The European Society for Agricultural and Food Ethics (EurSafe) is an independent organisation, which provides a network for those who have an interest in the ethical issues involved in agriculture and food supply. The Society is an international, interdisciplinary and cross-cultural organisation, which bridges academia and the world of practice. After a successful first Congress in Wageningen in 1999, EurSafe was established in 2000 during the second Congress in Copenhagen.
- To encourage international academic research and education on the ethical issues involved in agriculture and food supply
- To encourage international scientific and public debate on the ethical issues involved in agriculture and food supply
EurSafe strives to achieve its aims through various activities
- Organising a communication network for people from professional practice, academic disciplines, social organisations and public administration
- Organising Scientific Conferences
- Publishing Newsletters
- Initiating incentive prizes, such as the Vonne Lund Prize for best student paper and poster at the EurSafe Congress
- Promoting visiting fellowships and special professorships at prominent universities
The Society is legally based in the Netherlands. The first Statutes of the Society were written in 2000 and approved by the General Assembly. Thereafter, the Statutes were amended and changed in 2007.
The current version is available here.
The Executive Committee is elected by the General Assembly. The composition of the Executive Committee aims to maintain a balance between disciplines, languages, nationalities, and gender.
Centre for Applied Bioethics, University of Nottingham, United Kingdom
Vice president -
Franck L.B. Meijboom
Utrecht University, The Netherlands
Secretary - Bernice Bovenkerk
Wageningen University, The Netherlands
Treasurer - Dirk de Hen
University College vzw Odisee/ Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium
University of Agricultural Science and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania
University of the Basque Country, Spain
Messerli Research Institute, University of Veterinary Medicine, Medical University of Vienna and University of Vienna, Austria
Institute for Molecular and Cell Biology - IBMC, Portugal
International Center for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities, Eberhard Karls Universität, Tübingen, Germany
Swedish University of Agricultural Science, Sweden
• Prof. Cees Veerman, NL (1999-2000), former Minister of State of Agriculture, Nature, and, Food Quality and former Chair of the Executive Board of the Wageningen University and Research Centre, The Netherlands
• Prof. Peter Sandøe, DK (2000-2007), Director of the Centre for Bioethics and Risk Assessment, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Copenhagen , Denmark
• Matthias Kaiser, N (2007-2016), Director of Centre for the Study of the Sciences and Humanities, University of Bergen, Norway
• Prof. Ben Mepham, UK (2009), Centre for Applied Bioethics, University of Nottingham, UK
Given his extraordinary services to the Society, the General Assembly of the European Society of Agricultural and Food Ethics agreed (in Vienna, 15 September 2007) on the proposal of the Executive Committee to appoint Prof. dr. T. Ben Mepham as Honorary Member of the Society. The rights and position of Honorary Membership are formulated in the Statutes