H2020 LIAISON Project

Greetings from our Horizon 2020 project on Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks.

Greetings from our Horizon 2020 project on Better Rural Innovation: Linking Actors, Instruments and Policies through Networks (LIAISON).

We are writing to invite you to get involved with our work on researching and improving the various interactive innovation and multi-actor projects which are increasingly implemented across Europe to speed-up rural innovation and contribute to more productive, competitive and sustainable agriculture and forestry.

This is exciting work that is both highly relevant to the European Innovation Partnership for Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-AGRI)2 and other national / regional programmes and initiatives supporting rural innovation. Our overall objective is to explore how interactive innovation and multi- actor projects are currently working and to develop clear practical recommendations for further improving the effectiveness and impact of these project-based approaches. Results from the LIAISON project will be disseminated widely to practitioners, administrators and policy-makers etc. at European, national and regional level.

In order to support this process we are setting-up four macro-regional Stakeholder Groups in which we will bring together diverse groups of experts from neighbouring countries to share their views, experiences and knowledge on the various aspects of fostering rural innovation. We anticipate that the members of each Stakeholder Group will meet face-to-face at least twice during the duration of the project (2018-2022), as well as having regular on-line meetings (to be discussed and agreed during the first meeting).

We are sure that participation in the Stakeholder Group will be a great opportunity for everyone to keep up-to-date with new ideas and information, to network with colleagues in neighbouring countries and to share independent feedback about the current challenges faced with interactive innovation and multi- actor projects - as well as the positive and inspiring experiences of overcoming these challenges!

At the same time, we hope that the participating experts can help us with their insights into the specific relevance of our work in their national context, give us feedback on our project outputs, identify specific policy needs for speeding-up innovation, and generally promote the LIAISON project in their own country or region.

The working language of all meetings will be English. Please do not hesitate to ask if you need any further information before you can make a final decision.

Yours sincerely, LIAISON Team