The fourth international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) will take place on Friday the 1st December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). The conference will bring together and stimulate the dialogue between stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health including policy makers, funders, scientists, health care professionals, industry and NGO’s. During the conference, an overview of the achievements and future objectives of the JPI HDHL, including the running Joint Actions, will be presented.

Finland has published a government report on food policy. The aim of the food policy is to promote the population’s nutritional status and well-being through food. Food policy covers a broad range of issues concerning the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. The national economy, public health and the well-being of the environment are all closely connected to food policy decisions.

Increasing harmonisation and standardisation of data in nutrition research is an important next step to stimulate data sharing and open science. This was one of the main outcomes of the JPI HDHL workshop organised in February 2017 about data sharing and data stewardship. During the workshop, the role of the JPI HDHL, the needs and gaps of the field and the next steps that JPI HDHL could take were discussed.

EuroFIR, the European Food Information Resource platform will held its annual Food Forum and Symposium on 5-6th April 2017 in Brussels. The Food Forum is an event combining association, project meetings and a Symposium opened to all. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with EuroFIR members and others international researchers, dietitians, nutritionists, SMEs, health and food public authorities, and exchange ideas on food and research in Europe and worldwide.

In the light of the Food 2030 Policy Framework the EC organised a workshop on Smart Personalized Nutrition in June 2016. A report about the results of this workshop, including the way forward for Research and Innovation and the Food 2030 Policy Framework, has recently been published. Pamela Byrne, chair of JPI HDHL, contributed to the workshop and the published report

As part of its working programme for 2017, the Commission will take forward work and consult widely on simplification and modernisation of the CAP to maximise its contribution to the Commission's ten priorities and to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will focus on specific policy priorities for the future and the starting point will be a well-founded assessment of the performance of the current policy.

The ERA HDHL partners are pleased to announce the launch of the second joint funding action ““Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)“ within ERA HDHL implementing the JPI HDHL objectives to be expected by the end of February 2017.

The aim of the call is to establish a transnational, multi-disciplinary research network for the monitoring, benchmarking and evaluation of policies that affect dietary and physical activity as well as sedentary behavior with a standardized approach across Europe. 

SUSFOOD – the ERA-Net on SUStainable FOOD production and consumption starts into its second phase as ERA-Net Cofund under Horizon2020 with a 5 year runtime from January 2017 onwards. The European network is composed of 26 partners from 15 EU member states and 3 associated partners from Belgium, New Zealand and France, who will continue and strengthen efforts to support research in the field of sustainable food systems from production to consumption.

HDHL INTIMIC the new ERA-Net Cofund started by the JPI HDHL in the domain of the interactions between intestinal microbiome, diet and health is pleased to announce the launch of a transnational call on 26 January 2017.

The aim of the call is to support multinational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the cause-and-effect relationships between diet, the intestinal microbiome and human health. Interested applicants are encouraged to initiate scientific contacts with potential partners for applications.

 

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At the fifth anniversary of the launch of the second wave of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPI), the ten initiatives present a new brochure and factsheets on all JPIs.

The new folder explains the benefits of participating in a Joint Programming Initiative, provides an overview of the governance model and highlights the implementation actions for transnational cooperation. In addition to the general introduction to Joint Programming all JPIs developed a factsheet with an overview of member countries, objectives and key achievements.