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Cooperation in Europe to enhance technology transfer

Issue 1 2012  •  5 March 2012  •  Ariette Matser, Charon Zondervan and Andrea Seleljova, Wageningen UR; Fabien Boulier, Agropolis International; and Emma Holtz, SIK

Technology transfer or knowledge exchange is considered to be very important for increasing the innovation potential of the food industry in Europe. Reaching the large group of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in Europe with state-of-the-art knowledge available in universities and research organisations is considered especially essential, but also very difficult. The primary aim of the European Network of Excellence ‘HighTech Europe’ is to facilitate the process of knowledge exchange by developing an easy to use toolbox and sharing best practices across Europe. In addition, a roadmap and an action based plan for a (virtual) European Institute of Food Processing will be developed. In this publication, the main goals of collaboration in a European Institute of Food Processing and several operational issues are described.

Twenty two partners from academia and industry have joined forces in the EC funded Network of Excellence ‘HighTech Europe’ that for the first time links the European competences and expertise in the food processing sector. The overall intention is to achieve an effective knowledge exchange in the field of high-tech food processing, bio, nano and ICT technologies to food markets in order to strengthen the competitiveness of the European food industry, especially of SMEs. To achieve this goal, HighTech Europe aims to provide building blocks for an establishment of a European Institute of Food Processing that would ensure a long-term collaboration between European centres of excellence and the food industry. The conditions under which such an institute should operate are being investigated in the project.

Knowledge transfer of the scientific results in Pathogen- Combat to European SMEs

Issue 4 2010  •  26 August 2010  •  Klaus Hadwiger & Susanne Braun, University of Stuttgart, Institute of Economics and Law

PathogenCombat is an integrated project under the EU 6th Framework Programme which uses a holistic, multidisciplinary approach towards threats from new/emerging pathogens in the entire food chain. The project started on 1 April 2005 and ran until April 2010 with the full title: “Control and prevention of emerging and future pathogens at cellular and molecular level throughout the food chain.”

The unique achievements of all areas in which the team has worked during the time of the project can briefly be described as follows:


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