On June 22, 2021, a scholarly seminar for the public was held at FEM SPU in Nitra called Food and Sustainable Access. Sixty participants in person attended it, and 40 participants watched the seminar online via MS TEAMS.
The seminar’s main topic was the presentation of the results of a project that focuses on examining and evaluating the changing behaviour of adults in the field of sustainable food consumption. The project is being solved in Slovakia, Austria, Sweden, and Denmark under a coordinating university from Turkey.
The seminar was opened and moderated by prof. Ing. Elena Horská as a local project coordinator. During the workshop, all the project’s outputs, which the project team members presented, were gradually presented. Ing. Mária Holotová, PhD. spoke about the current situation in the field of sustainable access to food, Ing. Martina Hanová, PhD., who was the leading methodological researcher of the project, introduced the participants to the research process of the subject matter in individual countries and presented the main results, expressed by the so-called SCOFI index – Index of sustainable food consumption, doc. Ing. Ľubica Kubicová, PhD. together with Ing. Kristína Predanócyová, PhD. introduced the seminar participants to the topic of food consumption from the aspect of nutrition, doc. Ing. Zdenka Kádekova, PhD. presented the issue of sustainability in terms of the food chain, Ing. Marcela Hallová, PhD. presented the competence map and prof. Ing. Ľudmila Nagyová, PhD. spoke about the possibilities of incorporating project topics into education, research, and cooperation with practice.
Experts from practice also enriched the seminar with their contributions. Among them Ing. Oliver Šiatkovský, PhD., Chairman of PVOD Madunice and chairman of RPPK Trnava, who focused on sustainability issues in the whole food vertical and emphasized the need to transfer measures into practice, marketing manager Katarína Jaklovská from Lyra, who presented the company’s sustainability concept on the input and output side from the production of quality chocolate, Mgr. Csilla Budinszka, fitness trainer and nutrition consultant, working in the 365 GYM fitness center in Nitra, which is behind the changes not only in the menus, but also in the lifestyle of several of our colleagues and students, and finally our graduate, Ing. Katarína Lieskovská, who has been a vegan for 20 years and who is also not indifferent to not only food but the environment in general.
The seminar was also enriched by the students of the study program Agrarian Trade and Marketing. They created promotional articles, short video formats for social networks TIK-TOK and Instagram, the so-called REELS, and a total of 36 videos lasting max. 3 minutes. The five best videos advanced to the international competition within the SUSCOF project was presented at a professional seminar. Their authors will take part in an excursion to Vienna to the BOKU University in the winter semester of 2021/2022, where training on sustainability in food access will take place.