Why did Université Catholique de Lille choose to participate in Awards?

The Université Catholique de Lille is one of the partners of the European Plant-based Protein Awards. Created in 1875, this is a unique French multidisciplinary institution composed of 5 Faculties, 20 Schools, institutes and a hospital group. Its actions are focused on higher education and research and on the proposal of the human and Christian values that have animated it from the beginning. Talk with Didier PEILLON, Head of development and patronage

What do you think is the biggest challenge we face when we speak about food transition?

The main challenge is based in balancing two issues. First, the issue of demography. The population must be fed in sufficient quantity and in a healthy way. In the second stage, the product system must integrate environmental, biodiversity and climatic factors and limits its impact. It is on the reconciliation of these two points that we must innovate. We must therefore be oriented towards sustainable growth. In my opinion, this means putting in place a disruptive logic in the field of food innovation.

What do you like most about your job?

What is exciting is to see how the University has always been ahead of these issues and particularly in the establishment of favorable environments to these transformations. In addition, the Université Catholique de Lille is a neutral “third place” on which research can conciliate economic and public actors involved. It is indeed an environment where everyone talks around convergent interests. This is a great opportunity to match research, teaching, services and businesses.

Why did your organisation choose to participate in the Awards?

The Université Catholique de Lille is participating in this call for applications to determine what the new trends in food disruption are. Plant-based Protein is a leading subject. We wish to contribute to it and to involve our students as much as possible, very much waiting for this kind of initiative. Through the Awards, we want to encourage our students to start their own business to boost the local entrepreneurial ecosystem!