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SCIENCE for SOCIETY - SCIENCE with SOCIETY, How to adapt and use the knowledge base for an optimal functioning of the food-health-agriculture system in the European Union

Funded under: FP6-SOCIETY

Abstract

This conference is part of a series of events organised jointly by the European Commission and EURAGRI with the aim of addressing the changing paradigms of agricultural research in Europe.
The first conference, “Agricultural Research in the European Research Area”, took place in Versailles in December 2000. [...]
The second conference was held in Brussels in October 2002. Under the title “Science for Society - Science with Society”, it explored how to bridge society’s expectations so as to meet new consumer demands related to food quality and safety, animal welfare, rural development and environmental protection. The 'fork-to-farm' approach puts consumer demands at the core of the food production chain. [...]
The third conference, “New Vision on European Food and Agricultural Research”, which was organised in Athens in May 2003, called for an integrated approach to agricultural science in order to address research needs in line with society’s expectations, EU enlargement, negotiations within the World Trade Organisation and the reform of the common agricultural policy. [...]
The present report looks into the agricultural knowledge base in Europe, how it needs to adapt and how it can contribute to new challenges. Agricultural science being a “systems” science by nature, in order to act it must broaden its scope and become an efficient problemsolving tool. It also needs to keep strong links with the different subject disciplines in order to take advantage of methodological developments in cutting-edge science. The newly relaunched Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) is a new opportunity to channel discussions on the European agricultural knowledge base into new research priorities, adding a distinct European view to the present research structure and avoiding the risk of uncoordinated cuts in resources which do not take the European perspective into account.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Research, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: EUR 21723 EN (2005), 28 pp. Free of charge
Availability: http://bookshop.europa.eu/is-bin/INTERSHOP.enfinity/WFS/EU-Bookshop-Site/en_GB/-/EUR/ViewPublication-Start?PublicationKey=KINA21723 (Catalogue Number: KI-NA-21723-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9787-4
Record Number: 200618787 / Last updated on: 2006-10-23
Category: PUBLICATION
Original language: en
Available languages: en