The MRC and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) have responded to a wide-reaching review of nutrition research in the UK with new proposals aimed at revolutionising the field. The Review of Nutrition and Human Health Research, commissioned by the Office of Strategic Coordination for Health Research (OSCHR), was overseen by an expert Review Group and its aims included a SWOT analysis of nutrition research relevant to human health in the UK (strengths and weaknesses, capacity, opportunities) and short-long term recommendations.

The 4th 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. The main theme of the conference is to work towards more societal impact of nutritional science. During the conference, an overview of the achievements and future objectives of the JPI HDHL, including the running Joint Actions, will be presented.

Programme in a nutshell
Networking, active participation and learning from other perspectives, insights and needs are core items of the JPI HDHL conference. The conference starts with an early bird programme. This programme exists of a training ‘Speech like Obama’ for a selected group of young scientists, the possibility to schedule speeddates with other participants of the conference and a plenary session on the role that JPI HDHL could play to easy the road from science and innovation.
The main conference programme includes elevator pitches about the relevance of the JPI HDHL projects where the young scientist are involved in; lectures about the importance of communication and stakeholder participation in research programming and a professional led audience debate. Furthermore, 4 parallel workshops are foreseen e.g. on public-private R&I collaboration; how to improve the impact of nutrition science; how to organize multi-stakeholder dialogues and a decision room session to provide input for the update of the Strategic Research Agenda.

The program details and registration form are available on the conference webpage

Suggestions for specific topics to be discussed at the Conference are very welcome and can be shared by posting a comment on the “save the date” message on our LinkedIn page or by sending an e-mail to JPIHDHL@zonmw.nl. More details about the conference will be shared at the JPI HDHL website and through Twitter and LinkedIn. For the report of the last JPI HDHL conference that took place on the 19th June 2015, please click here.

In total, 54 eligible Expression of Interest letters (EoI) have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle interventions – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”. After the evaluation by the Scientific Evaluation Committee (SEC), 28 research groups were selected to elaborate a joint network proposal.

The JPI HDHL is pleased to announce the mid-term symposia of the Joint Funding Actions “NutriCog- Nutrition and Cognitive Function”, “IM-Intestinal Microbiomics, “FP4H-Food Processing for Health” and “MaNuEL-Malnutrition in the Elderly" which will be held in Brussels on September 25th, 2017.

In total, 66 eligible pre-proposals have been submitted to the HDHL-INTIMIC Cofunded Call "Interrelation of the Intestinal Microbiome, Diet and Health". Following the first evaluation step the selected consortia have been invited to submit a full proposal by July 20th. The final funding decision is expected in October 2017.

DEDIPAC the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub to integrate and develop infrastructure for research across Europe published the final report about what has been achieved in three years of intense and fruitful activities carried out by more than 300 scientists from 68 research centers in 13 countries across Europe.

On 16 October 2017 the EU Commission will hold a conference in Brussels to disseminate successful European Research and Innovation (R&I) initiatives and contribute to the ongoing science-policy dialogue in the area of Food & Nutrition Security (FNS).

The conference will provide a stakeholder platform for a science policy dialogues to assess the current state of European research, innovation and investment, and explore future needs relevant to the implementation of the EU FOOD 2030 Strategy.

JPI HDHL developed a movie to explain the role that research on Nutrition & Health matters can play to improve public health, and increasing the quality of life. The prevalence of overweight and obesity is increasing worldwide. More than 2 billion people are overweight, of which 600 million suffer from obesity. This causes an increase in diet-related diseases as well as an increase in costs for the society. Through JPI HDHL, 26 governments work together to improve the effectiveness of Research & Innovation investments and to increase knowledge supporting society in moving towards a healthier and more sustainable diet.

The Fit4Food2030 consortium aims to support the development and implementation of the EC Food2030 initiative and has been invited to the Grant Agreement Preparation Phase. JPI HDHL – through its secretariat at ZonMw - is one of the WP leaders within the consortium.

The overall aim of FIT4FOOD2030 is to establish a sustainable, balanced, multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform – called the FOOD2030 Platform – that will support the EC to further develop and implement the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan. The consortium is coordinated by the Athena Institute of the VU University Amsterdam and includes many of the leading organizations in public and public-private R&I policy (programming) on FNS in Europe, and in Responsible Research and Innovation. Besides JPI HDHL, JPI OCEANS and FACCE JPI are also involved in the consortium as part of the collaboration between the three JPIs around the Food & Nutrition Security – see also the paper of the three JPIs

More information about Fit4Food2030 will follow within the upcoming weeks on our website.

From the 23rd of May, working groups can submit a proposal regarding several aspects about diet-related chronic diseases. We can now announce that France is officially participating in this call (in an earlier stage participation of France was still pending). This rapid action call will support community-led working groups that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases. The output of the working groups will be white papers, prospective views, guidelines, or best practice frameworks of value to the wider research community and with societal impact. 

Read more about the call and how to submit