At the FOOD2030 conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 14-15th June, a first presentation was made of the findings of the FOOD2030 Independent Expert Group. In their report ‘Recipe for change: An agenda for a climate-smart and sustainable food system for a healthy Europe’ the Expert Group defines focus areas and gives concrete recommendations to all the stakeholders in the food system. This includes a mission in the next framework programme on healthy diets to drastically reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

FoodNexus, a European network of multinational companies, SMEs and knowledge institutes in the area of food, is organizing the first FoodNexus Visioning Summit in Paris on 29-30 May. The aim is to provide clear recommendations on how to shape the future of food, starting from the question:
“What are the most urgent problems facing the food industry in the next 10 years, and how can we best meet these challenges?”
The JPI HDHL is participating in the summit through its new chair (from July 2018) Carlos Martinez Riera, who will give a presentation for the workshop on Food for health and wellbeing. The speakers also include the coordinator of the JPI HDHL ENPADASI network and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board.

The European IPR Helpdesk organises trainings and activities in the field of Intellectual Property (IP) management and maximising impact in Horizon 2020 projects.
They have developed a brochure that aims to clarify the terminology by illustrating the differences between communication, dissemination and exploitation, and to point out the areas they have in common. In addition, the IPR Helpdesk is organising a webinar on effective IP & outreach strategies to help increase the impact of research and innovation on 29 May 2018 (10.30 – 12.00hr).

On 13th June, a workshop on future proofing food systems will take place from 13.45 – 17.30hr at The Agricultural University of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. This joint workshop is organised by the SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group and JPIs HDHL, OCEANS and FACCE. The workshop is a Plovdiv FOOD2030 High Level Conference side event and aims to build on the results of the SCAR FS SWG and collaboration between the three JPI’s.

The objective of the workshop is to set the direction and decide what the next steps are for future-proofing food systems by increasing the impact of R&I programming and funding. To do so, the following questions will be discussed:

  • How to address the identified R&I (investment) gaps, based on the mapping results of the SCAR FS SWG and the joint paper on FNS of the three JPIs;
  • How to optimise the collaboration between the SCAR FS SWG and JPIs to develop and promote a food system approach.
The results of this workshop should contribute to the strategic and operational plans of the SCAR FS SWG and the three JPIs. Furthermore, the outcomes can feed into FP9. More information:

  • For additional information about the workshop, click here
  • Registration is possible via the following website
  • For additional information about the Plovdiv FOOD2030 High Level Conference click here
Can you help Fit4Food2030 future-proof the food system?
We would like to pick your brain about food related R&I, to create a comprehensive overview of relevant trends, showcases and potential breakthroughs. If you have 15 minutes to spare, please anwser our survey.
The Commission adopted on 14 March 2018 the Implementation Roadmap for the European Science Cloud. The document presents the results and available evidence from an extensive consultation process that started with the publication of the Communication: European Cloud initiative. The consultation upheld the intervention logic presented in the Communication: to create a fit for purpose pan-European federation of research data infrastructures, with a view to moving from the current fragmentation to a situation where data is easy to store, find, share and re-use.

The Food Biomarkers Alliance, FOODBALL is a project funded by the JPI HDHL in the Joint Action Biomarkers in Nutrition and Health. It aimed at identifying, quantifying and validating dietary biomarkers to obtain a good coverage of the food intake in different population groups within Europe and improve the capabilities of nutritional assessment and research.
The FOODBALL consortium includes 22 partners from 11 JPI HDHL countries and a partner from New Zealand as an observer. The project ran for three years from December 2014 to December 2017 and the finals results will be presented and discussed in the final conference that will be held on 14 May 2018 in Wageningen (NL).

ILSI Europe and the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics (ISAPP) organised a free webinar on the 12th of April (15.00 - 16.30 CEST). The aim of this joint webinar was to highlight the conclusions on the beneficial aspects of (gut) microbial fermentation resulting from recent activities of both scientific organisations.

ILSI Europe is an important stakeholder of the JPI HDHL and the content of this webinar was closely related to running JPI HDHL Joint Actions on Intestinal Microbiomics. From ILSI Europe, the webinar was organised by the Prebiotics and Functional Foods Task Forces.

The JPI HDHL developed an overview of ongoing funding activities in the field of food, nutrition and health besides national & JPI HDHL level. Examples of the several mapped research programmes and activities are (upcoming) calls of the European Commission that are running within Horizon 2020 and activities from initiatives like COST and SUSFOOD in the field of food, nutrition and health.

The included research activities are divided per pillar of the JPI HDHL:
1. Determinants of diet and physical activity;
2. Diet and food production and
3. Diet-related chronic diseases.

Available information
For each research activity, information is presented about the initiative, research programme, the scope and lifespan, amongst other things. All the information included is publicly available and has been obtained from the websites that are shown in the overview.

Other research activities?
The overview provides a general insight in the running and upcoming research activities in the field of food, nutrition and health. It will progressively be updated. Please feel free to contact us for any question and in case you miss research activities or if you have additional information to include in the overview.

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Missions could be a powerful way to create measurable impact, with a transformative potential for science, industry and society. To solve the global challenges of our time, part of the answer could be a mission-oriented approach in FP9 for R&I. Professor Mariana Mazzucato was asked by Research, Science and innovation Commissioner Carlos Moedas to advise him on missions. On 22 February 2018, prof. Mazzucato presented her report on missions. A call for feedback has been opened by the Commission until 3 April 2018 to collects views from stakeholders on future research and innovation missions.