The 5th international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ will take place on February 20, 2019 in Brussels. We invite a wide variety of stakeholders from the area of food, nutrition and health to discuss the state of the art in the field of JPI HDHL and look towards the future. With this future in mind, we have given our conference the theme Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system.

The objective of JPI HDHL is to improve the impact of R&I investments in food, nutrition, health and physical activity to counter the increasing burden of diet-related non-communicable diseases. This is interconnected with other societal challenges, in particular the effect of food production and consumption on biodiversity and climate change, and vice versa. The future-proofing of our food system is a huge challenge and the subject of much ongoing debate. JPI HDHL adheres to the viewpoint that diet is one of the main leverage points towards a healthy & sustainable food system.

These issues will be explored during the 5th JPI HDHL conference. With a panel of experts we will also discuss why nutrition is relatively underfunded and how this may be improved, and how to better connect policy needs and R&I. Furthermore, we will take stock of what the JPI HDHL has been working on and topics like impact of research projects and consumer behaviour will be addressed in workshops and inspiration sessions.

More details about the conference will be shared on the JPI HDHL conference website and through twitter (@JPI_HDHL, #JPIHDHLconference). Registration is possible from the last week of October.

For an impression of the 4th JPI HDHL conference that took place on the 1st of December 2017, you can watch the after movie or read the conference report.