Afresh Projet

Afresh project website


Regions of knowledge FP7 health nutrition physical activity agro-food cluster

Key figures

16 partners

8 countries involved (Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, United Kingdom)


Overall budget: 2 949 032 €

Budget managed by Agropolis Internationa : 252 627 €

See also

Liverpool ActiveCity, Liverpool, Grande Bretagne

Health Valley, Nijmegen, Pays Bas


Activity and Food for Regional Economies Supporting Health
(AFRESH project 2010 – 2013)



Download the Joint Action Plan (JAP) coordinated by Agropolis International >>

From September 1st, 2010, Agropolis International has been involved in the European project AFRESH titled "Countering diet related diseases through competitive regional food and physical activities clusters", funded through the FP7 programme "Regions of Knowledge".


The AFRESH project supports the development of regional clusters focused on research with the aim of fostering innovation and regional and interregional economic development to enhance health. It adopts an approach that combines food and physical activity to help prevent chronic
noncommunicable diseases (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular diseases, etc.). It aims at reducing the gap between nutrition and physical activity areas, by the detailed analysis made by the different clusters, the set up of a Joint Action Plan (JAP) and a business plan, the development of innovative ideas and products, and also by undertaking mentoring activities of recent European Commission members.

Agropolis International, the AFRESH partner for Languedoc- Roussillon region, federates regional research and innovation stakeholders as well as local authorities, including stakeholders in the fields of health and physical activity.

During the first year of the project, the regions assessed their skills and expertise, expectations and needs with respect to food and physical activity related to health, at the interface between research and business. A regional workshop was subsequently held in each country, leading to an assessment of the regional strengths and weaknesses in the considered fields, the setting of strategic objectives and the identification of regional research priorities.

The current phase, which is coordinated by Agropolis International, aims to compare the research priorities proposed by each region so as to identify topics of common interest, and thereby develop an action plan and a corresponding business plan. The identified research activities will not be conducted within the framework of AFRESH but will later be the focus of funding requests (European, national or regional).

To set up a joint research action plan between the regions involved

AFRESH project is a "Regions of Knowledge" project which overall objective is to set up research priorities at the level of the regions involved, to draw up a transnational Joint Action Plan and to raise awareness of regional actors concerned.

It is constituted of 9 « workpackages »:

  • Analysis of scientific competences in the fields of agrofood and physical activities related to health (WP 1)

  • Analysis of the society demand and need regarding to health in relation with nutrition and physical activity, along with services promoting health (WP 2)

  • Selection of research priorities (WP 3)

  • Elaboration of the Joint Action Plan (JAP) (WP4)

  • Knowledge transfer and dissemination, activities, project results (including actions to raise awareness of regional actors) (WP 5)

  • Identification of R&D ideas allowing to ease the implementation of the JAP (WP 6)

  • Identification of innovative concepts and services to ease the implementation of the JAP (WP 7)

  • Specific mentoring actions for emerging regions (WP 8)

  • Project management (WP 9)

Agropolis International is involved in most of the « workpackages » and coordinates the WP4.

Involvement of the scientific regional community

The principle of participation at the Regions of Knowledge projects is the simultaneous participation of public bodies, research strengths and companies for a given region and sector.

Agropolis International gathers among its members these three kinds of actors, and is thus the regional community's representative.

Involved Agropolis International members and partners

Past meetings

  • June 27-28, 2013 : AFRESH closing conference in Warsaw, Poland. The AFRESH Joint Action Plan will be presented. It sets out 18 innovative solutions for boosting innovation in healthy food and physical research and product or service development.
  • May 7-8, 2013 : Health connect 2013, Stuttgart (Germany)Experts of health research and researchers in the field of physical activity, health promotion specialists as well as developers of web-based solutions and app-medicine from all over Europe will meet for this international event, in the frame work of the European project Afresh.They are joined by public health policy-makers on national, regional and local level as well as by Members of the European Parliament, including top experts and practitioners in innovation, social sciences and communication. Their common topic: Better lifestyle and improved health management at work, in school and families.
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  • Dec. 1-2: Meeting of the project partners (Montpellier, France)
  • Oct. 26-27, 2011: Meeting of the project partners (Montpellier, France)
  • Oct.4-5, 2011: Meeting of the project partners (Stuttgart, Germany)
  • Sep. 28-29, 2011: Meeting of the project partners (Nijmegen, the Netherlands)
  • Sep 26, 2011: Third seminar of the French partners, Agropolis International
  • May 23, 2011: Second seminar of the French partners, Agropolis International
  • Dec. 10, 2010: Meeting of the project partners (Gent, Belgium)
  • Nov. 03, 2010: First seminar for French partners, Agropolis International
  • Sept. 30, 2010: Kick-off meeting with all partners at Debrecen (Hungary)



Updated on 14/09/15

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Eric Fargeas


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