'VALERIE’ (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry) was a four-year EU FP7 project which concerned research to underpin innovation in the agri-rural sector.
There is a compelling need for research to play a significant role for the future, in meeting the challenges of increased demand for food balanced against the need to deliver other ecosystem services. If this role is to be fulfilled, outreach and translation of research for innovation must be drastically enhanced. The VALERIE project responded to the challenge of boosting innovation by facilitating the uptake of knowledge, and its integration into field practices, through the following activities:
• developed and implemented a co-innovation methodology with stakeholders in farming and forestry case studies across Europe to identify innovation issues and evaluate innovation solutions from research and practice
• developed a highly interactive smart search tool for advisers and practitioners, named ask-Valerie.eu. It uses web-semantics technology and a ‘built-for-purpose vocabulary’ of key terms that cover the domain of sustainable and profitable agriculture and forestry. It helps practitioners and advisers in the field of agriculture and forestry to find and share documents that respond to their specific queries and gives access to a large number of document collections. Further details and launch date news to follow.
CCRI developed and implemented the co-innovation methodology working with stakeholder communities using participatory methods in ten case studies across Europe. Talking to stakeholders we learned how they identify innovation needs and how they seek, interpret, and integrate (i.e. translate) new information from research. In the process, the project provided the case studies with information on innovations and gave them the opportunity to test selected innovations in trials. Case study stakeholders and partners also helped to build ask-valerie.eu by iterative testing and evaluation.
CCRI together with project case study partners authored the following outputs which describe the methodology used and the findings:
Deliverable: 3.341 Co-innovation plans: report of first round of case study meetings Download
Deliverable: 3.361. Report on case study feedback on ask-Valerie.eu Download
Deliverable: 3.371. Collated Research Outputs for Case Studies Download
Deliverable: 3.7.2 Report on barriers to research uptake Download
More information can be found at http://www.valerie.eu/
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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613825.
Project Updates and Activities
The Valerie project have published stakeholder field trial information leaflets. These describe the identification of problems within a number of specific contexts and the trial of experimental solutions by stakeholder project partners, and are the result of the preceding four years’ work on the project.
A CCRI team of researchers have been leading a work package for the EU funded project VALERIE -Valorising European Research for Innovation in Agriculture and Forestry, which has developed a smart ‘virtual adviser’ tool (ask-Valerie.eu)
A paper, co-written by Julie Ingram, Peter Gaskell, Jane Mills and Pieter de Wolf (University of Wageningen), has been published in Land Use Policy. It describes how the VALERIE team has worked with stakeholder communities in ten farming and forestry case studies across Europe.
Julie Ingram is at the 3rd International Conference on Global Food Security: Global Challenges, Local Solutions and Connected Pathways this week in Cape Town, networkworking and sharing ideas about implementing local solutions and innovation for sustainable agriculture.
The latest VALERIE newsletter is now available for download, summarising the activities in some of the project case studies, as well as an update on the ask-Valerie tool.
Julie Ingram is in Johannesburg, South Africa, at the 4th Global Science Conference On Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA), where she will be presenting a poster authored by herself and Emilio J González-Sánchez, who is from the University of Córdoba, Spain and Secretary General, European Conservation Agriculture Federation.
CCRI researchers Julie Ingram, Jane Mills and Peter Gaskell attended the final Symposium for the EU funded VALERIE project in Brussels on 14th November 2017.
Julie Ingram was in Portugal last week representing the EU funded VALERIE and AgridemoF2F projects at the Agri Innovation summit 2017 (AIS 2017).
Julie Ingram is at the 23rd European Seminar on Extension (and) Education this week in Chania, Crete, where she will be presenting a paper on behalf of a VALERIE team of co-authors from CCRI and Wageningen University.
The VALERIE project partners have been meeting in Toulouse (23rd-27th January) to review progress and plan for the last year of the project
The EU VALERIE project has just released its 2016/17 Winter Newsletter, which gives details of the project progress over the past 12 months, including the ‘virtual adviser’ tool, which the CCRI has been co-ordinating.
Pete Gaskell and Julie Ingram are visiting one of the VALERIE project forestry case studies this week in the Roncal Valley in the Basque Pyrenees.
The latest project update for ‘VALERIE’ (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry), which concerns research to underpin innovation in the agri-rural sector, is available to download.
As part of the VALERIE project dissemination, a CCRI team is in Budapest this week presenting a paper at the 14th European Rural Development Network Conference: Knowledge sharing and innovation in agriculture and rural areas
Julie Ingram is giving a Keynote paper at the 5th Belgian Agroecology Meeting (BAM) in Ghent, Belguim, on Tuesday 20th September. The meeting, which is co-organised by Agricultural and Fisheries Research (ILVO) and Ghent University, is entitled ”Bridging gaps between principles and practices in agroecology”.
CCRI and other VALERIE project partners met in Amsterdam on 20th to 21st June to test out the latest version of ask-Valerie.eu, a digital but knowledgeable ‘assistant-expert’ or ‘virtual adviser’ being developed for searching and retrieving relevant results from scientific sources.
A VALERIE project workshop took place in Brussels on 1st June, which was attended by Julie Ingram together with representatives of national & regional farmer unions, AKIS Working Groups, the EIP-AGRI Service Point & EIP Operational Groups.
Julie Ingram, Pete Gaskell and Jane Mills have been in Turin, Italy, this week attending the annual VALERIE (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry) project meeting. The CCRI team convened two sessions for the 6 case study partners.
The CCRI is to be well represented at the 2016 International Farming Systems Association Symposium, with sessions linking to three EU funded projects on which the CCRI is currently a working partner – Glamur, SUFISA and VALERIE
The EU Framework 7 project VALERIE – a project evaluating European innovation in agriculture and forestry – is the eighth recent success for the CCRI in European research grant funding taking funding from Framework 7 and DG projects to over €2 million for the CCRI.