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Elsevier Announces the First International Conference on Global Food Security

February 5, 2013

AMSTERDAM, February 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –

Conference to take place September 29 -October 2, 2013 in the Netherlands

Elsevier, [http://www.elsevier.com ] a world-leading provider of scientific, technical
and medical information products and solutions, announces the First International
Conference on Global Food Security, taking place 29 September – 2 October 2013 in
Noordwijkerhout, the Netherlands.

Organized by Elsevier and an International Scientific Committee, the conference will
address food security at local and global levels with an interdisciplinary and systemic
point of view. It will present state-of-the-art interdisciplinary insights and research on
this topic and address the trade-offs that occur in reconciling competing environmental,
economic or social objectives and outcomes at different spatial and temporal scales. In
addition to the strong focus on integration across academic disciplines, ten parallel
sessions will also focus on aspects of food security such as nutritional security, lost
harvest and wasted food, and sustainable intensification.

Keynote speakers include Sir John Beddington, UK Government Chief Advisor, Rachel
Kyte, Vice President of Sustainable Development at the World Bank, Meine van Noordwijk,
World Agroforestry Centre, Indonesia, Tristram Stuart, Author & Founder of Feeding the
5000, Vaclav Smil, University of Manitoba, Canada and Este Vorster, North-West University,
South Africa.

“There is a global need to better understand the economic, social, biophysical,
technological and institutional drivers of current and future global food security,”
explained conference chairs Professor Ken Giller and Professor Martin van Ittersum, both
of Wageningen University, the Netherlands. “For the first time an international conference
brings together researchers from key disciplines with the aim to discuss a very daunting
question we all face today: how to feed our growing global population? It is high time
that the breadth and depth of our understanding is brought together to inform the
political debate.”

“With both the launch of our new journal Global Food Security
[http://www.journals.elsevier.com/global-food-security ] and this conference we seek to
encourage integration of knowledge among relevant disciplines and to create a platform for
this new community,” explained Gilles Jonker, Executive Publisher at Elsevier.
“Presentations and papers are designed to be of interest to a diverse audience and aim to
inspire scientists to address the global food security challenge.”

More information about the conference including the full list of keynote speakers and
sessions is available at: http://www.globalfoodsecurityconference.com

Abstracts for oral and poster presentations about the conference themes can be
submitted via the website until 10 May 2013.

More information on the journal Global Food Security available at:


About Global Food Security
Global Food Security aims to publish papers that contribute to better understanding of
economic, social, biophysical, technological, and institutional drivers of current and
future global food security.

Motivation for Global Food Security arose from concern about the difficulty scientists
and policy makers have in keeping up with the expanding volume of information about the
challenge of meeting human food and nutritional needs while protecting environmental

About Elsevier

Elsevier is a world-leading provider of scientific, technical and medical information
products and services. The company works in partnership with the global science and health
communities to publish more than 2,000 journals, including The Lancet
[http://www.thelancet.com ] and Cell [http://www.cell.com ], and close to 20,000 book
titles, including major reference works from Mosby and Saunders. Elsevier’s online
solutions include ScienceDirect [http://www.sciencedirect.com ], Scopus
[http://www.scopus.com ], Reaxys [http://www.reaxys.com ], ClinicalKey
[http://www.clinicalkey.com ] and Mosby’s Nursing Suite [http://www.confidenceconnected.com
], which enhance the productivity of science and health professionals, and the SciVal
suite [http://www.scival.com ] and MEDai’s Pinpoint Review [http://www.medai.com ], which
help research and health care institutions deliver better outcomes more cost-effectively.

A global business headquartered in Amsterdam, Elsevier [http://www.elsevier.com ]
employs 7,000 people worldwide. The company is part of Reed Elsevier Group PLC
[http://www.reedelsevier.com ], a world-leading provider of professional information
solutions in the Science, Medical, Legal and Risk and Business sectors, which is jointly
owned by Reed Elsevier PLC and Reed Elsevier NV. The ticker symbols are REN (Euronext
Amsterdam), REL (London Stock Exchange), RUK and ENL (New York Stock Exchange).

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