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.

“HDHL-INTIMIC” (INtesTInal MICrobiomics) started on 01 December and is the latest activity initiated by JPI HDHL. 14 funding organisations from 9 JPI HDHL partner countries combine their efforts to fund excellent research projects and support the establishment of a transnational and transdisciplinary Knowledge Platform. Research projects as well as Knowledge Platform will both focus on the interrelations between the intestinal microbiome and diet and the resulting health effects.

In the beginning of 2017, 12 research projects will start working on Biomarkers for Nutrition and health. These 12 proposals involve 58 research teams from 13 countries for a total budget of about 11.2 Mio€. All will be funded by ERA-HDHL partners in collaboration with the European Commission. 

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.