'Designing the path' - A strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation: reports and conference documents and videos


A strategic approach to EU agricultural research & innovation

Main conference


Main conference documents

The objectives of the conference were to :

  • present the main elements of a long term strategy for EU agricultural researh and innovation;
  • discuss its content, in particular several dimensions of its implementation.

Conference documents

Videos and presentations


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26 January afternoon

13:00-17:30 - Fostering the impact of agricultural research and innovation on global challenges - The role of platforms, partnerships and policies (organised by SCAR ARCH working group) - Watch the video

14:00-17:00 - A long-term strategic approach to agricultural research in Europe - national snapshots (organised by BIOHORIZON) - Watch the video

27 January morning

09:00-12:00 - International soil research - Opportunities for synergy and cooperation with FACCE-JPI (organised by FACCE-JPI) - Watch the video

09:00-12:00 - Agricultural knowledge and innovation systems for the future (organised by SCAR AKIS Strategic Working Group) - Watch the video

Download the Foresight Paper 'Agricultural Knowledge and innovation systems towards the future'.

13:15-13:45 - International research Consortium on animal health launching celebration (see news item)

  • Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development
  • Monique Eloit, Director General, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE)
  • Professor Ian Boyd, Chief scientific advisor, DEFRA, UK

Main conference

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27 January afternoon

13:45-14:30 - Opening plenary session: Advancing policies through research and innovation

  • Phil Hogan, European Commissioner for agriculture and rural development
  • Hans Hoogeven - Vice-minister for agriculture of the Netherlands

14:30-16:30 - Session 1 - The imperative of long-term, coordinated approaches in agricultural research and innovation

17:00-18:45 - Session 2 - Societal expectations from farm to fork

28 January morning - Parallel sessions

08:30-10:30 - 1 - Systems approach

08:30-10:30 - 2 - Synergies with Member States

08:30-10:30 - 3 - Conditions for knowledge creation and sharing

11:00-13:00 - 4 - The global dimension

11:00-13:00 - 5 - Public/private synergies

11:00-13:00 - 6 - Interactive innovation

28 January afternoon

14:30-16:45 - Concluding plenary: what concrete actions to kick-off implementation of the long-term strategy?

16:45-17:15 - Closing of the conference

  • Main conclusions by Mihail Dumitru, Deputy Director General at European Commission DG AGRI
  • The contribution of agricultural research and innovation to a future Food research area - Carlos Moedas, European Commissioner for Research and Innovation
Challenges faced by agriculture and rural areas and the long-term character of research activities call for a strategic approach to research and innovation. See the approach final paper and reports, documents and videos of the 'Designing the path' conference where it was discussed with experts.