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Agro-Food Centres of Excellence in the New Member States Meeting at the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry

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On the initiative of the European Commission, the coordinators of 10 Centres of Excellence (CoEs) active in the Agro-Food sector met at the Latvian State Institute of Wood Chemistry in Riga on 28 April 2006.

The history of Centres of Excellence started in 2001, with the announcement of the call for proposals under FP5 for indirect RTD actions under the specific programmes for research, technological development and demonstration on “Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources” (1998-2002), “Competitive and Sustainable Growth” (1998-2002), “Energy, Environment and Sustainable Development” (1998-2002).

With view of forthcoming enlargement the European Commission’s intention was to make best use of and integrate the scientific potential of Newly Associated States (NAS) into the European Research Area (ERA). The support was given to most outstanding NAS research institutes. Under the notion of Centres of Excellence they took up a challenge to incorporate their scientific activities into the European Community policies through enhancing their research quality, establishing and strengthening partnerships with distinguished European research centres and finally developing training and promotional activities.

The budget of “Quality of Life and Management of Living Resources” within this call amounted at 10 M€. For 107 proposals submitted, 29 Centres of Excellence were selected for funding: Bulgaria (1), Estonia (2), Hungary (3), Lithuania (1), Latvia (1), Poland (19), and Slovakia (2). Most of the Centres have signed three-year contacts which are coming to an end in spring 2006.

Among these 29 Centres, 10 were active in the field of food, agriculture and biotechnology and have been invited to meet in Riga and discuss the final achievements from their Centre, drawing conclusions from the tasks performed and exploring future research perspectives also with a view to strengthening the integration of the New Member States in the ERA.

An overview of the whole outcome from the 10 Centres of Excellence will be available soon.

Centre of Excellence Project title
Acronym
Country
Website
Success stories
INSTITUTE OF AGROPHYSICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Centre of Excellence for Applied Physics in Sustainable Agriculture
AGROPHYSICS
PL
RESEARCH INSTITUTE FOR ANIMAL PRODUCTION Orientation of Animal Agricultural Research towards Sustainable Rural Development and the Integration of Research within Europe
ANIMAGRES-INTEGR
SK
 
PLANT BREEDING AND ACCLIMATIZATION INSTITUTE Crop Improvement Centre for Sustainable Agriculture
CICSA
PL
THE FRANCISZEK GORSKI DEPARTMENT OF PLANT PHYSIOLOGY - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Centre of Research on the Biology of Plants Subjected to Environmental Stress in Sustainable Agricultural Production
CropStress
PL
INSTITUTE OF PLANT GENETICS - POLISH ACADEMY OF SCIENCES Centre of Excellence in Plant Agrobiology and Molecular Genetics
PAGEN
PL
RESEARCH INSTITUTE OF POMOLOGY Research Centre of Excellence in Sustainable Pomology
PomoCentre
PL
FOREST RESEARCH INSTITUTE Protection of forest resources in Central Europe
PROFOREST
PL
INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE AND PLANT CULTIVATION Protection of Land and Water Quality and Sustainable Development of Rural Areas
PROLAND
PL
UNIVERSITY OF WARMIA AND MAZURY IN OLSZTYN WARMIA AND MAZURY DAIRY EXCELLENCE CENTER
WAMADAIREC
PL
LATVIAN STATE INSTITUTE OF WOOD CHEMISTRY Integration of the Latvian State of Wood Chemistry in the European Research Area
WOODPRO
LV
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