STRENGTHENING COOPERATION AND SCIENTIFIC STRATEGY

UCT Knowledge and Innovation Community (KIC) on Food
Queen’s University’s Institute for Global Food Security will play a key role in EIT Food, a new leading partnership which will tackle the global challenge of feeding the world’s growing population, as well as enabling the partners to access up to €400 million in funding. The Institute has secured the partnership through the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This has led to the formation of a new Knowledge and Innovation Community, EIT Food, a large scale public-private innovation partnership of 50 leading companies, universities, and scientific partners, covering the entire food value chain.
The Institute will be a key participant in the FoodConnects consortium and will deal with major food issues affecting the world, including cutting back on food waste and coming up with healthier options for society. VSCHT is an associate partner.
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BOKU EU-China-Safe project (Delivering an Effective, Resilient and Sustainable EU-China Food Safety Partnership) funded by HORIZON 2020 that will commence in September 2017
The project will be coordinated by QUB and includes partners from many other universities including VSCHT, industry, small to medium enterprises and non-profit research organisations in Europe and China. The project aims to develop and implement a shared vision of best practice within the EU and China that will enhance food safety, deter food fraud, restore consumer trust, deliver mutual recognition of data and standards and support the flow of agri-food trade between the two trading blocks to promote economic growth.
QUB Project “Faces of changing climate in Danube region: occurrence of mycotoxins in maize and suggesting the mitigation strategies” (MycoClime) funded by Danube-INCO.NET has commenced in January 2017.
VSCHT and BOKU, institutes originating from countries along the Danube river that only can apply for funding, will work closely on research activities aimed at targeted LC-MS/MS and metabolomics to be used to assess mycotoxins contamination in the Danube region.
QUB FoodSmartphone project (Smartphone analyzers for on-site testing of food quality and safety) funded by HORIZON 2020 has commenced in January 2017.
The project is coordinated by RIKILT Wageningen UR, the Netherlands, with substantial contribution of QUB (leader of WPs on Data handling and Software tools and Network-wide Training) and VSCHT (leader of WPs on Demonstration of FoodSmartphone Applicability and Benchmarking and Communication, Social Media and Dissemination). FoodSmartphone proposes the development of smartphone-based (bio)analytical sensing and diagnostics tools for simplified on-site rapid pre-screening of food quality and safety parameters and wireless data transfer to servers of relevant stakeholders.

“This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 692195”.

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