Just think of what we could do if we could collect, standardise and harmonise all data available from businesses, researchers and consumers all in one place. Resources are scattered across the globe in different formats and different languages. In fact, it has become increasingly difficult for scientists to obtain data, tools, and services on food, nutrition and health.

The University of Wageningen has been working on a “Google” for food, nutrition and health to meet this challenge. The Food, Nutrition and Health Research Infrastructure (FNH-RI) involves 10 EU Members States who work closely together in the food and health domain to collect and assemble data, tools and services. Research Infrastructures are key to collect facilities, resources or services which support the scientific community to conduct top-level research.

 

 

The FHN-RI builds on the roadmap developed by the EU project EuroDISH and the recommendations of the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures for a food and health research infrastructure (ESFRI). By 2027, FNH-RI plans to be officially launched and will bring together several RIs resulting from previous EU projects like the ongoing project RICHFIELDS.

 

Do researchers actually know how to use such a powerful tool like the FNH-RI?

The FNH-RI team led by Prof. Karin Zimmermann has outlined a new study that investigates how researchers and other users would use a research infrastructure for Food Nutrition and Health. The questionnaire plays a vital role in setting up the basis for the future of scientific and consumer data. The questionnaire would take you only 15 minutes to complete. Click on the following link to access the questionnaire – link.

What is the final goal of the FNH-RI?

 

FNH-RI will enable top-level research, breakthroughs and innovations to make diets healthier and more sustainable. The Consumer Data Platform designed by RICHFIELDS will pave the way to the creation of a bigger box of ideas and tools to create a more prosperous and sustainable future.