Nofima scientists helping to set the agenda in European food research
The European technology platform Food for Life wants to recruit Nofima scientists Marit Kvalvåg Pettersen and Paula Varela Tomasco as experts in its scientific working groups.
Marit Kvalvåg Pettersen will join the group evaluating solutions for the sustainable processing and packaging of food, while Paula Valera Tomasco is to explore possibilities in the field of consumers and sensory perception.
“I am passionate about research into reducing food waste, such as methods to ensure that the food stays fresh longer using new packaging methods,” says Marit Kvalvåg Pettersen
For Nofima this will bring, in addition to increased influence and expertise, even closer contact with significant European centres of research and innovation.
“I’m looking forward to discussing interesting issues with leading European scientists and companies. As I see it, we need to know more about how we can better understand consumer behaviour in a world in which consumers are looking for food they can enjoy, while are at the same time becoming evermore conscious of health issues and more committed to choosing food that satisfies social and environmental requirements,” says Paula Valera Tomasco.
The European Technology Platform (ETP) Food for Life is working to increase investment in research that is important for European food and drink producers. One of the targets is Horizon 2020, while another is that the European food industry is to unite in adopting common priorities for research.
Research is required in coming years that can contribute to meeting the following challenges:
- Improve health and well-being, and contribute to longevity
- Build consumer trust in the food chain
- Support sustainable and ethical food production.
Facts about ETP Food for Life
The European organisation for the food and drink industry, FoodDrinkEurope, established the European Technology Platform (ETP) Food for Life in 2005. The objective was to ensure research-based innovation in the European food sector, with the goal of creating economic growth and healthier food for European citizens.
The goal of the platform is to strengthen the competitive ability of the food industry by strengthening its innovative ability. The platform is a network in which stakeholders from the sector meet at regular intervals and establish an agenda for future research.
There are currently 27 national platforms related the ETP Food for Life. NTP Food for Life is the Norwegian platform.