The future of innovation in European agriculture and forestry is based on the improved (digital) exchange of best practices between farmers, researchers and advisors from different sectors and member states.

EURAKNOS is the sister project of EUREKA

Our mission

Info facilitate
Facilitate

We facilitate and support thematic networks by connecting and extending the current network of thematic networks.

Info collect
Collect

We collect knowledge, materials and tools of the thematic networks.

Info develop
Develop

We develop an EU-wide open source agricultural knowledge innovation database.

Connecting thematic networks accross Europe

  • 17 Partners
  • 200+ Organisations
  • 8 Countries

Our thematic networks

Crops

WINETWORK

2015

Network for the exchange and transfer of innovative knowledge between European wine-growing regions to increase the productivity and sustainability of the sector

Crops

WINETWORK

2015

WINETWORK is coordinated by INSTITUT FRANCAIS DE LA VIGNE ET DU VIN

Building on a methodology for innovation-driven research previously developed and tested, the WINETWORK project has the ambition to stimulate collaborative innovation in the wine sector. The project will implement a methodology that has been successful in promoting demand-driven innovations in previous regional and European projects. This approach is mainly based on the interactions between a network of facilitator agents, several regional technical working groups and one European scientific working group. A participatory approach is used to translate results from science and practical knowledge into technical datasheets that are used to prepare materials adapted to end-users. A bottom-up approach is also used to identify a demand-driven innovation agenda. In the WINETWORK project, the approach will be implemented in ten regions from seven countries representing more than 90% of the EU wine production. The main topic addressed in the network concern the control and the fight against diseases that jeopardise the future production potential of the EU (Grapevine Trunk Diseases and Flavescence Dorée).

Crops

SUWANU

2013

Sustainable Water treatment and Nutrient reuse options

Crops

SUWANU

2013

SUWANU is coordinated by BIOAZUL, SL

Agricultural practices put the biggest pressure on fresh water resources for irrigation (55% of the water use in Europe) and on fertilizer usage. The European farmers face serious problems such as freshwater scarcity and nutrient availability, extreme climate conditions and the growing demand of the increasing population. This results in rising prices for mineral fertilizers and food, risky measures such as untreated wastewater applications on fields, and environmental damages from overexploitation of resources.
Even though important local efforts have been made on research activities and initiatives for wastewater treatment and reuse in agriculture, an integrated approach is needed among regions which are developing such research, incentivizing scientific, governmental and business collaboration within wastewater reuse in Europe and supporting the establishment of common European guidelines and parameters for water and nutrient exploitation efficiency.

Crops

CERERE

2016

CEreal REnaissance in Rural Europe: embedding diversity in organic and low-input food systems

Crops

CERERE

2016

CERERE is coordinated by THE UNIVERSITY OF READING

Organic/low input cereal food systems in the EU are emerging in answer to the sustainability crisis of the conventional agri-food sector. “Alternative” systems are based on local, decentralized approaches to production and processing, regard to quality and health, and short supply chains for products with strong local identities. Diversity is deeply embedded in these food systems, from the agro-biodiversity grown in farmers’ fields, which improves resilience and adaptation, to diverse approaches, contexts and actors in food manufacturing and marketing. Diversity thus becomes a cross-sectoral issue, underlying innovations in the agronomic, processing, and marketing phases which respond to consumers’ demand for healthy products.

Livestock

HENNOVATION

2015

Practice-led innovation supported by science and market-driven actors in the laying hen and other livestock sectors

Livestock

HENNOVATION

2015

HENNOVATION is coordinted by UNIVERSITY OF BRISTOL

Using the laying hen sector as a case study, we aim to demonstrate the potential for practice-driven innovation networks, supported by existing science and market-driven actors, to develop practical cost-effective solutions to sustainability challenges. Multi-stakeholder networks will develop technical innovations to injurious pecking and the management of end-of-lay hens concerns based on practice, economics and scientific information. A generic “support package” of communication web based tools, facilitation guides and on-line training programmes, designed to help science and market- driven actors, will then be available to support practice-driven innovation networks in other livestock sectors. Finally we will develop policy recommendations that help realize the full potential of practice-driven innovation through multi stakeholder networks in livestock sectors.

EURAKNOS Final Events

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Newsletter March 2021

Here is the last EURAKNOS newsletter. We will talk about:

* The final conference on the 26th of February

* National events

* Exploitation Strategy Seminar

* Video EURAKNOS to EUREKA

* Last consortium meeting

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EURAKNOS Videos

Our EURAKNOS Videos explain our main activities and outputs - for example, see how we've been working towards an online knowledge database to collect outputs from various Thematic Network Projects
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The EURAKNOS podcast

Our EURAKNOS Podcasts give an insight into the creation, management, and successes of current and past Thematic Networks. Interviewing members from all aspects of the TN, the podcasts provide a great summary of all you need to know about each project.
Sylvia Burssens explains what we mean by a 'multi-actor approach' and details how the knowledge innovation panel (KIP) will support the Euraknos project. Did you know 'kip' means chicken in Flemish? Well let's hope they give us the golden egg!

A multi-actor approach and the 'KIP'

Testimonials

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  • “EURAKNOS can be seen as the network of the networks that will analyze this knowledge to explore the feasibility of creating a modular database that makes this information more accessible to the farming community in a searchable and semi-standardized way."

    - Prof Pieter Spanoghe, EURAKNOS coordinator
  • “It is a really good idea to make a knowledge base, which comprises knowledge from several European countries. It is a place where farmers, advisors and everyone interested in agriculture can get inspired on how to innovate”

    - Pernille Pennington, Communications consultant SEGES, Denmark, AGRISPIN
  • “Sharing knowledge to promote new technology - such as sensors to monitor livestock 24/7 - has resulted in increased feed efficiency, improved animal welfare, increased profitability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The EURAKNOS TN will ensure this knowledge is reached by an even wider audience, helping to further the success of the 4D4F network.”

    - Richard Loyd, IFA, Livestock Team Manager, 4D4F
  • “One of the key learnings was actually with a group of farmers who were reluctant to engage because they had a history of being told that they were not performing. But with the power of good facilitation, they developed their own sense of ownership and empowerment, and were then able to deliver real change.”

    - MAIN David, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University, HENNOVATION
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