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Nadine Bongaerts (interviewer)

Nadine Bongaerts (1988) is a strong connector between science and society, and frequent speaker on synthetic biology, biodesign and entrepreneurship. She has a background in Biotechnology (Delft University of Technology), co-founded life sciences communication company Biotecture (2011) and chairs the Dutch Chapter of the Kairos Society. More recently, she joined as Global Community Director of Hello Tomorrow to accelerate the transformation of science and technology into products.

Border Sessions 2014 - Thu, 13 Nov 2014

Hello meat lovers, hello vegetarians. We need to talk about the future of meat. With the world’s population expected to reach nine billion people by 2050, it’s becoming impossible to produce and consume meat like we do today. Climate change, energy use, animal diseases and global food shortages are just some of the problems facing us, not to mention the issue of animal welfare on factory farms. Some researchers expect that in vitro meat, grown from stem cells in a bioreactor, could provide a sustainable and animalfriendly alternative to conventional meat. In 2013 the world’s first lab grown burger was cooked. Nevertheless, many people still find it an unattractive idea to eat meat from a lab. And rightly so.

The In Vitro Meat Cookbook aims to move beyond in-vitro meat as an inferior fake-meat replacement or horseless carriage, to explore its creative prospects and visualize what in-vitro meat products might be on our plate one day.

Koert van Mensvoort will be interviewed by Nadine Bongaerts.