CCRI Director, Professor Janet Dwyer, is currently attending various meetings, conferences and workshops, both in the UK and in Europe.

Professor Janet Dwyer, Director of the CCRI
Professor Janet Dwyer, Director of the CCRI

On Monday 14 September she chaired the Defra SIP advisory group in London, in lieu of Chris Gaskell from the Royal Agricultural University (RAU) who had to travel abroad at short notice. On 15 September Janet attended a Defra meeting for stakeholders in connection with its 25 year food and farming strategy, in Bristol. This was one of three regional events being held over two weeks with the aim of generating ideas for Defra.

On 17 September Janet, together with Chris Short, are due at the WILD conference where she will give a welcome speech and chair the morning sessions. This conference is being held at the Royal Agicultural University.

The following day, Janet is attending a Defra European Innovation Partnership (EIP) workshops to discuss potential EIP initiatives for the uplands, in Penrith. Janet will be promoting the idea of a group to pursue sustainable farm business models for the uplands, in partnership with a range of stakeholders in the Uplands Alliance. The Exmoor Hill Farming Network is another of our supporters, for this idea, along with the NFU and Eblex, the National Trust and others.

On 21 September Janet is involved in a national workshop for the PEGASUS project in Birmingham, courtesy of Birmingham City University. The workshop will introduce the project to some key UK experts and stakeholder organisations, including some that we hope might be case studies for the project, as it develops.

Finally, on 23 September, Janet will be travelling to Estonia to help our Estonian colleagues host their PEGASUS national workshop, scheduled for Thursday 24 September. Janet will be talking about the conceptual framework to the project and will explain to Estonian experts and stakeholders how the partners hope to develop the project so that it can support their aims as well as helping to increase understanding of how best to support more sustainable farming and forestry, at EU level.

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