Kick off meeting

There were plenty of ideas and academic discussions when Food Science Copenhagen kicked off with a seminar at which more than 60 researchers from DTU, Technical University of Denmark, and University of Copenhagen gathered to identify new opportunities for cooperation within the veterinary and food field.

Less food waste, preventing obesity, healthy livestock, safe foods and strengthened immune responses were just some of the subjects that researchers from University of Copenhagen and DTU found they had in common when they came together to lay the foundations for stronger research collaboration.

The researchers participated in Food Science Copenhagen’s seminar on 28-29 January where, through flash talks, workshops and group sessions, focus was directed at how the two universities can contribute with innovative solutions to the major global challenges facing the food and veterinary area.

“The seminar resulted in a number of promising suggestions for how the two universities’ diverse strengths can be combined in new ways so we can solve some of the food safety, health and sustainability challenges. We are now considering the proposals at the universities and taking the necessary steps to ensure that funding is made available both in Denmark and at EU level,” says Lone Brøndsted, who heads the Department of Veterinary Disease Biology at the Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences, University of Copenhagen.

Participants at the seminar were also told what to do in relation to the EU’s programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, Denmark’s innovation strategy INNO+ as well as Foodbest’s work to bring the EU’s FoodKIC initiative to the Øresund region.

Exploiting synergies

Food Science Copenhagen is a strategic collaboration between University of Copenhagen and DTU which was formally launched in 2012. The aim is to strengthen and formalise the existing collaboration between the universities within the food and veterinary area in relation to education, research and public sector services.

“DTU and the University of Copenhagen account for 75 per cent of Danish research within the food, nutrition and veterinary area and, on the basis of this collaboration, we can use the synergies that exist between the two universities even more actively and thereby engage in even more fruitful collaboration with the business community and other research institutions in Denmark and internationally,” says DTU Provost Henrik Wegener.

Within education, efforts are also being devoted to offering a One Health summer school in 2013 and to helping students take subjects and carry out projects across the universities.

See programme for the seminar.
17 DECEMBER 2018