Horizon Europe (2021 - 2027)

Pan-European Food Systems Science Network: FoSSNet

Last update: Feb 28, 2024 Last update: Feb 28, 2024


Locations:Belgium, Denmark, France, Germany, Italy, Latvia, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, UK
Start Date:Feb 1, 2024
End Date:Jan 31, 2028
Contract value:EUR 5,521,185
Sectors:Food Processing & Safety, Research, Science & Inno ... See moreFood Processing & Safety, Research, Science & Innovation
Date posted:Feb 28, 2024

Associated funding

Associated experts


Programme(s): HORIZON.2.6 - Food, Bioeconomy Natural Resources, Agriculture and Environment 

Topic(s): HORIZON-CL6-2023-GOVERNANCE-01-4 - Developing an interdisciplinary and inclusive pan-European academic network for food system science

Call for proposal: HORIZON-CL6-2023-GOVERNANCE-01

Funding Scheme: HORIZON-RIA - HORIZON Research and Innovation Actions

Grant agreement ID: 101134861


The vision of FoSSNet is a strengthened and deepened academic network to support a new Knowledge and Innovation governance structure for Europe’s food system. A new structure is needed as the current Knowledge and Innovation system in the European Research Area is insufficient to address the emerging challenges of nourishing the European food system in a healthy, sustainable and fair way. The aim of FoSSNet is twofold, on one hand to establish a permanent pan-European network for Food System Science and on the other hand to advance inter- and transdisciplinary Food System Science and education. This will contribute directly to the farm to fork objectives and FOOD2030 priorities. Developing the network and advancing Food Systems Science and education will be underpinned by an inclusive approach to ensure engagement of all relevant disciplines, researchers and non academic actors in advancing Food System Science. In order to reach the vision and aim, FoSSNet will 1) develop a conceptual framework and a process for developing food system transformation pathways to create a common language and understanding among food system thinkers, 2) establish, mobilise and consolidate an inclusive inter- and transdisciplinary pan-European academic network for food systems science to bring European food systems scientists and the science institutions together, 3) enhance inclusivity of the Knowledge and Innovation system for a sustainability transformation of EU food systems by addressing sensitivities to power relations and inequities that pervade food systems and contested transformation processes, 4) co-produce research for sustainable food system transformation to remove existing barriers to interdisciplinarity in food system science, 5) build food systems capability through an academy and curricula to ensure the impact of future food system thinkers and 6) create scientific, economic and societal impact by ensuring sustainability of the network.

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