Practice abstracts

Organising effective online workshops for EU projects

In Horizon 2020 multi-actor projects such as EUREKA (www.h2020eureka.eu) workshops are important for gaining input from end users, as well as communicating and disseminating the knowledge that is built in the project. Physical face-to-face project workshops are moving online because of increased concern about the impact of international travel, as well as restrictions on human movement due to COVID–19. But what are the advantages of online workshops, what does a good workshop look like and what aspects are critical to its success?

Understanding the end user using personas and journeys

End user personas and journeys are a critical tool for product development, they enable practitioners to understand who they are designing for as well as getting to the core challenges and opportunities that the end user experiences. Without understanding the end user it is possible that practitioners design applications without fully understanding the system complexities, problems and what the end users actually need.

Successful knowledge dissemination: targeting the key sources used by the agricultural community

Communication and dissemination strategies are critical for ensuring effective knowledge transfer to the agricultural community as well as being mandatory by the European Commission for Horizon 2020 projects. A key factor for successful knowledge transfer is understanding the preferences and habits of the agricultural community in how they search for and obtain new knowledge.

The challenges of obtaining knowledge in the agricultural sector

Knowledge can be obtained from a wide variety of sources and in a wide range of formats. Effective knowledge exchange is critical for the advancement of the agricultural sector and the strengthening of knowledge exchange within the so-called Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation System (AKIS) of EU Member States has become an increasingly important objective of EU agricultural policy. The EUREKA project (www.h2020eureka.eu) aims to help strengthen knowledge exchange through the development of an online, open-source EU agricultural knowledge reservoir.

End user requirements for open-source knowledge e-platform features

The EUREKA project (www.h2020eureka.eu) aims to help strengthen agricultural knowledge exchange in EU Member States through the development of an online knowledge reservoir called the FarmBook. An open-source e-platform is a good tool for the development of such a knowledge base and can improve connections between two distinct user groups: multi-actor project partners and multi-actor end-users (farmers, foresters, advisors).

Best practices for communicating news, events and results in EU-funded research and innovation projects

The EUREKA project has analysed the communication practices of over 100 MAPs funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme and identified numerous good practices.

Making knowledge objects available to the AKIS community through an EU-wide agricultural knowledge repository

The greatest challenge is the collection of information and content (‘knowledge objects’) in heterogeneous types and formats from a range of disparate sources and integrate them into a single storage space.

The FAIRness of data and other ‘knowledge objects’ exchanged in the EU agri-food and rural sectors

Leveraging the full power of knowledge requires it to be conveyed in ways that make its exploitation feasible by both humans and machines.

The challenge of building a sustainable knowledge community

A knowledge community represents a network of people with a common interest who work together to create and share knowledge on a particular topic or issue. A project with its partners is a typical example. But what happens after a project is finished?

Developing common goals for project impact

The importance of developing common goals amongst partners for maximising the impact of multi-actor projects

Effective communication for impact indicators

Effective communication between partners is essential good practice to develop meaningful impact indicators for multi-actor projects

Most effective social media channels for research and innovation projects

Which social media channels are most effective for helping research and innovation projects to reach their target audiences?

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