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.COME Unravelling healthy diets at Pavilion of Knowledge

28 Mar 2017

From 16th to 19th March, the Pavilion of Knowledge - Ciência Viva Science Centre (Lisbon, Portugal) hosted a programme dedicated to food, health and sustainability, with more than 40 experimental activities, workshops, science and technology projects, debates and documentaries.

During 4 days, .COME brought together researchers, food producers, nutritionists and chefs, among other stakeholders and the general public, who addressed the processes of sustainable agricultural production, healthy eating habits, the Mediterranean diet and prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

On 16th March, a debate on "The Mediterranean diet and the prevention of cardiovascular diseases" was organized, with the presence of ERC researcher Manuel Franco, from Alcalá University (Madrid, Spain), and the nutritionist Maria João Gregório, from NOVA University (Lisbon, Portugal). Participants had also the opportunity to be screened for cardiovascular diseases and to attend a cooking demonstration on Mediterranean diet.

On 17th March, activities were mainly addressed to teachers and students, who were challenged to discover new foods and flavors, to be guided by the senses and discover how healthy food is also tasty. In the evening, parents, students, teachers, nutritionists, policy makers and entrepreneurs sat at the same table to discuss the healthy eating habits of children and teenagers. School canteens, alternative eating spaces, food education in the context of school and family were the four themes discussed.

On 18th March, activities were aimed at families invited to participate in practical activities and workshops, to watch film documentaries and photography displays about food and to contact directly with scientists who develop their research on food, health and sustainability.

Finally, on 19th March, the Pavilion of Knowledge team presented some of the activities to Time Out Market, a trendy spot in central Lisbon.

The 4-day program gathered more than 1 800 participants.

This event was organized under the scope of ERC=Science2, a Europe-wide communication campaign which uses popular scientific themes, such as Food, to tell stories about the breakthrough science funded by the European Research Council (ERC) and the potential impact it can have on our lives.

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