Feeding the Future: Innovating Urban Food Systems

Join us for the second event around our 20th-anniversary programming in Switzerland and explore the latest advancements and solutions for a more sustainable urban food system.

Anniversary Event

By 2050, urban living will be the reality for almost 70 percent of the global population.

As cities continue to grow, it becomes crucial to ensure that citizens not only have adequate housing and public services but also access to safe and affordable food. Join us for an engaging event that unites diverse perspectives from Switzerland and the Bay Area, exploring the latest advancements and solutions for a more sustainable urban food system.

Speakers & Moderator


  • 5:00pm – Doors open


  • 5:20pm – Lauren Wildbolz, Soil to Soul
  • 5:25pm – State Secretary Martina Hirayama, State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation, SERI
  • 5:30pm – Emilia Pasquier, Swissnex in San Francisco


  • 5:40pm – Virtual keynote from San Francisco Bay Area speaker: Ricardo San Martin, Director Alternative Meats Lab, UC Berkley

Breakout sessions (short interactive keynotes)

  • 5:50pm – Bettina Scharrer, Research Scientist, University of Bern
  • 5:50pm – Robin Bertschinger, Founder and Co-CEO startup Umami
  • 5:50pm – Jonelle Simunich, Urban Planner, Executive Director and Co-Founder, [y]our 2040
  • 5:50pm – Mar Serra, Head Accelerator Nestle Research

Panel discussion

  • 6:20pm – Panel discussion


  • 6:45pm – Sophie Schumacher, Project Manager Innovation Office University of Basel
  • 6:48pm – Jürgen Freidrich, Project Manager KLYBEQ Area - Swiss Life


  • 6:50pm – Networking apéro
  • 8:00pm – End of event

Event start time

20th Anniversary of Swissnex in San Francisco

This event is part of Metropolis: Sustainable Futures Under Construction, Swissnex in San Francisco’s anniversary programming this Fall.

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This event is a collaboration with the University of Basel Innovation Office and kühne wicki Future Stuff.


This event is sponsored by SwissLife.