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.

Talks and Panels at the BIOTOPIA Festival EAT

  • Healthy for the Planet? The EAT-Lancet Diet
    Vortrag von Dr. Brent Loken, EAT Forum

  • Sustainabality Slam: Exploring the UN Sustainable Development Goals
    Talks by students
    of the Institute of Genetics, LMU Munich

  • Why Your Microbiome Matters When You Drink Milk
    (Unless You're a Scandinavian)

    Talk by Dr. Victor Schmidt, Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology

  • Tiere essen
    Vortrag von Richard David Precht, Philosoph und Autor

  • Uninelligentes Design beim Nahrungserwerb
    Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gerhard Haszprunar
    Staatliche Naturwissenschaftliche Sammlungen Bayerns

  • Warum werden wir dick? Alles Kopfsache
    Dr. Paul Pfluger
    Helmholtz Zentrum München

  • Was geht uns das Insektensterben an?
    Vortrag von Dr. Andreas Segerer,
    SNSB-Zoologische Staatssammlung München

  • Was essen Schwämme, die Staubsauger der Meere?
    Vortrag von Prof. Dr. Gert Wörheide
    SNSB-Bayerische Staatssammlung für Paläontologie und Geologie
    & Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München

  • Anders essen: Innovationen in der Ernährungsbranche
    Panel mit Kerstin Burseg, EIT Food
    Mathias Rasch, Wicked Cricket | Maximilian Lössl Agrilution
    Andreas Reiser, Kombuco Fizz | Johanna Braun, Global Food Summit, Moderation
    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
    COSA STUDIO, Berlin
    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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