As part of the JPI HDHL conference, a science vlog (video log) contest for early career scientists was organised. From 14 running projects funded by JPI HDHL, we received a vlog made by one or more early career scientists.The best 3 vlogs selected by a review panel were shown during the conference and the audience could vote to select the winning one.

Martijntje Bakker has been elected as the new chair of the JPI HDHL at the Management Board meeting in February 2019. She has been member of the JPI HDHL MB for the Netherlands since 2012 and took up the role of vice chair in 2013. She takes over from Carlos Martinez Riera, who unfortunately had to step down as chair due to a change of job.
Martijntje Bakker will build on her many years of experience with JPI’s and mission orientated research funding to guide the JPI HDHL through the coming time.

The JPI HDHL welcomes four new members in the Scientific Advisory Board: For area 1, Prof. Dr. Carl Lachat from Ghent University in Belgium; for area 2, Dr. Catherine Stanton from Teagasc Food Research Centre and APC Microbiome at University College Cork in Ireland and Dr. Kaisa Poutanen from VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland and for area 3, Dr. Christophe Matthys from Leuven University in Belgium.

Countries can now join FIT4FOOD2030 by running a policy lab. In the policy labs, European countries and regions aim to maximise the impact of Research and Innovation on future-proofing their food system. We are offering three to five more countries or regions this exciting possibility. Countries are asked to indicate their interest by February 18. The deadline for submitting the letters of commitment is March 4th 2019.

Knowledge about the microbiome is very much guided by what type of research is being funded. The microbiome has become of interest in all parts of the food system, and there are overlapping research interests all over the world. JPI HDHL is involved through HDHL INTIMIC in the H2020 project MicrobiomeSupport, which maps R&I strategies on the microbiome and funding on a regional, national and international level.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.