A look back at


Taste the Future


BIOTOPIA Festival exploring the themes of Food, Health and Sustainability
EAT took place on May 26, 2019.

Tasting the Future
With over 3,500 visitors, BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern explored, experienced and discussed the myriad dimensions of food at the EAT Festival on May 26.

Visitors could approach topics like nutrition, food, health and sustainability with a wide variety of programmes: scientific lectures and panel discussions offered insights into our relationship and eating behaviour in relation to other living beings, possible ways to a sustainable and healthy diet for the entire planet and the influence of innovation on food waste as well as the fight against world hunger. Among others, the philosopher Richard David Precht, Brent Loken, co-author of the EAT Lancet Report, and zoologist Auguste von Bayern could be met on stage.

Listening and discussing, however, was only one aspect of the festival, where designers, scientists, innovators and culinarians came together to explore possible futures of food, to communicate the latest research and to make our relationship to food tangible.
How do our senses influence our experience of taste? How can agriculture function without soil, or vice versa, what makes our soil so important? Or would you rather master fermentation, cook with wild plants collected in urban areas or try Kombucha? Special thanks are also due to the numerous scientific institutions, such as the Bavarian Natural History Collections, the Bionicum, the Max Planck Institutes and more, who have participated in the EAT Festival with their projects and objects and who have illustrated research with a hands-on approach.

Another highlight was and is certainly the exhibition "MEAT THE FUTURE" in the Museum Mensch und Natur. With 30 speculative dishes, it questions our future relationship to lab-grown meat. Free of restrictions such as the physical shape of the animal, meat is rethought as a medium at the interface of design, ethics and sustainability. The exhibition is open until 23 June 2019.

Whether it is about looking over the shoulders of scientists or becoming active in workshops, there was something for everyone's taste at EAT; for the new generation as well as for die-hard foodies and the generally curious - with a full house throughout, the Festival has succeded in offering something for everyone.
How and what will we eat in the future? How does what we eat shape the planet? How can we feed the world without destroying fragile ecosystems? And is lab-grown meat really an alternative - or will algae burgers become a better option?

The festival will be a mouth-watering and thought-provoking exploration of eating in all its myriad dimensions, bringing together leading scientists, artists, designers, chefs, industry experts, innovators and the public to explore the food of the future in the stunning surroundings of Schloss Nymphenburg, offering a tantalizing variety of events suitable for all ages.

The diverse programme offers exhibitions, participative activities, hands-on science, experimental tastings, talks and panels for all tastes and senses: Experience the "Edible Munich" in a delicious discrict tour, create your personalized sauce recipe by means of an algorithm or predict your individual eating behaviour via food-tarot.

By approaching the topic from a variety of viewpoints, BIOTOPIA aims at initiating an inspiring, positively irritating interdisciplinary dialogue that fosters curiosity, captures people's imagination, contributes fresh perspectives, facilitates an empathetic understanding and sparks controversial discussion about the future of nutrition, agriculture, food and taste.
Festival Facts

May 26, 2019: 10am - 8pm

> Hubertussaal, Schloss Nymphenburg, Munich &
> Museum Mensch und Natur, Munich (inside & outside)

Admission Free.

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Speakers, Performers & Contributors

Elisabeth Abergel
Rachel Carson Center, München / Université du Québec, Montréal
Ralph Ammer
University of Applied Sciences, Munich
Jamie Arbib
Rethinkx, London
Corinna Babylon,
Sarah Humeniuk
Maude Baldwin
Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Auguste von Bayern
Max-Planck-Institute for Ornithology, Seewiesen, Germany
Johanna Braun
Global Food Summit
Kerstin Burseg
EIT Food, Freising
Julian Chollet
mikroBIOMIK Society, Munich
Ophelia Deroy
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Marketa Dolejšová
Extreme Biopolitical Bistro
Sarah Dorkenwald, Karianne Fogelberg, Tanja Seiner
Johnny Drain
Material Scientist, Food & Design, London
Dag Encke
Tiergarten Nürnberg
Vanessa Engel
#beebetter / BurdaHome, Offenburg
Frauke Feuss
Ökologisches Bildungszentrum, Munich
David Finnigan
Game Designer, Canberra
Friedbert Förster
Münchner Ernährungsrat e.V.
Eva Gebauer
Bionicum, Nürnberg
Michael John Gorman
BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern, Munich
Mascha Gugganig
TUM - Munich Scenter for Technology in Society
Jessica Guy,
Emily Whyman
Architecture & Industrial Design, UK
Gerhard Haszprunar
Bavarian Natural History Collections, Munich
Oliver Hawlitschek
SNSB-Zoological State Collection, Munich
Anneke van Heteren
SNSB-Zoological State Collection, Munich
Anita Idel
Mediation & Project management for Agrobiodiversity & Animal Health
Susanne Kadner
Acatech - Deutsche Akademie der Technikwissenschaften
Juliane Kahl
Responsive Fashion Institute
Denisa Kera
Extreme Biopolitical Bistro
Bernhard Kowatsch
WFP Innovation Accelerator, Munich
Fritz Lietsch
Forum Nachhaltig Wirtschaften
Maximilian Lössl
Agrilution, Munich
Brent Loken
EAT Forum, Oslo
Maurice Maggi
Author & Landscape Gardener, Zurich
Anastasia Meid, Magdalena Skala
University of Applied Sciences, Würzburg, Germany
Nina Möllers
BIOTOPIA - Naturkundemuseum Bayern
Martin Parniske
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Paul Pfluger
Helmholtz-Zentrum, München
Richard David Precht
Philosopher & Author
Oliver Rauhut
SNSB-Bavarian State Collection for Paleaontology and Geology, Munich
Martin Schaefer
Jocotoco Foundation
Victor Schmidt
Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Tübingen
Jan-Gisbert Schultze
Acton Capital, Munich
Georg Schweisfurth
Hermannsdorfer Landwerkstätten, Glonn
Andreas H. Segerer
SNSB-Zoological State Collection, Munich
Catherine Tubb
RethinkX, London
Kathleen Webster
Ludwig-Maximilians-University, Munich
Cordula Weiss
Waterford Institute of Technology, Waterford, Ireland
Gert Wörheide
Bavarian State Collection for Palaeontology and Geology, Munich
Jozef Youssef
Kitchen Theory, Barnet, UK
Inbar Zanir
Leder Scoops, Tel-Aviv

Further Information

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Press information
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Festival Partners
  • Acatech
  • Andrea von Braun
  • Aqua Monaco
  • Bayern 2
  • Bayern Design
  • bayklif
  • BayWa
  • #beebetter
  • BA9
  • Bionicum
  • BotMuc
  • Burda Home
  • Cube
  • Dahlmann
  • DLD
  • Förderkreis BIOTOPIA
  • Forum nachhaltig wirtschaften
  • gastro total
  • Hans Sauer Stiftung
  • Hipp
  • Hochschule angewandte Wissenschaften
  • Hofpfisterei
  • LMU
  • Maria Ward Realschule
  • MPG
  • MMN
  • Next Nature Network
  • RCC
  • SNSB
  • TUM
  • UnDesignUnit
  • WWF


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