“Communication Star 2011” recognizes communications managers and project coordinators in FP6 and PF7 projects relevant to the food sector that have made an outstanding contribution to communicating about their projects and results to a broader audience.
The initiative raised a lot of interest as 25 European projects entered the competition. Seven nominees have been selected by the jury. The final decision, based on short presentations by the nominees, has been made during the award ceremony organised on the 1 March 2011 at Renaissance hotel in Brussels. During the morning session, participants learnt the key findings from AgriFoodResults and discovered our "virtual supermarket".
More than 70 project coordinators and communications experts within EU
funded agri-food projects attended with keynote speaker, Maive Rute, Director of the
Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate of DG Research and Innovation, European Commission.
Speaking at the event, she stated that the need for communication in getting exciting ideas, research project findings and new ways of working out to SMEs, policy-makers and the general public, is an increasingly important task in creating
the successful Innovation Union flagship initiative.
“Communication Star 2011” has been launched in December 2010 under the auspices of the services from the European Commission represented by Maive Rute, director of the Biotechnologies, Agriculture and Food Directorate at Research and Innovation DG. The award aims to identify best practices in FP6 and PF7 projects relevant to the food sector and to reward projects for the excellence of their dissemination plan.
The 25 entries
Projects wanting to enter the award competition sent a two-page application before the 13 January 2011. The initiative raised a lot of interest among dissemination managers and coordinators of FP6 and FP7 projects as we received 25 entries:
Jury and selection
The selection of the nominees has been made by a jury according to three main criteria: communication plan, its implementation and the outcomes.
The jury is composed of representatives from the research community, the food industry, the media and from consumers organizations. The members are :
- Erwin Lamot, Director of Flander´s Food
- Mella Frewen, Director General of the CIAA
- Ruth Veale, Head of the Food, Health, Environment and Safety department at BEUC
- Xavier Gellynck, Professor at Ghent University
- Isabelle Gattegno, Deputy Editor at RIA
The 7 nominees
Two categories have been retained (small and large projects ) to take into account differences in available resources. The list of nominees selected by the jury is given below.
HELENA and CASCADE rewarded
|For the small projects, the 2011 award went to HELENA (“Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence”) a 3-year FP6 project on adolescent nutrition. This STREP project was coordinated by Luis Moreno from the University of Zaragoza.|
|For the large projects, the 2011 award went to CASCADE (Chemicals as contaminants in the food chain a Network of Excellence for research, risk assessment and education) a Network of excellence coordinated by Ingemar Pongratz from Karolinska Institute.|