+++Joint SUSFOOD2 - Core Organic exploratory workshop+++

A joint workshop of the two Cofund ERA-Nets SUSFOOD2 (Sustainable Food Production and Consumption) and CORE Organic Cofund (Coordination of European Transnational Research in Organic Food and Farming Systems) was organised in Brussels beginning of June 2018. The aim of the meeting was to identify common topics in the research area of sustainable and organic agriculture and food systems.

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+++Kick-off seminar of latest SUSFOOD2 projects (Call 3)+++

On 25.10.2018, the SUSFOOD2 ERA-net has held the kick-off seminar of the 12 research projects funded via the Cofunded Call. This seminar took place in Stockholm, Sweden.  It included next to the presentation of the projects, some keynote speaches and interactive sessions. 

More information, such as the programm and registration link to this semi-public event can be found here

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+++FINAL seminar FREEZEWAVE project - November 5th 2018 in Nantes (FR)+++

The FREEZEWAVE project, funded under the SUSFOOD PF7 ERA-NET, concerns the freezing of foods under the assistance of low energy microwaves (2450 MHz). Freezing assisted by low energy microwave permits to obtain a higher number of nucleation sites and in the end a higher frozen food quality with less freeze damage. In the case of conventional freezing process, fast freezing is usually recommended, resulting in a reduction of the ice crystals but also an increase in energy demand (low ambient temperature & high air velocity to enhance the rate of heat transfer). FREEZEWAVE proposes to optimise the freezing rate while exposing foods to a small amount of emitted microwave energy in order to obtain high quality frozen food. More info on the final seminar in France: download info - registration: www.freezewave.eu.

+++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-p… 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.

Attachment: SUSFOOD STRATEGIC SCENE review report 2018-final.pdf

+++SUSFOOD Newsletter N°2+++

The 2nd SUSFOOD2 Newsletter is out! Read about the newly funded projects 2017 Cofunded call, results from the FP7 funded projects and much more: https://mailchi.mp/015d11bc8772/newsletter

+++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: http://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)

More info on the projects

+++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  find more info on the 11 projects presenting their results.

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

30 projects invited for full-proposal +++ configuration options The SUSFOOD2 Cofunded call received in total 95 pre-proposals for the topics: Innovation in food processing technologies and products Added value, increased resource efficiency and reduction of waste in sustainable food systems Understanding consumer behavior and food choices 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. 

More info on the project can be found here and via 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, 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.

+++Welcome to the first Newsletter of the ERA-Net Cofund SUSFOOD2+++

Welcome to the first Newsletter of the ERA-Net Cofund SUSFOOD2!

Have a look and meet the network, find out about first results of the cofunded call and much more...

Enjoy reading!

+++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) http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Feedback_SUSFOOD2_Webinar

+++ 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