On November 20-21, 2018, the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, ICPerMed is organising its first conference 'Personalised Medicine in Action' in Berlin, Germany. ICPerMed brings together over 35 European and international partners representing ministries, funding agencies and the European Commission (EC). Together, they work on coordinating and fostering research to develop and evaluate personalised medicine approaches.

The ERA-NET SUSFOOD2, the Cofund on sustainable Food Production and Consumption, is organizing on 25 October in Stockholm the kick-off seminar of the 12 research projects funded via the Cofunded Call launched in 2017. This seminar will include keynote speeches and interactive sessions, next to the presentation of the projects. The selected projects are related to three different topics that are highly relevant for the JPI HDHL and the implementation of the EU Food 2030 strategy:
1)Innovation in food processing technologies and products;
2) providing added value, increased resources efficiency and reduction of waste in sustainable food systems;
3) understanding consumer behavior and food choices.

RICHFIELDS aimed to design a consumer-data platform to connect, compare and share information about food behaviours, revolutionising research on everyday choices made across Europe. In partnership with the Food Nutrition & Health Research Infrastructure (FNH-RI) they are organizing their final event in Brussels on 18 September 2018. The event brings together RICHFIELDS’ organisations and stakeholders to discuss the outcomes of the project and how these support the plans for the new European FNH-RI.

The HDHL-INTIMIC partners are pleased to pre-announce the launch of a 2nd joint funding activity “Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health” expected on September 4th 2018.

With this new activity JPI HDHL aims to establish a Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health. The Knowledge Platform provides the unique possibility to connect all funded JPI HDHL researchers with other existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders in the human microbiome and health research area.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. On the occasion of World Food Day 2018, FAO and the European Commission will organize an event hosted by the MEP Mr. Paolo De Castro that will take place in Brussels on 16th October 2018 at the European Parliament.

This event will consist of a two-hour debate preceded by a networking lunch. It will provide feedback and build on the findings of the recent 2nd FOOD 2030 High Level Event that took place in Plovdiv under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency on 14-15 June 2018. It will also focus on the next actions needed to prevent hunger by 2030 and to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

A conference on People’s Food – People’s Health. Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems, will be held under the Austrian EU Presidency in Vienna on 22-23 November 2018. The presentation of multi-sectorial best practices in the food system will be a main focus of the conference, together with a discussion on potential future initiatives towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems. A call has been issued to submit examples of best practices by August 31.

The Netherlands, like many other countries, face a number of challenging issues such as obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, climate change and scarcity of resources for food production. While the Netherlands carry out high-level food & nutrition research, this is nevertheless also fragmented. A more coherent and integrated research policy is needed to deal effectively with challenges in the areas of food, health, and sustainability. That is why the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the Dutch Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TiFN) initiated The Delta Plan Nutrition Research.

The JPI HDHL welcomes HorizonEU the proposal for the next European R&I Framework Programme 2021-2027, officially presented by the EU Commission on June 7th 2018. The overall policy for the new framework programme will be an "evolution and not revolution" of Horizon2020 and the programme will be implemented through three main pillars:

1. Open Science,
2. Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness and
3. Open Innovation.

In particular, pillar 2 includes five clusters of which Health and Food & Natural resources are specifically focusing on the strategic domains of the JPI HDHL.

At the JPI HDHL Management Board meeting on June 12 & 13 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Carlos Martinez Riera officially took over from Pamela Byrne as chair of the JPI. Pamela Byrne, who is the CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, took up the position of chair in the summer of 2013 and has made a huge contribution to putting the JPI HDHL on the map.

During the past 5 years, 42 projects were funded, 5 new countries joined the JPI (including 3 from outside the EU) and the reach of our website and social media channels significantly increased, to name a few things. 

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.