‘VALERIE’ (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry) is a four-year EU FP7 project which concerns research to underpin innovation in the agri-rural sector.
Many EU and nationally funded research projects in the fields of agriculture and forestry provide excellent results, but the outreach and translation of these results into field practices is limited. The overall aim of VALERIE is to boost the outreach of research by facilitating the integration into innovative field practices.
Dr Julie Ingram is leading the project, assisted by Jane Mills, Dr Peter Gaskell and Professor Janet Dwyer.
Research began in the autumn of 2013 and will continue for four years.
This project brings together 14 partners from 6 countries across Europe, and the CCRI is leading the main case study work package.
More information can be found at http://www.valerie.eu/
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20th – 21st June 2016
CCRI and other VALERIE project partners met in Amsterdam on 20th and 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.
The meeting was an opportunity for the Case Study Partners who work with local stakeholders in agriculture and forestry to try out this new version of the search tool and feedback useful comments to the developers. This is part of a process of development and testing that is ongoing throughout the project.
Brussels workshop – 1st June, 2016
Julie Ingram attended a project workshop in Brussels on 1st June.
Also attending the workshop were representatives of national & regional farmer unions, AKIS Working Groups, the EIP-AGRI Service Point & EIP Operational Groups.
The workshop provided an update on the project and its approach to improving access to information and promoting innovation in agriculture and forestry. It also provided an opportunity for stakeholders to steer and give feedback on how the VALERIE project is progressing in relation to its aims of boosting innovation by facilitating knowledge exchange between practitioners and researchers.
Participants also discussed how VALERIE and the ask-Valerie.eu, the virtual adviser being developed in the project, can be integrated into current and future methods of accessing knowledge
Around 30 stakeholders participated in the workshop and provided positive feedback and comments for the project, which will be invaluable in the continued development of ask-Valerie.eu.
Annual Meeting January 2016
Julie Ingram, Pete Gaskell and Jane Mills attended the annual VALERIE (VALorising European Research for Innovation in agriculturE and forestry) project meeting in Turin, Italy from 26th to 28th January 2016.
The meeting was hosted by the University of Turin and Cadir Lab. The CCRI team convened two sessions, at the beginning and end of the week, for the six case study partners in the project. Also during the meeting they had an opportunity to test and feedback on the functionality of ask-Valerie, the smart search tool being developed in the project.
A half day was also spent visiting one of the case study sites near Alessandria. This included a trip to a tomato processing factory, a co-operative grain store and to Cadir Lab, the Italian case study partner, where demonstrations were provided of the innovations that are being trialled with the Italian case study farmers.
VALERIE project meeting in Helsinki 17/06/2015
Dr Pete Gaskell, Jane Mills and Dr Julie Ingram attended a VALERIE project meeting in Helsinki on 10-12 June, 2015.
The meeting was hosted by TAPIO, the forestry case study partner in the project.
Following the Executive Board meeting, the CCRI team convened a workshop for the partners that represent the ten case studies in the project. The next day there was a field trip and discussions related to the supply chain for forestry biomass energy in Finland and the options for the use of the waste wood ash (the topic of the Finnish case study). The meeting concluded with a demonstration and feedback session of the first version of ask.valerie, the smart search tool being developed in the project.
In 2016, Julie Ingram contributed to a paper which described the VALERIE activities. The paper was published in Agronomie Environnement & Societés. The reference is:
Hily, Y., Bechini, L., Ingram, J., Koenderink, N.J.J.P., Schuler, P., ten Berge, H.F.M. and Justes, E., 2016. Valoriser les résultats de projets de recherche pour des praticiens agricoles innovants en facilitant l’accès à l’information: le projet européen VALERIE. Agronomie Environnement & Societés, 6(2).
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no 613825.