[March, 2011]

AgriFoodResults is a European project, funded by the European Commission that intends to answer the need for a better dissemination of results of food research. The vision is to improve the cost effectiveness of agree-food research activities by enhancing the transfer of the results to the end-users. Researchers will get guidance and information and food industry can get a one-stop-information pool.

AgriFoodResults Final Conference

"Communication Star 2011": HELENA and CASCADE rewarded
The initiative "Communication Star 2011" raised a lot of interest among the European food research community. More than 70 project coordinators and communication experts attended the event organised on 1 March 2011 in Brussels. The morning session was dedicated to communication practices in food research project with presentations of the AgriFoodResults guidelines and virtual supermarket. The afternoon session was open by Maive Rute, Director of the Biotechnologies, Agriculture Maive Rute and Food Directorate of DG Research and Innovation.

The Awards went to HELENA ("Healthy Lifestyle in Europe by Nutrition in Adolescence", Prof. Luis A. Moreno) in the category of small projects and to CASCADE (Chemicals as contaminants in the food chain - a Network of Excellence for research, risk assessment and education, Dr. Ingemar Pongratz) in the category of large projects.

More information about "Communication Star 2011" here.

Category Small Projects
HELENA - Luís Moreno, University of Zaragoza (Spain)helena
The HELENA project's objective was to investigate adolescents nutritional behavior and patterns of physical activity. Its dissemination plan included a range of activities such as publications of articles in a number of magazines and journals, scientific presentations and workshops, podcasts or the publication of a guidebook gathering all key findings from the project. It also included a stakeholders' consultation and the dissemination of technology offers for the "Food-O-Meter" and "Activ-O-Meter", two internet tools for determining the nutritional and activity status of adolescents.

More information about HELENA project on http://www.helenastudy.com/.

Category Large Projects

CASCADE - Jill Josson, Karolinska Institute (Sweden)cascade
The aim of this project is to identify and study the effect of food-borne environmental pollutants. Projects' results were disseminated through the project website, social networks like facebook and youtube, the project magazine, the publication newsletters, press releases, position and opinion papers, the presentation of the results in meeting and events. CASCADE also launched CommNet, a network of dissemination managers in European food research projects.

More information about CASCADE project on http://www.cascadenet.org/.

AgriFoodResults Activities

Virtual supermarket
Imagine you could linger around looking for interesting ideas of innovative R&D project results in a familiar environment. No thresholds or cognitive barriers, just an intuitive access and guidance via an internet based virtual world. How does this look like?

In the AgriFoodResults project we developed a supermarket as an internet-based virtual 3D-world. By walking around the user can discover the results of R&D projects at his/her special point of interest. The infopoints in the supermarket function as one-stop-shops and teasers, giving a short overview on the project’s results and an easy access to more in-depth information and to the responsible project manager.

You can enter the virtual supermarket from this page.

AgriFoodResults Communicating science

"Identify why you want to engage, who your audience is and what the best activities are..."
"Engaging the public with your research" is a publication from the NERC that looks at how scientists can effectively communicate about their research results in simple language that is easily understood by the audience. Read More...


"So, no matter how exciting or compelling new scientific (...) research is, you must always ask."
"I don't know what to believe..." is a short public guide to peer review, publish by Sense About Science, that explains how scientists present and judge research. Read More...


"Science is arguably the most powerful force in society today."

"Transforming science: a matter of public involvement" is a Greenpeace publication that intends to highlight a emergency of transforming science. Read More...

AgriFoodResults Events

18 April 2011

6th International CIGR Technical Symposium: Towards a Sustainable Food Chain More...

29 April 2011

Second BNS Annual Conference: Microorganisms in human nutrition More...

18 May 2011

First International Conference on Organic Food Quality and Health Research. More...

22 May 2011

11th International congress on engineering and food - 11th ICEF 2011. More...

25 May 2011

18th European Congress on Obesity (ECO). More...

15 June 2011

NutrEvent - Innovation in nutrition and health. More...

15 June 2011

PERFOOD - 3rd International workshop on anthropogenic perfluorinated compounds. More...

19 June 2011

4th International IUPAC Symposium for Trace Elements in Food (TEF-4). More...



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