Prochain TFO


Call for applications


event details

        June 15th - 8:00am to 6:00pm          near Paris, France


Application are closed! If you want to participate, contact us.


#5 / The Future Of Waste


Given the growing world population and the increasing demand for food, it is our common responsibility to explore new ways of valorizing fruit and vegetable waste. There is a growing necessity in the industry to implement sustainable modes of production and consumption by opening new pathways to beneficial innovations. More than simply waste reduction, it is time to shift our thinking to directly positive impacts: we could do so much more with our waste and by-product streams. For example, why not turn them into products with strong added-value for nutrition and health?

Some solutions have already been proposed or implemented; transforming waste into co-products and by-products such as compost, methane energy source, ingredients for pet food, cosmetics, etc. Nevertheless, these solutions do not necessarily capture all the value of many waste streams. Potentially valuable nutritive or health-active properties could be lost, and often large volumes of materials are still discarded. There is plenty of room for innovation, incorporating a better and more comprehensive understanding of every opportunity, potential health and nutrition benefit of components, and making informed decisions on how to extract value.

How to further improve the industrial valorization of fruit and vegetable waste?

Which technologies and methods can unlock their potential? For the health and nutrition sector and others (new materials, pharmaceutical, energy…), how can we collaborate to deliver new scientific research projects having a directly positive impact with fruit and vegetable waste streams?



Call for applications

  1. April 16th 2018: announcement of the results for the first round

2. April 27th 2018: application deadline for the 2nd round

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A synthetic application form

30-40 experts and professionals on topic from different organizations (start-ups, companies, NGOs, research laboratories, investors...) will be selected to attend

6 attendees will be selected to pitch in the morning

Don't worry -- if you are not part of this selection, you'll have the opportunity to propose a topic of discussion in the afternoon


Inclusive conference

June 15th 2018: start of the program at the IRD "Innovation campus for the planet" (near Paris, France)

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6 inspiring presentations by  researchers and entrepreneurs

An open forum with 3x 3 round tables on topics proposed by attendees

Collaborative tools and spaces dedicated to generate partnerships

Informal moments, because collaborations can also come from coffee breaks ;-)


Project support   

From July to December 2018, 3 projects with a high potential for positive societal impacts will receive our support 

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SoScience provides a 6 month support program as you take your projects to completion 

  • Project framing and coordination
  • Access to SoScience and its partners' network
  • Financing opportunities 

For social entrepreneurs and NGOs, a few grants are available for transportation. Please make your request through the application form.


Selection criteria

  • Some level of expertise* on the theme
  • Interest in creating partnerships with a high potential for positive impacts on society
  • Passion for responsible research and innovation
  • Willing to engage in multi-stakeholder collaborations (you will use this opportunity to find complementary approaches and skills)
  • Your approach is inclusive and/or socially and environmentally oriented, and aims to tackle a key societal issue
  • We favor innovative / uncommon / original solutions, ideas, and approaches 

* Expertise can take many forms: you are an expert of your own experience!

If any of these apply to you...

  • I would like to share my expertise with other stakeholders and get inspired to collaborate with them.

  • I would like to learn how my industry or company can contribute to solving social issues and achieving SDGs.

  • My laboratory works on this theme, and I would like to develop research partnerships going forward. 

  • I am a start-up working to develop an innovative solution on this subject. 

  • I am a non-profit/ NGO that wants to implement a local program in partnership with research and innovation stakeholders.

  • I am supporting organization (incubator, investor...) wanting to boost promising projects in this area?

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