AgriResearch Conference - Innovating for the future of farming and rural communities

The EU AgriResearch Conference about EU agriculture and rural research and innovation activities now and in the future will take place on 2 and 3 May 2018 in Brussels, Belgium. This event is organised by the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development.

The conference is dedicated to scientists, farmers, rural communities, industry, advisors, policy-makers, citizens and NGO representatives who wish to learn about EU agriculture and rural research and innovation (R&I) activities and achievements and to have their say on how to shape the future of agriculture R&I after 2020.

2 May "From strategy to action"
The first day will look at the (global) challenges that society is facing, the opportunities that innovation trends bring in answering these challenges, and the commitment to build a more sustainable society by improving the sustainability and resilience of farming and food systems and rural communities.

3 May "Building on achievements to shape the future"
The second day will focus on three major objectives of the long-term strategy, which are to improve resource management, enhance plant, animal and ecosystem health, and ultimately human health, and to advance the well-being of our rural communities. The three parallel sessions "Smart resource management", "Healthy plants, animals and ecosystems for healthy people" and "Attractive, smart and resilient rural communities", will showcase activities under Horizon 2020 and other EU programmes and discuss priorities for the future.

Presentation ERA-NET Cofund CORE Organic
One of the examples of instruments and implementation approaches to be presented in parallel session 2 on "Healthy plants, animals and ecosystems for healthy people" is ERA-NET Cofund CORE Organic. Niels Halberg of the International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems will present this ERA-NET Cofund on Organic Food Systems.

All sessions of the of the event will be webstreamed.
For more information, please visit the conference website


EU agriculture and rural R&I activities are driven by a long-term strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation which was published in July 2016, after a year-long participatory process including a large conference entitled "Designing the path: a strategic approach to EU agricultural research and innovation" on 26-28 January 2016. This strategic approach has underpinned the development of Horizon 2020 activities and the organisation of synergies with innovation support provided under the Common agricultural policy through the EIP-AGRI. With the final Horizon 2020 work programme for 2018-2020 published in October 2017, and as the dialogue accelerates on how to design future EU policies, the time has come to take stock of the implementation of the strategic approach and to reflect on next steps.

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