Partners & Roles
- Quadram Institute Bioscience: Quadram Institute Bioscience (QIB) is a not-for-profit research institute whose aim is to undertake research that addresses the role of food and diets in human health with a particular interest in interactions between foods, food components and the gut microbiome and its role in delivering health benefits. The Kroon group in the Food Innovation and Health programme has >20 years experience in food/diet/health research covering phytochemicals (particularly polyphenols, bioavailability) and more recently minerals, and with Professor Warren, also Vitamin B12. The Food Databanks (FD) group has strong expertise around the nutritional composition of foods (e.g. compiles the UK national food composition tables), human nutrition and the application of personalised nutrition approaches in technology-based solutions (eg EITfood QUISPER project). These teams will measure the nutritional composition of crop plants, develop biofortification strategies, generate recipes featuring selected biofortified plants grown in the kitchen gardens and provide the complete nutritional information (ie macronutrients and micronutrients) as well as the RDA contribution for both UK and Belgium. The aim will be to create a collection of recipes that are appealing to a wide range of EU consumers and will facilitate the increase in micronutrient delivery in a personalised manner.
- KU Leuven: The HCI group of the Computer Science department of KU Leuven focuses on how people interact with information. Important topics include recommender systems, information visualisation, gamification, dashboard applications, and mobile and tabletop computing. We aim to support awareness, (self) reflection, decision-making and feedback loops. We research the use of recommendation techniques in several application areas, including nutrition, learning analytics, research information systems and health care. The objective is to generate suggestions for different stakeholders. These domains often involve higher risks than traditional e-commerce applications; increasing trust in recommendations is an important line of research. The objective of this project is to study personalized nutrition recommendations. We research the combination of recommendation with visualisation techniques to explain the rationale of recommendations and support user control. The objectives are 3-fold: 1) to increase user-trust in order to improve acceptance of recommendations 2) to enable end-users to steer the recommendation process with additional input and feedback, which empowers users to engage actively and responsibly and 3) to increase users’ motivation for adopting healthy eating habits. KU Leuven will provide scientific and research input to the development of the app.
- RFS Partner: Studio Kapp is a new commercial enterprise built on six years of relevant experience in developing and marketing high end indoor hydroponic appliances with RisingFoodstar Natufia Labs. We have the core competencies necessary to bring new high-tech products to the market, including in design, software and hardware development, testing, marketing and sales. We have gained unique and highly valuable experience from selling the appliance to customers in the high-end consumer household and restaurant markets in the EU, US and Middle East. Our experience gives us the perfect starting point to scale the product for the mass market. As part of our commercialisation strategy, Studio Kapp will introduce two new spin-off entities focused on the personalized nutrition digital platform and biofortification products. These two spin-off entities will benefit from the extensive network of contacts of Studio Kapp in the Agrifood sector and the supportive start-up ecosystem of Estonia. The base of operations: Tallinn, Estonia.