The Mansholt lectures, named for the great Dutch European politician and thinker Sicco Mansholt, are organised by Wageningen University & Research to discuss European policy and issues in our domain: nutrition, agriculture and sustainable livelihoods.
In 2016 WUR started to organise the annual Mansholt lectures. During the lectures WUR presents multidisciplinary views on aspects of the European policy and recommendations to adjust this policy. The policy views and recommendations are discussed during the meeting with representatives from scientific community, governments and business.
The lectures aim to alter European policy, either by agenda setting or by providing recommendations for various takeholders. As such the first lecture made a pledge for a Common Agriculture & Food Policy, a more integrative approach on the connection between nutrition patterns and the agricultural policy. The second lecture provided recommendations for the Agrifood 2030 research agenda. The third Mansholt lecture in 2018 discussed the opportunities and difficulties of circularity in agricultural production.
Topic 2021: Digitalisation in the agrifood sector
Due to the covid pandemic and precautions, the Mansholt lecture 2020 is being postponed until 22 September 2021. The fifth edition, the Mansholt lecture addresses the challenges and opportunities of responsible digitalisation of agriculture and food production in Europe.