+++25.10.2018 Kick-off seminar Cofunded projects - Stockholm+++

On 25.10.2018, the SUSFOOD2 ERA-net holds the kick-off seminar of the 12 research projects funded via the Cofunded Call. This seminar takes place in Stockholm, Sweden

This seminar will include next to the presentation of the projects, some keynote speaches and interactive sessions. More information, such as a draft programm and registration link to this semi-public event can be found here.

+++ERA-LEARN policy brief on project impact assessment in bio-economy+++

ERA-LEARN 2020 has written a policy brief based on an impact assessment where several projects of SUSFOOD (FP7) were involved.

The result of this impact assessment can be downloaded from: https://www.era-learn.eu/publications/other-publications/policy-brief-perceived-impacts-of-p2p-supported-projects/

The document is the third annual Policy Brief of ERA-LEARN 2020 and is analysing the impact of P2Ps and P2P-supported projects. The report focuses on the results of a pilot exercise that was addressed to three bio-economy networks (SUSFOOD, ERA-IB-2 and CORE ORGANIC II) and their supported projects. The brief draws on the results of an on-line survey addressed to project beneficiaries of the three networks and on the findings of the interviews with network members and project beneficiaries The discussion of the results is complemented where relevant with some of the findings of the survey conducted for the ERAC Ad-hoc Working Group on Partnerships in 2018 in order to identify challenges to implementation of P2P-supported projects.

+++SUSFOOD strategic scene 2018+++

The SUSFOOD2 partners had a look at the current landscape SUSFOOD2 works in. This resulting report describes the current background of research and innovation programming in the field of sustainable food production and consumption in Europe. It complements the SUSFOOD Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) and serves as a tool for its implementation. It summarizes the SRA and the objectives of SUSFOOD2, and gives an overview on the main trends and drivers in the field of SUSFOOD. It also lists other relevant initiatives and takes a look on the first achievements of SUSFOOD funded projects. 

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: https://www.biofach.de
  • 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)

Want to know what´s behind the project names? More info about the projects will be available in the next SUSFOOD2 Newsletter, scheduled for January!

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+++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 Centruty – 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 www.biosuck.eu

+++ 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, Ås, 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 will present the results from the entire project.

A pdf of the seminars' program can be found here

There is no participation fee, but registration is necessary before June 6th noon via this link: https://www.deltager.no/cosus_final_seminar_june_16_16062017. (In case of cancellation within 2 days before the arrangement a NOK 250,- charge for lunch expenses will be asked.)

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