The REAMIT team at the University of Bedfordshire are currently recruiting for a Research Fellow to take on responsibilities within the Big Data Hub and perform research tasks within REAMIT. Please feel free to share the job advert among your networks, available on the link below. Deadline for applications: May 27, 2021 Read More
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The REAMIT project proposes to adapt and apply existing innovative technology to food supply chains in NWE to reduce food waste and hence improve resource efficiency. Reducing food waste is of highest priority for the EU (88Mt or € 143B wasted per year). The EU has committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages in the supply chain. 35% of food waste in EU-28 has occurred in supply chains in 2012. Though technologies exist to reduce food waste, they have not been applied to food supply chains.
REAMIT will focus on fruits, vegetables, meat and fish as these are wasted in large quantities. The supply chain includes farms, packaging sites, food processors, distribution, logistics, wholesalers and retailers. The project will be carried out in Ireland, Germany, France, UK and the Netherlands due to the amount of interconnected food supply chains and huge food waste in these countries.
REAMIT will adapt existing Internet of Things and Big Data technologies to best fit the needs of the food supply chain management system in NWE. Through testing and adaptation, these technologies will be enabled to continuously monitor and record food quality and signal potential food quality issues. Through analytics, owners of 'food to be at risk of becoming waste' will be provided with decision support options to minimise food waste including redistribution to nearby customers.
REAMIT project will save 1.8Mt of food waste or €3B per year in NWE, avoid 5.5Mt/yr of CO2 emissions, test and operationalise 8 solutions, and, support 20 enterprises. The technologies will be self-sustaining at the end of the project. They will be made available to the public via REAMIT website and social media.
The long-term effects of REAMIT will be optimising (re)use of food and natural resources in NWE economies and a consortium capable of jointly addressing the challenges in food sector.
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REAMIT Newsletter - April 2021. Available to view on the link below. Read More
The REAMIT Project is delighted to share with you some interesting food waste stories from around the world through this interactive slide deck, also demonstrating REAMIT's Solution to tackle various food waste issues. Click the link below to view. Read More
REAMIT Newsletter - February 2021. Available for download on the link below, with access to links included in newsletter. Read More
The University College Dublin (partner of the REAMIT project) are recruiting for 2 Post-doctoral Research Fellows, who will focus on developing a real-time Life Cycle Assessment model based on the REAMIT project, integrated IoT sensor and big data solutions. Deadline for submitting applications is 28 January 2021. For more information, please contact Dr Fionnuala Murphy, Assistant Professor of Biosystems Engineering, email@example.com Read More
REAMIT Newsletter - December 2020. Available for download on the link below, with access to links included in newsletter. Read More
REAMIT Newsletter September 2020. Available for download on the link below. Read More
REAMIT Newsletter June - July 2020. Available for download on the link below. Read More
We are, the REAMIT project team, using IoT and Big Data to reduce food waste. In this journey, we would like to involve your ideas to support our noble initiative of reducing food waste . Please include your feedback in this short questionnaire (will take approximately 8-10 minutes) to serve the society with a high quality food without any wastage. Thanks for your contribution! Read More
REAMIT Newsletter March - April 2020. Available for download on the link below. Read More
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Professor Ram Ramanathan has been invited as a Keynote Speaker at the Global Conference on Manufacture and Industrial Engineering (GCMIE-2021) which will be held during September 13-15, 2021 in Brussels, Belgium (https://www.pagesconferences.com/industrial-engineering/).
The conference theme is “Breakthrough to excellence in the field of Industrial Engineering”.
At this conference, Ram will present the REAMIT project, its approach and technology to help reduce food waste. Industrial Engineering involves optimisation of complex systems to improve efficiencies. The REAMIT project fits into this theme well because of its focus on improving resource efficiency (via reducing waste) in complex agribusiness supply chains. Presenting REAMIT at this conference will be an excellent opportunity to reach new stakeholders in Belgium, other North West Europe countries, and countries from beyond Europe, who are also involved in reducing food waste
5th REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and Steering Committee meeting on 7-8 July 2021, will take place online and will be hosted by Nottingham Trent University, partner of the REAMIT Project.
Professor Yanqing Duan from the University of Bedfordshire, Business School, has been invited to give an online presentation of the REAMIT project at the International Conference on Intelligent Agriculture (ICIA2021), taking place at Tianjin, China on 20-22 May 2021.
The focus of Yan’s presentation will be on demonstrating the applications and benefits of using Big Data and IoT sensors for reducing food waste in food supply chains based on REAMIT experience, therefore it will help to prompt the exploration of new applications and wider adoption of emerging digital technologies in food supply chains.
Presenting the REAMIT project at this international conference will be an excellent opportunity to reach new stakeholders and attract new research collaborations in China and beyond, who are also involved in reducing food waste.
Katarzyna Pelc will present the REAMIT project at "International Webinar on Business-Management 2021" on 30th of March 2021. The theme for the Webinar is “Start a day with new business strategy”. The presentation will focus on aligning technology strategy in organisations for competitive advantage in businesses. It will showcase the progress in the transnational European territorial cooperation project called REAMIT in demonstrating the need for closely aligning technology strategy for business competitiveness. More information about the Webinar is at: https://www.meetingsint.com/webinars/business-management
Dr. Pat Doody, Co-founder and Director of the IMaR Research Centre, Munster Technological University, Ireland, presented the REAMIT project at the Enterprise Ireland Technology Gateways online event on 18th of March 2021. In his presentation titled ‘The Future of Food’, Pat presented how Internet of Things and Big Data technologies (which are the core of the REAMIT project) can help reduce food waste in agri-food supply chains. Pat's recorded presentation is available at: http://imar.ie/future-of-food/
REAMIT are hosting their 4th Bi-Annual round of meetings (RAC/WP/RSC) on Wednesday 20th – Thursday 21st of January 2021
The European Commission, together with the German Presidency and the Federal Ministry of Education and Research, is proud to bring you "ICT 2020: Leading the Digital Age", taking place in Cologne, Germany.
Reducing food waste is an absolute priority for the EU (88M tonnes or € 143B per year of waste), which is committed to halving food waste by 2030 by focusing on all stages of the chain supply.
In partnership with Images & Réseaux, and as part of its participation in the European REAMIT project, Valorial will organize on November 5, at the Hôtel de Région in Nantes, a symposium on Food Waste.
This event, which will bring together nearly 200 European players, aims to raise awareness of agri and agro-industries on the theme of food waste by providing them with solutions to the problems they encounter throughout the supply chain.
REAMIT project partners will be meeting for the 3nd RSC+RAC+WP meeting. The meeting will be hosted by Whysor B.V in the Netherlands. We had original arrangeed for this meeting to take place in The Netherlands but was moved to an online meeting, due to the current pandemic.
Date and Time: Wednesday 8th - Thursday 9th July 2020
Location: Online via Zoom. Central European time
Purpose: Second meeting of the REAMIT Advisory Committee, Work Packages and REAMIT Steering Committee.
REAMIT Project lead, Prof. Ram Ramanathan of the University of Bedfordshire will be speaking at the Smart Food Matters Conference, taking place on the 1-2 April 2020 in London.
REAMIT - Call for participation in technology demonstrations - Deadline 31 December 2021
Food waste is a serious problem in the EU. Nearly 88 million tonnes of food, equivalent to €3 billion, are wasted every year in the EU. The Union has pledged halving the food waste by the year 2025. Reducing kwaste not only increases food availability but has more benefits in the form of saving significant resources (water, energy, labour, fertilisers, etc.) that formed input to the production of food.
It has been estimated that around 35% of food waste occurs when the food travels across the supply chains. In the REAMIT project, we are passionate in reducing food waste along agribusiness supply chains using new internet of Things sensors and big data technologies. We will focus on fresh food [both packaged and unpackaged] (fruits/vegetables/meat and fish) and propose to do reduce waste of these foods in the following ways:
. Tracking the quality of fresh food using sensors. Both traditional (temperature, humidity, light, vibrations, etc.) and newer (e.g., Raman spectroscopy and 3D Fluorescence spectroscopy).
2. Collecting data from sensors in the cloud and monitoring the data using automated big data technologies.
3. Contacting food owners (using smart phone Apps) as early as possible in the case of any potential loss of food quality, providing suggestions for saving the food before it becomes waste, and, thus encouraging the derivation of best value of food thus avoiding food waste.
4. Conducting big data analytics on the sensor data to bring out long term strategies for reducing food waste in NWE in the long run.
We will share the data on food quality only with the owners of the food and will not share with any other parties. For data analytics purposes, only aggregated information will be made available for public consumption and no information specific to any company will be made available.
INFORMATION GUIDE FOR APPLICANTS
The REAMIT project solicits expressions of interest from agribusiness end users (involved in transporting and storing fresh food) who are interested in understanding how to reduce waste of food when it moves along the supply chain. We have some partners in the consortium that are end-users willing to explore the power of sensors and big data in reducing food waste but we need more end-users in the North West Europe (NWE) to join in this exciting project.
We will work with you in deciding the best strategies for fitting IoT sensors in trucks/warehouses to continuously monitor food quality. We will monitor the food quality and share the data on your food quality only with you. We will help you in preventing food becoming waste and in generating best value for your food (that would otherwise become a waste). We will combine data on quality of your food with similar data from other end-users in order to identify the patterns of food waste in NWE and thus help policy makers in producing well-informed policies on food waste.
What we need from you:
You will be a company dealing with transportation and/or storage of fresh food, willing to use sensors to track quality of the food and share the data to help reduce food waste in NWE region. We will work with you in identifying best ways of fitting sensors and collecting the data.
We are currently looking for end-users in Ireland, Germany, France and the Netherlands, though we are keen to recruit more end-users from all parts of NWE.
What we offer in return:
We have a small budget in the project for fitting sensors, which we will use to share a part of the costs of fitting sensors in your trucks and warehouses. We will then collect the data to perform big data analytics with support from Big Data experts in the REAMIT consortium. We will help you derive best value for your food by contacting you in advance if there are potential quality issues with your food. This strategy may help you save money in the long run. Finally, we also provide the opportunity to be a part of European Union’s efforts in reducing food waste and help in supporting a noble cause of protecting the environment.
We will follow established ethical principles while sharing and analyzing your data.
If you have interest in becoming a leader in reducing food waste in the EU and would like to participate in the REAMIT project, we invite you to contact us using the mail: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org . We will then be in touch with you and discuss your interest in detail.
Deadline 31 December 2021
ICSF Farming Innovation Pathways (Feasibility and Industrial Research) (https://apply-for-innovation-funding.service.gov.uk/competition/853/overview)
Expression of interest: transforming UK food systems for health and environment (https://www.ukri.org/opportunity/transforming-uk-food-systems-for-health-and-environment/)
Calling FoodTech SMEs and Academics - Showcase your innovate project or research to the Food and Drink sector
Are you a UK based FoodTech SME or Academic working on diet, health or nutrition innovation? If so, you could get your project or research in front of more than 80 people during the KTN Food Industry Innovation 2021 event. For more information click here.
Deadline for applications: 12 February 2021
H2020 the agROBOfood Open Call 1 for Innovation
H2020 the agROBOfood Open Call 1 for Innovation Experiments (https://agrobofood.eu/) aims at boosting the adoption of robotic technologies in the European agrifood sector. This call is targeted at European SMEs working in the field of agrifood and robotics. Deadline for bid submission is 31 May 2020. Project size EUR 300k – 500k. Number of partners: 2 – 5. Budget per partner: EUR 50k – 300k.
Funding is available through UKRI.Get funding for ideas that address COVID-19.
Proposals are invited for short-term projects addressing and mitigating the health, social, economic, cultural and environmental impacts of the COVID-19 outbreak.
REAMIT’s PI has since applied for this funding.Click here for more information.