Final FoodMicroSystems event: stakeholders should now seize the opportunities offered by H2020

The last FoodMicroSystems event has been organised in Paris on the 27 November 2013. This information day aimed at presenting the final results of the project that run from September 2011 to the 30 November 2013.

The event gathered research organisations and companies from both the microsystems and the food communities. Several representatives from the French Ministry of Agriculture also attended the event. The roadmaps in the beverage, dairy and meat industry have been presented by the CEA (France) and the CSIC-CNM (Spain) with support from ADIV and ACTALIA. Euroquality (France) presented the main conclusions of the project:

MST can stimulate innovation in the food sector
Applications of MST in the food sector will (i) improve food safety and food quality, (ii) enhance sustainability through better process control and (iii) enable product innovations that benefit consumers and society. There are strong needs for new solutions, many examples can be found in our reports.

 

Cross-sector collaborations should be stimulated to bridge the gap
The project identified problems to (i) articulate food demands that can be solved by MST and (ii) express opportunities by technology companies that could benefit the food sector. The project therefore recommends follow-up to stimulate information exchange between food and MST companies.

 

It is more about innovation than research
There are important constraints for entering the food market as the new solutions need to be part of the process management systems of the companies (the measurement per se is useless). To address these constraints, we need projects on innovation (including users in key positions).

 

Horizon 2020 provides opportunities
The first calls for proposals contain opportunities of cooperation between companies and research organisation: ICT 2 – 2014: Smart System Integration ; ICT 28 – 2015: Cross-cutting ICT KETs ; SPIRE 1 – 2014: Integrated Process Control

 

Speaking at the event, the project coordinator Christophe Cotillon from ACTIA underlined the importance that entrepreneurs and scientists seize the opportunity offered by Horizon 2020: “It is a great achievement for FoodMicroSystems that the first Horizon 2020 call for proposals identified food as one of the application sector for the calls ICT-2 and ICT-28. The research community should now prepare proposals dedicated to the food sector to send a strong signal to the European Commission and to encourage them to continue to support R&D activities in the food sector.”.

The FoodMicroSystems roadmaps contain a lot of information that will hopefully provide ideas to decision-makers (for designing future research programmes) and to companies (for programming future developments). The partners of the project encourage companies and research organisations to use the roadmaps as a tool for planning their future activities. They could for example be used in  H2020 proposals to demonstrate that the R&D activities will adequately answer the needs expressed by the food industry.

Links
– Details on the info day
– Presentations: Introduction (ACTIA), Beverage roadmap (CSIC-CNM), Dairy Roadmap (CEA and ACTALIA),
Meat Roadmap (CEA and ADIV),Conclusion (Euroquality)
– FoodMicroSystems roadmaps
– Reports on the needs and constraints for implementing microsystems in the food sector
– Horizon 2020 call for proposals