Conference hosts

The 35th EFFoST International Conference 2021 will be hosted by Agroscope, Bühler Group, EPFL, ETH Zürich, and Nestlé. EFFoST2021 will connect thought-leaders from the public and private sector to join forces to tackle global challenges in food and nutrition in Europe and beyond.

This year’s host country Switzerland is home to a unique food and nutrition ecosystem that is rooted in  agricultural tradition, an unmatched concentration of the world’s leading companies and scientific institutions, as well as a large number of start-ups in areas such as food, nutrition, life sciences and robotics.


The Nestlé Group is the world’s largest food and beverage company with more than 2000 brands ranging from global icons like Nescafé and Nespresso to local favorites. In 2019, total sales were roughly 92.6 billion Swiss francs. The company’s performance is driven by their Nutrition, Health and Wellness strategy that is focused on enhancing the quality of life and contributing to a healthier future. Founded in the Swiss town of Vevey more than 150 years ago, it is currently present in 187 countries around the world with 403 factories and 291.000 employees. Nestlé’s Research & Development counts 3,900 employees working at 23 locations worldwide.


ETH Zürich
ETH Zürich is an institution of the Swiss Confederation dedicated to higher learning and research. Together with EPFL and four research institutes, it forms the federally directed ETH domain. Our university for science and technology dates back to the year 1855, when the founders of modern-day Switzerland created it as a centre of innovation and knowledge.  ETH Zürich, provides an ideal environment for students and researchers to think independently, creating a climate that inspires top performance. ETH Zürich is pioneering effective solutions for the global challenges of today and tomorrow. ETH Zürich regards itself as an institution with regional and national roots that it is also fully integrated in the international academic community.


EPFL is one of the two technology institutes in the Swiss ETH domain. EPFL is Europe’s most cosmopolitan technical university. It welcomes students, professors and collaborators of more than 120 nationalities. EPFL has both a Swiss and international vocation and focuses on three missions: education, research and innovation.

Ranked among the top 20 best universities in the world, EPFL emphasises innovation and international collaboration at all levels of education and research. It offers its students thirteen study courses and advanced programmes within the expanding campus.


Bühler is a leading industrial solution provider. Two billion people each day enjoy foods produced on Bühler equipment; and one billion people travel in vehicles manufactured with parts produced by Bühler machinery. Bühler’s purpose is to address the world’s most pressing food and mobility challenges with innovative technologies and digital services. The company’s mission is to contribute to reducing waste – yield, water and energy - by 50% in customer value chains. Today, this family owned company that was founded in Uzwil, Switzerland in 1860, operates in 140 countries with over 30 production sites, 100 service centers and 25 application centers. Focus areas of innovation are sustainable protein supply, affordable nutrition and circular food concepts that leverage science and technology and collaborative innovation.


As the Swiss federal centre of excellence for research and development in the agriculture, food and environment sector, Agroscope develops solutions for the benefit of a sustainable agricultural and food sector. Affiliated with the Swiss Federal Office for Agriculture, Agroscope is spread out over various locations throughout Switzerland.  Research is conducted along the entire agrifood value chain,  from farm to fork. The research fields include plants, animals, food, the environment and competition. With its system research, Agroscope makes an important contribution for a competitive and sustainable agricultural sector, for a healthy diet with high-quality food, and for an intact environment for the benefit of society, policy-makers and practitioners. Agroscope for good food and a healthy environment

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  • Nestlé
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