We are very happy to announce the keynote speakers for our JPI HDHL conference on February 20 2019 in Brussels, that has the theme ‘Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system’. Professor Helen Roche of University College Dublin will discuss the state of the art in the area of diet, nutrition and health and present the new JPI HDHL Strategic Research Agenda. Dr. Line Gordon of the Stockholm Resilience Center will look at the role of diet in the food system and how gastronomy can contribute to healthier, more sustainable eating. Registration is now open on the conference webpage!
Besides our two keynotes, there will be an interactive panel discussion about the role of diet and related research in the future-proofing of the food system, what this requires from a R&I policy perspective and how policy needs and R&I can be better connected. Participants can choose between five short inspiration sessions and five workshops. Topics for the inspiration sessions include innovative plant proteins and how to make the healthy and sustainable choice easier for consumers. The workshops will explore how to increase the impact of a number of finished JPI HDHL projects and public and private actions to create healthier food environments, among other things. Please see the full programme on our conference page. Registration for the workshops and inspiration sessions will open soon, but you can already register for the conference. In that case you will receive an email when registration for the workshops and inspiration sessions opens, to indicate your choice.

JPI HDHL has also organized its first ever vlog contest, the winner of which will be chosen by our conference participants. Early career scientist from all running JPI HDHL projects were invited to make a vlog (video log) about their project, in order to stimulate clear and accesible science communication.

The conference theme
The main focus of JPI HDHL is on improving the impact of R&I investments in food, nutrition, health and physical activity to counter the increasing burden of lifestyle-related diseases. But the battle against unhealthy lifestyles is interconnected with other societal challenges, in particular the effect of food production and consumption on our environment and vice versa. How we can all contribute to a future-proof food system is the subject of much ongoing debate. That is why we invite a wide variety of stakeholders from the area of food, nutrition and health to discuss the state of the art in the field of JPI HDHL and the role healthy eating and diet play within the food system.

Your contributions are vital to make this day a success, so we hope to see you on February 20!