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Mars-Caritas Lunch Debate Seminars

The Lunch Debate seminars, organized by Mars and Caritas Luxembourg, are a space of critical thinking and discussion on issues linked to Sustainability/Sustainable Development/Agenda 2030,  to promote social dialogue among citizens and stakeholders and raise awareness on the challenges of the Agenda 2030.

The issues are presented from an academic perspective as well as taking into account practitioners' views.

The speakers will be chosen with the goal to present different perspectives, promote dialogue and critical thinking


Lunch Debate 20 November 2019

'Land and Food. Shaping the Luxembourgish Agricultural System for the Agenda 2030'

Speakers:Ivonne Weichold, MARS-UNI and Evelyne Stoll, IBLA

organized by Caritas Luxembourg and MARS-UNI

at 12.15 - 13.45

at Caritas, rue Michel Welter 29, 2730 Luxembourg

Registration: until 18 November, T. 40 21 31 502

Ivonne Weichold is an architect, urbanist and currently a doctoral researcher at the University of Luxembourg. Her PhD research breaks open the duality of thinking in urban and rural environments in order to investigate the intertwined role of agricultural land and production and urban planning in wealthy economies (http:// During this lunch debate, she will critically discuss a ”best case” scenario concerning an alternative land configuration in Luxembourg. Contribution will be made by repositioning agricultural in planning through underlining it with concrete examples from other parts of the world.

Evelyne Stoll (MRes) works at the Research and Development department of the Institute for organic agriculture a.s.b.l. (IBLA), where she focusses her efforts on sustainability assessments at farm- and at food system-level. She is the principal investigator of the project SustEATable (2018-2021), in which sustainable farming practices and dietary habits needed for the establishment of sustainable food systems in Luxembourg are being investigated. She will present preliminary results from this study and discuss them in the wider context of current environmental and socio-economic challenges of the food system: why do we need changes in our food system? How can farmers be part of the solution? What responsibility befalls the consumer?

Ivonne Weichold presentation

Evelyne Stoll presentation













Lunch Debate 20 March 2019

'Can happiness help redefine progress?'

Speakers: Isabel Sebastian, MARS-UNI and Francesco Sarracino, Statec

organized by Caritas Luxembourg and MARS-UNI

at 12.15 - 13.45

at Caritas, rue Michel Welter 29, 2730 Luxembourg

Registration: until 18 March, T. 40 21 31 502


Isabel Sebastian is a Research Associate at the University of Luxemburg, contributing to the development of futures scenarios for Luxemburg’s sustainable water, soil and energy nexus. She recently completed a PhD at the Institute for Sustainable Futures in Sydney, Australia. Prior to academia, Isabel was a business professional with more than 20 years experience in blending the fields of business management and sustainability. Her experience spans from Australia, Germany, India, Tajikistan to Bhutan, where she worked for a nine-year period. Isabel will discuss Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness approach to progress.

Francesco Sarracino is senior economist at STATEC, the national statistical office of Luxembourg. His work aims at informing policies to make economic growth compatible with people’s well-being and to pursue sustainable development. In this speech, Francesco uses data from Luxembourg to argue that the quality of economic growth matters for people’s well-being, and that it is possible to establish a virtuous circle between enduring improvements in well-being and prosperity.

Isabel Sebastian presentation

Francesco Sarracino presentation













Lunch Debate 3 October 2018, Luxembourg



'Sustainable Food Practices'

Dr. Rachel Reckinger ('Alternative Food Networks in Luxembourg'),  UNI and Michel Grevis ('Biodiversity and Pure-Origine in Chocolate'), SNJ

Registration: please contact Nathalie Wagner at , tel. +352 402 131 518, by October 1st

Michel Grevis is the executive manager of the Centre SNJ Hollenfels – education for sustainable development. He is co-author of ‘ESD for children and young persons’ and the soon to be released ‘Shape the future’ (an instrument to plan, realize and evaluate’ ESD-projects). In his speech he will show (and make the audience taste) how corporate interests have succeeded in destroying people’s awareness of the importance of biodiversity and origin in chocolate consumption.

Rachel Reckinger is a food sociologist and anthropologist at the University of Luxembourg. She is the principal investigator of Sustainable Food Practices, spanning Luxembourg’s foodscape from production, governance, distribution to consumption. Her research focuses on policy gaps and changes of everyday practices within the transition towards a more circular economy ( During this lunch debate, she will critically discuss a few emerging alternative food networks in Luxembourg: currently still a heterodox minority, they contribute to a cultural shift with the creation of resourcefulness for biodiversity, environmental and social justice.





Michel Grevis Presentation



Rachel Reckinger Presentation



This lunch debate will be part of the 'Semaines de l'Education au Development Durable' - C-ONN-EC-T-ING L-IVES

Organized by Caritas Luxembourg & MARS /



Lunch Debate 21 June 2018, Luxembourg


'Moving Towards Circular Economy'

Prof. Christian Schulz,  UNI and Georges Kieffer, BENU Village

Organized by Caritas Luxembourg & MARS /

Georges Kieffer is the founder and Director of Benu Village. The objective of Benu village is the conception and construction of the most sustainable EcoVillage in the Grand Region. It is entirely enrolled in the Circular Economy and provides space to several professional actors willing to develop their business in this environment.
Christian Schulz is an economic geographer working at the University of Luxembourg. He has recently published on green building transitions, alternative economic spaces, and sustainable resource governance. In a current research project, he studies the challenges for an implementation of circular economy principles.

Christian Schulz Presentation


Christian Schulz Concluding Remarks and literature references


Lunch Debate 27 September 2017, Luxembourg


How Civil Society and Academia can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)