Science day 2014 - Organisers

Science day 2014, was held during BIOFACH 2014 in Nuremberg, Germany, and focussed on the work of TP Organics and the Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM (TIPI).

Science Day 2014 was a joint event of:


Dr. Helga Willer
Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL
Ackerstrasse 113
5070 Frick
Tel.+41 62 865 7207
Fax +41 62 865 7273
Personal webpage

Programme and presentations Science Day 2014


9 am to 9.20 am: TP Organics and of TIPI and their importance for European and global organic food and farming research


Andre Leu, International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM)

Marco Schlüter, IFOAM EU Group/TP Organics


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

09.20 to 10.15 am: TP Organics: What does the European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for Agriculture offer to the organic sector?



    The European Innovation Partnership (EIP) for Agriculture is an initiative of the European Commission with the aim of bridging the gap between research and practice. Organic actors have much to contribute to the EIP for Agriculture given the sector's history of strong collaboration across disciplines and between researchers and producers.

    However, the complex implementation of the EIP for Agriculture may hinder broad participation. In this session, the EIP-dossier jointly published by IFOAM EU, TP Organics, and ARC 2020 will be launched. The dossier is there to help the organic sector understand the EIP for Agriculture. In the session the main instruments of the EIP for Agriculture will be explained. First experiences in Member States and at EU level, in particular with the expert group 'optimising yields in organic farming', will be presented. The aim of the session is to encourage organic farmers and companies to take advantage of the opportunities provided by the EIP. Afterwards, participants can take home a copy of the dossier.

    10.15 to 10.45 am Coffee Break 1

    10:45 am -12:45 pm: TP Organics: Workshop - Adapting the vision of TP Organics to the new challenges and policy context


    • Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer, European Commission, DG Research and Innovation
    • Eduardo Cuoco, TP Organics, Brussels
    • Urs Niggli, Research Institute of of Organic Agriculture (FiBL), Switzerland
    • Ilse A. Rasmussen, International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems (ICROFS)


    Organic approaches must receive higher priority on the research & innovation agendas of the EU and Member States, but which research topics are most important for the viability of the organic sector? Which solutions will make your company or farm more competitive? TP Organics invites farmers, companies and researchers to propose and discuss their top research priorities. The outcome of the workshop will serve as input for the revision of TP Organics' Strategic Research Agenda, which in turn will be used to lobby the EU institutions for dedicated research funding.

    12.45 to 1.30 am Lunch break

    AFTERNOON: TIPI: Research needs at the global level

    1.30 to 2.45 am Presentation of the 1st draft of the TIPI vision

    At this session, members of the TIPI council will outline the future context in which research should be carried out, present the state of the art, and provide input on global organic research and innovation needs.

    2.45 to 3.15 pm Coffee break

    3.15 to 4.45 pm: TIPI: Workshop on the TIPI vision for global organic food and farming research

    Workshop participants will bring in their own experience, add information, and should question the hypotheses presented in the three speeches (see above).  The outcome of this workshop will feed into the work of TIPI in the development of a vision for global organic food and farming research.

    Chair: Gabi Soto, National University of Costa Rica.

    Working groups

    4.45 to 5 pm: A global organic research vision and strategy: Summary and conclusion

    Contact: Helga Willer, Research Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL)