School on Adding Value to Food Side Streams


Eva Margrét Jónudóttir


Matís, The University of Iceland and Institute of animal reproduction and food research (Polish academy of sciences) in Olsztyn are planning a 10-day course coached by professional tutors on adding value to food side streams. The Course will take place in Iceland, October 7-17, 2021.

The School on Adding Value to Food Side Streams will recruit talented students and young researchers to improve their entrepreneurial and managerial skills to solve complex challenges and enhance innovation.

  • Increase awareness: On social and environmental responsibility of food producers. And on ideas and opportunities on improving food side streams utilization
  • Building ideas: Team up with students and young professionals with diverse backgrounds and face the opportunities and challenges associated with valorisation of side streams in the food industry.
  • Concepts and Products Development: Apply venture creation methodology to develop new food concepts, products and start-up businesses.
  • Networking: Experience the melting pot of ideas with students and young entrepreneurs Soft skills and entrepreneurship training: Improve your entrepreneurial and managerial skills to solve complex multidisciplinary challenges and enhance innovation.

Introduction video:

Further information:

The Innovation, business creation and valorization of side streams of food production and food processing Bilateral Initiative benefits from Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway through the EEA and Norway Grants. The aim of the project is to establish cooperation between institutions as well as improve the entrepreneurial culture, confidence and skills of graduate students and young scientists in Poland with a focus on the valorization of side streams in food production and food processing.

The EEA and Norway Grants represent the contribution of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway towards a green, competitive and inclusive Europe.

There are two overall objectives: reduction of economic and social disparities in Europe, and to strengthen bilateral relations between the donor countries and 15 EU countries in Central and Southern Europe and the Baltics. The three donor countries cooperate closely with the EU through the Agreement on the European Economic Area (EEA). The donors have provided €3.3 billion through consecutive grant schemes between 1994 and 2014.

For the period 2014-2021, the EEA and Norway Grants amount to €2.8 billion.

The EEA and Norway Grants scheme consists of two financial mechanisms. The EEA Grants are jointly financed by Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway, whose contributions are based on their GDP. Norway Grants are financed solely by Norway.



A conference focusing on the external dimension of the common fisheries policy was held within the framework of the FarFish project in beginning of June 2021. The aim of the conference was to review the implementation of the External Dimension of the CFP and to provide recommendations ahead of the next revision of the CFP.

The conference was attended by high-level experts and key stakeholders from the fishing industry and NGO sectors, together with relevant policy makers, scientists and academics, which contributed to discussions on the importance, advantages and challenges of the EU role in international fisheries management and ocean governance.

The conference spanned over two days, with the first day consisting of presentations and panel discussions from high-level experts; and the second day was more in the form of a workshop where different experts and stakeholders “dug deep” into how to improve management under fisheries agreements.

Recordings from the conference are now available on the FarFish website, along with a summary leaflet and main conclusions from day 1 and day 2.


A BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 networking event

Are you interested in the  future of Algae?

Save the date for a joint BlueBio and ERA-NETs SUSFOOD2 event:

Market pathways for sustainable algae

The event will take place online on the 23rd of September 10 AM to 1 PM CEST. 

More information on the agenda and registration will be published closer to the date.


Video Presentation of the Final Results of the SYLFEED Project

A new video presenting the final results of the 4 year SYLFEED project is now available here below. The video reviews the whole project, goals and results. Please watch and enjoy.


France TV with Matís at the Fagradalsfjall eruption exploring microorganisms


Pauline Vannier

Project Manager

A TV crew from France TV went on a trip with a few scientists from Matís to explore the volcanic eruption at Fagradalsfjall on the Reykjanes peninsula in Iceland. The trip was a part of the research project AirMicrome which explores the fate of depositing airborne microorganisms into pioneer terrestrial communities.

The French TV crew captured spectacular footage of the eruption and spoke to Pauline Vannier, a project manager at Matís, who guided the team around the area and explained the research on microorganisms in this newly formed environment.

The video clip can be found here below. The part on AirMicrome starts at min. 7:30.


Inspire Webinar – An Introduction to the Inspire Summer Schools 2021

On the 15th of July a special webinar will take place to introduce the Inspire Summer Schools.

The agenda will be as follows:

  1. Welcome by EIT Food
  2. Inspire Summer Schools Introduction
    • Digit4Circularity
    • Protein for Future
    • Sustainable Aquaculture
    • REPAK
    • Targeted Nutrition
  3. Entrepreneurship Spine
  4. Q&A

This an hour long webinar and will starf at 4pm CEST on the 15th of July.

Registration and further information can be found here.

EIT Food News

Protein for Future – Summer School 2021

Do you what to develop new ideas on the future proteins in our diet to counteract some of the causes of climate change through entrepreneurial capacity training in a 3 week summer school starting August 16th and ending September 3rd.

You will be taught how new and alternative proteins, like plant, cell and insect based proteins, can be integrated in our food systems. You will work and be coached in teams. You will end up in new business ideas that will be pitched in front of professional jury. Critical questions on how to develop a sustainable future food system will be addressed. How can new and alternative food proteins be integrated in our food systems? What are the technological obstacles, and what are the regulatory and consumer/market related  barriers?  How do we design and develop alternative proteins and how can we develop and formulate alternative protein based food products.

More information:


BlueBio Cofund Second Additional Call Announcement

The second additional call is targeted on Advancing Resource Management, Market and Socioeconomic aspects in the Blue Bioeconomy Value Chains

The scope of the call is to fund projects that aim to facilitate research and innovation to underpin sustainable and circular management and use of natural resources and to also address the market and socioeconomic aspect of the value chain.

Call text document for additional information

Participation in the second additional Call

9 funding organisations from 8 countries have contributed a budget of approx. 8 million EUR to the additional call. The following partner countries will provide funds: Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Malta and Norway. All projects are open to partners from all countries, as far as they bring their own funds and provide a letter of commitment stating this as part of the full proposal submission. 

Each project must include at least three partners from three countries and at least one industry partner.

There is an option to find partners on European level.

Submission Tool:

Call Timeline:

8th Jun 2021: Call opened for pre-proposals.

15th Jun 2021: Online Brokerage Event part 1: (presentation of the call, submission tool and b2match)

21st Jun 2021: Matchmaking Sessions (1:1 meetings between potential applicants on b2match)

20th Sep 2021 13:00 (CEST): Deadline for pre-proposal submissions

Brokerage Event

The brokerage event will be organized with b2match. There are presentations and meetings scheduled on June 15th and 21st, 2021.

For further information:


SYLFEED Final Webinar Series Announced

Three webinars are scheduled in June and August, to cover results demonstrated in the project on product performance, process performance, and environmental performance.

During 4 years, the consortium of partners lead by Arbiom focused on 3 main activites:

  • The demonstration of the scale-up of Arbiom process, to ensure a technical validation of our process
  • The validation of the performance of SylPro, Arbiom‘s protein rich ingredient, in aquaculture.
  • The comparison of the environmental performance of SylPro against other protein sources to confirm its sustainability value.

In this final webinar series, members of the consortium will share the key achievements of the project.

For further information:


FarFish fourth and final annual meeting

Last week, the FarFish consortium attended the fourth and final FarFish annual meeting. The meeting, which was originally scheduled to take place Brussels, was eventually held online for the second time in a row due to covid related travel restrictions.

FarFish key researchers and stakeholders from all over the world used the three-day event to discuss achievements and progress of the project. As the FarFish project recently got a 6-month extension due to covid related-restrictions, the event was further used to carefully plan for the final 6 months of the FarFish project.

Just like last year, the FarFish consortium was forced to rely on their internet connections for the forth and final FarFish annual meeting which took place on 25th-27th of May. Due to covid and related travel restrictions, FarFish partners unfortunately were not able to travel to meet in person as originally planned, but were sat down in front of their computers for the three-day event. The first day was dedicated to various working group meetings, as well as discussions on the FarFish CEN Workshop Agreement (CWA), which is currently under development. The CWA standard, named Good practice guidelines for developing management recommendations for the EU fleet operating outside European waters, is one of many FarFish’s outputs. The second draft of the CWA document will be published July 1st, after which, all interested stakeholders get the opportunity to review and comment on its content by 1st September 2021. The publishing of the draft and information about the commenting phase will be advertised through FarFish’s website and other main communication channels. Further details are available on the official CEN page of the project.

For the remaining two days of the annual meeting, researchers and other participants, including FarFish case study leaders, discussed the progress made and organised the work and tasks for the remaining 6 months of the project. Apart from delivering many key research outputs of the project over the coming months, the consortium will also organise and host various exciting events and conferences. This includes the conference on The External Dimension of the Common Fisheries Policy, which will take place this week, June 1st and 2nd, an online workshop on small-pelagics and environmental forcing West of Africa at the end of June, and the Final Symposium, which will be held in Brussels in November.

Without seeing each other’s faces for over a year, the FarFish consortium is extremely excited to come together in Brussels in November to share their exciting results with the rest of the world!