Newsletter 12, August 2014 by the EIP-AGRI Service Point
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Horizon 2020: 123 million euros for agriculture & forestry 

The European Commission has just opened Horizon 2020 calls for 2015 based on an updated version of the Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2014-2015 adopted on 22/07/2014. The EU’s programme for research and innovation includes for 2015 fourteen different topics of particular interest to agriculture and forestry for an overall indicative budget of around 123 million Euros. Read more

Farmers 1- Flies 0: An agricultural success story on Horizon 2020 website

Farmers around the world are united in their loathing of fruit flies. A new warning system developed by an EU-funded project to alert them of imminent infestation could save struggling farmers both time and money – and cut down on pesticide use. Two companies are preparing to commercialise the results, read about it here.
Find more success stories on H2020 website.

Which priorities should Horizon 2020 tackle in 2016-2017?

The final report of the stakeholder consultation workshop organised on 20 June 2014, is now on-line on the workshop webpage here together with its summary and presentations. 

Reminder: Call for EIP-AGRI Focus Group experts 

We are still looking for experts (farmers, advisers, members of agribusiness, researchers…) to take part in three new Focus Groups: 
  • Optimising the profitability of crop production through Ecological Focus Areas
  • Innovative Short Food Supply Chain management
  • IPM practices for soil borne diseases suppression in arable crops, both in greenhouse and open field
Read the detailed call and apply here. The call is open until midnight (Brussels time) on 8 September.
For more information on how the Focus Groups work, please see our Focus Group Charter.

Which agricultural challenges would you like to tackle?

Would you like to suggest a topic for an EIP-AGRI Focus Group and do other people and organisations support this idea? Will an EIP-AGRI Focus Group help boost innovation on this subject? Please let us know by completing the form here

Be the first to read revamped innovation guidelines

Do you work for a Managing Authority currently developing a rural development programme? Are you in charge of the innovation measures in particular? Then you will be interested to know that the European Commission has just published the updated version of the guidelines on programming innovation and on implementing the EIP-AGRI. This document has been restructured to make it more readable. The text has been completed and detailed on some critical points, building on the dialogue with Managing Authorities and multipliers which took place at the EIP-AGRI regional workshops. Read more

Are you interested in interactions between digital technologies and science?

The European Commission is consulting citizens, scientists and businesses interested in digital development on how digital technologies change the way we do research and organise scientific activities. Entitled 'Science 2.0', the consultation is opened to all citizens, organisations and public authorities until 30 September 2014.
All information here.

Best Practice: Finding new in the old

Innovation usually makes us think of new ideas, something ground breaking and never done before. But innovation can also come about when we develop previous methods or revive a technique that has long been forgotten. Abonos Lourido is a company producing organic potting soil and fertilisers in Galicia (Spain) which drew inspiration from former farming techniques for forest and agricultural land. It led them not only to come up with many new entrepreneurial ideas, but it also contributed to preventing forest fires as well as reducing the use of chemical fertilisers by reinstating the natural nutrient cycle. Find out how they did this by reading the full article here

Agricultural innovation captured on film

This year’s AGROFILM Festival in Slovakia provides the chance to see agricultural innovation on the big screen. Films and programmes presenting practical examples, innovation solutions and research results for agriculture and rural development will be shown at the event. The films will focus on the latest innovative findings in food-production, nutrition, conservation of natural resources and improvement of quality of life in rural areas. As well as the screenings, visitors can go to lectures and discussions, an art exhibition and other special events on the themes dealt with by the film-makers. Last year the festival showed 152 films from 24 different countries.
The 30th International Film Festival AGROFILM will take place from the 29 September to 3 October 2014 in Nitra and neighbouring town Zvolen, Slovakia. Films and programmes can still be submitted. See their website for more information.

What else is happening in the world of agricultural innovation?

Over the next few months, a number of interesting events will be organised all over Europe on a variety of agricultural topics including biogas, ecophysiology and phenomics.
Download the calendar here.​ 
Should you have information about interesting events in the coming months, please let us know through

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