On 27 January 2016, key representatives of the Animal health community joined in Brussels to launch the International Research Consortium (IRC) on Animal Health. Less than one year later, thanks to Horizon 2020 funding, a new Scientific Secretariat for this IRC is up and running. Read more
Thematic networks are a new approach under Horizon 2020 which bring people from both science and practice together to create useful and practical outputs for farmers. The EIP-AGRI has developed a specific brochure on these networks. Read more
European Commission DG AGRI, Rue de la loi 130, Brussels, Belgium
The European and African Unions adopted in April 2016 a roadmap on research and innovation for food and nutrition security and sustainable agriculture (FNSSA). The European Commission invited around 25 African and European experts to discuss the state of play of this cooperation and to further develop the FNSSA priority themes with a view to contribute to Horizon 2020 work programme 2018-2020.
In northern Sweden, some 150km inside the Arctic Circle where winter temperatures can fall to -45c, it's thaw season. Futuris went to meet a group of biologists studying the basic mechanisms used by plants to survive in this challenging ecosystem.And the variety of colours of their flowers is one of those survival mechanisms as pollinating insects are attracted by their colours. Read more
What’s your action plan? If you are planning to run the marathon or just go for a walk, chances are that your approach is completely different.
We want to give you some ideas on how to increase your outreach and learn from successful EU-funded projects. Read more
The report of the September workshop on the sustainability of the EU's livestock production systems is now available. Livestock is increasingly criticised for its environmental impact. At the same time, it counts for very significant parts of human diet and many livestock production systems deliver valuable socio-economic and positive environmental outcomes. How can livestock systems be geared towards greater sustainability? The question is high on the agenda of both farmers and researchers. Read more
Researchers are increasingly encouraged to adopt systems approaches in their work on agriculture, food and non-food value chains. But what do we actually mean by systems approaches? Why do we think systems approaches could deliver better results? Read more
Swiss researchers and organisations will now be able to fully participate in Horizon 2020, the European Union's research and innovation funding programme, on equal terms with entities from EU Member States and other associated countries. This is because on 1 January 2017, Switzerland will become fully associated to Horizon 2020. Until now, Switzerland has only been associated to parts of the programme. Read more
For Horizon 2020, the Commission has a legal obligation to monitor continually and systematically its implementation, to report annually and to disseminate the results of this monitoring. The second Annual Monitoring Report under Horizon 2020 is a comprehensive publication encompassing the analysis of Horizon 2020 through its calls closed in 2015.
Many areas worldwide struggle with high levels of arsenic in the water supply. Scientists from Argentina - where several regions are affected - are collaborating with European colleagues to find solutions in the context of an EU-funded project. Together, they intend to develop a low-cost system to produce safe drinking water for people and livestock. Read more