Save the date - World Food Day – High-level event

JPI HDHL will be one of the speakers at a High-Level event in Brussels on World Food Day, the 16th of October 2019, with the theme ‘FOOD 2030: Nourishing people and nurturing the planet through sustainable and healthy diets for all’. Participants are invited to discuss the cross-sectoral role of nutrition, with a focus on obesity. The organization of the event is a collaborative effort by the FAO, the European Economic and Social Committee, the European Committee of the Regions, and the European Commission/FIT4FOOD2030.

The agenda and registration link will be published in early September. The event will also be live-streamed online.

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The two research projects that were funded under the JPI HDHL Joint Action “Biomarkers for Nutrition and Health” recently finished and the results are now available.

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New member in the Scientific Advisory Board

The JPI HDHL welcomes its new member in the Scientific Advisory Board in Research Area 3 “Diet, Health and Disease

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Website Policy Evaluation Network now online!

The website of the JPI HDHL project: Policy Eveluation Network (PEN) has been launched.

The Policy Evaluation Network, funded by the JPI HDHL, started in the beginning of 2019 and will run for 3 years. PEN’s vision is to provide Europe with tools to identify, evaluate and benchmark policies designed to directly or indirectly address physical inactivity, unhealthy diets and sedentary behaviour while accounting for existing health inequalities. Building on existing knowledge from the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub and the INFORMAS network, PEN will deliver an overview of the ‘best’ public policies most likely to sustainably support more favourable health behaviours.

Researchers from 28 institutes in 7 European countries and New Zealand combine their expertise to establish a multi-disciplinary research network, including representatives of World Health Organisation and INFORMAS, to interact with policy makers and renowned experts in policy development, implementation and evaluation.

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In February 2019, the JPI HDHL launched “METADIS”, a third call organized under the umbrella of the ERA HDHL-INTIMIC in order to promote collaborative international research on nutrition and health.

The first submission step of the METADIS call closed on April 2, 2019. 42 pre-proposals were submitted among which 39 were eligible. The scientific evaluation of the 39 pre-proposals was organised and 20 consortia have been invited for the submission of a full-proposal. The submission deadline of the full proposals is July 9, 2019 at 16:00 UTC.

In agreement with the missions of the ERA-Net, the METADIS call focus on the impact of diet, food components and food processing on body weight regulation and related metabolic diseases. Moreover, each submitted project should present one or more dedicated actions intended to promote the career development of the early career scientists (PhD, Post-doc) involved in the proposed project.

Eleven countries (Belgium, Czech Republic, France, Germany, Israel, Italy, Latvia, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, and Sweden) and 13 funding agencies support this initiative.

More information and call documents are available online at the following link:

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JPI HDHL CALL: Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security

The Knowledge Hub (KH) on Food and Nutrition Security of the JPI HDHL, JPI OCEANS and FACCE-JPI, under the umbrella of ERA-Net Cofund ERA-HDHL has been established and the first network meeting was held on the 7th of June 2019 in Brussels.

In total, 42 eligible Expression of Interests (EoIs) have been submitted to the Joint Funding Action “Knowledge Hub on Food and Nutrition Security”. After evaluation by the Call Steering Committee (CSC), the 42 research groups were selected to work out a joint network proposal. The selected network members are from the following 7 countries: Portugal, Italy, Spain, Norway, France, Latvia and Germany.

All selected research groups were invited to a network meeting that took place on the 7th June 2019 in Brussels. During this meeting, the various research groups had the opportunity to meet each other. Dr. Habtamu Alem (No), Prof. Marco Bindi (It) and Dr. Duarte Torres (PT) took the lead as network coordinators and guided the discussion on the potential structure (work packages) of the joint proposal.

The next steps will be the submission of the joint network proposal in September 2019 (exact deadline to be confirmed) and the evaluation by an international scientific panel of experts afterwards.

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New JPI HDHL Implementation Plan for 2019-2021 is published

Corresponding to the recently published new Strategic Research Agenda (SRA), JPI HDHL is delighted to announce the launch of the new Implementation Plan for the years 2019-2021. The Implementation Plan translates the objectives of the SRA into tangible targets for the next three years and defines concrete funding and non-funding activities that will be carried out by the JPI HDHL in the coming years.

The Implementation Plan 2019-2021 has been developed in a joint effort by the Management Board, SAB, SHAB and the CSA partners responsible for this task.

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HDHL-INTIMIC: Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health is recommended for funding

The JPI HDHL is pleased to announce that the Knowledge Platform on Food, Diet, Intestinal Microbiomics and Human Health is recommended for funding. Within this platform 52 research groups will work on data standardization, harmonization, knowledge sharing and integration within the field of intestinal microbiomics, diet and health research.

Establishment of the Knowledge platform
The Knowledge Platform is the second joint funding activity of the ERA-Net Cofund HDHL-INTIMIC. Fifteen funding organisations from 9 countries selected research groups from various disciplines to be part of this transnational and multidisciplinary consortium.

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JPI HDHL and Fit4Food2030 at Presidency event in Romania

On the 22nd of May, the conference: “Circularity and Resource Efficiency of Food Systems” takes place in Bucharest, Romania. The event will be organised under the Romanian Presidency of the European Council. High level representatives from the ministries of Research & Innovation and Agriculture and the President of the Romanian Academy for Agriculture and Forestry Sciences will be present. In addition there will be researchers and other food chain stakeholders from Romania and other European Countries.

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Vlog JPI HDHL conference online

The vlog that JPI HDHL chair, Martijntje Bakker, made of the 5th JPI HDHL conference in February is now online. In the vlog, Martijntje takes you through the day and several speakers give you an impression of their session. In addition, Martijntje mentions some highlights of the panel discussion and she ends with the most important take home messages.

More information about the 5th JPI HDHL conference
For the conference report, click here
For the vlogs that were made by early career scientists, click here

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