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Predictive mOdelling Tools to evaluate the Effects of Climate change on food safeTy and spoilage

Project description

Climate change impacts on food safety

Satisfying a growing population’s demands for food while addressing the impact of climate change on food quality and safety are two closely related priorities for the EU. The EU-funded PROTECT Innovative Training Network (ITN) focuses on food safety and the potential influence of climate change. It will recruit and train eight highly skilled early-stage researchers in advanced modelling tools to assess the impact of climate change on food safety. This ITN will combine ‘hands on’ research training, non-academic placements, summer schools, and workshops. The project will bring together academic and non-academic partners from 11 European countries (7 third-level educational institutions, 6 industry partners, and 1 United Nations agency). PROTECT will create a science-based decision support tool and support policy guidance through a white paper.

Objective

Climate change and food safety have become interdependent worldwide research priorities. In order to meet the EU challenge of doubling food production by 2050 (to meet population demands) while dealing with the impact of climate change on food safety, investment in research to address this issue is required. The overarching aim of this Innovative Training Network (ITN) is to provide high-level training in Predictive mOdelling Tools to evaluate the Effects of Climate change on food safeTy (PROTECT) to a new generation of high achieving early stage researchers. PROTECT will provide them with the transferable skills necessary for thriving careers in a burgeoning area that underpins innovative technological development across a range of diverse disciplines. This goal will be achieved by a unique combination of “hands-on” research training, non-academic placements, summer schools and workshops on research-related and transferable skills facilitated by the academic and non-academic composition of the consortium. PROTECT brings together intersectoral and multidisciplinary expertise from 11 European Countries (7 third level educational institutions, 6 industry partners, 1 United Nations agency). The consortium will share technical and training expertise to recruit and train 8 highly skilled ESRs in advanced modelling tools to investigate the impact of climate change on food safety, considering food as unsafe if it is injurious to health (due to pathogenic bacteria or mycotoxins) or unfit for human consumption (due to spoilage bacteria). Moreover, PROTECT will use this new knowledge to create a science based decision support tool and develop policy guidance through a white paper. The consortium will support specialist job creation in an area central to human and environmental health while ensuring continued growth and public confidence in Europe’s agri-food sector.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN, NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND, DUBLIN
Net EU contribution
€ 274 684,32
Address
Belfield
4 Dublin
Ireland

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Region
Ireland Eastern and Midland Dublin
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Other funding
€ 0,00

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