The European Institute of Innovation and technology (EIT) announced the winning team selected to set up EIT Food, a new pan-European partnership bringing together leading businesses, universities and research organizations. Its mission: to boost innovation, growth and job creation and put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food. EIT Food will deliver cutting-edge European skills to rebuild a healthy and sustainable food system in Europe and beyond based on the "knowledge triangle" of research, education and entrepreneurship.

The International Symposium, which will be held at FAO headquarters in Rome from 1 to 2 December 2016, will explore policies and programme options with a specific focus on food systems and their contribution to healthy diets and improved nutrition. It will provide countries with an opportunity to share experiences and learn about the successful implementation of policies and programmes.

We welcome our two new members in the Scientific Advisory Board: In pillar 1 Dr. Molly Byrne from the National University of Ireland Galway and in pillar 3 Prof. Jean-Michel Oppert from the University Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris.

CORBEL – Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science services – is an EC Horizon2020 project uniting 11 Biological and Medical Science Research Infrastructures (RIs). In CORBEL, the participating RIs expand their cooperation in order to harmonise researchers’ access to their cutting-edge technologies and services by establishing a sustainable platform of aligned services that will enable faster admission to and a wider portfolio of technologies and services to boost research projects.

Diet and physical activity are of crucial importance for our health. But why do people engage in unhealthy dietary habits and lack sufficient physical activity? We need more insight in these “causes of the causes” to prevent the most important chronic disease across Europe and beyond.

The University of Sannio organizes, together with METROFOOD-IR, the 2nd IMEKOFOODS “Metrology Promoting Objective and Measurable Food Quality and Safety”, which will take place in Benevento (Italy) from the 2nd - 5th October 2016.  On the 3rd of October a special session on EU Research Infrastructures and networks supporting research in food and nutrition will take place.

RICHFIELDS is an EU project (funded by EU H2020) with the aim to design a consumer-data platform to collect and connect, compare and share information about our food behaviours, to revolutionise research on every-day choices made across Europe. JPI HDHL is invited as a Poject Advisory Board member to make a connection to other research infrastructures and related (research) activities of the JPI.

The Irish DEDIPAC partners are organising a one-day national symposium on Wednesday September 7th, 2016. This meeting will, for the first time, bring together all the Irish DEDIPAC partners to exchange knowledge and disseminate research findings from this joint programming initiative.

12 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals contain indicators that are vital for improving nutrition. The government of the republic of Uganda and the government of the Federal Republic of Germany organize a side event at the High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development of the United Nations. This event about malnutrition will take place on the 19 th of July from 19.15 – 20.30 Central European Time (13.15 – 14.30 local time) at the UN Head Quarters in New York and can be watched online via a live stream (webtv.un.org).

The EC organizes a high level event in Brussels “Food 2030: Research & Innovation for Tomorrow's Nutrition & Food Systems” on the 12 th (preconference) and 13 th of October in Brussels. The FOOD 2030 high level event will provide a platform for dialogue that seeks to build on the political momentum for a coherent research and innovation policy framework for Food and Nutrition Security. Pamela Byrne, chair of JPI HDHL will provide one of the key note speeches on this high level event.