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NON-FOOD AGRO-INDUSTRIAL RESEARCH INFORMATION DISSEMINATION (NF-AIRID) THROUGH PAPER AND ELECTRONIC MEANS

Objective

This proposal seeks support for the continuation of an on-going concerted action
funded for two years under the AIR programme (project AIR3-CT94-2299) with the
objective of disseminating the results of European Commission (EC) research
projects in the area of non-food use of agricultural raw materials.

This project will collect and collate lnformation relevant to the non-food agro-industrial research and
demonstration activities supported by the (EC) as well as that from other sources
and disseminate this information to a target audience (those to whom it would be
of particular benefit, especially SMEs) through a network of National Network
Leaders established in the Member States. This activity will continue to bring the
results of such projects from the AIR and FAIR programmes to the attention of
potential users as well as attract new participants to future programmes (Fifth
Framework) help avoid duplication between national funded work and EC funded
activities, as well as help identify areas where research is needed and provide
feedback to the Commission concerning the types of organisations involved in non
food and their activities and interests in terms of raw materials used or required,
products of present or potential market value and technologies used. Dissemination
will be both by post and fax (paper) and through the InterNet, by establishing a
dedicated web-page on the World Wide Web (WWW), and by periodic issue of
up-dated databases on CD-ROMs. A kick-off meeting and a number of workshops
covering specific issues will be organised.
One of the key objectives is to evaluate the relative merit of the alternative
dissemination routes: postal, fax, e-mail, web site, CD-ROM. This evaluation would
be carried out to define the cost/benefits of these methods as well as to establish
the rate at which the ability (facility, knowledge, interest, etc) to benefit from
modern IT technology is growing within various countries, as well as within various
sectors (small companies, large companies, research institutes, universities). This
aspect of the concerted action would also highlight technical barriers, such as
encoding/decoding software, in areas which have yet to be standardised. The main
target group is potential end users (including small to medium sized enterprises -
SMEs) that can utilise agricultural sources of raw materials. Other beneficiaries
include universities, research institutes and companies seeking research partners.
These include organisations related to fertilisers, fuels, bulk chemicals, fine
chemicals, biopolymers, etc as well as the feed, fabric and paper industries. The
information will also be disseminated to the media, common interest groups (trade
associations, farmers' unions, etc), government departments and policy-makers.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions
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Coordinator

CPL SCIENTIFIC PUBLISHING SERVICES LTD
Address
Kingfisher Court 43, Hambridge Road
RG14 5SJ Near Newbury
United Kingdom

Participants (14)

B. KEARNEY & ASSOCIATES
Ireland
Address

Dublin
BUNDESANSTALT FÜR LANDTECHNIK
Austria
Address

Wiselburg
CARBOHYDRATE RESEARCH FOUNDATION
Netherlands
Address

The Hague
CENTRE DE VALORISATION DES GLUCIDES ET PRODUITS NATURELS
France
Address
Rn 25 Lieu Dit Le Ramponneau
80260 Poulzinville
CHEMICAL CENTER
Sweden
Address
P.o. Box 124
221 00 Lund
FACHAGENTUR NACHWACHSENDE ROHSTOFFE
Germany
Address
Hofplatz, 1
18276 Gülzow
IBET
Portugal
Address

Oeiras
Italian Biomass Association
Italy
Address
Via T. Grossi 6
00100 Roma
MINISTRY OF AGRICULTURE
Denmark
Address
Toldbodgade, 29
1253 Copenhagen K
NATIONAL TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address

Athens
NORSK BIOENERGIFORENING
Norway
Address

Skjetten
UNIVERSITA POLITECNICA DE MADRID
Spain
Address

28040 Madrid
UNIVERSITE CATHOLIQUE DE LOUVAIN
Belgium
Address
Place Croix Du Sud, 2 - Bte 11
1348 Louvain-la-neuve
VTT
Finland
Address

Espoo