MIT enters Academic Partnership with EAT Foundation

Published April 19, 2017

From the left; Renee Robins, Executive Director, Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), John Lienhard, Director, J-WAFS, Gunhild Stordalen, President, EAT Foundation, Manolis Kellis, Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science.

April 19th 2017 – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) has become an Academic Partner of the EAT Foundation. MIT Vice President for Research Maria T. Zuber will join the EAT Advisory Board. The EAT Advisory Board is chaired by Professor Johan Rockström, Executive Director of the Stockholm Resilience Centre at Stockholm University. The board includes heads or senior executives from EAT’s academic partner institutions in addition to world-renowned experts from the scientific disciplines that intersect with food system challenges. Other members of the advisory board are leaders representing the private sector, politics, international development and more, all contributing to EAT’s core vision of interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral collaboration.

“We are honored to welcome MIT on board as an Academic Partner, and Professor Zuber as a member of the Advisory Board,” said Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, founder and President of EAT Foundation. The EAT Foundation is a global multi-stakeholder platform that brings together science, business, politics and civil society leaders to comprehensively address food system challenges and create pathways to a sustainable, healthy future for all. EAT’s vision is to sustainably feed 10 billion people a healthy diet within the planetary boundaries by 2050.

“What we eat and how we produce it is driving some of our greatest global challenges like the double burden of malnutrition, the epidemic of diet-related diseases, climate change and environmental degradation,” said Stordalen. “Given existing trends in population growth, urbanization and changing dietary preferences, these challenges are going to increase. An urgent shift towards sustainable food systems delivering healthy, affordable diets to a growing world population will need coordinated efforts across sectors and disciplines, and applying advanced technological and innovative research, which are at the core of MIT’s expertise, will be crucial tackling these issues.”

“Sustainably meeting the world’s growing needs for water and food is one of the most important challenges we face,” said Professor Zuber.

Dr. Zuber has overall responsibility for research administration and policy at MIT, overseeing more than a dozen interdisciplinary research laboratories and centers at the Institute.  Among them is the Abdul Latif Jameel World Water and Food Security Lab (J-WAFS), which was established at MIT in 2014 to spearhead an Institute-wide research effort against the pressures that endanger food and water systems around the globe.  J-WAFS is working closely with Dr. Zuber on this academic partnership to bring MIT’s expertise and innovation in food and water to the EAT Foundation.

«We share the EAT Foundation’s strong commitment to making progress on a healthy, secure water and food system, and we are looking forward to collaborating with the EAT Foundation.» Maria T. Zuber, MIT Vice President for Research

Dr. Zuber also oversees MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory, Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research, Energy Initiative, Environmental Solutions Initiative, Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Research Laboratory of Electronics, Institute for Soldier Nanotechnologies, and Haystack Observatory. Dr. Zuber is responsible for research integrity and compliance; plays a central role in research relationships with the federal government; and oversees the implementation of MIT’s Plan for Action on Climate Change.

The EAT Foundation’s additional academic partners are: Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, New York Academy of Sciences, Sackler Institute for Nutrition Science, Berkeley Food Institute at the University of California Berkeley, Harvard Global Equity Initiative, Cornell Atkinson Centre for a Sustainable Future, Cornell University Food and Brand Lab, UCL Institute for Global Health and Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

For the fourth year running, 500 of the brightest minds from science, politics, business and civil society will gather in Sweden on June 12-13th, for the annual EAT Stockholm Food Forum. They will discuss scientific advancement and progress and initiate new collaborations developing policy and business solutions to tackle food system challenges.

“Through the EAT platform and in collaboration with our partners, we work to advance interdisciplinary knowledge, set evidence-based targets and facilitate the development of efficient policies and business solutions that bring us closer to a global food system that is healthy, sustainable, secure and equitable” said Gunhild Stordalen.

«MIT is one of the world's most prestigious universities and has broad expertise in disciplines spanning from climate science, engineering and biotechnology to urban policy and big data, and a history of tackling complex problems and devising practical solutions to global challenges. This new collaboration will bring invaluable knowledge to the table» Dr. Gunhild A. Stordalen, Founder and President, EAT Foundation

The EAT Advisory Board contributes to EAT’s strategic direction and priorities, provides expert support to research activities and provides guidance, input and advice to the development and expansion of EAT Foundation´s core activities.

For more information about The EAT Foundation and the EAT Advisory Board:

Dag Hvaring, COO,
e-mail: dag@eatforum.org and mobile +47-901 53 848

Bjørn Richard Johansen, Acting Communications Director,
e-mail: brj@eatforum.org and mobile +47-47 800 100

For media to sign up for the EAT Stockholm Food Forum on the 12-13th of June 2017: http://eatforum.org/forms/request-media-accreditation/

EAT Web: www.eatforum.org
EAT advisory board: http://eatforum.org/eat-initiative/advisory-board/.
EAT Twitter: https://twitter.com/EATforum.
EAT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/eatforum

 

For more information about MIT:

Abdul Latif JameelWorld Water and Food Security Lab, MIT
Andi Sutton, Communications and Program Manager, MIT
email: arsutton@mit.edu and phone + 1-617-715-4222

MIT Web: web.mit.edu
J-WAFS Web: http://jwafs.mit.edu