One of the starting points of the Resilience investment theme is to fit in well with the innovation agendas of the top sectors A & F and T & U. Partly because the theme is financed from the R & D surcharge and especially because the theme must generate a multiplier, e.g. via PPP contracts. It is therefore important to also align the lines of research, in addition to scientific challenges, with the questions and wishes of the business community and the government. In December 2016, a first inspiration workshop on Resilience was organized with companies from the plant and animal sector. The objective of this was to inform the business community about the Wageningen approach to resilience and to first assess the interest in the business community. The result of this workshop was that the representatives of companies indicated that they were very interested in the resilience activities; they like to stay informed and be involved in a follow-up. Explicitly, the added value of the company's broadness was indicated with representatives from both the plant and animal sectors and the connection with social and environmental sciences. An emphatic advice was to include social and economic aspects in research, so as not to forget economic resilience. To this end, a stakeholder meeting will be organized by this project at the end of 2017.
A second important spearhead is to expand the international network and to increase WUR's opportunities to cooperate with other top institutes within the theme of resilience. To this end, in cooperation with foreign institutions and stakeholders, proposals are being written for calls from the European Commission's investment program called Horizon2020. Two major proposals (7 million and 5 million) are written in 2017, together with renowned colleague institutions such as INRA, Bologna University and Newcastle University. One of the two projects focuses on the 'Breeding for Resilience' call, the other on 'Alternative production systems to address antimicrobials'. Both have a strong 'resilience' approach, and in both commercial companies are involved (including GLOBAL G.A.P., Toppigs Norsvin and Zoetis). The submission was in September. A third proposal regarding the improvement of animal welfare in organic livestock farming is also being worked on. In this, ideas from resilience are also considered with the (international) organic sector and with foreign partners. The submission will be in February 2018.
|Effective start/end date||1/01/17 → 31/12/17|