The HDHL-INTIMIC partners are pleased to pre-announce the launch of a 2nd joint funding activity “Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health” expected on September 4th 2018.

With this new activity JPI HDHL aims to establish a Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health. The Knowledge Platform provides the unique possibility to connect all funded JPI HDHL researchers with other existing initiatives and relevant stakeholders in the human microbiome and health research area.

World Food Day is celebrated each year on 16 October to promote worldwide awareness and action for those who suffer from hunger and malnutrition. On the occasion of World Food Day 2018, FAO and the European Commission will organize an event hosted by the MEP Mr. Paolo De Castro that will take place in Brussels on 16th October 2018 at the European Parliament.

This event will consist of a two-hour debate preceded by a networking lunch. It will provide feedback and build on the findings of the recent 2nd FOOD 2030 High Level Event that took place in Plovdiv under the auspices of the Bulgarian Presidency on 14-15 June 2018. It will also focus on the next actions needed to prevent hunger by 2030 and to ensure food security and nutritious diets for all.

A conference on People’s Food – People’s Health. Towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems, will be held under the Austrian EU Presidency in Vienna on 22-23 November 2018. The presentation of multi-sectorial best practices in the food system will be a main focus of the conference, together with a discussion on potential future initiatives towards healthy and sustainable European Food Systems. A call has been issued to submit examples of best practices by August 31.

The Netherlands, like many other countries, face a number of challenging issues such as obesity, malnutrition, diabetes, climate change and scarcity of resources for food production. While the Netherlands carry out high-level food & nutrition research, this is nevertheless also fragmented. A more coherent and integrated research policy is needed to deal effectively with challenges in the areas of food, health, and sustainability. That is why the Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZonMw) and the Dutch Top Institute Food and Nutrition (TiFN) initiated The Delta Plan Nutrition Research.

The JPI HDHL welcomes HorizonEU the proposal for the next European R&I Framework Programme 2021-2027, officially presented by the EU Commission on June 7th 2018. The overall policy for the new framework programme will be an "evolution and not revolution" of Horizon2020 and the programme will be implemented through three main pillars:

1. Open Science,
2. Global Challenges & Industrial Competitiveness and
3. Open Innovation.

In particular, pillar 2 includes five clusters of which Health and Food & Natural resources are specifically focusing on the strategic domains of the JPI HDHL.

At the JPI HDHL Management Board meeting on June 12 & 13 in Plovdiv, Bulgaria, Carlos Martinez Riera officially took over from Pamela Byrne as chair of the JPI. Pamela Byrne, who is the CEO of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland, took up the position of chair in the summer of 2013 and has made a huge contribution to putting the JPI HDHL on the map.

During the past 5 years, 42 projects were funded, 5 new countries joined the JPI (including 3 from outside the EU) and the reach of our website and social media channels significantly increased, to name a few things. 

At the FOOD2030 conference in Plovdiv, Bulgaria on 14-15th June, a first presentation was made of the findings of the FOOD2030 Independent Expert Group. In their report ‘Recipe for change: An agenda for a climate-smart and sustainable food system for a healthy Europe’ the Expert Group defines focus areas and gives concrete recommendations to all the stakeholders in the food system. This includes a mission in the next framework programme on healthy diets to drastically reduce the incidence of non-communicable diseases.

Food systems R&I related to food consumption has received considerably less funding in Europe over the past five years than R&I related to production and processing. This is shown by an analysis of European food systems related research projects and policies, carried out by the SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group (FS SWG). The report of this mapping exercise was presented at the FOOD2030 conference, but a preview was already given during the joint workshop on future-proofing food systems organized by the SCAR FS SWG and JPIs FACCE, HDHL and Oceans on June 13 in Plovdiv.

In 2017 JPI HDHL launched a rapid action call to support a community-led working group that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases. @OBEDIS is a working group of project partners from France, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The project focuses on the individual response of obese patients to dietary interventions.

FoodNexus, a European network of multinational companies, SMEs and knowledge institutes in the area of food, is organizing the first FoodNexus Visioning Summit in Paris on 29-30 May. The aim is to provide clear recommendations on how to shape the future of food, starting from the question:
“What are the most urgent problems facing the food industry in the next 10 years, and how can we best meet these challenges?”
The JPI HDHL is participating in the summit through its new chair (from July 2018) Carlos Martinez Riera, who will give a presentation for the workshop on Food for health and wellbeing. The speakers also include the coordinator of the JPI HDHL ENPADASI network and a member of the Stakeholder Advisory Board.