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.


Check out our Vision Paper and Policy Brief exploring The Future EU-wide Open Source Knowledge Reservoir for Agriculture and Forestry, as well as our Explorer's Guide to Thematic Networks for guidance on achieving high impact.

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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).

Livestock

DISARM

2019

Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management

Livestock

DISARM

2019

DISARM is coordinated by EIGEN VERMOGEN VAN HET INSTITUUT VOOR LANDBOUW- EN VISSERIJONDERZOEK

The DISARM thematic network (Disseminating Innovative Solutions for Antibiotic Resistance Management) is focused on disseminating best practices from innovative farms and research on how to reduce antibiotic resistance in livestock farming. Antibiotic resistance management is not only important to farming, it can also lead to reduced effectiveness of antibiotics in treating humans. Tackling antibiotic resistance is a major strategic challenge for European livestock farmers, an industry worth over 145 billion euros. Evidence shows that rates of antibiotic use and resistance vary greatly from farm to farm and, that with the adoption of appropriate innovative on farm management practices that both the use of antibiotics and the development of resistance can be reduced. Disseminating these effective management practices is at the heart of the DISARM project, which will work with farmers, vets, advisors, industry and researchers to identify and disseminate widely the most cost effective and beneficial strategies.

Horizontal

AGRISPIN

2015

Space for Agricultural Innovation

Horizontal

AGRISPIN

2015

AGRISPIN is coordinated by LANDBRUG & FODEVARER F.M.B.A

The project name reflects the overall aim of this project: to strengthen support systems in creating space for innovating farmers.
Innovative farmers are everywhere, but their environment determines the rate of success. The project aims to create more space for innovations, through amplifying good examples of innovation support systems and through multi-actor learning about ways to stimulate innovation and remove obstacles. The main target group is intermediates who connect initiators to other actors for involving them in creating innovations, such as farmers, knowledge workers, actors in the value chain, administrators, civil society groups, etc..

Crops

FERTINNOWA

2016

Transfer of INNOvative techniques for sustainable WAter use in FERtigated crops

Crops

FERTINNOWA

2016

FERTINNOWA is coordinated by PROEFSTATION VOOR DE GROENTETEELT

In European countries, the cultivation of fertigated crops experience scarcity of water, and the intensity of cultivation poses significant risks to water quality. The main objective of the FERTINNOWA thematic network is to create a meta-knowledge database on innovative technologies and practices for fertigation of horticultural crops. FERTINNOWA will also build a knowledge exchange platform to evaluate existing and novel technologies (innovation potential, synergies, gaps, barriers) for fertigated crops and ensure wide dissemination to all stakeholders involved of the most promising technologies and best practices.
A multi-actor integrated approach will be used through the FERTINNOWA platform which will involve various stakeholders (researchers, growers, policy-makers, industry, environmental groups etc.) at several levels including the socio-economic and regulatory level (national and European) with a special focus on the EU Water Framework Directive and Nitrate Directive.

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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