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Our Atlantic Ocean for Growth and Well-Being

21-22 November 2018, Mindelo, Cape Verde

 The event will start on 21 November with a Projects, Initiatives and Ideas Meeting Place for Atlantic Ocean Stakeholders to discuss how we can collectively contribute to achieving sustainable development goals by addressing climate change, biodiversity, and food security throught science, research and innovation activities between Europe and Cabo Verde.

We are now launching a call for expression of interest regarding the Projects, Initiatives and Ideas Meeting Place. You are invited to let us know if you would like to organise a specific session within the scope outlined above.

On the 22 November, Commissioner Carlos Moedas will co-sign a Cooperation Arrangement on Marine Research and Innovation Cooperation on behalf of the European Commission with the Government of Cabo Verde.

More information will follow and registration will open soon.

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MyNewGut R&I project - Final Conference

18 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

EUFIC, together with all partners of the MyNewGut project, is organising a final conference to present the results of this five-year EU funded project and provide an input on how the human gut microbiota and its genome (microbiome) influence obesity, behavioural - and lifestyle-related disorders.

The MyNewGut project – which falls under the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme, - brings together 30 partners from 15 different countries and aimed to identify specific dietary strategies to improve the long-term health of the population.

Why is it relevant for research and innovation?

Emerging evidence indicates that the gut microbiome contributes to our ability to extract energy from the diet and influences development and function of the immune, endocrine and nervous systems, which regulate energy balance and behaviour. This has led to hypothesize that developing microbiome-based dietary interventions can be cost-effective measures to prevent diet-related and behavioural disorders.

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Challenges and opportunities for interregional cooperation in agri-food systems

10 October 2018, Brussels, Belgium

The objective of the workshop organised by DG RTD in cooperation with JRC, DG AGRI and DG REGIO is to showcase and discuss five interregional partnerships participating in the Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food

(1) Consumer Involvement in Agri-food Innovation, (2) High Tech Farming, (3) Nutritional Ingredients, (4) Smart sensor systems for agri-food and (5) Traceability & Big Data. This will be followed by a panel discussion on achievements, challenges and opportunities for transregional cooperation in agri-food systems and in fostering quadruple helix innovation.

Some of key issues discussed during the workshop focus on overcoming regulatory obstacles for investment, understanding financial instruments, improving governance and interoperability, as well as responding to skills and training needs.

2nd FOOD 2030 HIGH-LEVEL EVENT: Research and Innovation for Food and Nutrition Security – Transforming our food systems

14-15 June 2018, Plovdiv, Bulgaria


The second FOOD 2030 high-level event will take place on 14-15 June 2018 during the Bulgarian Presidency of the European Council. It will be dedicated to research and innovation (R&I) as a driver of food systems transformation; such that our food systems become sustainable, resilient, inclusive, responsible, resilient, diverse and competitive.

In the plenary session and 6 parallel sessions the speakers will demonstrate the status quo of Food research and innovation policy and its vision of shaping tomorrow's food and nutrition systems. The high level events will provide a dialogue platform and recommendations for the following actors:

  • policy makers and R&I funders
  • researchers and educators
  • the private sector
  • civil society

Besides structured plenary and parallel sessions the high-level event for FOOD 2030 will offer the opportunity to visit an open exhibition on the "Food R&I Domain" showcasing innovative research projects, networks, regional initiatives, start-ups and sustainable agriculture and food technologies.

In addition to the main sessions 3 interesting side events in the afternoon of 13 June will be open to participants and can be selected in the registration form:

  • Showcasing Sustainable Food for Cities
  • Food in Regions - one health, from regionality to functionality
  • Future-Proofing Food Systems - joint workshop between SCAR Food Systems Strategic Working Group and JPIs - HDHL and FACCE.


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EU Green Week Session 4.2 Food Strategies for Green Cities – how to empower cities for sustainable food system transformation?

23 May 2018, Brussels

Due to the compounded effects of climate change, environmental degradation and rising resource demands due to population dynamics, the challenge of providing the inhabitants of European cities with affordable, safe, and nutritious food is both urgent and complex. This participatory session will explore how to co-create and future-proof our food systems in cities, where most people live and work. It will stress the importance of developing innovative urban food strategies that are sustainable, climate resilient, and socially inclusive thus providing healthy food for all. The session will showcase a city with a successful green urban food strategy and examples of good practice. Group discussions will follow on a number of pertinent issues such as urban and vertical farming, public meals and procurement, short circuit economies, food waste reduction and reuse, awareness raising, multi-actor and public engagement, social innovation, etc. Ultimately the session will also lead to the identification of future research, innovation and investment opportunities for food systems approaches in cities

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