Four new policy labs join Fit4Food2030 network

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.

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Successful 5th JPI HDHL conference: Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system

The Joint Programming Initiative a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life welcomed about 240 people to its 5th international conference on the 20th of February 2019 in Bozar, Brussels. The participants represented a wide variety of stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health and came together to discuss the state of the art in the field of JPI HDHL and look towards the future. The report and presentations of the conference are now available on the conference website.

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JPI HDHL Science Vlog Contest: and the winner is…

As part of the JPI HDHL conference, a science vlog (video log) contest for early career scientists was organised. From 14 running projects funded by JPI HDHL, we received a vlog made by one or more early career scientists.The best 3 vlogs selected by a review panel were shown during the conference and the audience could vote to select the winning one.

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JPI HDHL welcomes Martijntje Bakker as new chair

Martijntje Bakker has been elected as the new chair of the JPI HDHL at the Management Board meeting in February 2019. She has been member of the JPI HDHL MB for the Netherlands since 2012 and took up the role of vice chair in 2013. She takes over from Carlos Martinez Riera, who unfortunately had to step down as chair due to a change of job.
Martijntje Bakker will build on her many years of experience with JPI’s and mission orientated research funding to guide the JPI HDHL through the coming time.

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New JPI HDHL Strategic Research Agenda is published

JPI HDHL is very happy to present the 3rd edition of its Strategic Research Agenda. The SRA provides a framework for coordinated and structured research activities in order to achieve tangible societal impact in the field of diet, physical activity and health. It offers its 26 member countries, but also other actors around the world, a solid basis for alignment of goals and strategies. In this new version, the traditional research pillars have been changed into a model with three research areas, to further facilitate the integration of research.

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New call for countries to run a FIT4FOOD2030 Policy Lab

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.

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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:

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Closed: ERA HDHL call “Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security”

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.

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Questionnaire on Microbiome R&I strategies and funding

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.

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