheaply and in large
quantities. But aren't safety and a guarantee of quality the very
least that modern society can expect? Is the future of food a future
of global markets and economies of scale or is there room for local
produce, seasonality and variation? What can science do to make the
good food fun?
17:30 - 19:00
18:30 - 19:30
networking and music performed by Suspiscious
Welcome by our Host Patrick
Crehan, Crehan, Kusano & Associates sprl
Part I: Keynotes by
Jan Willem van der Kamp, Programme
Director Biotechnology, TNO
Jeanine van de Wiel, Head of Unit,
Safety Assessment of Novel Foods, Health Council of the Netherlands
Liam Downey, Honorary Professor of
Agriculture in UCD, recently retired as Director of the National Agricultural
and Food Development Authority (Teagasc), Ireland
Refreshment break & networking
Part II: Panel with Keynote
Speakers and the Challengers
Joost van Kasteren, freelance journalist
Roel Bol, Director, Department of
Trade and Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food
and our Host Patrick
The panel is followed by an open discussion.
Willem van der Kamp
Jeanine van de Wiel
Jan Willem van der Kamp
Programme Director Biotechnology, TNO Bureau for Biotechnology
After graduation in chemistry at Utrecht University (1970) Jan Willem
van der Kamp joined Unilever where he had positions in central research
and in the van den Bergh Foods company. In 1985 became director of
the Cereal and Animal Nutrition Research Institute in TNO. Since 1994
he is Program Director Biotechnology in TNO Nutrition and Food Research.
His external positions include President of ICC (International Association
for Cereal Science and Technology) and Chairman of the Law and Regulation
Committee of NIABA, the Dutch Bioindustry Association.
His main hobby is playing the violin, both classic and popular music.
Jeanine van de Wiel
Head of Unit, Safety Assessment of Novel Foods, Health Council of
University lecturer and researcher in the department of Toxicology,
Katholieke Universiteit Nijmegen, gained doctorate for research on
the combination of alcohol and smoking with the aid of an animal model.
University lecturer in the department of Toxicology, Katholieke Universiteit
Nijmegen. Set up course on 'Limiting values, norms and policy', and
taught this course for a number of years to students of Health Sciences.
Scientific officer and senior scientific officer in the department
of Environment and Health, Health Council of the Netherlands, The
Hague. Secretary and advisor to various Health Council committees
in the field of health and the environment, in particular the risks
associated with (combinations of) chemical substances.
1999 to date
Senior scientific officer in the department of Nutrition and Health,
Health Council of the Netherlands, The Hague. The responsibilities
include the scientific and operational development of a framework
for the evaluation of new foodstuffs; safety evaluation of genetically
modified foodstuffs, specific bio-active components and exotic foodstuffs
in cooperation with an expert committee; participation in the Dutch
contribution to consultation between experts for the European Commission
in Brussels; acting as spokesperson for the Dutch delegation to the
Novel Foods working group of the OECD in Paris, on behalf of the Dutch
ministry of VWS; intensive consultation about new foodstuffs with
the policy departments of the Dutch ministries of Public Health, Welfare
and Sport, Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries and Housing,
Physical Planning and the Environment; interaction with pressure groups
and the general public through personal talks, fora and participation
in public debates; interaction with industry via personal talks, negotiation
and information services; and management and coaching of five members
of staff. Internal budgetary responsibility amounting to 300,000 Euro
Honorary Professor of Agriculture in UCD, recently retired as Director
of the National Agricultural and Food Development Authority (Teagasc),
On graduating from University College Cork, Liam Downey spent the
first ten years of his professional career in research on milk and
dairy products. Having been awarded a PhD by Reading University, England,
he returned to Ireland in 1965 to take up a research appointment at
An Foras Taluntais (The Agricultural Research Institute) Moorepark,
Co Cork. In the course of his work in Reading and Moorepark, Dr Downey
published an extensive range of research papers and reviews in various
international scientific journals as well as a book entitled Food
Quality and Nutrition, which documented for the first time Europe's
food research priorities.
In 1973, he joined the National Science Council, where he spent the
next six years (1973-1979) formulating and developing national policies
and programmes in Food Science & Technology and Environmental Protection.
In the course of this work, he represented Ireland on various EU committees,
as well as participating in a number of international science and
In recognition of the international contribution of his research,
he was awarded a D.Sc (Doctorate of Science) Degree in 1979 by the
National University of Ireland, for published research.
DIRECTOR OF FOUR NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS
Dr Downey was Chief Executive of An Foras Forbartha (The National
Institute for Physical Planning and Construction Research) between
1979-1982. Arising from a comprehensive review which he undertook
of the organisation, an innovative planning project in the format
of a Foresight Study of Ireland in the Year 2000, was completed in
the 1980's. The conclusions of this study heralded many of the organisational,
infrastructural and social issues confronting Ireland in the 21st
As Director of ACOT (The National Agricultural Advisory And Training
Organisation) from 1983 until 1988, Dr Downey had the responsibility
of establishing ACOT as the national farm advisory and training body.
Among the major initiatives under his direction, was the establishment
of the Certificate-in-Farming, through which young farmers had available
to them, for the first time, a vocational training programme, comparable
to the best in Europe.
From 1988 until 1992, he was National Director of ERAD (The Bovine
Disease Eradication Board). His strong scientific background, together
with a firsthand knowledge of the management and direction of major
public service bodies, stood to him in good stead in the major challenges
which he undertook in tackling Ireland's long-standing problem of
bovine TB. Based on the extensive research programme which he put
in place, Dr Downey's publications show that bovine TB was twice as
high as it had been perceived to be, and that because of TB-infected
badgers, allied to the absence of a laboratory based diagnostic test,
bovine TB cannot be eradicated in Ireland.
In 1994, Dr Liam Downey was appointed Director General of Teagasc
(The Agriculture and Food Development Authority) which is the national
body responsible for the provision of research, advisory and education/training
services for agriculture, the food industry and rural development.
The direction and management of this complex organisation, with an
annual budget of in excess of €120m and employing some 1600 staff,
required a high level of strategic management capability, combined
with a thorough knowledge and understanding of many facets of science
and technology, ranging from agri-food policy, agriculture, food processing,
biotechnology and environmental protection to rural development.
Under Dr Downey's direction, Teagasc's research programmes were reoriented,
leading to much increased resources being secured for research on
food products (especially safety and nutrition), environmental protection
and the development of econometric models of the agricultural industry
in Ireland and the EU. Two new farm advisory services were put in
place, one geared towards servicing the needs of the commercial farming
sector, and the other targeted to the less intensive farmers. Also,
Teagasc's education and training programmes were nationally accredited
and incorporated into the mainstream educational/CAO system. This
includes the provision for advancement into University, through the
third level courses delivered jointly with the Institutes of Technology.
Dr Downey's strong scientific background combined with his extensive
senior management experience, was essential in building Teagasc's
national and international standing in strategic research and in the
delivery of advisory and education/training programmes designed to
meet the needs of specific sectors of agriculture and the food industry.
In 2000, Dr Downey was conferred with a Doctorate of Laws Degree by
the National University of Ireland, in recognition of his major contribution
in many fields of science and technology, both nationally and internationally.In
2001, he was awarded an Honorary Professorship in Agriculture and
Food Science at University College Dublin.In 2002, an Honorary Professorship
in Science was conferred on Dr Downey by the National University of
Joost van Kasteren
Joost van Kasteren (1950) got his degree
in Molecular Science at Wageningen University and then worked for
five years as a science writer at the Technical University in Delft.
After a short period as editor of ' De Ingenieur' he started as a
free lance in 1984. He has written articles on biotechnology and food
issues in newspapers and magazines for the last 25 years and in 2001
published an Expert View on biotechnology.
Director, Department of Trade and Industry of the Ministry of Agriculture,
Nature and Food Quality
1975 State University Utrecht, Doctorate International Law
2001 Director Trade and Industry, Ministry of Agriculture, Nature
and Food Quality
1976 Board of Health Care, EEC matters and bilateral treaties
1979 Ministry of Health and Environment, Policy Advisor Department
of International Economic Affairs
1987 Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, Deputy Director International
1988 Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, Deputy
Director Trade and Industry
1993 Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management and Fisheries, Director
Minister's Office 1997 Ministry of Agriculture, Nature Management
and Fisheries, Director Fisheries
Date of birth: 8th June 1950
Marital Status: Married, 3 children
Patrick Crehan, Crehan, Kusano & Associates sprl
Patrick Crehan is of Irish nationality.
He spent 10 years working in Europe and Japan as a researcher in mathematical
physics. As a scientist his interests included quantum chaos and emergent
phenomena. He was also active in discussions about the arts, the nature
of creativity in post-modern societies, the meaning of science and
its place among the disciplines.
While working as an academic he co-founded 'West of West 7', a company
promoting international art exhibitions and exploring concepts of
In 1996 he dropped out of academia spending two years working for
the European Commission. He worked on RTD collaboration in Information
Technologies with countries of the Mediterranean basin, Latin America,
Asia and Eastern Europe.
In 1998 he left the Commission to work as an independent consultant
in international RTD, industrial and economic development policy.
He worked as an advisor to OCYT - an agency in the Cabinet of the
Prime Minister of Spain.
In 1999 he founded Crehan, Kusano & Associates or CKA. He believes
that an important source of prosperity in the modern age depends on
our ability to organise RTD & Innovation. CKA believes in building
the future. CKA prospects for, evaluates and invests in new technology
based business opportunities. It designs and manages processes of
strategic reflection that support innovation related decision-making
for enterprise, government and administration.
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Prins Bernhardplein 200
1097 JB Amsterdam
Telephone: 020-568 6666
Public Transport to Amstel Station
- From Station Amsterdam Central: Sneltram or metro 51, 53 of
- From Station Zuid/WTC (World Trade Center): Sneltram 51 (direction
- From Station Duivendrecht: Metro 54 (direction Central Station)
· Tram 12 · Bus 15, 37, 67, 69, 136, 157 and 169
From Amstel Station take the front exit direction Prins Bernhardplein.
You can park your car at PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Book recommended by Liam Downey:
After BSE - A future for the European livestock sector
edited by E.P. Cunningham and the European Association for Animal Production
EAAP publication no 108, 104 pages, paperback. ISBN: 907699823X
van de Wiel
Willem van der Kamp
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