Keynote speakers for the SSC


Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard

Connie Hedegaard will give the first keynote speech of the Scientific Student Conference on Friday November 17 at 12.45 – 13.30.

Title: TBC

Connie Hedegaard has a long resume within policies surrounding climate issues at a national and international level.

As previous Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Head of the UN Climate Convention in Copenhagen in 2009 and European Commissioner for Climate in the EU, she has in-depth insight in the aspects of both climate and derived major challenges facing our societies today. She is currently head of the board at the Danish green think tank Concito.

Connie will focus on the importance of quality research and knowledge dissemination for solid and sustainable policy making related to a global future.


Afton Halloran

Afton Halloran


Dr. Afton Halloran gives the second keynote speech of the Scienctific Student Conference on Saturday November 18 at 13.45– 14.30.
Title: How can insects help us to reach the sustainable development goals?

In her keynote, Afton will speak about her fascinating research on edible insect production and its role in addressing some of the biggest challenges facing our planet. Using examples from East Africa and Southeast Asia, she will explore how and why small-scale farmers are taking to insect farming to improve food security, diversify their livelihoods and expand their agricultural production systems.

Afton Halloran recently finished her PhD thesis “Impacts and outcomes of cricket farming systems on rural livelihoods and sustainable diets in Kenya and Thailand”, carried out as part of the research project “GREEiNSECT”.

Her research interests focus on farmers’ organizations, food policy, sustainable diets, rural and urban development and sustainable food systems.

Her resume includes co-authorship of the book “Edible insects – Future prospects for food and feed security” published by FAO and Wageningen University.

Afton is returning to the ELLS Scientific Student Conference, as she presented her research as a MSc. student at the conference in Wageningen in 2011, where she won a prize for best oral presentation.