Conference & events

Please find an overview of our previous confernces and events below. If you are interested in upcoming events, please visit the page Workshops & Events

6th conference - April 2021

6th conference - April 2021

The 6th international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ took place digitally on April 20 and 21, 2021. We welcomed over 250 user in our digital conference platform over these 2 days. The conference was themed 10 years of JPI HDHL: supporting the connection between food and health towards a systemic approach.

In 2020 we reached a milestone: 10 years of JPI HDHL. The 6th international conference offered the perfect opportunity to discuss with our stakeholders how we can build on our experiences and achievements. While there are many lessons to be learned and shared, one of the main recurring issues is how nutrition often falls in the gap between the themes of health and food. JPI HDHL stands for the need to bridge that gap, to ensure that nutrition research and policy receives the attention it deserves. This is part of the urgent, broader call for a food systems approach. Therefore, during the conference we explored how a systemic approach could be implemented to create more impact; what does this mean for scientists? What does it mean at a policy level? And how could we better connect the two? Through topical keynotes, a panel, workshops and informal discussions we covered these and other questions relevant to the future of food, nutrition and health research (see the conference programme).

10 YEARS OF JPI HDHL

You can find our leaflet & timeline on the achievements of JPI HDHL and our vision on the future here.
During the year we published several videos reflecting on 10 years JPI HDHL, you can find the playlist here.

PRESENTATIONS & RECORDINGS

You can also download the presentations of the different sessions here. For several sessions a recording is available.

Keynotes

Inspiration sessions

Workshops

Workshop on nutrition, physical activity and Covid-19 - June 2020

Workshop on nutrition, physical activity and Covid-19 - June 2020

Covid-19 turned into a global pandemic fast and might be here to stay for the foreseeable future. There are many links between food systems and Covid-19, and within this broader context there seems to be a strong relation between diet, nutrition and the virus. On the one hand, obesity and diet-related disease appear to significantly increase the risks of Covid-19. At the same time, measures implemented because of the pandemic, such as mandatory lockdowns, are impacting people’s everyday behaviour, including diet and physical activity. That is why JPI HDHL organised an online workshop on June 17 2020, titled Food, nutrition, physical activity and Covid-19: defining what we know and still need to know in the research area of JPI HDHL’. We were joined by around 150 participants from all over Europe during the course of the workshop.

PRESENTATIONS & RECORDINGS

A recording of the workshop can be viewed on our YouTube channel. Please note that around 10 minutes are missing from the start of the panel discussion, due to a technical issue.

presentation on the clinical aspects of Covid-19 and nutritiondr. Christophe Matthys, KU Leuven

presentation on Covid-19 and dietary and physical activity behaviourprof. Emely de Vet, Wageningen University

5th conference - February 2019

5th conference - February 2019

The 5thinternational conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ took place on February 20, 2019 in Brussels and welcomed about 240 people to debate on our conference theme Diet as leverage point towards a healthy and sustainable food system. The participants represented a wide variety of stakeholders in the area of food, nutrition and health and came together to discuss the state of the art in the field of JPI HDHL and look towards the future.

The battle against unhealthy lifestyles 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 & future proof food system. But despite the importance of nutrition in the food system, the research area that deals with the links between nutrition and health as well nutrition related public health interventions often falls in between the agricultural and health domain with a risk of underinvestment – whereas knowledge is needed to underpin policy & interventions to work towards a healthy sustainable society.

During the 5th JPI HDHL conference, these were some of the questions we explored. With a panel of experts we also discussed why nutrition is relatively underfunded and how this may be improved, and how to better connect policy needs and R&I. Furthermore, we took stock of what the JPI HDHL has been working on and topics like impact of research projects and consumer behavior were addressed in workshops and inspiration sessions (see the conference programme).

CONFERENCE REPORT

More information about all the keynote speeches and sessions is available in the conference report.

VLOGS

For an impression of the 5th JPI HDHL conference watch this vlog.
You can find a playlist with al vlogs made by Early career scientists for the Vlog contest here.

PRESENTATIONS

You can also download the presentations of the different sessions here:

Keynotes

Inspiration sessions

Workshops

4th conference - December 2017

4th conference - December 2017

The 4th international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ took place on December 1st, 2017 in Brussels. The complete programme connects to the main theme: To work towards more societal impact of nutritional science.

AFTER MOVIE

CONFERENCE REPORT

Click here to read the the 4th conference report online.

3rd conference - June 2015

3rd conference - June 2015

Almost 200 participants joint the third international conference of the JPI HDHL on the 19th of June in Brussels. The objective of this conference was to achieve a dialogue between the participants – which are a representation of the great variety of stakeholder in the area of JPI HDHL – to support alignment and collaboration between research programmes and policies (see the conference programe).

On the programme were among others presentations about the running Joint Actions of the JPI HDHL, the outcomes of the FAO/WHO Second Conference on Nutrition, and the results and upcoming plans of JPI HDHL. Furthermore participants could choose between a variety of workshops: a workshop on Nutrition Security (follow up of the EXPO event); a workshop on standardisation and data sharing, a workshop on the collaboration between researchers and the industry and a workshop on the first results of the DEDIPAC Knowledge Hub. As an intermezzo the audience participated in a lively debate on statements like "every researcher should invest 10% of his/her time in an open source research infrastructure". The conference was closed with an inspiring presentation of Hannelore Daniel "The future of our science: challenges, chances and my personal view" in her valedictory speech as chair of the Scientific Advisory Board of JPI HDHL.

CONFERENCE REPORT

Click here to read the 3rd conference report online.

PRESENTATIONS
The slides of the presentations of the plenary sessions and the workshops are available online, and can be dowloaded from this page.

2nd conference - March 2014

2nd conference - March 2014

The Second Conference of the Joint Programming Initiative 'A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life' (JPI HDHL) took place on Friday March 28, 2014 at the Crowne Plaza Hotel Brussels. The Conference provided an updated on the progress of JPI HDHL since the first Conference in 2012 and launched the next phase of Joint Programming - the Implementation Plan. Networking opportunities were offered to stakeholders in the health and nutrition sector and all relevant partners to ensure that our collective joint efforts regarding a healthy diet for a healthy life deliver impact and provide solutions for this grand societal challenge. See the final conference programme and overview of key note speakers

Implementation plan

Click here to read the JPI HDHL Implementation Plan 2014-2015 online. The most recent strategic documents can be found here.

Presentations

Please click on the links below to download the presentation as a zip file:

1st conference - June 2012

1st conference - June 2012

On June 14th, 2012, the first conference of the Joint Programming Initiative “A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life” was held in the Bel Air Hotel in The Hague, The Netherlands. At the conference, the first Strategic Research Agenda of the JPI HDHL was launched. More than 220 participants from all over Europe joint the conference, and the interest in the conference was overwhelming. Hence, the conference, chaired by Prof. Wim Saris, Chair of the Management Board, was consider to be very successful.

The opening speech was given by André van der Zande, Director General of the RIVM (National Institute for Public Health and Environment). Afterwards, Rudulf Strohmeier, Deputy Director General of DG Research and Innovation who emphasised the support of the European Commission for this initiative, gave a short lecture.

As a major issue on the conference agenda, the Strategic Research Agenda was presented by Prof. Hannelore Daniel, Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board (SAB). Hannelore Daniel has played an important and crucial role in realizing this document. The final goal of the JPI and the Strategic Research Agenda is to have a healthier diet and lower the amount of diet-related diseases in a long term perspective. Hannelore Daniel ended her presentation about the Strategic research agenda 2012-2020 with her vision and dream on the JPI and the future: “To establish a European Nutrition and Food Research Institute to improve scientific collaboration and communication across national borders, foster excellence, and better integrate food, nutrition and health research throughout Europe”.

Apart from plenary sessions, several workshops were held at the conference, one for each Research Areas of the Strategic Research Agenda:

  1. Determinants of diet and physical activity: ensuring the healthy choice is the easy choice for consumers
  2. Diet and food production: developing high-quality, healthy, safe and sustainable food products
  3. Diet-related chronic diseases: preventing diet-related, chronic diseases and increasing the quality of life -  delivering a healthier diet
  4. Horizontal issues: How to collaborate. In the workshops there were different presentations of existing European initiatives and a discussion about how these initiatives can connect with the Strategic Research Agenda and contribute to the implementation of it.
Strategic Research Agenda

Click here to read the (first) Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) online. The most recent strategic documents can be found here.

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