End of September, the JPI HDHL midterm symposium took place in Brussels. During this event, coordinators presented their transnational JPI HDHL projects. The objective of the symposium was to enable discussion on progress with the JPI HDHL Scientific and Stakeholder Advisory boards (SAB and SHAB) and the other project coordinators. The successful symposium resulted in relevant insights for researchers that are valuable for the continuation of their projects. In addition, several new promising contacts were established between scientists in the same research area.

The Joint Actions
The ENPADASI Knowledge Hub which has recently completed its research activities kicked off with the first presentation to the whole audience. Afterwards the progress and preliminary results of projects from the JPI HDHL Joint Actions Intestinal Microbiomics, Nutrition and Cognitive function, Malnutrition Knowledge Hub and Food Processing for Health were presented in two parallel sessions. After each presentation, an interactive discussion with the audience took place.

Establishments new collaborations
It was discussed that an added value of the JPI HDHL lies in the transnational character of the funded projects. In this way, excellent researchers from different countries and research disciplines work together in the same research project. During the mid-term symposium, it became clear that also researchers from different projects can benefit from working together and new collaborations were established.

Societal impact
The Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Board stressed the importance of the societal impact of the projects. Project coordinators should keep this in mind and should establish clear recommendations how the project results can contribute to the societal impact and how the results can be disseminated to the end users.