Sustainable Forest Biomass: Recycling of Wood Ash

On the 29th of November, Saara Lilja-Rothsten from Tapio Oy and Michael den Herder from the European Forest Institute organised a wood ash recycling workshop together with the Finnish stakeholders. Wood ash is an excellent forest fertilizer - see above photo of granulated wood ash.

Read more: Case Study News - November 2016

FOOD 2030 Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 12 - 13th October 2016

Peter Schuler (it-objects, Germany) and Paul Newell Price (ADAS, UK) presented the VALERIE project at the FOOD 2030 Conference on “Research and Innovation for Tomorrow's Nutrition and Food Systems” on 12th-13th October at ‘The Square’ (Mont des Arts – Kunstberg) in Brussels. They demonstrated the ask-Valerie.eu ‘virtual adviser’ tool and discussed project outputs with conference delegates. The VALERIE brochure was available in six languages to mirror the multi-linguality of ask-Valerie.eu.

Read more: VALERIE at ‘The Square’ - October 2016

14th European Rural Development Network (ERDN) Conference, ‘Knowledge Sharing and Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas’
Budapest, Hungary, 3rd - 5th October 2016

 

The VALERIE workshop included a demonstration of the ask-Valerie.eu virtual adviser tool along with an introduction to the VALERIE project, the role of the VALERIE case studies and an invitation for feedback through working group sessions on how the project can best provide for and respond to the knowledge sharing and innovation situation in rural areas of Eastern Europe.

Read more: VALERIE workshop at the ERDN Conference - October 2016

Cost Action FP1201
Vienna, Austria, 7th - 9th September 2016

On September 7th- 9th Valentino M. Govigli (EFIMED) attended the final conference of EU COST Action FP1201, known as FACESMAP (“Forest lAnd ownership Changes in Europe: Significance for Management And Policy”), in Vienna, Austria. Link: http://facesmap.boku.ac.at/index.php/final-conference

Read more: Sustainable Forest Management case study at FACESMAP final conference

FOOD 2030 Conference
Brussels, Belgium, 12 - 13th October 2016

VALERIE will be at the FOOD 2030 Conference on “Research and Innovation for Tomorrow's Nutrition and Food Systems” on 12th-13th October at the Square (Mont des Arts – Kunstberg) in Brussels. We will be displaying a project video and demonstrating the ask-Valerie.eu ‘virtual adviser’ tool in the Food Village from 6 pm on 12th October following the Food 2030 Welcome address; and again during the plenary sessions and breaks on 13th October.
http://ec.europa.eu/research/conferences/2016/food2030/index.cfm?pg=programme

Read more: VALERIE will be at the FOOD 2030 Conference

12th European IFSA Symposium
Harper Adams University, Shropshire, UK, 12 - 15th July 2016

The VALERIE workshop entitled “Boosting research outputs: novel approaches for integrating research translation with interactive co-innovation” included four papers, a demonstration of the ask-Valerie.eu search tool and discussion around how EU farmers and advisers currently access information/knowledge for innovation and how this may develop in the future.

Read more: VALERIE “Boosting Research Outputs” workshop - July 2016

Societal Challenge 2 Dissemination Event
Brussels, Belgium, 27th - 29th June 2016

 

Peter Schuler (it-objects, Germany) presented an overview of the VALERIE project at the Societal Challenge 2 dissemination event; held in Brussels on 27-29th June 2016, as part of the EU InfoWeek on 2017 Horizon 2020 calls on "Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, maritime and martime inland water research and bio-economy". The event showcased results of successful EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 projects with presenters highlighting project achievements in terms of results, impact, success factors and lessons learnt. You can download Peter’s VALERIE presentation here.

Read more: VALERIE showcased at the Societal Challenge 2 Dissemination Event - June 2016

ask-Valerie.eu Workshop
Amsterdam, 20th - 23rd June 2016

 

On 20th -23rd June, VALERIE project partners met in Amsterdam to test out the latest version of ask-Valerie.eu, the ‘virtual adviser’ tool. The meeting was an opportunity for VALERIE Case Study Partners (working with local stakeholders in agriculture and forestry) to try out the 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 on-going throughout the project.

 

A separate working group focused on extending and refining the ‘structured vocabulary’ (ontology) that underpins the tool; making changes to the hierarchy and links between agricultural and forestry terms within the ‘structured vocabulary’ to help improve the relevance and accuracy of ask.Valerie.eu research results.

 

Sustainable Forest Biomass: Recycling of Wood Ash

A field trip organised by the VALERIE Finnish case study, ‘Sustainable Forest Biomass: Recycling of Wood Ash’ took place on 8th June 2016. A group of stakeholders and researchers spent a rainy Wednesday in the North Karelian forests discussing the use of recycled wood ash from various perspectives. There was a demonstration of spreading wood ash for use as a fertilizer and people could witness with their own eyes the positive influence of wood ash on forest growth. At the end of the day it was a surprise to see that even a cycle path can be made from wood ash!

Details of the field trip have been posted to Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pages/European-Forest-Institute-EFI/146786162041660 and published as a newspaper article (in Finnish) in the 'Karjalainen', the newspaper from North Karelia. A short version of the Finnish newspaper article can be found on the web at: http://www.karjalainen.fi/uutiset/uutis-alueet/talous/item/107932-tuhka-paketoi-tien-rakenteen-matalammaksi

VALERIE EIP-AGRI Mid-Term Stakeholder Workshop
Copa-Cogeca, Brussels, Belgium, 1st June 2016

 

Around 30 participants from 11 countries representing national & regional farmer unions, AKIS Working Groups, the Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) and European Innovation Partnership (EIP) Operational Groups attended a VALERIE EIP-AGRI mid-term stakeholder workshop in Brussels on 1st June. The main aim of the workshop, co-organised with EIP-AGRI, was to give participants an opportunity to provide feedback on how the VALERIE project is progressing, and included a project overview, information on the VALERIE case studies and demonstration of the ask-Valerie.eu virtual adviser tool & EIP-AGRI website.

Read more: VALERIE EIP-AGRI Mid-Term Stakeholder Workshop - June 2016

Call for extended abstracts - 14th European Rural Development Conference, ‘Knowledge Sharing and Innovation in Agriculture and Rural Areas’
Budapest, Hungary, 3rd - 5th October 2016

 

The European Union (EU) has introduced new policy instruments (e.g. EIP-AGRI) in an attempt to stimulate innovation in agriculture. These initiatives are being implemented across the EU despite the great variety of agricultural and rural circumstances, especially between post-socialist Member States and other parts of the EU. Can these programmes that have primarily been developed from a western EU perspective be successfully implemented in the eastern EU or is a different approach needed? Thus it is timely for researchers and policy makers in eastern central Europe to share their experiences and ideas on how knowledge sharing and innovation can best be encouraged in agriculture and rural areas of the eastern EU.

The conference programme will include a VALERIE workshop where a demonstration of the “ask-Valerie.eu” search and stakeholder engagement tool will be given along with an introduction to the VALERIE project, an update on project progress and an invitation for feedback through Working Group sessions on how the project can best provide for and respond to the knowledge sharing and innovation situation in rural areas of the eastern EU.

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Friday 10th June 2016. Abstracts should be submitted by e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The full call for extended abstracts can be downloaded here

 

VALERIE Ontology Workshop
Vrije Universiteit (“VU”) University, Amsterdam, 11-12th April 2016

 

‘Before lunch’

Members of the VALERIE ontology team were hard at work creating and refining structured vocabularies of agricultural and forestry terms, covering areas such as soil, pest management, field operations, forestry operations, agricultural machinery, forestry machinery and ecosystem services. A scientific, well-constructed ontology will help users of the “ask-Valerie.eu” search and stakeholder engagement tool to find relevant information quickly and effectively.

 

‘After lunch!’

ICT.OPEN 2016 Conference
Amersfoort, the Netherlands, 22nd - 23rd March 2016

On 22nd and 23rd of March, the Conference for ICT-Research in the Netherlands, ICT.OPEN was held in Amersfoort. Mari Wigham and Jan Vogels, two researchers from Wageningen UR FBR were present. They presented a joint poster of the COMMIT/ eFoodLab-project and the VALERIE project. The poster shows how ROC+ can be used to build ontologies for realising smart software solutions, such as the virtual adviser “ask-Valerie.eu”. The poster was enthusiastically received winning a third prize, and many people visited the stand to learn more.

Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Services Case Study

 

Details and news from the VALERIE project and The Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Services case study have been posted on The Union of Foresters of Southern Europe (USSE) website:

A VALERIE project summary can be found here http://www.usse-eu.org/en/proyectos (in English) and here http://www.usse-eu.org/es/proyectos (in Spanish).

The latest case study and VALERIE news can be found here http://www.usse-eu.org/es/noticias (in Spanish only).

12th European IFSA Symposium
Harper Adams University, UK, 12 - 15th July 2016

VALERIE project partners will convene a workshop:  “Boosting research outputs: novel approaches for integrating research translation with interactive co-innovation” at the 12th European IFSA Symposium: “Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways” at Harper Adams University, UK from Tuesday 12 to Friday 15 July 2016. http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/ifsa-conference/sub-theme.cfm?id=20

Read more: VALERIE will be at the 12th European IFSA Symposium

EU Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) report

The VALERIE project and “ask-Valerie.eu” (VALERIE’s search and stakeholder engagement tool) appear in the newly published EU SCAR (Standing Committee on Agricultural Research) report on “Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems Towards the Future: A Foresight Paper”. In chapter 5, “The Role of E-Science in Agriculture: How E-Science Technology Assists Participation in Agricultural Research”, the development of “ask-Valerie.eu” is presented as a key step in improving the flow of information between practitioners and researchers.

Follow the link: https://ec.europa.eu/research/scar/index.cfm?pg=home; or download the report here.

Read more: VALERIE in SCAR report - January 2016

Journal of Agricultural Informatics

The search and stakeholder engagement tool, “ask-Valerie.eu”, is at the core of the recently published, peer-reviewed paper, “From science to practice: Bringing innovations to agronomy and forestry”, written by VALERIE project partners, Don Willems, Nicole Koenderink and Jan Top (Wageningen University, Netherlands).

Willems, D.J.M., Koenderink, N.J.J.P., & Top, J.L. (2015). From science to practice: Bringing innovations to agronomy and forestry. Journal of Agricultural Informatics 6, 85-95, DOI: 10.17700/jai.2015.6.4.214. http://dx.doi.org/10.17700/jai.2015.6.4.214 or download the paper here.

Read more: “ask-Valerie.eu” in the Journal of Agricultural Informatics

Sustainable Forest Management and Ecosystem Services

 

A Valerie stakeholder meeting of the Spanish case study took place in Roncal (Navarra, Spain) on 15th January 2016. This case study deals with the challenges of implementing sustainable forest management in the context of fragmented mountain forest holdings.

Details of the meeting have recently been published as a news item on the EFIMED (Mediterranean Regional Office of the European Forest Institute) website http://www.efimed.efi.int/portal/news/?bid=2299

 

IFSA Workshop: Boosting research outputs: novel approaches for integrating research translation with interactive co-innovation
To be held at Harper Adams University, UK, 12th - 15th July 2015

 

 

The need to translate agricultural and forestry research outputs into practice is widely recognised. The challenge is to boost innovation by improving access to new information and enabling knowledge exchange between researchers and practitioners with a view to integrating new research into field practices. We are inviting papers that discuss knowledge exchange in the context of sustainable agriculture, including new integrative approaches to facilitate translation of research outputs into practice. The workshop will also include a demonstration of the “ask-Valerie.eu” search and stakeholder engagement tool.

The workshop (convened by VALERIE project partners) will be held at the 12th European IFSA Symposium: Social and technological transformation of farming systems: Diverging and converging pathways. Harper Adams University, UK from Tuesday 12th - Friday 15th July 2016.
http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/ifsa-conference/sub-theme.cfm?id=20

The closing date for submission of abstracts is Monday 21st December 2015.

International Fertiliser Society, 23rd Annual Conference
Cambridge, UK, 10th - 11th December 2015

 

The IFS Annual International Conference was held at Robinson College, Cambridge. The varied programme of eleven papers ranged from 'Practical action on farm to reduce diffuse pollution' (Mark Aitken, Scottish Environment Protection Agency, UK) to, 'Is inadequate rooting limiting soil resource capture and crop yield?' (Dr Charlotte white, ADAS, UK) and to, 'Acid treatment of animal slurries: potential and limitations' (Dr David Fangueiro, University of Lisbon, Portugal).

Read more: Presenting VALERIE at IFS, December 2015

Catchment Science 2015 Conference
Wexford, Ireland, 28th - 30th September 2015

Catchment Science 2015 was an International Conference hosted by the Teagasc Agricultural Catchments Programme in Wexford, Ireland. Through a framework based on five inter-related themes, the conference explored the application of catchment science to the environmental and economic challenges facing farmers, policy makers and regulators.

Read more: Introducing VALERIE at Catchment Science, September 2015

Innovations identified, factsheets produced and ‘ask-Valerie.eu’ tested

VALERIE teams have been busy; the work on knowledge extraction and summarising has focused on the identification of more than 300 innovations and the development of a mini-fact sheet for each innovation. The first version of ‘ask-Valerie.eu’ has been completed and was tested in June, 2015.

Read more: VALERIE project news, September 2015

22nd European Seminar on Extension and Education
‘Competence and Excellence in Extension and Education’
Wageningen University, The Netherlands, 28th April - 1st May 2015

 

The European Seminar on Extension and Education (ESEE) was held in April 2015 and hosted by the Education and Competence Studies Group (ECS) of Wageningen University, The Netherlands. The conference provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and experiences among university staff, private and professional personnel and others who are involved in Extension and Education.

Read more: ESEE 22, April 2015

EFITA | WCCA | CIGR 2015 Conference
Information Technology in Agriculture
Poznan, Poland, 29th June - 2nd July 2015


The EFITA 2015 conference on Information Technology in Agriculture was organised by the European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture (EFITA), the World Congress on Conservation Agriculture (WCCA), and the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (CIGR). The conference focussed on the future use of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in the agri-food, bioresource, and biomass sectors. Research on such diverse subjects as decision support systems in agriculture, semantics, data exchange, and farming management systems was presented during this conference.

Read more: "ask-Valerie.eu" at EFITA, July 2015

Sustainable Forestry – biomass and energy from forest to wood ash
Helsinki, Finland, 10-12th June 2015

Eighteen months into the project, VALERIE partners met up in Helsinki on 10-12 June 2015 to discuss progress, compare notes and explore synergies on extracting knowledge, developing innovation through the VALERIE case studies and building the “ask-Valerie.eu” tool. It was also an opportunity to learn more about sustainable forestry in Finland and the case study on Sustainable Forest Biomass, based in Joenssu.

Read more: VALERIE in Finland - June 2015

PRO AKIS – Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS
Final Conference, Brussels, Belgium
The University Foundation, 19-20th May 2015

Julie Ingram (University of Gloucestershire, UK) represented the VALERIE project at the PRO AKIS conference, which presented the project’s findings to an audience of policy makers and other stakeholders. PRO AKIS has developed a conceptual framework for assessing Agricultural Innovation and Knowledge Systems (AKIS), compiled an inventory of AKIS institutions and interactions in the EU-27 as a searchable database and detailed reports. Specific focus at the conference was on:

• Diversity of European AKIS
• Impact and evaluation of advisory services within AKIS
• Challenges for European advisory services
• The AKIS inventory and its future

Read more: PRO AKIS Final Conference - May 2015

PRO AKIS – Prospects for Farmers’ Support: Advisory Services in European AKIS
Seminar on “Advisory services bridging Research and Farmers’ Needs”
France, Poland, Bulgaria, Germany
Hohenheim University, Aula im Schloss, 10th March 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The main purpose of this seminar was to present and discuss PRO AKIS outputs from four case studies investigating information flows within the Agricultural Knowledge and Information Systems (AKIS) in France, Poland, Bulgaria and Bavaria (Germany). One of the core questions addressed across the cases was: “Is there still a role for advisory services to provide a link between researchers and farmers or is it bypassed in this new configuration of the knowledge system?

Read more: PRO AKIS Seminar - March 2015

VALERIE Annual Meeting
Allerton Farm Visitor Centre, Loddington, UK, 27-28th January 2015

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 2015 VALERIE annual meeting was held at the Game and Wildlife Conservation Trust’s Allerton Farm Visitor centre, Loddington, UK on the 27th and 28th January. This followed a meeting of VALERIE case study leaders held on the 26 January held at Oakham, UK and organised by the University of Gloucestershire.

Read more: VALERIE annual meeting - January 2015

VALERIE Stakeholder Workshop
Brussels, Belgium, 5-6th June 2014

 

Stakeholders were informed about the project and their comments solicited during workshops in Brussels on 5th and 6th June 2014.

VALERIE Kick-off Meeting
Wageningen, The Netherlands, 16-17th January 2014

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project's kick-off meeting was held in Wageningen, The Netherlands, on 16th and 17th January 2014. More than 30 people attended: project members, Advisory Board members, and the project's officer, Dr. Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer.