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Collaborative & Strategic Working Groups (CWGs/SWGs)
The SCAR committee adopted a structured approach to the prioritisation of research topics for further collaboration, through the establishment of a number of Collaborative Working Groups (CWGs) and Strategic Working Groups (SWGs) formed by Member & Associated State representatives.
The establishment of CWGs is a more flexible and less formal alternative mechanism to the ERA-NET scheme, but shares the same objective: to stimulate and ultimately increase research collaboration between funders and programme managers on key-research areas. In some cases, the term 'Strategic' has been chosen to characterise those Working Groups which have no vocation to become ERA-NETs and are more long-term policy driven.

Since 2005, more than 20 CWGs/SWGs have been set up by European countries engaging voluntarily and on a variable-geometry basis in the definition, development and implementation of common research agendas based on a common vision of how to address major challenges in the field of agricultural research.

The dynamism and commitment of several CWGs paved the way for participation in the FP7 ERA-NET scheme. Eight of them became ERA-NETs.



ON-GOING SWGs
Coordinator
Countries
Kick-off
Rationale
Website
European Agricultural Research towards greater impact on Global Challenges - ARCH
SCAR EIARD
13
17/09/2013

Forest research and Innovation
NL
15
07/09/2012
Sustainable supply and processing of biomass and bioresources from food and biobased industries and markets- BIOMASS
NL
15
07/09/2012
Fisheries and Aquaculture- SCARFISH - NEW
DK
21
14/06/2012
Agriculture Knowledge and Innovation Systems AKIS - AKIS III
FR-NL
16
4/05/2010
report


ON-GOING CWGs
Coordinator
Countries
Kick-off
Rationale
Website
Sustainable Animal Production - NEW
DE - ES
14
Integrated Biorefineries - NEW
DE
12
Integrated pest management for the reduction of pesticide risks and use- IPM upcoming ERA-NET
FR
18
13/05/2011

European transnational research cooperation forest value chain in the light of climate change- ERCF ERA-NET

AT-DE
12
3-4/05/2011
Development of Sustainable Agriculture in the Baltic Sea Region
PL
8
17/11/2006

 

CWGs leading to ERA-Nets
Coordinator
Countries
Kick-off
Rationale
Website
Sustainable food production for wealth, welfare and health ERA-NET "SUSFOOD"
DK
17
6/05/2010
Common/coordinated research agenda for EU rural policy ERA-NET "RURAGRI"
SE - NL
7
23/11/2006
Agriculture and Sustainable Development ERA-NET "RURAGRI"
FR
11
6/12/2005
ICT and Robotics in Agro-Food Industries ERA-NET "ICT-AGRI"
DK
11
1/09/2005
Relevant Issues for Mediterranean Agriculture ERA-NET "ARIMNet"
FR
12
2/12/2005
Animal Health - ERA-NET “EMIDA”
UK
21
8/12/2005
Animal Health and Welfare ERA-NET "ANIHWA"
UK
21
8/12/2005

STANDBY OR FINISHED CWGs
Coordinator
Countries
Kick-off
Rationale
Website
Risk Research on Genetically Modified Organisms - upcoming ERA-NET preparatory action
AT
15
13/10/2009
Shared Infrastructures in the field of Agricultural Research
FR
15
25/09/2008
survey report
Climate Change and Agriculture included in the JPI "FACCE"
ES
21
24/06/2008
survey report
Agriculture and Energy supported by CSA AGREE
DE
20
24/06/2008
Ecology for Ecosystems & Natural Resources Sustainable Management
FR
8
16/06/2006
Adaptation of Human Nutrition to Environment Evolution
FR
10
29/05/2006
Advanced Technologies for Climatic Control of Greenhouses and Livestock Housing
IL
14
14/03/2006
Renewable Raw Materials and their Applications in Non-Food  Industry
DE
18
27/09/2005
Sustainable Livestock Production from Grasslands
IE
21
1/12/2005
final report


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  SCAR meetings.

The SCAR plenary meetings are normally organised twice a year. Thirteen meetings have been held so far since February 2005.

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The SCAR committee is supported by a Secretariat with staff from the Commission's Directorate-General for Research and staff made available to SCAR from Member States (‘virtual secretariat’). The Secretariat is in charge of the preparation and follow-up of forum meetings (e.g. coordination of the agenda, invitation, documents for the meeting, minutes) and provides assistance to the working groups.
Contact person: François Constantin.