The JPI HDHL welcomes four new members in the Scientific Advisory Board: For area 1, Prof. Dr. Carl Lachat from Ghent University in Belgium; for area 2, Dr. Catherine Stanton from Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome at University College Cork in Ireland and Dr. Kaisa Poutanen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and for area 3, Dr. Christophe Matthys from Leuven University in Belgium.

Countries can now join FIT4FOOD2030 by running a policy lab. In the policy labs, European countries and regions aim to maximise the impact of Research and Innovation on future-proofing their food system. We are offering three to five more countries or regions this exciting possibility. Countries are asked to indicate their interest by February 18. The deadline for submitting the letters of commitment is March 4th 2019.

The JPI HDHL has launched in February 2019 “METADIS”, a third call organized under the umbrella of the ERA HDHL-INTIMIC in order to promote collaborative international research on nutrition and health. In agreement with the missions of the ERA-Net, the METADIS call focused on the impact of diet, food components and food processing on body weight regulation and related metabolic diseases. Moreover, each submitted project should present one or more dedicated actions intended to promote the career development of the early career scientists (PhD, Post-doc) involved in the proposed project.

Eleven countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden) and 13 funding agencies has supported this initiative.

39 over the 42 pre-proposals submitted by 2nd April 2019 were considered eligible and were sent to the evaluation by an international panel of scientific experts. Selection of pre-proposals to be admitted to the second step is expected by 28th May.


More information and call documents are available online at the following link: https://healthydietforhealthylife.eu/index.php/open-calls/metadis

The JPI HDHL with 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".

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

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.