JPI HDHL is delighted to announce that Latvia intends to participate in the call “Nutrition & the Epigenome”. In total 10 countries intend to participate in this new call. The aim of the call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet- epigenome relationships and their effect on human health. Research in the area of nutrition & the epigenome is expected to provide insights that allow the development and scientific substantiation of intervention strategies for sustaining good health through all life stages and treating nutrition-related diseases.

The central objective of the Fit4Food2030 project, that started in November 2017, is to establish a self-sustaining FOOD2030 platform.

The Fit4Food City Labs and Policy Labs are important building blocks of this platform.

The City Labs will develop hands-on trainings for students, consumers, researchers and professionals linking science centres and science shops in Europe to the network of the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact, bringing a wide diversity of actors together.

The seven cities where a City Lab will be run by a local science shop or museum are now known.

On 1st December 2017 the 4th conference of the JPI a Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life took place in Brussels. Nearly 200 people from various domains in the area of food, nutrition and health gathered to discuss the societal impact of nutritional science. The full report and the aftermovie are now available on the JPI HDHL website. The presentations are available on the conference website.

Countries now have the opportunity to join Fit4Food2030 by running a Policy Lab. The goal of the Policy Labs is to establish multi-stakeholder strategic alignment and policy coherence in order to inform the national FNS research agenda and ensure maximum impact of R&I. To achieve this, the Policy Lab creates a dialogue between regional and national stakeholders along the FNS value chain, including science, industry and consumers, to explore novel ways of policy design. To find out more about the Policy Labs and how you can apply, go to the Fit4Food2030 website.

In light of the upcoming discussions about the future framing of research and innovation in Europe, the ten JPIs released a joint statement on how to address grand societal challenges at the beginning of December.

It sets out the achievements of the JPIs and their ambitions for the future and has been sent to members of the EU parliament and the GPC. The key message is strengthening joint programming to inform policy and support decision making through excellent research, from local to global levels.
JPI HDHL is pleased to announce the launch of the 2nd non-cofunded action under ERA-HDHL in the emerging field of nutrition & epigenetics.

A more complete understanding of the relationships between nutrition and health is central to deliver the vision of the JPI HDHL. However, even with modern genomics research and current dietary assessment methods, it is challenging to identify the key mechanisms by which diet influences health, and to establish causal relationships and predict outcomes. Investigating the fine regulation of genes, epigenetics, could provide the missing link.
The aim of this call is to support transnational, collaborative research projects that gain a better understanding of the diet- epigenome relationships and their effect on human health.

Time line
The launch of the new call is planned on 6th February 2018. Research proposals can be submitted until 12th April 2018.

The H2020 cluster project CORBEL, Coordinated Research Infrastructures Building Enduring Life-science Services, is an initiative of thirteen new biological and medical research infrastructures (BMS RIs), which together aim to create a platform for harmonised user access to biological and medical technologies, biological samples and data services required by cutting-edge biomedical research.

CORBEL will boost the efficiency, productivity and impact of European biomedical research. CORBEL has now published the Catalogue of Services, offering an overview on what kind of services (access to samples and technologies, data, tools, expertise etc.) can be accessed from the participating research infrastructures.

End of September, the JPI HDHL midterm symposium took place in Brussels. During this event, coordinators presented their transnational JPI HDHL projects. The objective of the symposium was to enable discussion on progress with the JPI HDHL Scientific and Stakeholder Advisory boards (SAB and SHAB) and the other project coordinators. The successful symposium resulted in relevant insights for researchers that are valuable for the continuation of their projects. In addition, several new promising contacts were established between scientists in the same research area.

The Joint Actions
The ENPADASI Knowledge Hub which has recently completed its research activities kicked off with the first presentation to the whole audience. Afterwards the progress and preliminary results of projects from the JPI HDHL Joint Actions Intestinal Microbiomics, Nutrition and Cognitive function, Malnutrition Knowledge Hub and Food Processing for Health were presented in two parallel sessions. After each presentation, an interactive discussion with the audience took place.

Establishments new collaborations
It was discussed that an added value of the JPI HDHL lies in the transnational character of the funded projects. In this way, excellent researchers from different countries and research disciplines work together in the same research project. During the mid-term symposium, it became clear that also researchers from different projects can benefit from working together and new collaborations were established.

Societal impact
The Chair of the Stakeholder Advisory Board stressed the importance of the societal impact of the projects. Project coordinators should keep this in mind and should establish clear recommendations how the project results can contribute to the societal impact and how the results can be disseminated to the end users.

Early 2018, 45 research teams from eight countries involved in 11 research projects will start working for the upcoming two to three years to gather new insights about the relationship of diet, intestinal microbiome and health. Eight additional research teams will collaborate with them with own resources. Beginning of this year, the first joint funding action of the ERA-Net Cofund “Interrelation of the INtesTInal MICrobiome, Diet and Health” (HDHL-INTIMIC) was launched by nine countries – Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Sweden.

DEDIPAC, the Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity Knowledge Hub, was the first action taken by the JPI Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life, to better align research across Europe on healthy dietary and physical activity behavior. Over the past three years, around 300 researchers from 13 countries have provided better insight into the ‘causes of the causes’ of important, non-communicable diseases across Europe to translate this knowledge into more effective promotion of healthy diet and physical activity.

DEDIPAC has generated 38 publications until now, the more recent one summarizes major DEDIPAC’s findings on the state of the art, what was achieved in terms of furthering measurement and monitoring, and building toolboxes for further research and practice. Additionally, DEDIPAC proposes some of the next steps that are now required to move forward in this field.