Newsletter 6, February 2014 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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EIP-AGRI Workshop inspires application to Horizon 2020

On 14 January DG AGRI organised the workshop "Connecting Research and Practice – Opportunities for Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas under Horizon 2020" in Brussels, Belgium with 80 people present and another 150 watching online. This workshop dealt with multi-actor projects and thematic networks under the Societal Challenge 2 Calls on Sustainable Food Security and Innovative, Sustainable and Inclusive Bio-economy under the new 2014-2015 Horizon 2020 work programme.
You can read the conclusions and download all background information and presentations via this link. Videos of all the presentations can be found here.

EIP-AGRI workshops to promote setting up Operational Groups

EIP-AGRI is organising a workshop "Establishing Operational Groups under Rural Development Programmes", hosted by The Portuguese National Authority for EAFRD in Lisbon on Thursday 27 February 2014. The workshop will provide the necessary knowledge and understanding on the EIP-AGRI to enable organisations to act as "multipliers" and help to set up Operational Groups in their own Member State or region. For this workshop, organisations from Portugal, Spain, Greece, Cyprus and Malta are invited. All other EU countries will have the opportunity to participate in other workshops this year. The next one for Slovenia, Germany, Austria, Croatia and Hungary will be organised in Slovenia on 25-26 March 2014. 

Call for New Focus Groups

Interested to share your expertise and join a Focus Group? EIP-AGRI Focus Groups are temporary groups of selected experts (researchers, farmers, advisors, people from the worlds of business and NGOs to mention some)focusing on a specific subject, while sharing knowledge and experience. Each group explores practical innovative solutions to problems or opportunities in the field, and draws on experience derived from related useful projects. The EIP-AGRI will launch a call for experts for four new focus groups in the coming month. The call will open on the 11 March 2014. Read more. 

One-stop shop for agricultural innovation almost ready

We are working hard on the new EIP-AGRI website, an essential tool which will help us to help you even more. With the new and interactive features, it will be an easy and efficient way to find funding and to connect with partners. If you want to know if other organisations are working on the same issue as you, with the built-in search engine to find innovative projects or existing research projects, it will be very simple to find the information you are looking for. But of course, we need your input to nurture the database. By using and filling in the e-forms on the website, you will be able to share your innovation ideas, register your innovative project or research and let everybody know what the results of your project are. Together we can create an efficient and complete platform for agricultural innovation. Also all news about seminars, workshops, focus groups and other events will be published on the website.This new website will be operational by May this year. If you have ideas for features needed on the website or would like to already now contribute to our database please contact the EIP-AGRI service point.
Image: British Challenger Hops - Farmer and Grower Magazine

Flora in your French cheese?
Operational groups: The FloracQ Project

The French regions Auvergne, Rhone-Alpes and Languedoc Roussillon are not only known for their fine wines but also for their high quality unpasteurised milk cheeses. The production of these cheeses is very important for regional development: the cattle maintain the permanent grasslands and preserve the natural environment while the cheeses represent a significant economic benefit for the farmers. These cheeses need micro-organisms from the milk to develop their specific taste, but farmers in general remove all micro-organisms for food safety reasons. This means that the quality of these cheeses is put under pressure. Read more.

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