Sustainable Food Research

Close up on bean capsules. Photo.Added value to Nordic Baltic sustainable food research with quality and health perspective

Project leader: Gerd Vegarud, Norges Miljø- og Biovitenskaplige Universitet

Period: 2018–2019


Our main goal is to strengthen Nordic and Baltic collaboration and networking within agriculture and food research. We want to contribute to a sustainable and innovative production of traditional and new healthy foods from local raw materials used in the Nordic and Baltic diets (milk, fish, protein- and oil rich plants, fruits and vegetables).

In the long term we will:

  • implement the new knowledge to increase sustainable production of healthy foods better adapted to climate changes, increase self-sufficiency (in particular proteins from vegetable proteins), increase of by-products and reduce food waste and lower carbon footprints.
  • plan for an application for funding within Horizon 2020. We aim for an application within SFS-16-2018: Towards more healthy and sustainable food.
  • maintain a viable network among food researchers in partner institutions.


This is how we will reach our goal:

We will:

  • coordinate and use existing research resources (staff exchange, use of research facilities and analytical equipment, exchange of research material/samples) more efficiently within the Nordic­Baltic food value chain to promote collaboration and networking synergies between Nordic and Baltic research groups.
  • train PhD students and the next generation of young researchers through web-meetings, short term exchange, PhD course and provide networking possibilities to work interdisciplinary
  • strengthen the North European research on agriculture and food processing in a broad interdisciplinary network by identifying common issues and challenges.
  • apply for funding from larger funds such as Horizon 2020 on research areas of common Nordic inte rest.
  • contribute to attract students to education in food science and to a career in the food production sector.

Gender equality principles are of high priority and the goal 40/60 is achieved.


We plan to organize a PhD seminar (autumn 2018) and one conference open to the public (autumn 2019).
The expected outcomes of the network will be disseminated to the scientific community, industry and stakeholders/farmers, both nationally and internationally, through publishable outputs generated through exchange of data, mobility of PhD students/young research ers and research meetings: research reports, e.g. to NKJ-research reports, e.g. to NKJ peer-reviewed scientific journals/magazines/information channels/webpages.