MEDIET4ALL 2nd Meeting in Valencia

The MEDIET4ALL 2nd Meeting took place in Valencia from between 15th and 17th of January 2024. The main objective of the meeting was to have an overview of the project’s development and to establish the MEDIET4ALL project’s next steps.

2nd meeting

Bionutest research group of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Food Sciences (University of Valencia, UV) has organised, from 15th to 17th of January, the second meeting of the MEDIET4ALL Project of the PRIMA Horizon Europe call, coordinated by Dr. Achraf Ammar, where professor Amparo Gamero (UV) coordinates work package 2.

The project aims to establish best practices and apply creative solutions to improve nutritional, antioxidant and sustainability aspects, as well as to modernize recipes of the Mediterranean Diet.

The welcome ceremony was attended by professor Dr. Emilia Ferrer, Vice-Dean of International Relations and the inaugural conference was given by Dr. Anna Bach-Faig, professor at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) entitled “Healthy and sustainable Mediterranean Diet”. An inspiring talk followed by a lively discussion between the project partners and the speaker.

The following session was a showcooking by the Mediterranean Culinary Center, where one of the most typical recipes of the Mediterranean diet and characteristic of the city of Valencia, the famous “paella”, was prepared. The project partners were very attentive to the ingredients and the elaboration process, enjoying the subsequent tasting of the dish and also one of the characteristic desserts of the region, the “arnadí”. All of it paired with wines of the region.

For three days, the project members present from the Johannes Gutenberg-University Mainz (Germany); University of Bourgogne (Dijon, France); University of Palermo (Italy); University of Sfax (Tunisia); Microtarians Institute (Luxembourg) and the Universitat de València (Spain) together with the members who attended the meeting online (Vitagora, (Dijon, France); the National School of Agriculture of Meknes (Morocco); the Faculty of Medicine and Pharmacy of Rabat (Morocco) and the University of Boumerdès (Algeria)) have exchanged ideas, discussed results and coordinated future tasks for a successful implementation of the project.

The progress made in the preparation and participation in the survey on adherence to the Mediterranean diet was presented, with emphasis on trying to increase participation in each country.

The selection of each of the recipes, chosen by the different countries of the consortium, to be implemented and improved within the scope of the project was also discussed, as well as the allergenicity studies to which the different selected recipes will be subjected.

The strategies to be followed in terms of packaging design and its characteristics, addressed in one of the work packages, were also shown. In addition, the MEL platform for collecting the necessary data was presented, as well as the mobile application and databases that will be designed and implemented for the general population/consumers.

The meeting has been a success both professionally and socially, sharing excellent leisure time visiting the Faculty and the city of Valencia.The members enjoyed a pleasant dinner in an excellent Mediterranean atmosphere, a meal in one of the restaurants located in the heart of the city, as well as a tour of the most emblematic sites of the city of Valencia, such as the City of Arts and Sciences or the historic center full of tradition.



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