The 6th international conference of the Joint Programming Initiative ‘A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life’ will take place digitally on April 20 and 21, 2021. In 2020 we reached a milestone: 10 years of JPI HDHL. This conference offers the perfect opportunity to discuss with our stakeholders how we can build on our experiences and achievements. While there are many lessons to be learned and shared, one of the main recurring issues is how nutrition often falls in the gap between the themes of health and food.
JPI HDHL stands for the need to bridge that gap, to ensure that nutrition research and policy receives the attention it deserves. This is part of the urgent, broader call for a food systems approach. Therefore, we will explore during our conference how a systemic approach can be implemented to create more impact; what does this mean for scientists? What does it mean at a policy level? And how can we better connect the two? Through topical keynotes, a panel, workshops and informal discussions we will cover these and other questions relevant to the future of food, nutrition and health research.
This year we are organizing a 2-day conference on the morning of April 20th and the afternoon of April 21st in a digital conference environment.
April 20, 10.00-13.30
We will kick-off our conference with Dr. Sébastien Treyer (Executive Director of the Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations) who will speak on connecting research to policy and the needs of society. Why is this important and how can it be strengthened? We will continue this topic with and interactive audience and panel discussion. The first day will conclude with several inspiration sessions; short talks about exciting developments relevant to the area of food, diet and nutrition.
April 21, 14.00-17.00
On the second day our keynote speaker is Professor of human nutrition John Mathers (Newcastle University, JPI HDHL scientific advisory board vice-chair). In his talk he will address the development of nutritional research in light of 10 years of JPI HDHL. He will reflect on the contributions of the JPI HDHL to the research field and the key issues for the future. The keynote will be followed by (interactive) workshops on a wide array of topics, including the intersection of physical activity and nutrition research and how to improve international collaboration.
We look forward to welcoming you, because only through joint efforts can we move closer to achieving the aim of JPI HDHL in the next 10 years: the prevention of diet-related disease, for healthy people on a healthy planet. You can already register for one or for both days. After registering, you will be invited to choose your inspiration sessions and workshop in the upcoming weeks.