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38th IVU World Vegetarian Congress

Dresden, Germany

Sunday July 27 - Sunday August 3, 2008

Deutsch - English - Español - Français - Italiano


Friday 16.00 Speakers

Dr George Jacobs, Singapore


Biography: Dr George Jacobs is co-author of Read Aloud Asia, a book about why and how to read aloud to children of all ages. He does workshops on reading aloud to children for educators and the general public. He is also president of the Vegetarian Society of Singapore and editor of IVU News.

Lecture title: Children's Books for Promoting Veg-friendly Attitudes

Abstract: Human children seem to have a natural affinity for non-human animals, which partly explains why other animals feature so prominently in books for children. This presentation has three purposes: to introduce children's books (including books for teens) which have pro-veg themes, to demonstrate how to read aloud to children in a manner than involves them as more than listeners, and to initiate sharing information among vegetarians about children's books that we can use to promote veg-friendly attitudes.  It is hoped that the sharing begun at the Dresden Congress will continue via a page on the IVU website, an IVU eGroup and other means. Discussion of books written in languages other than English and German is most welcome.

Date: Friday 1 August 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Festsaal; Language: English with with simultaneous translation and German examples

Dr. oec. troph. Markus Keller, Germany


Biography: Born in 1966. Studies on nutritional science at the Justus-Liebig University in Gießen.  Doctoral thesis on alternative diets in 2007. Now working among others as a nutritionist at the Institute of Nutrition, University of Gießen Institute of Nutrition. Long-time co-worker of Prof. Dr. Claus Leitzmann, former director of the Institute. Main area of work: Vegetarianism and alternative diets. Author of several books and papers, teacher and speaker.

Lecture title: Potentially Critical Nutrients in Vegetarian Diets – Latest Scientific Findings

Abstract: Whilst in earlier times the main question discussed was whether a vegetarian diet could provide sufficient  nutrients, nowadays  the main focus of the scientific research  lies in the preventive potential of vegetarian diets in relation to chronic diseases. Nevertheless, there are new scientific findings in the field of nutrient supply. The lecture gives an overview of current scientific knowledge and shows where vegetarians are adequately supplied and where there might be deficiencies. Potentially critical nutrients in a lacto-(ovo)- vegetarian diet may be iron, iodine, vitamin D, zinc and n-3 fatty acids, and additionally in a vegan diet vitamin B12, calcium, vitamin B2 and sometimes protein.

Date: Friday 1 August 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Neumarkt; Language: German

Sister Wako Ishikawa, Japan

Biography: Zen Buddhist nun. Practising Zen since 1983. Precepts ordination in 1995. Practised in San Francisco Zen Center, USA, Aichi nunnery, Daihonzan Eihei-ji Temple in Japan. Opened Shinsetu-An (Zen retreat house) in a suburb of Tokyo in 2007. Vegetarian since 1981. Member of the Japan Vegetarian Society (JVS)

Lecture title: Zen Vegetarianism in Japan – Meals and Spirituality

Abstract: History of vegetarianism in Japan, law and ordinance, establishment of Shojin-Ryori (Zen vegetarian cuisine) by Dohgen, people's diet before/after the Meiji Era in Japan. What is Zen? The mind at mealtimes, the preparation, serving and receiving of meals. Introduction to typical Zen cuisine.

Date: Tuesday 29 July 2008; Time: 14:55; Room: Altmarkt; Language: English

Karen Soeters M.A., Netherlands


Biography: Karen Soeters MA, was appointed as director of the Nicolaas G. Pierson Foundation in August 2007 and is project manager for the much discussed documentary Meat the Truth.  She is also a lecturer at the Institute for Media and Information Management in Amsterdam and a candidate for the board of the Dutch Vegetarian Society. She has also been active with the Party for the Animals in North Holland.

Title of the movie: Meat the Truth

Abstract: Meat the Truth is a high profile documentary presented by Marianne Thieme (leader of the Party for the Animals) and forms an addendum to earlier films about climate change. Whilst such films have convincingly succeeded in drawing public attention to the issue of global warming, they have consistently ignored one of the most important causes of climate change - intensive livestock production. Meat the Truth has drawn attention to the fact that livestock farming generates more greenhouse gas emissions worldwide than all the cars, lorries, trains, boats and planes added together.  The calculations for greenhouse gas emissions used in the film derive from and have been confirmed by the UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), the World Watch Institute, the Institute for Environmental Studies of the Free UniversityAmsterdam and numerous other authoritative sources.

Date: Friday 1 August 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Bähr; Language: English

Francesco Maurelli, UK

Biography: I am Italian and currently a PhD Student and Research Associate at Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh, UK, working in a Marie Curie Research Training Network about autonomous underwater vehicles.  I have been vegetarian for 13 years and have spoken the international language Esperanto for 7 years. I have been on the Committee of many Esperanto international and world congresses and have given talks on vegetarianism and Esperanto.

Lecture title: Vegetarianism and Esperanto - Two Green Ways

Abstract: Esperanto is an international language, but how is it linked to a diet? It may sound strange, but the vegetarian and Esperanto communities have many more points in common than might be expected. This is because Esperanto is not just
a language and vegetarianism is not just a diet. When people from different countries meet together, they need to speak one language to understand and to be understood. Using a neutral international language is proof of real respect for others. Rather than the most powerful imposing their language on others, just as humans impose their own interests on nature and animals, there is respect and equity. The talk will show how the goal of these two green ways is the same: a peaceful world with respect  between people and animals and between people and people.

Date: Friday 1 August 2008; Time: 16:00; Room: Brühl; Language: English

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