Science day 2015

Science day 2015  was held at BIOFACH 2015 in Nuremberg, Germany, and it was organised by TP Organics and the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI).

Programme Science Day 2015

Science Day 2015, to take place on the February 13, 2015 at BIOFACH in Nuremberg, Germany, is a joint event of TIPI, the Technology Innovation Platform of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM), and TP Organics, the European Technology Platform for Organic Food and Farming. It is organized by the Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL and European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agricultur Movements (IFOAM EU).

Programme

9.00 to 9.30 am: Opening

  • Andre Leu, President of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM Organics International)
  • Marco Schlüter, Director of the European Union Group of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM EU)

TP Organics session and workshop

9.30 to 11.00 am: New Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for the European organic sector

The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda of TP Organics describes the top research and innovation priorities of the European organic sector until 2020. These priorities were selected in a consultation with more than 300 responses from organic businesses, farmers, researchers and NGOs. They are the most important challenges to be solved in order to drive the development of the sector and strengthen its competitiveness. The new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be used to influence funding priorities of EU research programmes, but it can be used to advocate for more organic oriented research at national level too.

In this event, the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda will be presented for organic enterprises in order to stimulate private engagement in research and innovation and to strengthen business involvement in agenda setting.

Speakers

  • Moderator
    Eduardo Cuoco, TP Organics

  • Introduction to the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda
    Bram Moeskops, TP Organics

  • Innovation to address the big challenges in organic production
    Cristina Micheloni, TP Organics, AIAB

  • EU Opportunities for innovation in organic food and farming
    Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation

  • Research and innovation in the European Action Plan for Organic Food and Farming

  • Alina Ujupan, European Commission, DG Agriculture and Rural Development

10.30 to 11.00 pm: Discussion

11.00 to 11.30 pm: Break

11.30 to 12.30 pm: Financing business-research cooperation for Innovation in the organic sector

The organic sector is the frontrunner of sustainable food production. Innovation is needed, however, to maintain that position and boost further development of the sector. Horizon 2020, the EU's framework programme for Research and Innovation, offers various instruments to finance innovation and business-research cooperation, including the SME instrument and the Fast Track to Innovation. These instruments will be explored in this session.

The SME Instrument is dedicated to Small and Medium-sized Enterprises that are EU-based or established in a country associated to Horizon 2020. It offers support for feasibility studies, prototyping and commercial exploitation. Amongst other priorities, the SME instrument seeks to promote resource-efficient food production and eco-innovation.

The Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) is the only instrument in Horizon 2020 that provides funding for close to market, business-driven projects, that is open to proposals in any area of technology or application. The aim is to reduce the time from idea to market and increase private sector investment in research and innovation. It offers support from demonstration phase to market uptake, including piloting, validation of business models and standard-setting.

Speaker: Borris Haupt, Enterprise Europe  Network

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12.30 to 1.30 pm: Lunch

(offered by FiBL, free for registered participants)

TIPI session and workshop: TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research

1.30 to 2.00 pm: Presentation of the 2nd draft of the TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research

At this session, TIPI council members will present the 2nd draft of the TIPI Vision and Strategy. The first draft of the TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research was reviewed and commented by organic stakeholders until January 10, 2015. 

Speakers

  • Output of the Istanbul discussion  and how to integrate it into the TIPI Vision
    Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, TIPI president, director of Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)
  • Research needs for organic farmers on the different continents
    Dr. Dora Drexler, TIPI vicepresident and Hungarian Institute of Organic Agriculture (ÖMKI)

2 to 3 pm: Stakeholders' comments on the TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research

At this session, the TIPI Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research will be commented from the perspective of selected stakeholders.

Speakers

  • What is the research policy of NOARA and how can TIPI help to support it’s work?
    Dr. David M. Amudavi, Director Biovision African Trust, Kenya, chairman of the Network for Organic Agricultural Research in Africa (NOARA)
  • What are the research questions of processing and trading companies? How can TIPI help in the improvement of global food chains?
    Dr. Manon Haccius, Alnatura, Germany
  • What are the most recent achievements with sustainability standards, how does organic fit in and how synergistic are the respective research areas (organic, agro-ecology, private sustainability standards)?
    Dr. Ulrich Hoffmann, formerly United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD), now Research Institute of Organic Agriculture, Switzerland
  • Moderator: Dr. Brian Baker, TIPI vice president

3.00 to 3.30 pm: Coffee break

3.30-5.00 pm: Workshop on the TIPI Global Vision and Strategy for Organic Farming Research, TIPI

  • Discussion on the presentations 
  • Presentation of a more detailed action plan. Discussion with the floor.
    Dr. Brian Baker, vice-president of TIPI

Moderator: Gabi Soto, TIPI council and national University of Costa Rica

5.00 pm: A global organic research vision and strategy: Summary and conclusion, TIPI

Prof. Dr. Urs Niggli, TIPI president, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland

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