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Food for Life Newsletter
June 2016

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The new Leadership Team


The European Technology Platform ‘Food for Life’ wants to step-change the innovation power and impact of the European food industry to the benefit of a sustainable society. To that purpose, applications to create a new Leadership Team for the ETP were sought. We received over 50 truly outstanding applications! In response, the ETP carefully selected the members for this team taking experience, expertise area and geographical spread into account.

The Leadership Team is now composed of 15 well-established scientists of the European food arena, coming from both industry (including SMEs) and Academia.  We are convinced that their proven industrial and academic excellence will allow the ETP to shape a strategy for research in the food sector. Get to know them better at the dedicated page of our website.


Our Working Groups


In order to deliver a high-class scientific programme, the ETP relies on the expertise of the Scientific Working Groups (SWGs) to generate the ideas necessary to shape the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda (SRIA) and its Implementation Plan (IP). 

These groups are composed by experts in Nutrition and Health, Consumer Studies, Food Safety, Primary processing, Food Processing and Packaging, coming from industry, research institutes and Academia.

As a result of two brainstorming sessions organised in January and March 2016, the SWGs came up with big novel ideas that, if funded and implemented, would help move the field truly forward. These ideas are currently being edited and harmonised by the Editing Group and will feed into the revised version of our SRIA.

Upcoming internal meetings


15.06.2016: Leadership Team Meeting in Brussels to further discuss and finalise the first draft of our new SRIA. We will have a document ready to be shared with you very soon, stay tuned!

Involvement in EU Initiatives

European Initiatives & Projects

ETP ‘Food for Life’ Secretariat, represented by Ms Beate Kettlitz, chairs the Stakeholder Advisory Boards of the Joint Programming Initiatives on ‘Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ (JPI HDHL) and on ‘Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change’ (FACCE-JPI). JPI HDHL focuses on the consumption side of the food chain while FACCE-JPI’s main focus is on the production side. Nevertheless, both initiatives have a common interest in the impact of climate change on providing a sustainable food supply that has the nutritional requirements to ensure a healthy population. The complementary and multi-disciplinary approach and expertise of the JPIs can provide a complete analysis of these problems.


European Initiatives & Projects

JPI HDHL brings together 25 countries that collaborate together to align their research strategies in the area of nutrition and health. It is focused on ensuring that the healthy choice is the easy choice for consumers, on developing high-quality, healthy, safe and sustainable food products and on preventing diet-related, chronic diseases and increasing the quality of life. JPI HDHL has recently launched its new Implementation Plan, covering the period 2016-2018. You can click here to read it.


European Initiatives & Projects

FACCE-JPI gathers 22 member states committed to ensuring sustainable food production under climate change while at the same time protecting the environment and natural resources. FACCE-JPI actions are targeted to achieve a sustainable food security under climate change and an environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agricultural systems under current and future resource availability. It also aims at assessing and reducing trade-offs between food production, biodiversity and ecosystem services, adapting to climate change throughout the whole food chain and mitigating greenhouse gas. FACCE-JPI has revised recently its Strategic Research Agenda and its Implementation Plan.

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