On June 14th, 2012, the first conference of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” was held in the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands. At the conference, the Strategic Research Agenda of the JPI HDHL was launched. More than 220 participants from all over Europe joint the conference, and the interest in the conference was overwhelming. Hence, the conference, chaired by Prof. Wim Saris, Chair of the Management Board, was consider to be very successful.

 The opening speech was given by André van der Zande, Director General of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment). Afterwards, Rudulf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation who emphasised the support of the European Commission for this initiative, gave a short lecture.

 As a major issue on the conference agenda, the Strategic Research Agenda was presented by Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Hannelore Daniel has played an important and crucial role in realizing this document. The final goal of the JPI and the Strategic Research Agenda is to have a healthier diet and lower the amount of diet-related diseases in a long term perspective. Hannelore Daniel ended her presentation about the Strategic research agenda 2012-2020 with her vision and dream on the JPI and the future: “To establish a European Nutrition and Food Research Institute to improve scientific collaboration and communication across national borders, foster excellence, and better integrate food, nutrition and health research throughout Europe”.

 Apart from plenary sessions, several workshops were held at the conference, one for each Research Areas of the Strategic Research Agenda:

  1. Determinants of diet and physical activity: ensuring the healthy choice is the easy choice for consumers
  2. Diet and food production: developing high-quality, healthy, safe and sustainable food products
  3. Diet-related chronic diseases: preventing diet-related, chronic diseases and increasing the quality of life -  delivering a healthier diet
  4. Horizontal issues: How to collaborate. In the workshops there were different presentations of existing European initiatives and a discussion about how these initiatives can connect with the Strategic Research Agenda and contribute to the implementation of it.

Please click to download the Strategic Research Agenda (SRA)