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iFOODnet is a multi-disciplinary and inter-sectorial Norway-Japan Training and Research Network.

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01. Feb 2021


31. Jan 2024

Funded by

The Research Council of Norway


Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU); Tokyo University of Marine Science (TUMSAT); Tokyo University of Agriculture (TokyoNODAI)

Project Manager(s):

Izumi Sone

Other Participants:

Morten Sivertsvik

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    Progress and results

    iFOODnet Training school

    • Would you like to contribute to a more sustainable food industry? 
    • Are you in interested in product and process innovation in the food other bio-based industries? 
    • Do you want to get to know and work together with Norwegian/Japanese students? 

    The iFOODnet training school will give you the opportunity to learn about food innovation and how to develop your ideas into research and business. 

    The training school will be digital and will take place in week 45 (November 8th -12th) from 8-12 Norwegian (4 PM-8 PM Japanese) time.

    There will be presentations by international experts but also a strong focus on group discussions and innovation methodology. In the final presentation of the group work you will all give feedback to the other groups. 

    Click on this link to apply for the iFOODnet training school.

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    About iFOODnet

    The project iFOODnet (Towards a Norway – Japan Innovative Research & Training Network Driving Next-Generation Food Systems) will develop world-class research and education in Norway upon long-term Noway-Japan (inter)national partnership on four cross-disciplinary/sectoral innovation pillars (CIPs) paving the way towards next-generation sustainable, resource-efficient, zero-waste food systems, and eventually, a smart, circular & resilient bioeconomy 4.0.

    iFOODnet is anchored on the four strategic cross-disciplinary/sectoral innovation pillars (CIPs), expanding the scope of the NFR funded iNOBox project.

    In iFOODnet, Nofima, the Europe’s largest applied food science & aquaculture research institute teams up with Norwegian University of Technology & Science (NTNU) to build long-term, international collaboration with Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology (TUMSAT) and Tokyo University of Agriculture (TokyoNODAI).

    iFOODnet’s International Training Research & Innovation Programme (ITP) will feature CIP-based student mobility with a short-term innovation mission, annual Training School and dissemination training events, to equip early-stage researchers with innovation-oriented & entrepreneurial mind-sets, in-depth research-enabling competences, transferrable/cross-cutting skills, and cultural diversity.

    iFOODnet project is  financed by the Research Council of Norway and the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education (Diku), within the RCN INTPART programme – International Partnerships for Excellent Education, Research and Innovation.

    Work packages

    The iFOODnet project is divided into three work packages (WP).

    WP1: International Training Research & Innovation Programme

    Contact persons: Izumi Sone

    WP1.1. Training and Innovation 

    iFOODnet will develop and implement International Training Research & Innovation Programme (ITP) in Japan and Norway, featuring annual Training Schools and short-term innovation missions as integral part of CIP-based student mobility (WP1.2). The Training School will engage students in network-wide training events to foster teamwork, interpersonal/-cultural communication and transferable skills with emphasis on internship training (challenge-based assignment; industry visits), innovation & IPR management and RRI implementation.

    WP1.2. Research and Innovation  

    We will establish Norway-Japan highly-collaborative platform for scientific cooperation through cross-disciplinary/sectoral innovation pillars (CIPs), to be at the international forefront of future food research. Student mobility will be instrumental to the research collaboration.

    The primary target group is MSc students in both countries, envisaged for a 3-month research stay each year under partnership supervision. Student of the Year Award will be granted providing e.g. conference grant, work placement, upon excellence.

    In addition, two Open multi-thematic workshops will be organised in both countries to enhance international research, education, innovation interface.

    WP2 Formalisation of Institutional Partnership

    Contact persons: Eva Falch and Ragni Nergård

    To ensure long-term international partnership, iFOODnet will establish bilateral agreements between the iFOODnet partners as well as academic accreditation for the iFOODnet student activities. Furthermore, we will continously investigate possibilities for future joint programmes beyond the project lifespan.

    WP3 Coordination and Communication & Dissemination

    Contact persons: Izumi Sone and Estefanía Noriega Fernández

    WP3.1. Network Coordination 

    The project manager coordinates the efforts in the various work packages and ensures good progress and good internal communication among the project partners. iFOODnet will be built upon shared responsibilities among partners to facilitate the ownership and int’l relevance of the project.

    Project managers
    Dr Izumi Sone and Dr Estefania Noriega Fernández, Nofima

    Project administrator
    Dr Morten Sivertsvik, Nofima

    Scientific coordinator
    Dr Estefania Noriega Fernández

    Local managers / WP leaders
    Prof Turid Rustad (NTNU, LM)
    Assoc Prof Eva Falch (NTNU, WP2 leader)
    Prof Shingo Matsukawa (TUMSAT, LM)
    Prof Yoshimasa Sagane (TokyoNODAI, LM)

    CIP leaders
    CIP#1: Prof. Kuda (TUMSAT) and Dr Estefania Noriega Fernández (NOFIMA)
    CIP#2: Prof. Sagane (TokyoNODAI) and Assoc Prof Lerfal (NTNU)
    CIP#3: Prof Matsukawa (TUMSAT) and Dr Nordgård (NTNU)
    CIP#4: Prof Myoda (TokyoNODAI) and Prof. Rustad (NTNU)

    WP3.2. Communication & Dissemination (CD) 

    This WP is dedicated to communicating iFOODnet joint efforts and outcome through targeted, multilevel CD strategy to the wider scientific community, policymakers, the media, and society, thus maximizing the project impact and geographical coverage, also facilitating continuous recruitment and involvement of iFOODnet young talents.

    Sectorial innovation pillars (CIPs)

    1. Bioprospection of Novel Biomolecules & Microbiome Sequencing

    Metagenome screening & omics tools will play a major role in identifying and targeting new genetic resources & biomolecules, and predicting changes in biodiversity, eventually unlocking the enormous potential of microbiomes towards public-health, food processing & biotechnology.

    Promoting diversity within food systems will be crucial for healthy & sustainable diets, strengthened resilience and socioeconomic & environmental benefits.

    2. Innovative Food Processing and Functionality

    Resource-efficient, eco-friendly & climate-smart innovative technologies and functional ingredients will play a key role in the world supply of diverse, safe, high-quality & nutritious foods, ultimately contributing to public health & wellbeing and food loss and waste & emissions reduction.

    Just 5% food waste reduction will save 207 MNOK and 0.02% emissions, with each extra-day’s shelf life accounting for 483 MNOK per year.

    3. Biomaterials and Smart Packaging

    Rethinking food waste and side-streams as a resourceful aid for inexpensive new-generation biomaterials (>$2.6 bill revenues from green plastics) and striving for smart food (nano-)packaging solutions (4% CAGR in 2017-2023) upon sustainable bottom-up zero-waste (minimal) processing will contribute to the EU 2020 target of 10% of market plastics being biomaterials and the UN SDG to halve food waste by 2030 (≈21 BNOK/yr, 24% from food industry).

    4. Food Waste Biorefinery

    FoodFirst zero-waste cascade biorefinery is a cost-effective cross-sectoral niche opportunity for valorisation of food waste & underutilised feedstocks into commercially-sound functional-food bioactives, besides biopolymers, precursors for animal feed, biofuel & fertiliser.

    Macroalgae biorefinery is e.g. expected to disrupt the traditional value-chain (in 5 years, 50 SMEs / 500 new high-skilled workforce), while relieving pressure on ecosystem services and mitigating climate change.


    In iFOODnet, Nofima, the Europe’s largest applied science food research institute teams up with Norwegian University of Technology & Science (NTNU) to build long-term, international collaboration with strong academic groups in Japan, at Tokyo University of Marine Science & Technology (TUMSAT) and Tokyo University of Agriculture (TokyoNODAI).

    Logos iFOODnet partners