Info Day on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 Sustainable Food Security

  • 15th November 2017
  • by secretary

14-17 November 2017. Brussels. Info Week on Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (SC2) ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. Co-organised by the Research Executive Agency (REA), the Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD) and the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) of the European Commission.

Rooms are mentioned on the programme (recordings available two years). Presentations have been posted on each event’s webpage.

H2020 SC2 Info day on Societal Challenge 2 calls for 2018
The event targetted potential applicants to the calls for proposals under the Horizon 2020 SC2 ‘Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research and the bioeconomy’. The new €1,3bn of funding opportunities under Work Programme for 2018-2020 was presented in the morning, whereas in-depth info sessions on various calls open in 2018 were held in the afternoon.
  • Marc Bellens, Head of Department, Research Executive Agency (REA) 
  • John Bell, Director, DG RTD 
  • Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Director, DG AGRI
  • Jyrki Suominen, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD-F.1, Insights into the new Work Programme: research priorities and novelties 
  • Alberto D’Avino, Deputy Head of Unit, DG AGRI-B.2 Sustainable Food Security and Rural Renaissance 
  • Elisabetta Balzi, Deputy Head of Unit, DG RTD-F.4 Blue Growth 
  • Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Unit, REA- B2, Hands on: Experience from previous calls and Specificities of SC2
    See the video of this (long) presentation starting @ 2:05:00 up to 3:20:00 (including the questions and answers-time)
“The panel of reviewers of only researhers is decreasing”

“About the UK, for the moment the conditions have not changed”

“The time frame of submitting proposals already begin of 2018 is short”

Moderator: Annette Schneegans, DG AGRI-B2 
  • From functional ecosystems to healthy food  Annette Schneegans, Inge Van Oost, Louis Mahy  , and Miroslav Bozic, DG AGRI Marios Markakis and Isabelle de Froidmont, DG RTD  
  • Environment-smart and climate-smart food production and consumption  Gaëtan Dubois DG AGRI, and Doru Irimie and Garbiñe Guiu, DG RTD 
  • Building capacity in the agro-food sector  Annette Schneegans and Louis Mahy, DG AGRI 
  • Targeted international Cooperation   Agnieszka Romanowicz, DG AGRI Ciaran Mangan, DG RTD
See the video of the presentations starting @ 4:40:00
@ 5:12:00 on Animal health
@ 5:22:00 on personalized nutrition
@ 5:32:00 on future proofing of plants
@ 5:36:00 on healthier and sustainable food 
@ 5:41:00 Patrick Worms of ICRAF/WAC asks the eligibilty of a proposal on the Fall Armyworm (FAW) invasion in Africa – which was answered @ 5:49:00
@ 5:53:00 on landscape and climate-smart food production
@ 5:55:00 on biowaste
@ 6:08:00 on Building capacity in the agro-food sector
@ 6:23:00 Patrick Worms of ICRAF/WAC asks if the topic is European centered…
@ 6:30:00 on Targeted international Cooperation
@ 6:48:00 Patrick Worms of ICRAF/WAC remarks that there is only one topic in 2018 for African research “La soupe n´est pas tres epaisse” . Answer DG Research: this is to give more time for African partners to participate from 2019 onwards (2018 is too close)

SFS-32-2018: Supporting microbiome coordination and the International Bioeconomy Forum
SFS-33-2018: Support to the implementation of the EU-Africa Research and Innovation Partnership on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA). Coordination and support action @ 6:39:00 (8 partners from Africa, consortium to last 4 yeasrs)
LC-SFS-34-2019: Food Systems Africa. Coordination and support action
SFS-35-2019-2020: Sustainable Intensification in Africa. Research and Innovation action: A. [2019]: African Farming Systems, sustainable intensification pathways ; B.[2019]: Soil system for Africa

15 November. A brokerage event organised by the BIOHORIZON project


The BioHorizon is a network of specialised NCPs for H2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, within the scope of the SC2 and KET-B

16 November – Bioeconomy policy day
The European Commission will present its review of the European Bioeconomy Strategy and Action Plan, documented as a Staff Working Document, and discuss its findings with stakeholders and policy makers. Furthermore, the European Bioeconomy Stakeholders Panel will present and discuss its Bioeconomy Manifesto, setting out a societal agenda for bioeconomy development.

17 November – Digitising agriculture and food value chains
In this event, participants will learn about the broad framework of the digital agenda for Europe, the opportunities it brings for farming and food value chains and how the ambitious investments foreseen through Horizon 2020 can help achieve broader EU policy goals.

17 November – Blue Growth and Research and Innovation
In this Blue Growth event, discussions will revolve around the wide coverage of Blue Growth’s cross-sectorial and interdisciplinary approach to marine, maritime and aquatic research and innovation and its relevance to EU policies and to the blue economy