Vast volumes of data from satellites in space, drones in the air and sensors on the ground will be harnessed by a pioneering EU-funded project that promises to revolutionise farming, land use, agricultural sustainability and food security.
Sustainable & circular bioeconomy, the European way
22 October in Brussels, Charlemagne Building.
High level event under the Austrian Presidency
The conference will focus on the need to have a sustainable and circular bioeconomy to enhance the transition in a changed EU policy context and towards a new environmental, social and economic reality.
To know more about the event and the programme please visit event website
The event will be webstreamed
Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being
21-22 November 2018, Mindelo, Cabo Verde
In recent years, the Republic of Cabo Verde has developed into an important location for international marine research. On and off the islands, European and international partners operate observatories for ocean and atmospheric research.
Against this background, and with a view to make the most out of the many ongoing activities that have emerged in Cabo Verde through EU funded projects and bilateral initiatives with EU Member States, a high-level event "Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being" will take place on 21-22 November 2018 in Mindelo on the island of São Vicente, Cabo Verde. The event will be hosted at the Ocean Science Centre Mindelo in partnership with the GEOMAR Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel, Germany and the National Institute for Fisheries Development INDP, Cabo Verde.
For more information please see event website
2nd high-level FOOD 2030 conference
14-15 June, Bulgaria
The 2nd High-level FOOD 2030 conference will take place on 14-15 June 2018 at the Agricultural University in Plovdiv (BG) under the umbrella of the Bulgarian Presidency. The overarching goal of this conference is engage a wide diversity of actors to build a shared and inclusive vision and provide input to strategic long term Food and Nutrition Security related R&I developments at the EU level.
An open competition to get video clips to be showcased during our High Level Event on 16 November 2017 at the Charlemagne Conference Centre.
The YouTube video clips should not be longer than 2 minutes and focus on innovations, new businesses, companies, social projects related to Bioeconomy. The video clips do not necessarily have to be new but should highlight the innovative technologies or services, products developed, research performed, etc.. and highlight specific contributions to other policies (Growth&jobs, regional development, circular economy, climate change, environment) and/or the topics of the sessions.
The Open completion is now closed
High-level policy events during the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info week
Bioeconomy policy day
During the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Info week taking place in Brussels on 14-17 November 2017 at the Charlemagne Conference Centre, the Commission is organizing, on Thursday 16 November, a Bioeconomy Policy Day to present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for Bioeconomy development. These discussions will reflect both on the experiences gained over the past four years with Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, and on the possible need for new actions. Separate parallel sessions will follow immediately after the plenary session chaired by 9 relevant Directorate Generals, the co-signatories of the Bioeconomy Strategy.
On the Friday 17 November, there will be two parallel sessions on Digitisation and Blue Growth. The session on Digitalisation will discuss different EU policy initiatives on Digitisation of farming and food sectors and of research and innovation activities contributing to these areas. During the Blue Growth parallel session, discussions will revolve around the wide coverage of Blue Growth's cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary approach to marine, maritime and aquatic research and innovation and its relevance to EU policies and to the blue economy. This session will feature examples of impactful EU projects and their uptake by different stakeholders including policy makers, as well as synergies with other major programmes and initiatives that contribute to the blue economy in Europe and beyond.
On 16 and 17 November there will be a "Bioeconomy village" aimed at showcasing successful projects focused on Bioeconomy.
This report of the FOOD 2030 Workshop ‘Cities for Food Systems Innovation and Green Jobs’, held on 31 May 2017, emphasises the opportunities and challenges that our cities are facing to make their food systems sustainable and future proof. It presents examples of good practices and recommendations intended to support uptake of a ‘systemic’ approach to food, especially with regards to future research and innovation opportunities. It focuses on the wider FOOD 2030 aim of engaging and mobilising cities to foster improved cooperation and openness amongst multiple food system actors.
EU expands its research cooperation with Brazil and South Africa
The European Union will further boost its research and innovation cooperation with its strategic partners Brazil and South Africa in order to better understand marine ecosystems and climate. The three sides launched today the South Atlantic Research and Innovation Flagship Initiative and signed a joint Statement on Atlantic Ocean Research and Innovation Cooperation in Lisbon's historic Belém Tower [find more].
Carlos Moedas, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, said: "The Belém agreement is science diplomacy in action. It moves our cooperation with Brazil and South Africa up a gear, enabling us to better coordinate our research agendas and to make best use of our research and innovation funding. We will be better prepared to exploit the value of the 'blue economy' of the Atlantic Ocean for our citizens. With this agreement, we enter a new era of Blue Enlightenment."
PLATFORM published Policy Brief No. 3: The role of the ERA-NET instrument in fostering inclusiveness
The H2020 project PLATFORM of bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions recently published “PLATFORM Policy Brief No. 3 - The role of the ERA-NET instrument in fostering inclusiveness” providing recommendations for the European Commission (EC), ERA-NET initiatives and the so-called lower performing countries (LPCs) on how LPCs can become an integral and empowered part of the ERA-NET community.
This is an Advance Research Initiative for nutrition and aquaculture has delivered farmers, industry and the scientific community improved and innovative methods, tools and concepts for fish nutrition that contribute to a knowledge based economy. In particular the project has contributed to develop new alternative feeds tailored to meet the nutrient requirements of key target fish species such as Salmon, Trout, Seabass, Seabream while reducing fishmeal and fish oil level in fish feed.
As an example, Rainbow trout have been grown on a totally plant-based diet without any marine ingredients from first feeding through to adult without compromising growth, and similarly, diets containing less than 7.5 % marine ingredients supported rapid growth in sea bream. These results contribute to improve the competiveness, employment, health and environment of the EU and candidate countries. Direct involvement of SMEs from the aquaculture industry in ARRAINA has ensured an effective take-up of results
In an easily comprehensible format, in about 30 short video clips, it presents recommendations based on current scientific concepts and insights from the R&I EARLYNUTRITION project, directed to health care professionals, trainees and others interested in this field.
"What should I eat?" "What about my physical activity?" Women who plan to have a child need to think about their diets already before the pregnancy. The course gives practical information about the impact of the pre-natal nutrition and lifestyle on the health of the child.
One-Day Symposium on 24 March 2017 in Brussels to present new data on dietary requirements for Vitamin D in Children, Adolescents, Black-skinned adults and Pregnant women in Europe.
The implications of new research data on vitamin D for public health policy and food innovation in Europe will be discussed. ODIN researchers will present their latest research findings and there will be contributions from invited speakers.
ODIN is an EC-funded project focusing on food-based solutions for optimal vitamin D nutrition and health throughout the lifecycle.
- For more please visit ODIN website
OPTIFEL partners have developed a specification to food industry, based on the project findings and including information about product development for the elderly. These guidelines include 3 sections: Nutritional guidelines, Functional guidelines and Guidelines for Packaging.
Read the English version of "Guidelines Optifel–EN–FV"
Read the reflection paper written by Professor Hannelore Daniel (Technical University Munich, DE), Dr Pamela Byrne (Food Safety Authority of Ireland, IE) and Professor Monique Raats (University of Surrey, UK).
This report builds on the discussions of the European Commission FOOD 2030 workshop entitled "Smart Personalised Nutrition" that was held on the 16th of June 2016 in Brussels.
Ending hunger and malnutrition is one of the main challenges on the agenda of Research & Innovation policy towards FOOD2030. The EU co-financed R&I project FOODSECURE was created to understand the global food system and to find solutions to increase its resilience. The researchers provided recommendations to support the policy-makers in the EU and beyond with the goal to decrease the pressure on the world’s food system. Read the conclusions of the FOODSECURE final conference to learn more about the project results on the FOOD2030 Conference website.
International Green Week will take place from 20th to 29th of January 2017 in Berlin. It is a one-of-a-kind international exhibition of the food, agriculture and gardening industries; very popular with consumers and trade visitors.
IGW is also at the origin of the Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA), where over 60 international ministries and food producers meet – their displays reveal the fascinating world of the food and beverage industries.
The IGW exhibition will host over 1450 exhibitors, including the European Commission,– where FOOD2030 will be represented by three FP7 R&D projects EARLYNUTRITION, EnReMilk and PERFORMANCE during the Science Day of 22 January 2017 at stand 147 Hall 3.2: Floor Plan.
The FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on green jobs, education and training systems - kick-off meeting, Zvolen Slovakia
The Expert Group on Green jobs, Education and Training systems to which the Commission will actively contribute has announced it's kick-off meeting in Zvolen (Slovakia) on 25-26 January 2017.
The FOREST EUROPE Expert Group on green jobs, education and training systems is established to enhance the role of sustainable forest management in a green economy and to exchange experience in education and training systems, defining requirements for green jobs in the forest sector, leading to preparation of guidelines on the promotion of green jobs.
Ministers responsible for forests committed themselves at the Madrid Ministerial Conference in October 2015 in the relation to social aspects of SFM and green jobs:
- Promote a forest sector and its related value chain,
- Adapt education and training systems to changing conditions, technologies and new skills required in the forest sector and beyond.
- Promote social inclusion and efforts towards gender equality along the whole forest value chain.
The ministers also decided on following actions:
- Develop guidelines on the promotion of green jobs in the forest sector in the region.
- Exchange of knowledge and experience in education and training systems
- Explore possibilities for applying gender mainstreaming to the pan-European activities mentioned in the previous two paragraphs.
In order to implement above mentioned action, FOREST EUROPE will enable dialogue and mobilise expert forum for exchanging experiences in education and training systems in the context of green economy as well as other requirements for green jobs in the forest sector. The Expert Group should focus mainly on best examples of policies and policy tools to strengthen employment in the forest sector including environmental and social aspects of these jobs. Moreover, the group should also aim at mechanisms for identification of new skills including cross-sectoral approaches in this field. The collection of best examples should be subsequently presented at a workshop and later serve as a base for development of pan-European guidelines for promotion of green jobs in the forest sector.
Waste generated in the production, distribution and consumption of food became a significant concern in Europe: It is estimated that around 88 million tonnes of food are wasted annually in the EU – around 20% of all food produced – with related costs valued at 143 billion euros.
Since 2012, the Commission has engaged and worked actively to identify where food waste occurs in the food chain, where barriers to food waste prevention have been encountered and areas where actions are needed at EU level. This has laid the foundation for the elaboration of an integrated action plan to tackle food waste presented as part of the Circular Economy package. Two EU funded R&I projects, funded under FP7 KBBE and H2020 Societal Challenge 2, FUSIONS and REFRESH are playing a key role in supporting this Commission's action plan, which includes:
- developing common EU methodology to measure food waste and defining relevant indicators (implementing act to be put forward following adoption of the Commission’s proposal to revise the Waste Framework Directive);
- establishing an EU Platform on Food Losses and Food Waste, which brings together Member States and all actors of the food chain, to help define the measures needed to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals on food waste and share best practice and results achieved;
- taking measures to clarify EU legislation relating to waste, food and feed, and facilitate food donation as well as the valorisation of former foodstuffs and by-products as animal feed without compromising food and feed safety;
- examining ways to improve the use of date marking by actors of the food chain and its understanding by consumers, in particular the “best before” label.
EIT selects winning innovation partnership in Food
The European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT) announced the winning team selected to set up EIT Food.
This is a new pan-European partnership bringing together leading businesses, universities and research organisations.
Its mission: to boost innovation, growth and job creation and put Europe at the centre of a global revolution in food. Read more
European researchers join forces to study dietary and physical activity behaviours
Diet and physical activity are of crucial importance for our health. But why do people engage in unhealthy dietary habits and lack sufficient physical activity? The Determinants of Diet and Physical Activity (DEDIPAC) Knowledge Hub (KH) is the first action of the European Joint Programming Initiative (JPI) A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life. It was created to align this research across Europe to use resources and infrastructures more efficiently and to support policy makers by decisions to promote health and prevent disease. It provides a solid basis for further research in this important topic by bringing together approximately 300 researchers from 70 research institutes in 13 European countries.
Debate sessions on marine research and innovation at the Euroscience Open Forum (ESOF)
The DG RTD Marine Resources Unit hosted two debate sessions at ESOF 2016:
- "Biosensors for healthy oceans" - Tuesday 26 July.
- "Cleaning our seas and oceans through enhanced ocean literacy" - Wednesday 27 July
ESOF attracted some 3000 participants and 300 journalists, and included key presentations by Carlos Moedas, EU Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Robert-Jan Smits, Director General of DG Research and Innovation and other key opinion leaders and world-known scientists, innovators, investors and policy makers.
The Blue Economy Business and Science Forum
The EU Blue Economy provides over 5 million jobs and approximately 4% of Europe’s Gross Domestic Product. New technologies, including underwater engineering and DNA sequencing offer possibilities to increase this contribution. To capture this potential, the European Commission has launched a Blue Growth initiative which explores new ways to contribute to the EU's economy through technological, industrial and financial innovation whilst respecting the scarcity and vulnerability of marine resources.
As part of this effort, the Commission in its Communication on Innovation in the Blue Economy proposed to launch a Blue Economy Business and Science Forum - a platform for business, science, finance and policy representatives to exchange knowledge and experience, discuss opportunities and barriers for innovation in the blue economy and celebrate scientific and industrial achievements. It will provide a sounding board for industry and an opportunity for the participants to provide timely advice to the Commission.
The Blue Economy Business and Science Forum was officially launched at the European Maritime Day conference, held in Greece in May 2015 and the Hamburg Summit event is the first gathering of the Forum to address the Blue Growth challenges.
Next Blue Economy Business and Science Forum will be held on 12-13 September in Hamburg.
Atlantic seabed mapping launched
The Canadian icebreaker CCGS Louis S. St-Laurent starts today (22nd of July) a six-week expedition in the Arctic Ocean with the participation of the European Commission.
The ship will sail from Dartmouth (Nova Scotia) to Tromsø, Norway.
On the voyage between Canada and Norway, the Canadian Hydrographic Service will carry out a seabed-mapping expedition under the Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance .
This is the fifth expedition, involving Canada, the European Union and the United States as part of the Galway Statement Implementation activities signed in May 2013 between Canada, the United States and the European Union.
Renewed Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel meets for the first time.
The renewed Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel met for the first time.
High on the agenda: the launching of the work on the Manifesto on sustainable European Bioeconomy
Read the newsletter of the meeting to find out more.
The panel’s composition has just been renewed and the new members have started their regular meetings to support the European Commission.
Save the date – High level conference FOOD 2030 Research and Innovation for Tomorrow's Nutrition and Food Systems - Brussels 12-13 October 2016
Organised by the European Commission DG for Research and Innovation, the conference will help frame the food and nutrition security challenge in Europe and also in a global context. The conference includes a number of pre-event workshops, on the 12th, and the exhibition "Food village" that can be visited until 13 October 3:00 pm.
The plenary of the FOOD2030 High Level Conference will take place on the 13th of October.
More information available soon on this website.
The FOOD 2030 conference will showcase innovative technologies and initiatives.
It aims to be a platform for dialogue to build on the political momentum for a coherent research and innovation policy framework for Food and Nutrition Security.