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Final Report Summary - CEC ANIMAL SCIENCE (Support to animal science organisations from central Europe candidate countries)

Central European countries (CECs) are reputable for their expertise in animal science. Nevertheless, the lack of funds that occurred during the 1990s led to a sectoral crisis since the involved activities were highly capital consuming. Therefore, the CEC ANIMAL SCIENCE project aimed to stimulate the participation of institutions originating from new member states and candidate countries in the European Community's Sixth Framework Programme. The project provided encouragement and facilitation, focussed on all types of animal production and covered all numerous branches of animal science.

Firstly, a detailed mapping of competencies using a web-based questionnaire was performed. The system was dynamic and allowed for automatic statistical data updates following the questionnaires' completion. Moreover, the system could be used for numerous consultations and fit research communities very well. A mapping report was subsequently prepared, containing information on animal science research in five new member states and three applicant countries.

In addition, two databases were developed including detailed information according to competencies and activities for research institutions and small and medium enterprises (SMEs). The databases were accessible via a web portal, which also contained the project reports, newsletters and calls and links for projects under the European Community's Framework.

Furthermore, working groups were established to favour exchange of information, while networking and assistance was provided to organisations aiming to participate in European projects. The organisation of research in animal science was studied and relevant reports were prepared. Supplementary reports focussed on the needs and involvement of SMEs in the targeted countries.

The implemented approach was based on the following three steps:

1. identification of local research establishments
2. registering of the research establishments into a simple web-based database and
3. development of activities for the network members, mainly consisting of information dissemination and assistance for their participation in European projects.

Finally, the mapping report, the databases and the reports on the organisation of the research systems were access free, available via the project website, and served as the primary dissemination tools for the produced knowledge.

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