The conference objectives were:
- to take stock of the implementation of the strategic approach to EU agricultural R&I and present its first achievements on knowledge produced, linkages established between EU policies or new avenues opened in terms of implementation approaches;
- to kick-start a participatory process to discuss how to further structure agricultural and rural R&I activities under future EU policies, in particular the future EU framework programme for research and innovation and the future CAP by identifying key issues deserving particular attention under the different strategy priorities and exploring how to maximise impact and synergies between the various EU policies and instruments.
This event forms part of a series of events on food, agriculture and rural R&I in which the EU Commission is involved, including also the 11th OECD Rural development conference "Enhancing rural innovation" (9-12 April, Edinburgh, UK) and the Bulgarian Presidency Food2030 Conference (14-15 June, Plovdiv, BG).
During the parallel session "Building on achievements: agricultural and rural R&I activities delivering in the broader context of EU action" Emilia Stojmenova Duh, University of Ljubljana (SI), presented the ERUDITE project results as an example of digital service development in rural areas.