Towards a common microbiome research agenda: a ‘Finding Common Ground’ workshop
On 4 and 5 March 2019, more than a hundred persons from partners and boards of the Microbiome Support initiative were brought together in Vienna, Austria for a 'Finding Common Ground' workshop. There, they discussed on what is needed to improve international cooperation, coordination of research and funding, and set a basis for common microbiome Research & Innovation agendas. In the upcoming years, this Coordination and Support Action will support the European Commission by coordinating the activities and results from the International Bioeconomy Forum (IBF) working group ‘Food Systems Microbiome’. The project will follow a food system approach and integrate actors and experts from all areas in the circular economy of food. As such, it aims to act as a key driver to implement FOOD 2030 strategies.
The Microbiome Support initiative brings together twenty-eight partners from Europe (AT, BE, DE, DK, EE, EL, ES, FR, IE, IT, NL, PL, UK), Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, India, The United States and South Africa.