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European Technology Platform Food for Life: Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

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Start time (UTC): 
2013-November-04, 15:00
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Presenter name: 
Brian McKenna
Presenter institution: 
University College Dublin
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The European food industry faces many demanding challenges if it is to maintain its competitiveness and stop the current decline in its market share. To do this it must address some key research questions that will enhance its competitiveness and lead to greater innovation within a fragmented industry of close to 400,000 enterprises, many of them small and medium sized enterprises.
Without doubt it will require a complex range of new technologies if it is to meet the society driven demands for healthy, safe, sustainably produced foods that are convenient, perhaps individual, promote healthy aging and are perceived as natural. If scientists are to succeed in enhancing European competitiveness, there will be a need to have food items tailor-made for Europe that respect sustainability, that are functionally enhanced, that reduce waste, water use and packaging and, in all probability, show a shift from meat to plant based protein sources.
These future research needs as defined by the European food industry through the European Technology Platform Food for Life, are outlined under the headings:

o Health, well-being and longevity;
o Safe foods the consumer can trust;
o Sustainable and ethical production;
o Food processing, quality and packaging;
o Food and consumers;
o Food chain management;
o Communication, training and technology transfer.
How these themes fit with the published goals of the European Commission and its Horizons 2020 programme are also outlined.

The speaker Prof. Brian McKenna is Emeritus Professor of Food Science, UCD - University College Dublin, Ireland. He was  president of EFFoST from 2005-2007 andfrom  2009-2010. Currently he is Scientific Co-ordinator of the ETP Food for Life, President of the Institute of Food Science & Technology of Ireland, Scientific Committee member of the Food Safety Authority of Ireland and Board Chairman of the National Virus Reference Laboratory of Ireland.

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