On Tuesday 4th April 2017, RICHFIELDS welcomed some of its stakeholders and beneficiaries to the second of three RICHFIELDS Stakeholders’ workshops.

The main objective of this workshop was to reflect on our scientific aims and vision, and the work performed thus far. Recommendations from this workshop will help shape the design, particularly with respect to the core offerings and governance.

Many of the challenges undermining food (including nutrition) and health are inherently inter-disciplinary and multi-sector. The EU has a strong track record of coordination amongst Member State research providers and users, and an important role in delivering research and demonstrating international leadership in innovation for economic and societal benefits through sustainable economic growth and employment, and enhanced health and well-being. Thus, stakeholders were organised in three groups, researchers, consumer representatives including public health and government, and biotech industries. Others represented the biotech, dietetic, food composition, public health and regulatory sectors. Beneficiaries represented expertise in psychology and policy, diet and health research, communications, dietetics and nutrition, and law.

Before lunch, participants focused on the visions and activities of RICHFIELDS with topics including:

• The project’s vision and scientific case (Karin Zimmermann – NL);
• Purchase, preparation and consumption data-scoping activities (Monique Raats – UK);
• Building on related food and health Research Infrastructures (RIs) (Paul Finglas – UK);
• Business generated data (Bent Egberg Mikkelsen – DK);
• Connecting laboratories and facilities (Sophie Hieke – DE);
• The newly published core offering (Charo Hodgkins – UK);
• ICT and schematic model for a consumer data RI (Barbara Koroušić Seljak – SI);
• Business models (Golboo Pourabdollahian – IT); and
• Governance and ethics (Marc-Jeroen Bogaardt – NL).

In the afternoon, participants considered how RICHFIELDS might best motivate users best to collaborate and share or donate their data and potential barriers that could inhibit this, whether the core offering meets the needs of users, and if there is sufficient value for business operators and or consumers. Delegates also discussed the proposed governance model, and the key requirements to promote cooperation across the wider community.

The next workshop will take place in late 2017. If you are interested in attending or interested in learning more about RICHFIELDS and our activities, please contact Dr Siân Astley (sa@eurofir.org), visit www.richfields.eu or follow us at @SciFoodHealth and LinkedIn.