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Welcome


Dear Colleagues,


Welcome to this special issue of the ETP "Food for Life" newsletter.

During the last months we have been working intensely in revamping our ETP in order to ensure better alignment with Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and other European Instruments and with the European Commission’s plan for driving investment, sustainable growth and jobs.

As a starting point, FoodDrinkEurope’s experts have identified the gaps in knowledge and technology that still need to be overcome to allow the European food sector grow at its full potential, for the benefit of society. These strategic research priorities for the European food and drink industry were presented at FoodDrinkEurope Congress at Expo Milano on 2 July 2015, and will be further worked by the ETP following its restructuring. 

With a new vision and strategy of the ETP "Food for Life" in place, we are now looking for 14 excellent scientists/techonologists who wish to join our Leadership Team. This team will lead the process to define a pre-competitive research strategy and a collaborative approach to execute an Implementation Action Plan. Please do not hesitate in consulting the call for applications published in this newsletter if you are interested in applying.


I wish you an enjoyable read.




Prof. Dr Gert Meijer
ETP "Food for Life" Chairperson 


The European Technology Platform "Food for Life" seeks applications for new members of the Leadership Team


The call for applications for the Leadership Team of the ETP "Food for Life" is now open till 17 August 2015. We are looking for:

  • 7 experienced, leading and active scientists/technologists working for a FoodDrinkEurope member company, either large or medium sized, and
  • 7 experienced, leading and active scientists/technologists working for an European University.


The ETP "Food for Life" aims to step change the innovation power and impact of the European food industry, to the benefit of a sustainable society.

The ETP "Food for Life" will deliver a pre-competitive research strategy and ensure a collaborative approach in the execution of the implementation agenda for the European food industry, targeted towards:

  1. A sustainable food supply, including food processing, new technologies, and consumer acceptance through a food chain approach, and
  2. The prevention of the rise in non-communicable diseases, focusing on nutrition and behaviour changes.

The ETP "Food for Life", led by a Leadership Team, will be restructured to ensure better alignment with Horizon 2020 (2014-2020) and other European Instruments. For this Leadership Team we are looking for:

  • 7 experienced, leading and active scientists/technologists working for a FoodDrinkEurope member company, either large or medium sized, and
  • 7 experienced, leading and active scientists/technologists working for an European University.

The Leadership Team will lead the process to define a pre-competitive research strategy (a "Research and Innovation Agenda" - SRIA) and a collaborative approach to execute an Implementation Action Plan (IAP), with the Scientific Working Groups (Annex 1).

Applications for the Leadership Team roles can be submitted to the Chair of the ETP "Food for Life" Prof. Dr. Gert W. Meijer, with a copy to the ETP Secretariat. Please fill in Annex 2, attach your resume (CV), and indicate in your application letter what your personal motivation is for this ETP: what will you bring to the Leadership Team?

Applications are due by 17 August 2015

 
FoodDrinkEurope launches Research Priorities and Principles

During its Congress “Taste of Tomorrow”, held at Expo Milano, FoodDrinkEurope launched its main strategic research priorities, supported by a set of Principles for Research Conduct, which aim at establishing common ground for objective conclusions in research and science.


During its Congress “Taste of Tomorrow”, held at Expo Milano, FoodDrinkEurope launched its main strategic research priorities, supported by a set of Principles for Research Conduct, which aim at establishing common ground for objective conclusions in research and science.

The food and drink industry is fully committed to continuous support to research in the sector with a view to finding innovative ways to tackle current societal challenges (sustainability, credibility, etc…). In this respect, FoodDrinkEurope presented on 2 July 2015 its main strategic research priorities, which focus on:

  • a sustainable food supply, including food processing, new technologies, and consumer acceptance through a food chain approach;
  • the prevention of the rise in non-communicable diseases (obesity, diabetes, etc), focusing on nutrition and behaviour changes.


The reservations sometimes expressed about industry-funded research, however, make the hard work and investment in research almost pointless. By launching in parallel its Principles for Research Conduct, FoodDrinkEurope wishes to add an extra safeguard to existing universal requirements in terms of research and to stress that research based on solid standards is able to protect science against particular interests, whether industry-funded or not.

Following the underlying rule that “Good evidence-based policy-making depends – at least in part – on good evidence”, FoodDrinkEurope wishes to emphasize the need for sound, robust and transparent science and research, which it will continue to support.

With this in mind, the criteria on which FoodDrinkEurope’s Principles are based are: scientific robustness, governance, transparency and objectivity. With the adoption of these Principles, Europe’s food and drink industry reiterates its willingness to further develop its cooperation with the largest possible number of scientists.

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