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Case Study: Hidden Hunger

Latest event:
3rd International Congress Hidden Hunger: "Post-2015 Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals: Where are we now? Strategies to improve nutrition quality and combat hidden hunger", March 20-22, 2017

About the event:
The "Congress Hidden Hunger" launched by Prof. Dr. med. Hans K. Biesalski from the Institute of Biological Chemistry and Nutrition at the University of Hohenheim provides a platform for global interactions of members belonging to the scientific community, representatives from politics, government and the media as well as members of civil society organizations, advocacy groups and private and public sector bodies.
The 3rd Congress Hidden Hunger was a continuation of the successful, international event series "Congress Hidden Hunger" which started in 2013. At the 1st Congress Hidden Hunger the causes and consequences of hidden hunger as well as possible solutions were discussed. The 2nd Congress Hidden Hunger which was hosted in 2015 addressed the specific problem of hidden hunger during pregnancy and the first years of life. Associated, serious consequences for child development and the increased risk for maternal mortality were also discussed.
In March 2017, the 3rd Congress Hidden Hunger considered the question of how far the Post-2015 Agenda and other programs and measures adopted in 2015 to fight against world hunger and poverty have already been implemented. To achieve this, political parties and industry representatives as well as representatives of civil society and advocacy groups (NGOs) were invited to take a position. Furthermore, successfully established projects and initiatives (such as the special initiative "One World – No Hunger" of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)) were presented at the congress. Young scientists and members of small organizations had the opportunity to apply for a scholarship to participate in the congress. They were invited to supplement the event with a presentation of their ideas for cooperation and implementation of different measures in the fight against world hunger. It was important that all participants presented and discussed the specific objectives of such measures and how they are to be regionally implemented.
Currently, the congress team of the 3rd Congress Hidden Hunger 2017 looks back on a very successful and multifaceted, international three-day event of rich and diversified contents. Thanks to this event, there was another great success in raising further awareness of the burning topic of hidden hunger, the Post-2015 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals. Since the Congress Hidden Hunger was launched in 2013 the topic of hidden hunger is increasingly discussed and visible, as Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun from the Center for Development Research (ZEF) mentioned in his opening lecture in March 2017.
The main program consisted of several political speeches and a series of scientific lectures given by renowned politicians, experts and young scientists. There were 45 keynote presentations and 10 free presentations. A total of 327 participants from 5 continents and in total 54 different countries joined the congress. The repeated considerable and continuous feedback to the first three congresses convinced the organizers to host the 4th Congress Hidden Hunger which is expected to take place in March 2019 at the University Hohenheim.

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About the event locations:
The 1st International Congress Hidden Hunger 2013 took place at Hohenheim Palace which lies in the south of Stuttgart, surrounded by the fertile Filder areas and bordered by the Stuttgart city districts Plieningen and Birkach. The former summer residence of Herzog Carl Eugen von Württemberg is in the midst of expansive parks, the Hohenheim Gardens. In its current form, Hohenheim Palace was built on the model of Versailles. Today, it houses parts of the University of Hohenheim. Its state rooms are open during public events (concerts and lectures), for tours (with prior registration), or during the Open Days (on the first weekend in July). The University of Hohenheim is the oldest University in Stuttgart and unique in its strong specialization. Founded in 1818 after devastating famines, the University of Hohenheim is not only engaged in intensive basic research but has traditionally also been committed to developing innovative solutions for some of society's pressing problems. To do so, the University of Hohenheim engages in a combination of scientific disciplines that is unique among German universities. Today, the University of Hohenheim is the leading University in agricultural research and food sciences, as well as strong and unparalleled in natural, social, business, economic, and communication sciences. The degree programs at the University of Hohenheim are innovative and adventuresome. The project “Humboldt reloaded”, founded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, has been given the Ars Legendi Prize for excellence in teaching and other awards. The project promotes research oriented studying for Bachelor´s students. Finally, the green campus of short distances all around the Hohenheim Palace is known as the most beautiful campus of the state.
Because of restoration work at the University of Hohenheim the congress organizers had to change the event locations of the 2nd and 3rd International Congresses Hidden Hunger. In doing so, they were faced with a difficult choice in view of the wide range and variety of event locations of high quality which are offered by the city of Stuttgart. The choice finally was the Mövenpick Hotel Stuttgart Messe & Airport, a modern Stuttgart hotel in a key business location with direct access to the airport, just 20 minutes from the city center, and located near the University of Hohenheim.

The Stuttgart Convention Bureau was an important and effective partner for the organization of the three International Congresses Hidden Hunger. The congress team benefited from the very high level of competence and commitment of each of its employees in managing hotel bookings and giving advice, amongst others. Its offer of an easy and free of charge hotel reservation service as well as an unique "mobile extra" were extremely valuable and helpful. Guests who booked accommodation through Stuttgart Convention Bureau in one of some 120 partner hotels received, along with their booking confirmation, a free local public transport pass for up to a maximum of eight days for the regional public transport network. According to the feedbacks left especially by participants from developing countries, Stuttgart is the ideal place to find a culture of encounter, hospitality and cordial welcome.
Further partners of equal importance and effectivity were the INTERPLAN Congress, Meeting & Event Management AG, Munich and birgit sturm_kreative projekte, Herdecke.

At this point, the congress team would like to thank its partners, sponsors and exhibitors as well as their teams again for their valuable support. This support was an important part of that which made the congress possible and successful!