FIT4FOOD2030, Towards FOOD 2030 – Future-proofing the European food systems through Research and Innovation


Transformative educational modules for future-proofing European food systems are developed as part of the FIT4FOOD2030 project, which is funded by the Horizon 2020 framework of the European Union for research and innovation. The project brings together a consortium of eighteen partners.

FIT4FOOD2030 supports the urgently needed transformation of research and innovation in relation to food and nutrition security in Europe. This transformation is necessary in order to prepare European food systems for the future, to make them more sustainable and resilient, and to find solutions for the many food-related challenges that Europe is currently facing. Those challenges include hunger, malnutrition, obesity, climate change, scarce resources and waste. In order to achieve their goals, the partners of the FIT4FOOD2030 consortium structure a multi-stakeholder FOOD 2030 platform. This platform mobilises a wide variety of stakeholders at the level of cities, regions, countries and Europe as a whole.

As part of these efforts, students’ competences at all levels are also strengthened as current and future researchers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and citizens at large. Eighteen educational modules are co-created as part of the FIT4FOOD2030 City Labs, which are hosted by various science centres and museums, educational organisations and science shops. These educational modules address research and innovation on food systems and touch upon topics such as circularity, resource efficiency, nutrition and health, as well as climate and sustainability.

Basic information

Country: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Estonia, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain

Coordinator: Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, The Netherlands,

Programme: Horizon 2020

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Target groups: college students, general public, industry, policy makers, primary school students, researchers, secondary school students, teachers, university students, university lecturers

Topic: Agriculture, Biology, Ecology, Energy, Environmental sciences, Fisheries science, Food science, Meteorology, Education, Other

Start year: 2016

End year: 2018


Contact person: Carmen Fenollosa, Email cfenollosa (at)

Researchers in the field of education can make use of the project’s research activities and reports to acquire a deeper understanding of the skills, abilities and qualifications needed in order to support “new” food and nutrition systems, as well as the gaps in current content, formats and activities and how those issues can be addressed.

Moreover, in order to help researchers better understand research and innovation in the European food and nutrition systems, the project’s outputs provide an insight into various areas, such as:

  • The main trends affecting European food systems; food system research and innovation policy and governance; the performance of European food systems in promoting food and nutrition security in Europe and meeting the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
  • Best practices (showcases) and reflections on how to transfer knowledge from such examples to new initiatives.
  • Potential future breakthroughs in research and innovation, including their identification and enablement.

Science centres and museums, educational organisations and science shops host the FIT4FOOD2030 City Labs. Eighteen educational modules are developed as part of the FIT4FOOD2030 City Labs with relevant stakeholders. Prototypes of these educational modules are then trialled in at least two European countries. In addition to this, a toolkit is produced in order to roll out the project’s activities and methodology in different settings.

The educational activities are aimed at various target groups, including primary and secondary education institutions, universities, professionals, researchers and the public. Around a quarter of the modules are structured around deep learning, which involves students in real-time and real-life activities and projects that respond to real needs. Those activities are carried out in collaboration with stakeholders outside the classroom.

Several aspects are taken consideration in the development of the educational modules, including:

  • Innovative Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics - STE(A)M – practices and transdisciplinary approaches;
  • Responsible Research and Innovation (RRI) and Open Science principles, including gender inclusiveness;
  • multi-stakeholder partnerships; and
  • transformative potential.


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