A lunch box for tomorrow: Outcomes from the EFFoST annual meeting 2012, Montpellier, France

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Title: A lunch box for tomorrow: Outcomes from the EFFoST annual meeting 2012, Montpellier, France
Authors: Gormley, T. R. (Thomas Ronan)
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/6981
Date: 2013
Abstract: The 2012 European Federation of Food Science and Technology (EFFoST) conference took place in Montpellier, France on 20e23 November. Emphasis was on connecting the integrated (broad) and the specialised (disciplinary) views on food to promote health, food security and sustainability for all. The role of EFFoST in this development was stressed via its linking to circa 100,000 agrifood persons in 40 countries and through (a) three food research journals, (b) young scientists group, and (c) industry platform focussing on small to medium sized enterprises (SMEs). EFFoST is currently creating a European Academy of Food Engineering with the European Federation of Chemical Engineers. The conference had 21 invited lectures, 45 other oral presentations, 243 posters and over 300 attendees. The oral sessions corresponded to the food production, environmental impact and economic competitiveness themes as did the poster sessions. The Conference Chair (Professor Nathalie Gontard) welcomed the delegates and explained why priority in food science must focus on reducing food waste and on connecting holistic and disciplinary food research. This was followed by four plenary lectures. A presentation on food research in the 7th Framework Programme (FP7) and in Horizon 2020 indicated that the last call for project proposals in the former was published in July 2012 and that the latter which spans 2014-2020 will be simplified in terms of the administrative burden for both those submitting new research proposals and for those successful in receiving funding. Horizon 2020 will focus on four areas, (a) excellent science, (b) industrial leadership, (c) societal challenges, and (d) on coupling research to innovation. It has a budget of €4.6 billion for the bio-economy area (which includes food) compared with €1.9 billion in FP7. A Unilever speaker stressed the company’s commitment to source all agricultural raw materials sustainably by 2020 and to reduce environmental impact via a sustainable food chain. A third paper discussed 'right foods to right nutrients' as related to stunted growth. On a global basis 26% of adults are stunted and a 'good lunch box' approach is needed. The fourth paper described integrated and specialised research approaches to food at INRA.
Type of material: Conference Publication
Publisher: Elsevier
Journal: Trends in Food Science and Technology
Volume: 32
Start page: 142
End page: 144
Keywords: Food securitySustainabilityFood production
DOI: 10.1016/j.tifs.2013.05.003
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Conference Details: EFFoST Annual meeting 2012, Montpellier, France, 20 - 23 November 2012
Appears in Collections:Agriculture and Food Science Research Collection

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