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.

First training session
The four new policy labs came together for a first training session on April 8 and 9 in Amsterdam. There they learned about the Fit4Food project and were given the knowledge and tools to get started with their lab and organize the first national meeting. There were sessions and exercises on elements like food systems visioning, stakeholder engagement and lab strategies and design. In parallel, the coordinators of the first seven policy labs had their third training session, which focussed on the experimentation phase of the policy labs. Several joint sessions offered opportunities for exchange. Being able to learn about the experiences of the running policy labs was highly appreciated by the new labs. The first seven policy labs are being run by Flanders, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway and Romania.

Policy labs
Policy Labs within Fit4Food2030 aim to maximise the impact of Research and Innovation (R&I) on future-proofing the food system in the country-specific contexts. They bring together different stakeholders, including people who are usually not involved in policy discussions. In a series of national (or regional) meetings over the course of the project, each policy lab will analyse the current food system and related R&I landscape, define knowledge gaps and opportunities and work on innovative R&I policies. Central aspects in this process should be a holistic approach and Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI). To learn more about the policy labs, please visit the Fit4Food2030 website.