On the 5th of April 2017, BiodivERsA held a Research and Innovation Workshop on three different topics: agriculture, aquaculture and urban planning.
The BiodivERsA research and innovation workshop, organised on April 5th, offered an opportunity for relevant projects from the 2015-2016 COFUND call on « understanding and managing biodiversity dynamics to improve ecosystem functioning and delivery of ecosystem services in a global change context » to engage with new stakeholders from the private sector. The objectives were to spur new collaborations between stakeholders mobilised by BiodivERsA and relevant projects from this call attending the workshop, as well as identify other new stakeholders to engage based on the participants’ suggestions. In addition, this was an opportunity for BiodivERsA to present its work to strengthen the link between research it funds and the innovation chain, as well as collect advice and new ideas for developing these links further.
Following an introduction to the meeting by Xavier Le Roux, BiodivERsA coordinator and CEO, Bruno Fady, LinkTree and TipTree project investigator (BiodivERsA 2008 and 2011-2012 calls) gave a keynote on their approach to working with stakeholders and resulting outcomes, with a particular focus on interactions with the private sector. The rest of the day was dedicated to discussions between researchers and stakeholders, organised in three thematic sessions on agriculture, aquaculture and urbanism respectively. Participants left the meeting with new contacts and very concrete plans for new collaborations within their projects, as well as pointers on knowledge needs from the private sector and related ideas for new research projects. BiodivERsA also received precious feedback on its overall approach to promoting research and innovation and precise recommendations on how to engage the private sector and what type of activities it could further support in this context. Outcomes of the workshop and discussions will be synthesised in a workshop report and BiodivERsA will be particularly meticulous in following up on this event, would it be at the project level in support of new collaborations or at the network level, in terms of new activities to implement.
To access the R&I WS presentations and report, follow these links:
- A presentation on ‘Reseach & Innovation workshop for BiodivERsA-funded projects: why, and expected outcomes’ by Xavier Le Roux, BiodivERsA Coordinator and CEO – FRB, France
- A presentation on ‘Feedbacks on engaging and working with stakeholders in BiodivERsA research projects‘ by Dr. Bruno Fady, INRA researcher, LinkTree and TipTree project investigator (BiodivERsA 2008 and 2012 calls)
- A presentation on ‘Linking research and innovation in BiodivERsA – Approach and opportunities‘ by Frédéric Lemaître, BiodivERsA interfacing officer.
- The projects represented during the three parallel sessions on agriculture, aquaculture and urban planning.
- Report on the workshop