EATiP and other food sector Technology Platforms call for a more ambitious budget for Horizon Europe

In trying to provide the right framework for an economic recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic European Heads of State and Government agreed earlier this week on the Union’s budget for 2021-2027. Whilst the Council decision provides a clear direction for a rapid decision later this fall, the reduced fund allocated to the Research Program Horizon Europe are a concern. Investment in Research and Innovation (R&I) are fundamental to improve food security and the sustainability of EU food systems and ensure its transition in line with the Green Deal objectives.

Together with the European Technology Platforms FABRE, Plants for the Future, TP Organics, the National Food Technology Platforms and the Animal Task Force, EATiP addresses an urgent message to the European Council, European Parliament and European Commission on the importance of R&I to support robust and resilient food, agricultural and aquaculture systems.

Read the common statement HERE.

 

EATiP provided its feedback as a reply to the Food 2030 consultation

We have now received the report – see attached. For aquaculture, pathway 3 is key: Food from the Oceans and Freshwater Resources. Innovation in science, engineering, economics and behavioural studies were identified as critical for aquaculture to achieve a higher self-sufficiency rate in Europe. Open science and innovation, multi-actor approach, interdisiciplinarity and interoperability were highlighted as important factors of future actions. This is very much in line with the EATiP recommendations and overall approach to research and innovation in aquaculture.

 

Summarised, the recommended focus areas for each of the prioritized R&I actions are:

  1. Boosting innovation: climate adaptation; novel and sustainable feeds
  2. Improve the quantity and quality of aquatic food: traceability and certification systems; biomass valorization; development of nutrient standards; tailor-made aquatic products
  3. Strengthening R&I capacity: collaborative partnership models; infrastructure; citizen science

 

Read the full report here:

Aquaculture Remote Classroom available online

The Aquaculture Remote Classroom (ARC) is a Farmed in the EU initiative aimed at educating children in primary schools about aquaculture. It has now moved online. You can see some of the interactive lessons here:

https://aquaculture.ie/about-us/arc-interactive/interactive-1/

Educating the youth is an important aspect in facilitating the social acceptance and growth of aquaculture.

 

EATiP involved in the Blue-Cloud project

Alexandra Neyts has entered the Blue-Cloud External Stakeholders Expert Board on behalf of EATiP. Her task is to provide feedback on strategic choices, ensure the project’s relevance for aquaculture applications and advise on how to support innovations.

EATiP is eager to learn how the Blue-Cloud services might help the sector to better manage and operate its farms using tools and indicators derived from marine data. Integrated monitoring systems, transparent data collection and targeted models can contribute to a more predictable and evidence-based licensing system across Europe.

For more information, see: https://www.blue-cloud.org/

Copernicus Marine Service supports marine related H2020 projects

H2020 projects can benefit from the use of free of charge marine data and information from the Copernicus Marine Service.

 

The Copernicus Marine Service provides free of charge marine data and information for all marine applications about:

  • the Blue ocean: temperature, salinity, currents, and waves
  • the Green ocean: nutrients, living species, sea water quality and transparency
  • the White ocean: sea ice conditions

 

On May 5 2020, Copernicus Marine Service launches the #CMEMSforH2020 campaign with the objective to foster the use of Copernicus Marine Data among project holders in the Horizon 2020 EU programme. This campaign is also here to help you understand the usefulness of Copernicus Marine data for your scientific discipline, business sector and research institute.

 

For any questions, do not hesitate to contact communication@mercator-ocean.fr

 

EC reports on Sustainable Food Systems

A Scientific Opinion was published by the Scientific Advice Mechanism (SAM) on “Towards a sustainable food system”, based on evidence and reviews provided by the Scientific Advice for Policy by European Academies (SAPEA) Working Group. A step-wise policy transition and fully integrated approach is suggested to deliver an inclusive, ‘just’ and timely transition to an EU sustainable food system, in line with the forthcoming Farm to Fork Strategy.

Technological innovations in aquaculture can empower the food systems to evolve sustainably, such as precision farming, RAS, algae or insect based foodstuffs, and new processing technologies to increase shelf-life. Overall, research needs to contribute to the promotion of a sustainable intensification, combining an increased efficiency with decreased environmental burden, to the reuse and recycling of food waste, to improve the resilience of food systems towards climate change, and to improved monitoring. Social sciences can provide insights in the various components of food systems and their dynamics in relation to sustainability objectives.

 

Both reports take an integrated systems-based approach.

Scientific opinion on Sustainable food system

SAPEA evidence report on Sustainable Food Systems

Marine data to support aquaculture in the North Atlantic

In collaboration with Copernicus Marine, EMODnet and the European Commission, EATiP organizes the expert workshop on “Marine data to support aquaculture in the North Atlantic”, on May 5-6 in Trondheim, Norway. This event, on invitation only, will explore opportunities and applications for open source marine environmental data to support and innovate the aquaculture sector in the North Atlantic region. The ultimate goal is to set up a collaborative platform with key stakeholders to develop a methodology for ecosystem based management of aquaculture based on existing data. The participants will be experienced Copernicus / EMODnet users, data providers, coastal managers and aquaculture data end users. If you would like to apply to join the workshop, please contact secretariat@eatip.eu.

For more information, and access to the use case book dedicated to Marine Food, please look at http://marine.copernicus.eu/marine-data-to-support-aquaculture-in-the-north-atlantic/

All-Atlantic Ocean Research Forum (Feb 5-7, 2020)

EATiP organised, in collaboration with the AORA aquaculture working group and the AquaVitae project, a workshop in Brussels to promote cross-Atlantic collaboration. The European Commission (DG RTD), EATiP and its Mirror Platforms, together with the project delegates looked into how aquaculture clusters can act as vehicles to facilitate aquaculture cooperation, in particular between Europe, US, Canada, Brazil and South Africa. Results of the discussion were presented at the All-Atlantic Forum, gathering politicians, research managers, governmental organisations, project coordinators, and industry representatives from all corners of the Atlantic Ocean.

EATiP provided recommendations on how to jointly unveil the resources of the ocean sustainably. These will contribute to setting a new strategic direction for the All-Atlantic Ocean Research Alliance which can support the implementation of the UN Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development, the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development and deliver on the priorities such as the European Green Deal, the Horizon Europe Mission Healthy Oceans, Seas, Coastal and Inland Waters and other national or regional commitments taken by the different international partners.

A report of the event will be made available shortly.

BBI JU: CALL FOR PROPOSALS 2018

The Bio-Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) has launched its 2018 call for proposals!

This is an opportunity for the seafood producing and supplying industry and research institutions to apply for funding for Research and Innovation Actions (RIAs), Innovation Actions (IAs – DEMOs and FLAGs) or Coordination and Support Actions (CSAs).   The call will be open until September, and comprises of four main strategic orientations: Feedstock, Process, Products, and Market uptake.

See: https://www.bbi-europe.eu/participate/call-proposals-2018

 

Aquaculture relevant topics include:

  • BBI 2018. SO1.R1 – Resolve logistical, infrastructural and technological challenges to valorise residual and side streams from aquaculture, fisheries and the aquatic biomass processing industries
  • BBI 2018. SO3.F2 – Large-scale production of proteins for food and feed applications from alternative, sustainable sources

All calls are described in the document below: