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.

The Knowledge Platform (KP) on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health of the HDHL INTIMIC has been established and the first network meeting was held on 20th November 2018.
In total, 67 eligible EoIs have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health”. After evaluation by the Call Steering Committee (CSC), 55 research groups, out of 9 countries, were selected to work out a joint network proposal.

The 5th international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ will take place on February 20, 2019 in Brussels. 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 look towards the future. With this future in mind, we have given our conference the theme Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system.

The second non-cofunded action under ERA-HDHL focusses on the emerging field of nutrition & epigenetics. Together, 13 funding organisations from 11 countries launched a call for joint transnational research proposals on “Nutrition & the Epigenome in February 2018. A total of 37 eligible full proposals were submitted to JPI HDHL in April. The Call Steering Committee selected 6 proposals, based on the ranking list provided by the Scientific Expert Committee. The selected proposals requested a total of 6,8 M EUR of funding from the participating countries.

The final annual report of ERA-LEARN 2020 on good practices in the implementation of JPIs focuses on the increasing relevance of the international dimension of Joint Programming processes. To highlight activities which are thought to be essential for an effective development and implementation of Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) the report features two case studies: “A healthy diet for a healthy life: a novel and structured approach for international outreach for P2Ps (international alignment)“ and “JPIAMR’s Approach to Policy Coordination”.

For 10 years, countries from Europe and beyond have been joining forces in Joint Programming Initiatives to tackle major societal challenges. To take stock at this milestone, and in light of the ongoing discussions about Horizon Europe, the Austrian EU Presidency organized a conference on ’10 Years Joint Programming – Achievements and the Way Forward’ on September 19 and 20 in Vienna, with the support of PI Urban Europe and FFG in cooperation with all JPIs. Discussions centered around the achievements of the JPIs, future contributions to strengthening the European Research Area and the importance of science-policy cooperation to reach the Sustainable Development Goals.

On November 20-21, 2018, the International Consortium for Personalised Medicine, ICPerMed is organising its first conference 'Personalised Medicine in Action' in Berlin, Germany. ICPerMed brings together over 35 European and international partners representing ministries, funding agencies and the European Commission (EC). Together, they work on coordinating and fostering research to develop and evaluate personalised medicine approaches.