The event jointly organized by NAK and AKI on 22nd March 2021, was the national closing event of the international EURAKNOS project in Hungary.
Without effective knowledge transfer, innovation results would not reach farmers, and research results would not support their development. That is why it is especially important for AKI to participate as a consortium member in projects related to the EIP-Agri Partnership Framework Program, such as EURAKNOS working on the development of a European online Knowledge Repository, and the EUREKA project aiming to extend and further develop it.
The EURAKNOS project implemented within the framework of a 17-member international consortium, and provided an opportunity to organize a number of professional meetings, workshops and webinars in 2020, facilitating the process of peer-to-peer learning. Prior to the epidemic, Budapest also hosted a meeting of European experts working on innovation and knowledge transfer.
One of the most important results of the project is the “Explorer’s Guide”, a methodological guide to the operation of Thematic Networks based on the analysis of the activities of existing 29 EU Thematic Networks (4 of which have Hungarian members). The guide provides help on how to effectively operate and facilitate such a multi-stakeholder network. The “Explorer’s Guide” can be downloaded here.
In addition, the EURAKNOS project has developed a prototype of the online Knowledge Repository that will be further developed in its full functionality in the EUREKA project in a wide international partnership. The well-searchable, user-friendly online Knowledge Repository is scheduled to become available in test mode during the summer.
All the results achieved so far and the synergies that will help to exploit them were also presented to the interested experts at the national closing event of the EURAKNOS project named “Thematic Network and online Knowledge Repository, important elements of the knowledge transfer puzzle”, held on 22nd March. During the event, Dr. Szabolcs Vágó (AKI) and Anikó Nagy (NAK) Project managers presented the results of EURAKNOS, Dr. András Vér (SZE MEK) and Ágnes Gáborné Jakab (NAK) briefly described the I2Connect project and its developments so far. This was followed by an interesting roundtable discussion on how to strengthen the link between existing knowledge transfer elements. In addition to the speakers, Dr. Szabolcs Biró (AKI) and Ákos Vágner (Alfa Consulting Office) also participated in the discussion. The event was followed by approx. 145 participants, typically accredited farm advisors, and in a smaller proportion university lecturers.