Knowledge about the microbiome is very much guided by what type of research is being funded. The microbiome has become of interest in all parts of the food system, and there are overlapping research interests all over the world. JPI HDHL is involved through HDHL INTIMIC in the H2020 project MicrobiomeSupport, which maps R&I strategies on the microbiome and funding on a regional, national and international level.

Transformation of the global food system is urgently needed as more than 3 billion people are under- or overnourished, and food production is exceeding planetary boundaries – driving climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution. To meet this challenge, dietary changes must be combined with improved food production and reduced food waste. Moving to this new dietary pattern will require global consumption of foods such as red meat and sugar to decrease by about 50%, while consumption of nuts, fruits, vegetables, and legumes must double.

The full programme of the 5th JPI HDHL conference has been finalized and published on the conference website. The conference takes place on February 20, in Brussels with the theme: Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system. Now that the programme is finalized, registration for the workshops and inspiration sessions has opened on the conference website. If you already registered for the conference, you will receive an email with information about how to sign up for the parallel sessions.

JPI HDHL is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd non-cofunded action under HDHL INTIMIC in the field of the “Impact of Diet, Food Components and Food Processing on Body Weight Regulation and Overweight Related Metabolic Diseases”. The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that address important research questions regarding the effects of food (components) or diets and/or food processing on overweight and related metabolic diseases. An additional objective is to support Early Career Scientists in the area of food, nutrition and health. The launch of the new call is planned on 5th February 2019.

The JPI HDHL, 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” expected on 29th of January 2019.

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

The Scientific Advisory Board and the Stakeholder Advisory Board of JPI HDHL will both start 2019 with a new chair. Edith Feskens, professor of nutrition and health over the life course at Wageningen University and formerly the vice-chair of the SAB, takes over from Helen Roche. Laura Fernandez, director of EUFIC, was elected as new chair of the SHAB and takes over from Beate Kettlitz.

Since January 2013, Beate Kettlitz has been the chair and the representative of the member organisation ‘ETP Food for Life’ in the JPI HDHL Stakeholder Advisory Board (SHAB). Now, after a long career in the food policy and science area, she is retiring at the end of 2018. So before saying goodbye, we took the opportunity to interview her and look back on her career and her role in the JPI HDHL.

The Fit4Food2030 project entered its second year in November. The project is well underway and has delivered the first concrete outcomes. Seven city labs and seven policy labs are up and running and have had their first meetings, working respectively on food system competences and aligning and further developing food system related R&I. The EU Think Tank has also had its first two meetings, even producing an unforeseen policy brief. Together, the city and policy labs and the EU Think Tank form the beginning of the FOOD2030 Platform, Fit4Food’s tool for systemic change of the food system.

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!

On the 22nd and 23rd of November, the Austrian EU presidency organized the People’s Food – People’s Health conference in Vienna. The Fit4Food2030 Romanian policy lab was presented as a promising best practice, while JPI HDHL was part of a workshop on Research and Innovation driving food systems for health. As a companion to the conference, a policy brief was released on how food systems can combine diet-related health with environmental and economic policy goals, written by Kelly Parsons and Corinna Hawkes of the Center for Food Policy in London.