On the 22nd of May, the conference: “Circularity and Resource Efficiency of Food Systems” takes place in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be organised under the Romanian Presidency of the European Council. High level representatives from the ministries of Research & Innovation and Agriculture and the President of the Romanian Academy for Agriculture and Forestry Sciences will be present. In addition there will be researchers and other food chain stakeholders from Romania and other European Countries.

Fourteen JPI HDHL funded projects joined the final symposia on the 21st of February in Brussels to present and discuss their project’s results. The overall focus of the final symposia was: how will the project results reach their maximal impact? The researchers shared the expected impact of their project results and their vision on the implementation and dissemination of those results.

Fit4Food2030 has welcomed four new policy labs to the project. The three countries and one region that have committed to running a R&I policy lab for food systems transformation are Austria, the Basque Country, Estonia and Ireland. They join the seven policy labs that started in the first phase of the project, making up a total of eleven policy labs. The new policy labs will organize around three national/regional meetings during the remaining 1,5 year of the project.

The Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life welcomed about 240 people to its 5th international conference on the 20th of February 2019 in Bozar, Brussels. The participants represented a wide variety of stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health and came together to discuss the state of the art in the field of JPI HDHL and look towards the future. The report and presentations of the conference are now available on the conference website.

As part of the JPI HDHL conference, a science vlog (video log) contest for early career scientists was organised. From 14 running projects funded by JPI HDHL, we received a vlog made by one or more early career scientists.The best 3 vlogs selected by a review panel were shown during the conference and the audience could vote to select the winning one.

Martijntje Bakker has been elected as the new chair of the JPI HDHL at the Management Board meeting in February 2019. She has been member of the JPI HDHL MB for the Netherlands since 2012 and took up the role of vice chair in 2013. She takes over from Carlos Martinez Riera, who unfortunately had to step down as chair due to a change of job.
Martijntje Bakker will build on her many years of experience with JPI’s and mission orientated research funding to guide the JPI HDHL through the coming time.

JPI HDHL is very happy to present the 3rd edition of its Strategic Research Agenda. The SRA provides a framework for coordinated and structured research activities in order to achieve tangible societal impact in the field of diet, physical activity and health. It offers its 26 member countries, but also other actors around the world, a solid basis for alignment of goals and strategies. In this new version, the traditional research pillars have been changed into a model with three research areas, to further facilitate the integration of research.

The JPI HDHL welcomes four new members in the Scientific Advisory Board: For area 1, Prof. Dr. Carl Lachat from Ghent University in Belgium; for area 2, Dr. Catherine Stanton from Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome at University College Cork in Ireland and Dr. Kaisa Poutanen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and for area 3, Dr. Christophe Matthys from Leuven University in Belgium.

Countries can now join FIT4FOOD2030 by running a policy lab. In the policy labs, European countries and regions aim to maximise the impact of Research and Innovation on future-proofing their food system. We are offering three to five more countries or regions this exciting possibility. Countries are asked to indicate their interest by February 18. The deadline for submitting the letters of commitment is March 4th 2019.

The JPI HDHL with JPI OCEANS and FACCE-JPI partners are pleased to announce the launch of the ERA –HDHL 3rd Joint Funding Action (JFA) "Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security".

This new joint initiative of JPI HDHL, JPI OCEANS and FACCE-JPI aim to establish a Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security and to provide the unique possibility to connect researchers with other existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders in the Food and Nutrition Security research area. The Knowledge Hub is implemented under the umbrella of ERA-HDHL, the JPI HDHL 1st ERA-Net Cofund.