Meeting 28 Nov 2018 Meeting 28 Nov 2018

Thematic S3 Platform for Agri-Food

Working Committee Semi-annual Meeting

Euskalduna, Bilbao, Spain

28 November 2018

09:00-13:00

AGENDA

EVENT REPORT

 

Interregional collaboration plays a crucial role in the implementation of the Smart Specialisation Strategies. The main factor driving interest in interregional cooperation for smart specialisation is linked to effective implementation of the EU cohesion policy, particularly in the thematic objective 1 (research and innovation).

To help with the implementation of Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and accelerate the development of joint investment projects at the EU level in the smart specialisation agri-food areas, the European Commission services including DG AGRI, DG REGIO, DG RTD and JRC established Thematic Smart Specialisation Platform on Agri-Food. Since its launch in 2016, the S3 Platform (JRC) and other EC services have facilitated the implementation of interregional cooperation on smart specialisation.

To date, a total of five partnerships qualified:

  • Consumer Involvement in Agri-Food Innovation (lead regions: Province of Gelderland, NL and Östergötland, SE)

  • High-tech Farming (lead region: Tuscany, IT)

  • Nutritional Ingredients (lead regions: Wallonia and Flanders, BE)

  • Smart sensors for agri-food (lead regions: Flanders and Wallonia, BE)

  • Traceability and Big Data (lead regions: Andalusia, ES and Emilia-Romagna, IT)

 

About the Agri-Food event on the 28 of November 2018

This half-day event focused on the progress of the partnerships, issues and challenges faced and ways to overcome these. The ongoing Agri-food partnerships were offered an opportunity to discuss their current progress, any specific pilots/ projects supported by the partnerships as well as the past/future activities of the Thematic Platform for Agri-food.

The European Commission will publish a report after the event summarising the most important messages for the participants and broader audience.

 

Why to participate?

The event was the place-to-be to meet, connect, discuss and learn about ongoing activities and issues related to the field of Agri-food. The workshop provided space for learning, matchmaking and presentation of the projects in Agri-food Smart Specialisation areas and collaboration opportunities.

The Working Committee Semi-annual meeting allows participants to:

  • Assess and benchmark the progress of each partnership, discuss any ongoing/future challenges and develop new solutions;

  • Receive information on possible synergies with other initiatives, e.g. EU Framework Programmes, ESIF, Interreg, EIT Food;

  • Share strategic guidance for the next period on key issues such as building synergies with EU funding programmes, overcoming regulatory obstacles for investment, understanding financial instruments, and skills.

 

Who should participate?

In order to benefit extensively from the event, we invited:

  • Managing Authorities

  • Policy officers

  • Business Development experts

  • Subject/technical experts.

Related events

 

The fourth Basque Industry 4.0 event took place on the 26th of November in the Euskalduna Palace in Bilbao.

The Basque Industry 4.0 Conference was launched in 2014 and today is a multidisciplinary event where strategy, opinions, technology, experiences and workshops are combined and networking is promoted, making it suitable for companies in any sector. For further information, please visit the event page.

 

Smart Specialisation Platform on Industrial Modernisation Steering Committee Meeting

This half-day event on 27th November focused on the progress of the partnerships, issues and challenges faced and ways to overcome these. The ongoing Industrial Modernisation partnerships benefited from an opportunity to discuss their current progress, any specific pilots/projects supported by the partnerships as well as the past/future activities of the Thematic Platform for Industrial Modernisation. This event was by invitation only. More information is available at this webpage.

 

Joint event between the  thematic platforms on Agri-food, Energy and Industrial Modernisation

The idea behind the joint event is that cooperation between partnerships across the three platforms can further support the knowledge base of regional innovation systems, enhancing the potential for upgrading products, improving participating regions' position in global value chains, and leading to new opportunities and growth. New paths of development could be created through inter-partnership collaboration on business/research opportunities, policy tools, effectively leading to inter-platform joint initiatives of innovation.

The Joint event proposed an open and interactive discussion on the ways of exploring the future of the thematic approach to Smart Specialisation. It launched a discussion on the collaboration opportunities across the three thematic platforms. Event page can be found here.

 

Thematic S3 Platform for Energy Joint Partnerships Meeting

The afternoon on the 28th of November was dedicated to the thematic S3 Platform on Energy. S3PEnergy event page can be found here.

 

Agenda

Please find the agenda for all thematic S3 events here.

 

Presentations

09:00 – 09:25

Welcome and Opening

 

Leire Barañano, Director of Neiker (Agri-food public innovation centre of the Basque Government)

Mario Milouchev, Director for Rural development and Pre-accession assistance, and in charge of digitisation, Directorate-General for Agriculture and rural development (DG AGRI), European Commission

Alessandro Rainoldi, Head of the Territorial Development Unit, Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission

Laurent De Mercey, Policy officer, Smart and sustainable growth Unit, Directorate-General for Regional and urban policy (DG REGIO), European Commission

 

S3P Agri-Food Platform: progress and results achieved

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Joint Research Centre (JRC), EC

09:25 – 10:30

Plenary Session Agri-Food

 

Learn phase: scoping and mapping

A joint presentation by Marc Pattinson and Partnerships: Nutritional Ingredients, Consumer Involvement

 

Good Partnership Governance: Key Principles and Challenges

A joint presentation by Cecilia Gañán de Molina and Partnership Smart Sensors for Agri-food

 

Business Planning and Models

A joint presentation by Elvira Domingo and Partnerships: High-tech Farming and Traceability and Big Data

 

 

10:30 – 11:00

Coffee & Networking

 

 

11:00 – 12:30

Interactive Parallel Sessions: Moving Forward

 

1. Learn phase: scoping and mapping

Moderated by Katerina Ciampi Stancova and Marc Pattinson, the focus is on 3-4 questions from Nutritional Ingredients and Consumer Involvement

 

2. Good Partnership Governance: Key Principles and Challenges

Moderated by Wim Haentjens and Cecilia Gañán de Molina, the focus is on 3 questions from Smart Sensors 4 Agri-food

 

3. Business Planning and Models

Moderated by Alexia Rouby and Elvira Domingo, the focus is on 3-4 questions from High-tech Farming and Traceability and Big Data

 

4. How Digital Innovation Hubs can support Thematic Partnerships?

     Concept note

Moderation and presentation of DIH initiative by Annita Kalpaka, Joint Research Centre (JRC), EC

Andalusía Agrotech DIH by Judit Anda Ugarte, Junta de Andalusía 

SmartAgrihubs H2020 project by George Beers, Wageningen University       

12:30 – 13:00

Conclusions and Closing

 

Alexia Rouby, Directorate-General for Agriculture and rural development (DG AGRI), EC

Wim Haentjens, Directorate-General for Research and Innovation (DG RTD),  EC

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Joint Research Centre (JRC), EC

Annita Kalpaka, Joint Research Centre (JRC), EC

13:00 – 14:00

Lunch & Networking