Sustainable Food Research

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.