The Fit4Food2030 consortium aims to support the development and implementation of the EC Food2030 initiative and has been invited to the Grant Agreement Preparation Phase. JPI HDHL – through its secretariat at ZonMw - is one of the WP leaders within the consortium.

The overall aim of FIT4FOOD2030 is to establish a sustainable, balanced, multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform – called the FOOD2030 Platform – that will support the EC to further develop and implement the FOOD 2030 policy framework and its action plan. The consortium is coordinated by the Athena Institute of the VU University Amsterdam and includes many of the leading organizations in public and public-private R&I policy (programming) on FNS in Europe, and in Responsible Research and Innovation. Besides JPI HDHL, JPI OCEANS and FACCE JPI are also involved in the consortium as part of the collaboration between the three JPIs around the Food & Nutrition Security – see also the paper of the three JPIs

More information about Fit4Food2030 will follow within the upcoming weeks on our website.

From the 23rd of May, working groups can submit a proposal regarding several aspects about diet-related chronic diseases. We can now announce that France is officially participating in this call (in an earlier stage participation of France was still pending). This rapid action call will support community-led working groups that can push forward the field of diet-related chronic diseases. The output of the working groups will be white papers, prospective views, guidelines, or best practice frameworks of value to the wider research community and with societal impact. 

Read more about the call and how to submit

Monika Kocmanova, member of the Department of Research and Development of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports (MEYS) of the Czech Republic, is the representative of the Czech Republic in the Management Board of JPI HDHL. She also is contact person for the Call 2017 for the Joint Funding Action “Effectiveness of existing policies for lifestyle intervention – Policy Evaluation Network (PEN)”.

Austrian FP9 Think Tank published a position paper on “Fostering Impact and Sustainable Collaboration in FP9 within a new Common Research, Technology and Innovation Policy”.

Austria, one of the member countries of the JPI HDHL, has established a FP9 Think Tank in May 2016 in order to develop ideas for a future European Research, Technology and Innovation (RTI) policy, and specifically a more effective and efficient Framework Programme. Based on its Theses Paper the Think Tank elaborates further on some of the ideas in its second paper, and makes more concrete suggestions for the future of the EU’s RTI policy.

In Europe today there is an increasing lack of public confidence in the food supply despite the fact that our food is arguably safer and more accessible than ever before. EUFIC has published a handbook on “How to talk about food risk” to proactively communicate about food, reassure the public about its safety, restore consumers’ trust in the authorities charged with regulating it, and help people understand how to eat safely and healthily.

The fourth international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” (JPI HDHL) will take place on Friday the 1st December 2017 in Brussels (Belgium). The conference will bring together and stimulate the dialogue between stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health including policy makers, funders, scientists, health care professionals, industry and NGO’s. During the conference, an overview of the achievements and future objectives of the JPI HDHL, including the running Joint Actions, will be presented.

Finland has published a government report on food policy. The aim of the food policy is to promote the population’s nutritional status and well-being through food. Food policy covers a broad range of issues concerning the production, processing, distribution and consumption of food. The national economy, public health and the well-being of the environment are all closely connected to food policy decisions.

Increasing harmonisation and standardisation of data in nutrition research is an important next step to stimulate data sharing and open science. This was one of the main outcomes of the JPI HDHL workshop organised in February 2017 about data sharing and data stewardship. During the workshop, the role of the JPI HDHL, the needs and gaps of the field and the next steps that JPI HDHL could take were discussed.

EuroFIR, the European Food Information Resource platform will held its annual Food Forum and Symposium on 5-6th April 2017 in Brussels. The Food Forum is an event combining association, project meetings and a Symposium opened to all. It is a great opportunity to meet and network with EuroFIR members and others international researchers, dietitians, nutritionists, SMEs, health and food public authorities, and exchange ideas on food and research in Europe and worldwide.

JPI HDHL welcomes two new members in the Scientific Advisory Board. In pillar 1 Prof. Wim Verbecke from Ghent University in Belgium and in pillar 2 Prof. Marie Alminger from Chalmers University of Technology in Sweden.

Prof. Wim Verbecke’s research is about food consumer science, stakeholder and consumer decision-making, perception and acceptance of production technologies and food products or product concepts.

Prof. Marie Alminger’s research interests include the development of new solutions for sustainable production of healthy and safe food in order to investigate how food production systems should be developed for more resource efficient chains and more competitive production of food. We are happy to have them on board and we are looking forward to working with them.