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Abstract_Veronica Lattanzio

The in-depth analysis of the evolving EU Food Safety scenario, carried out within the FoodSafety4EU project (www.foodsafety4.eu), showed that the mission of the next generation of food safety experts and risk assessors/communicators will be to set the scene, define the borders in which sustainable food systems will evolve. Keeping the focus on food safety in the food system transformations implies widening the EU food risk analysis capacity, and, in turn, acquiring/fostering the necessary skills to:

- unravel the food safety challenges (re)-ememering from technological innovations and circular economy,

- get insights from social research to address consumers’ concerns and expectations,

- support regulatory science and the science-based decision making for food safety policies.

Due to the complexity of underlying science, besides acquiring transdisciplinary expertise, intensifying knowledge exchanges and cooperation between food safety system actors has become a key prerequisite to deliver future-proof solutions. However, engaging with stakeholders having diverse backgrounds and priorities, then making sure to bring into the dialogue multiple perspectives, requires putting place and piloting appropriate methodologies.

To this scope, the FoodSafety4EU project established a new permanent, multi-stakeholder, collaborative platform: the EU Food Safety Platform.Whether they are scientists, students, entrepreneurs, policy advisors, food business operators or a communication experts, the EU Food Safety Plaform offers to youngs a collaborative space for dialogue, co-creation, mutual learning, and experimentation to provide a holistic experience on what’s going on in food safety and as well as envisage career perspectives for the future.

Over the last 3 years youngs passionate about food safety were actively engaged in the platform by

- designing or attending training on science communication

- developing and piloting new communcation models

- joining high level experts in the co-creation of a Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda

- leading working groups 

- designing and leading the Youngs’ session at the EU Food Safety Forum

The outcomes of these activities and how they set the basis for future developments will be discussed.

Acknowledgments: This project has received funding form the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 101000613

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