The ‘European Innovation Partnership Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ (EIP-Agri) is a policy concept implemented since 2012. Various EIP measures aim to close the innovation gap between research and farming/forestry practice. What are the main issues emerging from the realisation of this innovation concept? The workshop aims to discuss practical and theoretical experiences from the first years of EIP-Agri implementation.
The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for ‘Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability’ was highlighted as “being indispensable to preparing European agriculture for the future” (EC Brussels, 29.2.2012 COM (2012) 79 final). EIP-Agri aims to enhance the implementation of technical, organisational and social innovations faster and more efficiently than in the past. This is important because the agricultural/food and forestry industries and their rural areas often face significant economic, environmental and social challenges.
EIP-Agri is a complex policy concept that aims to connect local, regional and European innovation activities (vertical interconnections) and to bridge the innovation divide between sciences and practice (e.g. multi-actor involvement in research, EIP-focus groups). Horizontal integration is supposed to connect relevant actors, especially research institutes, farmers and regionally based organizations by forming the so called Operational Groups on a sub-national level. The implementation of the EIP-Agri concept will be jointly funded from European and national sources.
The workshop will call for papers presenting theoretical and practical approaches which have been developed and applied since the start of EIP-Agri in 2012/2013. Authors will be invited to highlight lessons learned so far in respect to the following issues:
Furthermore, we want to learn more about approaches aiming to evaluate EIP-Agri. Hence, we aim to enhance the discussion between experts addressing these topics:
The aim is to combine paper presentations (15 min) and poster presentations (5 min) in the same session. This gives more authors the opportunity to discuss approaches of projects or studies that are still in an early stage. When all papers and posters will be presented and briefly discussed individually, the last session will close with a general discussion (30 min). This discussion will be facilitated by the convenors focussing on the key issues identified earlier from the papers submitted. The convenors will prepare minutes of the outcome of this plenary discussion which will be circulated between participants aiming to enhance the exchange of ideas and experiences with EIP-Agri from the scientific perspective.