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06/07/2015
By 1 December 2014 the first 100 calls had closed. What can we tell about the popularity of the programme, the success of SMEs, the degree to which the programme has attracted newcomers - both as participants and as expert evaluators - the proportion of women experts and the speed with which contracts have been signed? See this new page to find out more! Read more
18/06/2015
Challenges faced by farming systems today, such as climate change, food security, emerging diseases or rural transitions need a long-term strategy. The European Commission kicks-off the discussion on how this strategy could be elaborated at a workshop in Milan that can be followed on-line. Read more
10/06/2015
End of 2014 the first Horizon 2020 projects were signed. Since then almost four thousand more have been added. Read more
09/06/2015
As announced by President Juncker on 13 May 2015, the European Commission intends to set up a new Scientific Advice Mechanism ("SAM"). The mechanism will support the Commission with high-quality, timely and independent scientific advice for its policy-making activities. Read more
16/03/2015
How do influenza viruses become able to jump from one species to another? Under which conditions does our immune system protect us against influenza as opposed to making it easy for the virus to develop? How do farmers react when faced to signs of disease? These were some of the questions on which answers are still needed from research to fight animal influenza. Read more
26/02/2015
Rural development is often seen to be a policy issue only. But for policy-making to be evidence-based and well suited to the rapidly evolving needs on the ground a variety of questions must be answered and tools provided. Reflecting on what these questions should be, experts highlighted the crucial importance for research outcomes to be well suited to the operational needs of decision-makers in order to ensure a real impact of rural development research. Read more
18/02/2015
Around 65 experts assembled in Brussels to discuss what 'climate-smart farms' of 2030 should look like, with the ultimate goal to define research activities which may help us progress on the road towards climate-smart agriculture. Read more
09/01/2015
The first Societal challenge 2 project, HENNOVATION, has just officially started on 1st January 2015, after a grant agreement preparation of less than a month. It is a thematic network for agriculture innovation addressing practice-driven innovation in particular in the laying hen sector. Read more
08/01/2015
Influenza outbreaks in several farms in different European countries at the end of 2014 were a reminder that the risk of flu viruses spreading to animals and humans is permanent. Fighting influenza requires sustained efforts in research and innovation. Around 25 experts meet in Parma for a two-day workshop organised by the European Commission and EFSA to discuss how to prioritize research activities on the matter. Read more
25/11/2014
Over 500 hundred participants attended the Infoday on Societal challenge 2 calls for 2015 organised by European Commission in Brussels on 21 November 2014. Read more

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