Panel discussions

Health is not enough

4 October at 15:45, level 0 

How does the development of science and technology change how we think about health? A personalized diet is designed to activate the brain, help maintain good condition and even slow down aging. During the meeting, we’ll check how modern diagnostics enriches our knowledge about the impact of food on health:

  • Will genome and microbiome studies help perfectly match the menu to the body’s needs, and a tailor-made diet will prove to be the best prevention of civilization diseases?
  • How do the things we eat in the first years of life "program" our body and to what extent can we later "reprogram" it with a proper diet?
  • Are food supplements just a marketing fraud?
  • Are the diets completely excluding meat healthy?
  • Is the intermittent fasting harmful?

Krzysztof Kornas (Przemiany Festival curator)

Dr Hanna Wilska (dietitian, blogger, Przemian Hero)
Dr Agnieszka Gaczkowska (doctor, businesswoman)
Dr Anna Domaszewska-Szostek (doctor, Mossakowski Medical Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences)
Alicja Baska (medical student, blogger)

Artificial or natural?

4 October at 17:00, level 1

In the face of modern food research and the possibilities of biotechnology, the border between "artificial" and "natural" is getting less and less precise. During the meeting, we’ll get to know different methods for obtaining new plant varieties (including GMOs). We’ll talk about urban crops and cellular agriculture, which may soon reduce the need for meat from slaughter, ensuring the production of cultivated meat in laboratories. We’ll discuss the benefits and problems arising from the use of plant protection products and various food additives (dyes, emulsifiers, preservatives).

We’ll look for answers to the following questions:

  • Is the distinction between "natural" and "artificial" food still justified?
  • Is what we consider "natural" always healthy?
  • Do we live in a time of harmful food?
  • Can science give us a chance to produce safer food?

Krzysztof Kornas (curator of Przemiany Festival)

dr Joanna Gałązka (gardener and blogger, Polish Crop Protection Association)
dr Jacek Postupolski (National Institute of Public Health, Przemiany Hero)
Marcin Rotkiewicz (science journalist, Przemiany Hero)

Food of the future

5 October at 14:45, level 1

What barriers – psychological, social, business, legal – should be overcome to create a sustainable food system? During the meeting, we’ll consider which products have the best chances to change our menus in the future. We’ll talk about cultivated meat, edible insects, plant substitutes for meat and milk, hydroponics. We’ll also ask ourselves some additional questions:

  • What guides us when we change our eating habits?
  • What are flexitarianism, reducetarianism, and other popular ideas that can make our menu more healthy, ethical and ecologic?
  • Can speculative designer projects help create a sustainable food system?

Krzysztof Kornas (Przemiany Festival curator)

Marcin Tischner (ProVeg Polska, Przemiany Hero)
Dr Jakub Urbański (molecular biologist)
Christopher Bryant (psychologist, Special Festival Guest)
Chloé Rutzerveld (food designer, Special Festival Guest)
Michał Piosik (, Przemiany Hero)
Piotr Grabowski (, Przemiany Hero)

Good chemistry: influencers and scientists

5 October at 16.15, level 1

More info will be available soon.

Aleksandra Tatarczuk (USTA Magazine)

Grzegorz Łapanowski (cook, businessman, culinary journalist)
Małgorzata Minta (culinary and science journalist, author of books)
Jagna Niedzielska (chef and culinary advisor)
dr Jacek Postupolski (National Institute of Public Health, Przemiany Hero)
Marcin Rotkiewicz (science journalist, Przemianty Hero)

Local Food

6 October at 14.45, level 1

More info will be available soon.

Daria Pawlewska (KUKBUK)

Dr Anna Urbańska (molecular biologist, Przemiany Hero)
Mariusz Pożoga (Laboratorium313, Przemiany Hero)
Marcin Rotkiewicz (scientific journalist, Przemiany Hero)