Photo competition

A picture says more than 1000 words. But does this also hold true for research projects? We passed the challenge to our 12 SUSFOOD2 projects and asked them to visually display “How they are contributing to increase sustainability in the food system” by a photo labelled with a slogan.

The main goal is to increase visibility and highlight the objective of each special project. Creativity and ability to engage your audience are the main criteria used to select a winner.

We received 27 pictures, the researchers were very creative in producing beautiful pictures capturing their work or the idea they want to achieve. All the SUSFOOD2 partners had the honors, or actually the difficult task to do a first selection. This resulted in 9 possible candidates to win this competition.

Out of these 9 the External Advisory Board, which consist out of several European organisations or networks, had the difficult task to select the winning picture. Within the setup timeline, the votes received resulted in an exaequo between: PROSEAFOOD “To find the future of food – look below the surface!” and FUNBREW " Reborn from spent the good side of brewery side-streams”.

The final decision was made by an independent Juelich team together with the votes of the remaining other EAB members.

We are very proud to announce that our winner is FUNBREW. They use the waste streams of beer to make new healthy products



The FUNBREW receives a web based video of their project together with guidance to communicate it broadly by the company Hague.

SUSFOOD2 invited speaker BIOFACH Congress - CORE ORGANIC session

On February 15th 2018 at BIOFACH Congress, CORE ORGANIC has organised a session titled "European research meets organic food processing at eye level". 

The host, ERA-NET CORE Organic, is a consortium of public funding bodies from more than 20 EU countries that has been funding research on organic food processing over ten years. They invite representatives from food manufacturing, trade organizations and research to present and discuss (i) challenges of the organic food sector, and (ii) how transnational research could contribute to the solutions. One of the invited speakers to this event is Nikola Schulz, Coordinator of SUSFOOD2 ERA-Net. 

  • More info:
  • Time: 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Venue: BIOFACH Congress, Nürnberg Germany, Room Prag, NCC Ost

+++ 12 projects selected for funding in the 3. SUSFOOD2 Call+++

After a 2-step procedure, including a peer-review evaluation, the SUSFOOD2 consortium selected 12 projects for funding on 13 December 2017. The selected projects succeeded among 95 pre-proposal applications and will run for 3 years from spring 2018 onwards.

The projects relate to the following topics:

  • Topic 1: Innovation in food processing technologies and products: 6 projects (BIOCARB-4-FOOD, InProVe, FUNBREW, MEFPROC, DISCOVERY, ProSeaFood)
  • Topic 2: Providing added value, increased resource efficiency and reduction of waste in sustainable food systems: 4 projects (AVARE, SPAREC, ImPrOVE, SUSPUFA)
  • Topic 3: Understanding consumer behavior and food choices: 2 projects (SUSCHOICE, PLATEFORMS)

+++11 SUSFOOD projects present @ EFFoST Conference 14/11: 11h-13h CET+++

The 31st EFFoST International Conference with the topic Food Science and Technology Challenges for the 21st Century - Research to Progress Society in Sitges Spain is hosting a SUSFOOD session.

In this session on the first conference day (14/11), 11 projects funded under the FP7 ERA-Net SUSFOOD (2010-2014) will present their work.

Join us in Sitges on the 14th of November in the SUSFOOD session from 11-13h.

Click here to go to the agenda and more info on the 11 projects presenting their results.

+++ Cofunded Call 2017 - 30 projects invited for full-proposal +++

The SUSFOOD2 Cofunded call received in total 95 pre-proposals for the topics:

  1. Innovation in food processing technologies and products
  2. Added value, increased resource efficiency and reduction of waste in sustainable food systems
  3. Understanding consumer behavior and food choices
  4. Harmonisation of the methods and metrics for integrated assessment of sustainability of food products and food patterns

After eligibility check and evaluation by 28 international experts, 30 proposals are invited to the second stage to submit their full-proposal until 8 September 2017. 

+++ How to save water and costs in food processing: Final workshop BioSuck project+++

The food processing industry consumes huge amounts of water for several purposes and simultaneously produces corresponding amounts of wastewater. These amounts will increase because the global food demand is expected to rise by 70 percent by 2050. New and innovative solutions are needed to redesign this sector to make it secure, resilient and competitive in the future!

The project BioSuck, which is funded under the FP7 ERA-Net SUSFOOD, aimed at establishing a decision support system (DSS) that accelerates a redesign of the food processing industry. The DSS analyzes the current situation in the food processing industry based on characteristic parameters and as output several recommendations are given in order to save water and costs. The user will get an answer whether a vacuum waste collection system is a potential feasible option and whether collected wastes can be used for bioenergy production. 

A final workshop with BioSuck project results is planned on 28th September 2017 at Hanau, Germany. More info on the programme can be found here

Participation to the workshop is free of charge, but the number of participants is limited.To attend, please register until 18 September 2017 via the contact form at

+++ Are consumers and the supply chain ready for suboptimal foods in order to reduce food waste?+++

Find out more on this at the Final seminar of the SUSFOOD1 Project COSUS on June 16th 2017 at Nofima, Norway.

The COSUS project about "Consumers in a sustainable food supply chain: understanding barriers and facilitators for acceptance of suboptimal foods" is funded through the ERA-net SUSFOOD and started in June 2014. The goal of the project was to explore whether consumers and the supply chain can accept and embrace suboptimal foods, in order to reduce food waste. Suboptimal foods are foods that at first glance are not appealing due to their shape, colour or best-before date, but that are still perfectly fine to eat. The 3-year project has involved 7 institutes from 5 countries: Norway, Denmark, Germany, the Netherlands and Sweden. At this final seminar they presented the results from the entire project.

+++Webinar SUSFOOD2 call: presentation and FAQs+++

A webinar for interested applicants was held on February 16th by the Call office with more than 170 participants.

We would like to provide the following information and material:

All attendees who joined the webinar are also kindly invited to give us a short Feedback (anonymous)

+++ SUSFOOD2 ERA-Net Cofund +++


After positive evaluation, the European Commission has invited the SUSFOOD2 consortium to start a 2nd project phase of five years, this time as an ERA-Net Cofund. 
The 25 consortium partners from 15 countries (plus international partner New Zealand and associated partners) will continue its work in supporting and strenghtening research in the field of SUStainable FOOD production and consumption. The new network starts on January 2017 and will run until 31 December 2021. 
The goal of SUSFOOD is to maintain the scientific cooperation between EU member and associated states in order to maximise the contribution of research to the development of food systems aiming at more sustainability from production to consumption. Therefore, the SUSFOOD-partners agree to preserve the network of the consortium and continue with joint activities without EU funding.

Further information: see SUSFOOD pages