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.

Paul Newell Price (ADAS, UK) opened the workshop and introduced each of the four speakers:

1. Roger Sylvester-Bradley (ADAS, UK); “Agronōmics – an arena for synergy between the science and practice of crop production”. Roger’s paper can be downloaded here.
2. Nicolas Salliou (INRA, France); “Integrating stakeholders’ perceptions of using natural enemies and landscape complexity for biological control into the research and innovation process”.  Nicolas’s paper can be downloaded here.
3. Didier Stilmant (Walloon Agricultural Research Center, Belgium); “Lessons learned from the implementation of three different research postures within a participatory research framework”. Didier’s paper can be downloaded here.
4. Julie Ingram (Countryside and Community Research Institute, UK); “Inserting co-innovation into research translation: experiences from the VALERIE project”. Julie’s paper can be downloaded here.

Frits Van Evert (Wageningen UR, Netherlands) presented an overview of the VALERIE project, followed by a demonstration and discussion of the ask-Valerie.eu ‘virtual adviser’ search tool.

Productive dialogue then covered a number of topics, including: how do EU farmers and advisers currently access information/knowledge for innovation and how will this develop in the future?

Papers from the other workshops held at the conference can be accessed at: http://www.harper-adams.ac.uk/events/ifsa-conference/workshops.cfm