Food Forum 2022

We are pleased to welcome back in Brussels! 
This year, EuroFIR Food Forum will welcome participants face-to-face (maximum capacity of 30)
and online for the General Assembly. 
VENUE: Penta Hotel Brussels City Centre (BE)


Tuesday 5th April 2022

 09:30-10:00 Registration

10:00-12:30 FoodCASE User Group
(Karl Presser, Premotec GmbH – CH)

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-17:00 Discussion Group: Data quality – Challenges in food composition data compilation
(Susanne Westenbrink, RIVM – NL, Mark Roe, EuroFIR – BE)

13.30-13.50: Introduction (Susanne Westenbrink, RIVM – NL, Mark Roe, EuroFIR – BE)

  • Where are we in 2022 with respect to compiling food composition data?
  • How is data quality assessed?

13.50-14.30 Breakout Group Session 1

  • What are the main challenges in compiling food composition data?

14.50-15.30: Breakout Group Session 2

  • What are the main challenges in documenting food composition data?

15.50 – 15.50 Coffee and tea break

15.50 – 16.30 Breakout Group Session 3

  • How do you assess data quality within your dataset?

16.30-17.00: Conclusions

  • Next steps based on breakout discussions on quality topics (find people to be involved)
  • Next steps based on other topics of interest (find people to be involved)

18:00 Reception

Wednesday 6th April 2022

 09:30-10:00 Registration

09:30-12.30 EFSA EU Open FCDB: Open Discussion and Planning (Paul Finglas, EuroFIR)

09:30-09:45 Consortium technical and professional capacity

09:45-11:00 Phase 1

  • Literature search
  • Develop methodology for quality evaluation of data from national FCDBs
  • Quality assessment of European food composition datasets
  • Amendments to the SSD2
  • Factors related to food composition data at EU level
  • Draft guidance for collection, storage, and maintenance of the EU FCDB

11:00-11:20 Break

11:20-12:30 Phase Two

  • Collection of food composition data mapped to FoodEx2
  • Pilot version of the EU FCDB (min. two countries)
  • Final version of the EU FCDB
  • Final version of tables with factors used related to food composition data in the final EU FCDB

12:30-13:30 Lunch

13:30-14:30 EFSA EU Open FCDB: Open Discussion and Implications for EuroFIR

15.00-16.30 EuroFIR General Assembly
(hybrid, EuroFIR Members only)

Wednesday 6th April 2022

10.30-12.30: Uploading Your Scientific Work to an Open Repository:
A Hands-on Workshop ONLINE

separate registration

During this hands-on workshop, we will demonstrate how to upload scientific work (e.g., data, code) to an open repository, teach you to do the same, and teach you how to teach your team. We will help you to organise your scientific work to make it FAIR (findable, accessible, interoperable, and reusable) and as open as possible as well as  how to publicise or other raise awareness about your work. Participants must bring a laptop and a research output in digital format (e.g., publication, pre-print, poster, presentation, dataset, etc.) that you can make open. As we value hands-on experience, only 15 registrants will participate. Those who successfully complete the workshop will receive a certificate of attendance.


Basics of making your scientific work Open and FAIR
Upload your scientific work to an open repository (hands on)
Publicise, advertise, and raise awareness about your scientific work (hands on)
How to transfer this knowledge to your team


Karl Presser, CoPresident

Maria Glibetic, CoPresident


You can book a bedroom at the Pental Hotel.
We secured a block of 30 bedrooms for Food Forum participants at the following rates:
Single bedroom + breakfast: 129 EUR per night (plus 4,24 EUR city tax)
Double bedroom + breakfast: 139 EUR per night (plus 4,24 EUR city tax)

Important information 

You can book your accommodation using the link below until Monday 21st March 2022. After this date, you need to contact directly the Penta Hotel to book your accommodation: [email protected]

You can cancel your accommodation and get a refund until Saturday 5th March 2022. If you cancel your accommodation after this date, you can’t get a refund unless the Belgian government re-establishes lockdown  and/or changes rules regarding business meetings.

Covid public health measures

Face-to-face meetings will apply all required in Belgium generally and Brussels specifically at the time of the meeting. 
Wearing a face mask is recommanded
we will maintain a distance of 1.5 m between each person
The meeting room capacity will be limited to 30 participants. The fist arrived, first served rule is applicable, but we created a waiting list.
Please read the current rules applicable in Belgium HERE.