Strength2Food 4th Annual Meeting
Last week, researchers from the Strength2food project met in Belgrade, Serbia for the project’s fourth Annual Meeting. The meeting took place at the Faculty of Economics, Belgrade University, on 15-17 May 2019. Prior to the meeting, EUTA organized a workshop on media interview skills, aimed at young researchers and project partners. The workshop (see slides here) was divided into two parts: a theoretical session that explained how to effectively introduce your work and deal with uncomfortable questions, and a more practical session in which attendees could receive feedback after recording themselves during an interview.

On the 15th of May, the Strength2Food consortium and Stakeholder Advisory Board (SAB) were officially welcomed to Serbia by Belgrade University, and gathered together to discuss the project’s results on the following topics: Food Quality Schemes (WP5), Public Sector Food Procurement (WP6), Short Food Supply Chains (WP7), Pilot actions (WP9). Furthermore, partners were updated on the project communication and dissemination activities (WP2) and were reminded to continue sharing and promoting the project throughout their channels. Partners also shared thoughts on how to make the upcoming massive open online course (MOOC) most effective.

On the last day, the consortium discussed upcoming activities such as: policy recommendations and practitioner tools (WP10), hybrid forums (Task 2.4) and publication strategies to further disseminate the project results. The day ended with Consumer Analysis (WP8) discussions over the dissemination of results and a final meeting with the SAB, to discuss the direction of the project, its pilot actions, and ways to corroborate impact and engage other stakeholders.

The project consortium will gather in Bonn, in September 2019, for its next Interim Meeting, hosted by the University of Bonn (UBO).