Project Activities

FIT4FOOD2030 is divided over four phases and includes the following activities:

FOOD 2030 Platform methodology

Lead: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • To develop and guide the overall methodology for the creation of the FOOD 2030 Platform.

  • To design and adapt methodologies for multi-stakeholder dialogue and collaboration in the different phases.

  • To connect the Community of Practices (CoPs) within the FOOD 2030 Platform.

Mapping of trends

Lead: Austrian Institute of Technology

  • To integrate visions on the aspired European food systems and the corresponding food and nutrition security (FNS) research and innovation (R&I) system to ensure wider engagement with and ownership of the FOOD 2030 initiative.

  • To gather evidence and strategic intelligence on trends, drivers and barriers in food systems and food systems research (R&I) in Europe (region and country level) and in addition from a global perspective to underline the urgency for future-proofing food systems science.

  • To map the governance of food policies and EU food systems R&I in a global context to identify strengths and weaknesses, policy needs, restrictions and requirements.

  • To map the performance and identify priorities of EU food systems in topics and impact towards delivering on FNS in Europe and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Identifying showcases

ead: ILSI Europe & European Institute of Innovation & Technology (EIT) Food

  • To map existing and past EU and international initiatives (or ‘cases’) to assess (1) what made specific cases outstanding in terms of (a) their impact with regard to the four FOOD 2030 priorities (nutrition, climate, circularity and innovation), (b) their organizational structure and involved processes, (c) their stakeholder engagement; and (2) how to transfer the knowledge of such examples to new initiatives.

  • To define cases as networks, research or innovation projects, demonstrations, open science initiatives, investments, or international collaborations that have contributed to food system research and innovation (R&I) developments.

  • To develop guidelines that highlight components that were essential for the success of a broad range of cases, so that more R&I initiatives in the future can easily become showcases.

Exploring Research and Innovation breakthroughs

Lead: European Technology Platform ‘Food for Life’

  • To identify possible roadmaps for research and innovation (R&I) breakthroughs that will increase the impact of the current initiatives operating in the field of food and nutrition security (FNS) with the different stakeholders.

  • To identify the key barriers and key enablers, which have had or will have most impact on the implementation of these breakthroughs by the different stakeholders.

  • To foster the dialogue around the urgency, possible good practices and pathways for applications of the RRI concept to food system transformation.

  • To identify appropriate instruments for the identification of R&I breakthroughs that contribute to the multi-stakeholder, multi-level platform for the future.

Policy Labs and EU Think Tank

Lead: JPI Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life, Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development (ZON)

  • To facilitate dialogue and co-creation within and between different levels of the research and innovation (R&I) policy landscape (regional, national and EU) and towards a whole system RRI approach.

  • To establish a network within 10 countries that organises and participates in food and nutrition security (FNS) R&I Policy Labs for RRI-based experimentation and mutual learning.

  • To create an EU Think Tank that supports the development & implementation of an integrated vision for EU food systems and the needed transformation in R&I to deliver impact on the societal challenge of FNS and a blue print for global collaboration on this matter.

  • To develop guidelines that supports the design and assessment of research programs and research calls/ applications with respect to their (potential) impact on FNS.

City Labs and Food Labs

Lead: Ecsite – European Network for Science Centres & Museums

  • To design and deliver a set of transformative hands-on future oriented trainings on food systems responsible research and innovation (RRI) for Primary, Secondary and University level students and professionals.

  • To embed RRI principles in the activities design and the activities themselves, with the aim of fostering a strong multi-stakeholder engagement, critical thinking, collaborative learning skills and transdisciplinary approaches to food systems learning.

  • To develop prototypes and test them in order to produce a toolkit to roll out the activities and methodology in different settings.

Communication, dissemination and future engagement

Lead: EUFIC – European Food Information Council

  • To maximise the outreach and impact of FIT4FOOD2030’s efforts to support the development and implementation of the EC FOOD 2030 initiative.

  • To develop effective and targeted dissemination of project outputs, drawing on the networks and communication channels of the partners represented in the consortium.

  • To develop targeted communication with multi-level stakeholders to support the mobilisation of a wide diversity of actors and the sustainability of the ‘learning network’.

  • To create a FOOD 2030 Community to ensure future engagement with the project.

Learning for transformation

Lead: Oslo and Akershus University College of Applied Science

  • To monitor and evaluate the project in a way that it facilitates learning for transformation within the network and supports its development into a sustainable platform as well as its adherence to the principles of responsible research and innovation (RRI) and other ethics issues, activities for the further development and implementation of the FOOD 2030 policy framework.

  • To use a monitoring and evaluation (M&E) methodology which enhances reflexive learning within the project.


All reports and publications resulting from or related to the FIT4FOOD2030 activities can be found here.