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.

The ERA-NET SUSFOOD2, the Cofund on sustainable Food Production and Consumption, is organizing on 25 October in Stockholm the kick-off seminar of the 12 research projects funded via the Cofunded Call launched in 2017. This seminar will include keynote speeches and interactive sessions, next to the presentation of the projects. The selected projects are related to three different topics that are highly relevant for the JPI HDHL and the implementation of the EU Food 2030 strategy:
1)Innovation in food processing technologies and products;
2) providing added value, increased resources efficiency and reduction of waste in sustainable food systems;
3) understanding consumer behavior and food choices.

As part of the development of the next EU Framework Programme (Horizon Europe), the Austrian Presidency of the EU Council has organised a conference in Vienna on 19-20 September 2018 to discuss the role of Joint Programming Initiatives. Based on the experiences of the 10 JPIs and their recently presented long-term visions and strategies, the conference focuses on their role and contribution to achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and implement mission-oriented programmes in Horizon Europe.

RICHFIELDS aimed to design a consumer-data platform to connect, compare and share information about food behaviours, revolutionising research on everyday choices made across Europe. In partnership with the Food Nutrition & Health Research Infrastructure (FNH-RI) they are organizing their final event in Brussels on 18 September 2018. The event brings together RICHFIELDS’ organisations and stakeholders to discuss the outcomes of the project and how these support the plans for the new European FNH-RI.

Can you describe your organisation?
EUPHA stands for the European Public Health Association. The organisation was set up in the early 1990s, when various health organisations began to think in a European manner. It is a confederation of national public health societies, associations, faculties, etc., active in different EU member states as well as outside the EU. In fact, every member of a national member association of EUPHA is automatically a member of EUPHA itself. The organisation is divided into special interest sections, of which the Food and Nutrition Section is one.