The Institute for Global Food Security at Queen’s University Belfast will lead one of the world’s largest food safety projects across Europe and China. The European Horizon 2020 programme and Chinese Ministry of Science and Technology (MOST) programme have awarded €10 million towards an EU-China partnership to improve food safety and tackle food fraud. The project, coordinated by Professor Chris Elliott, Pro-Vice Chancellor at Queen’s and Professor Yongning Wu, Chief Scientist from the China National Center for Food Safety Risk Assessment, brings together 15 European actors from 10 different countries and 18 Chinese Organisations.
The EU-China-Safe project involves key players in the food industry, research organisations and Governments across two of the world’s largest trading areas. EU-China-Safe will reduce food fraud and improve food security by focusing on improving legislation, food inspection and increasing access to information on both continents. Advanced technologies, including a virtual lab, will create a unique space to share and demonstrate best practices. The use of innovative technologies will allow better detection of food spoilage as well as increased traceability and transparency of global supply chains.
Euroquality contributed to the setting up of the project and will coordinate the administrative and financial management of the project.
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Active on energy efficiency call, Euroquality attended this event organised by the European Commission at Lyon and gathering around a hundred persons. The day started with a quick presentation of 2017 calls by Anette Jahn from EASME agency and a feedback on results of 2014-2015 calls by Pascal Newton from the French ministry of research. In the statistics presented by Mr Newton, we can underline that the average European success rate on Energy Efficiency calls is around 11%. France has the second best success rate with 17.2%, just behind Germany (17.5%) but is only the fifth country when it comes to funding because of its low participation.
This event not being an Info Day, little time was dedicated to presenting the calls and the focus was put on the meeting and discussion of all stakeholders interested in participating to a H2020 project in 2017. Five groups were made to discuss specific calls and topics: “Heating and Cooling”, “Consumers”, “Buildings”, “Industry, service, products”, “Investments & innovative financing”. Exchanges were very interesting for anyone willing to participate and being in a phase of consortium building.
The day ended with tips to build the best proposal and testimony of a H2020 project coordinator.
Euroquality went to the information day about impact and innovation in Horizon 2020 projects in the Ministry of Higher Education and Research, in Paris on October 7th. Gathering representatives from EU IPR Helpdesk, European commission, evaluators and projects managers, specialists in scientific and technic information, this seminary aimed at answering any questions and put forward good practices on impact and innovation in H2020 projects.
There was a special focus on Intellectual Property and the significance to communicate a project results, because only projects with exploitable results are really impacting projects.
Euroquality was present on the Fruit Attraction Fair in Madrid on October 6th. During this day, Euroquality met many actors of the agricultural sector in Europe, and went to conferences on results of European projects in agriculture. This event was also a time to exchange with innovative companies in order to evaluate the possibility or future cooperation.
EUROQUALITY attended on the 7th of july the info day on the ICT in the industry of the future. This info day was organised in the premises of Business France by the Ministry of the Economy, Finance, Industry and Digital Industry and the DG CONNECT of the European Commission with the support of the Ministry of National Education, Higher Education and Research, and of the French NCP ICT.
After the presentation of several calls for proposals, the speakers shared their successful experiences of European project set up and gave many advice. The widening of the calls for proposals of the European Commission was highlighted and the emphasis was put on the need to answer very precisely to the calls, and in particular on the expected impacts of the project.