Interactive innovation in action – Multi-Actor projects learning from each other

Management Centre Europe
Thursday, 8 March, 2018
The concept of “multi-actor approach”, a practical translation of the interactive innovation, has been introduced for the first time in the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 under the Societal challenge addressing agriculture and forestry. Since then, over 80 projects have been selected. The European Commission organised a workshop to trigger interaction and exchange of best practices between these projects’ coordinators and produce interesting recommendations for the future.

Workshop aim and objectives

The overall aim of the cross-fertilisation event for multi-actor project coordinators was to contribute to the implementation of multi-actor projects of the H2020 Work Programme, a new participatory R&I approach which started as from the first H2020 call 2014.

To improve the impact and outreach of the multi-actor projects, the event aimed at promoting the  exchange of best practices on a number of emerging issues linked to the running projects. A number of inspiring examples were presented and participants were invited to contribute to discussions on how to manage Horizon 2020 Multi-Actor projects successfully. The outcome of the workshop will also help the European Commission to improve its guidance towards multi-actor project partners and coordinators.



  • Networking NCPs - ‘Flash’ presentation of the BioHorizon project ( - Bożena Podlaska
  • Lessons learnt from the multi-actor approach in H2020 SC2 projects – Lara Passante, Head Sector Project Management (REA B.2)
  • Setting the SceneInge Van Oost (DG AGRI – R&I)
  • Introduction and overview of the day – Mark Redman (facilitator)
  • Welcome - Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Research and Innovation (Unit B2 – R&I), DG AGRI

Managing Multi-Actor Projects and Processes

Break-out session: Managing Multi-actor Projects (see presentations at the bottom of the page)

Break-out session: Managing Multi-actor Processes (see presentations at the bottom of the page)

Dissemination, Communication and Outreach of Multi-actor projects

Break-out session:  Drafting and Disseminating Practice Abstracts (see presentations at the bottom of the page)

Break-out session:  Outreach and Communication (see presentations at the bottom of the page)

Reflections on the day:

  • Karlheinz Knickel, Independent Research Co-ordinator and Consultant
  • Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc
  • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of COPA-COGECA
  • Inge Van Oost, DG AGRI – R&I unit

 Documents and presentations