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"Where next for the European bioeconomy?"

The publication "Where next for the European bioeconomy" presents the latest thinking on the bioeconomy from the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research and the European Bioeconomy Panel. It is released on the occasion of the Bioeconomy Stakeholders’ Conference organised by the Italian Presidency of the European Union in Turin on 8-9 October 2014

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Bioeconomy ERA-NET Actions Publication

Based on the work performed by the PLATFORM network, the European Commission has issued a compendium of all ERA-NET and ERA-NET+ projects supported by the KBBE theme of FP7 as well as related ERA-NET predecessors funded under FP6.

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FACCE-JPI three-year anniversary meeting

The Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) will hold its 3-year anniversary meeting on 22 October in Paris. The meeting takes 'achievements and perspectives' as its theme.

The Chair of FACCE-JPI, Marion Guillou, will welcome the participants, followed by several keynote addresses. Among the invited speakers is the French Minister of Higher Education and Research, Geneviève Fioraso, who will speak on the role of Member States in the European Research Area (ERA). Dominique Ristori, Director-General of the Joint Research Centre, will look at the role of science in agriculture, food security and climate change. Synergies between the Joint Programming process and Horizon 2020 will also be addressed.

In a roundtable discussion, participants can contribute to issues such as the 'knowledge hub concept' and 'engaging the international research community, stakeholders and emerging countries', and hear examples of successful cooperation between the JPI and ERA-NET initiatives. Niels Gøtke, Vice-Chair of FACCE, will close the meeting with a forward-looking presentation on the implementation plan for 2014-2015.

Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) help Member States to coordinate national research activities, group resources, benefit from complementarities and develop common research agendas so as to tackle grand societal challenges that cannot be solved solely at national level.

The FACCE-JPI Governing Board Meeting will take place on 22 October 2013 at the INRA Headquarters, 147 rue de l'Université, 75007 Paris

The FACCE-JPI website

FACCE-JPI Strategic Research Agenda launched

The European Joint Programming Initiative on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change (FACCE-JPI) launched its Strategic Research Agenda on 5 December 2012.

The Strategic Research Agenda sets out the strategic priorities for European research on Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change and five core research areas reflecting the key challenges to be tackled by FACCE-JPI:

  • Sustainable food security under climate change
  • Environmentally sustainable growth and intensification of agriculture
  • Trade-offs between food supply, biodiversity and ecosystem services
  • Adaptation to Climate Change
  • Mitigation of Climate Change

Find out more information in the FACCE-JPI press release [PDF 51 KB] and on the FACCE JPI website

FACCE – JPI was launched by the European Council in October 2010. It brings together 21 European and Associated countries.

Europe’s Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) published on the 5th of March its report “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems in Transition (AKIS)”. On this occasion SCAR and the EU funded research project SOLINSA on Learning and Innovation Networks for sustainable agriculture (LINSAs) organized a conference. Both groups are concerned by the same question: How can Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems better support the sustainability challenges faced by agriculture in Europe?
The short description and the program of the conference: [short decription in pdf]
The report of the Collaborative Working Group AKIS is available: REPORT

The ARIMNet Project (Agricultural Research In the Mediterranean Network), funded by the European Union, ARIMNet is launching a call for joint transnational research, based on funds from 12 participating countries from the northern, eastern and southern part of the Mediterranean Basin. Proposals should be submitted before the 25th September of 2011 via Electronic Submission System (ESS). [www] [PDF to download]

The SCAR Collaborative Working Group on Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) appointed three experts who wrote a reflection paper on AKIS in close interaction with the members of the working group. This reflection paper finalised by the end of April 2011, is the step one in the project by setting the scene, sharing the context, identifying a common vocabulary and identifying the main areas for attention and discussion that will be addressed in the future activities of the SCAR Working Group. It is available here

The conference "Transition towards sustainable food consumption and production in a resource constrained world" was held in Budapest on 04-05 May 2011 and was organized by the European Commission, DG Research and Innovation in close cooperation with the Hungarian Presidency. During the conference was wide debate, based on the findings of the work carried out by the FEG3 aimed at reaching a common understanding of the major challenges as well as about consensus about possible transition pathways towards a sustainable food production and consumption and their possible implications for long-term research needs and policy orientations. Conference web site

The Third Foresight Expert Group (FEG3) Report is currently under finalisation.

The Final Report is available: "Sustainable food consumption and production in a resource-constrained world"
[ 1.31mb] .

The contributors were: Annette Freibauer (chair), Erik Mathijs (rapporteur), Gianluca Brunori, Zoya Damianova, Elie Faroult, Joan Girona i Gomis, Lance O´Brien, Sebastien Treyer (experts).

The European Commission, DG Research and Innovation in close cooperation with the Hungarian Presidency will open a debate, based on the findings of the work carried out by the FEG3 aimed at reaching a common understanding of the major challenges ahead as well as a consensus about possible transition pathways towards a sustainable food production and consumption and their possible implications for long-term research needs and policy orientations.

The Commission has adopted on 28 April 2010 two Recommendations on Joint Programming Initiatives (JPIs) on "Agriculture, Food Security and Climate Change" and on "A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Life". These recommendations are the result of a specific request formulated by Competitiveness Council on 3 December 2009, based on a previous selection of themes by a High-Level Group on Joint Programming.

The role of SCAR has been determinant in such an outcome. A key step of this process was the workshop held on 4 June 2009 with the aim of providing support to the High-Level Group on Joint Programming and building consensus towards the identification the JPI themes.

In parallel, the Member and Associated States supporting each JPI started to establish a governance structure and to reflect on the next steps towards further substantiation of the scientific scope, methodology and tasks of the initiatives.

For both JPIs, there will be an opportunity to submit a proposal for a coordinating and support action (CSA) in response to a specific call for proposals (deadline 5 October 2010) based on joint programming topics in the KBBE work programme 2010.

The Commission has adopted on 15 December 2008 a Communication "Towards a coherent strategy for a European Agricultural Research Agenda " [233 kb] to the Council, the European Parliament, the European Economic and Social Committee, and the Committee of the Regions .
The Communication describes how the agenda for agricultural research has changed dramatically over the past three decades and highlights a number of key initiatives to address the new challenges for European agriculture.
These initiatives involve the development of effective and coordinated long-term programming based on a coherent strategy and allowing for a regular consultation of all research actors. In this respect the Communication fundamentally describes the role of SCAR which over the past four years has become the strategic oversight body supervising the various agriculture-related efforts carried out by all European public research bodies.
"Towards a coherent strategy for a European Agricultural Research Agenda
" can be seen as an invaluable tool in the planning phases for the launching of any Joint Programming initiative. Joint Programming has stemmed from Member States beginning to rethink previously isolated and exclusively national research approaches towards what are essentially cross-border challenges.
Under this exercise food and agriculture has been identified as one of four main issues facing society today. There is thus a need for a shared vision based on a "true scientific partnership policy" between private and public sectors and on the establishment of a regular dialogue with relevant stakeholders from related research organisations and Technology Platforms (ETPs) who are involved in defining strategic agendas in similar research fields.

"Strengthening the links between knowledge and agricultural innovation in Europe"
Angers: 6-7th October 2008

Workshop organised by the French EU-Presidency for the Standing Committee for Agricultural Research (SCAR)

The European Ministers of Agriculture asked SCAR to explore ways to better link knowledge systems of researchers and farmers. The Angers workshop organised by the French EU presidency was a response to this request. The 45 workshop participants had been nominated by their national SCAR representatives, they came from farmer representatives (Copa/Cogeca), the young European Farmers (CEJA) and EU-research projects which examined new approaches to agricultural innovation, in particular, Insight, Rapido Entrepreneurial Skills of Farmers and EU-AgriMapping which provided an overview of agricultural research institutions in Europe. European farming needs knowledge from many different sources to compete with quality products in a globalised world. Climate change mitigation and adaptation and recent fears relating to food supply are new challenges. Compliance with standards concerning the environment, food safety, animal health and welfare need integrated approaches for optimised farm management.

Farming is much more diverse than in the past. It is combined with other activities. New knowledge is generated by farmers, esearchers (basic and applied) and private companies. The old linear model of technology transfer (from scientists to the users) is therefore outdated and should be replaced by an interactive model of networking systems, which integrate knowledge production, adaptation, advice and education.

WWW: Insight, Rapido, EsoFarmers, Europartnerserch
Keynote 1 PDF: Restitution of Euagri conference by René L. Damkjer [ 2.53mb]
Keynote 2 PDF: Organisation of agri and food innovation system in France: considerations and motives by Guy Riba [ 717 kb]
Keynote 3 PDF: Regional examples Dr Karsten Klopp [ 3.42 mb] and Dr Josef Dalla Via [ 616 kb]
PDF: Summary raport [24.5 kb] | Participants list [161 kb] | Meeting leaflet [165 kb]
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