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 “” 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