Move to ‘planetary health diet’ is necessary, says EAT-Lancet Commission report

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.

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Registration for workshops and inspiration sessions of the JPI HDHL conference now open!

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.

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METADIS the new HDHL INTIMIC call for projects expected by February 2019

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.

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New ERA HDHL call expected by January 2019: Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security

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.

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JPI HDHL SAB and SHAB both welcome new chair

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.

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Interview with Beate Kettlitz (ETP Food for Life), departing chair of the JPI HDHL Stakeholder Advisory Board

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.

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Policy labs have first national meetings as Fit4Food2030 enters second year

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.

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Programme 5th JPI HDHL conference almost complete

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!

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JPI HDHL and Fit4Food at People’s Food – People’s Health conference in Vienna

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.

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HDHL INTIMIC: Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health

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.

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