Save the date: Organic Innovation Days 2020: A cooperation of TP Organics & LIVESEED, 24-25 November 2020, online

For this year’s Organic Innovation Days, TP Organics is partnering with the LIVESEED project, coordinated by IFOAM Organics Europe. Bringing together important and diverse actors of the organic food and farming movement.

On 24 November, the opening day, the LIVESEED Final Stakeholder Event will take place. This EU Horizon 2020-funded project aims to boost organic seed and plant breeding across Europe. The results and policy recommendations from the project will be presented and discussed. Exciting innovations in the organic seed and plant breeding sector will be showcased. The consortium consists of 50 partners (research institutes, breeding and seed companies, organic associations, and national authorities) covering 18 EU countries. IFOAM Organics Europe and FiBL Switzerland coordinate the project.

25 November, the second day will be dedicated to opportunities for organics in Horizon Europe, the EU’s next research & innovation framework programme starting in 2021. Emile Frison, member of the International Panel of Experts on Sustainable Food Systems (IPES-Food) and member of the Mission Board for Soil Health and Food, will give a keynote. The following policy debate will shine a light on the Missions as new instrument in Horizon Europe. European Commission representatives Nathalie Sauze-Vandevyver, Deputy Director-General at DG AGRI and Peter Wehrheim, Head of Unit for Bioeconomy & Food Systems at DG Research & Innovation, will be joined by organic farmer Alfred Grand, member of the Mission Board for Soil Health and Food, and Mute Schimpf, Food Campaigner for Friends of the Earth Europe and member of TP Organics’ Steering Committee.

In the afternoon, the Stakeholder Forum will bring together TP Organics’ members. In parallel, the LIVESEED European workshop on organic seed production and use will be held. Project partners from several EU Member States will present their progress and smart practices in the implementation of the Organic Regulation with regards to organic seed at the national and regional level. EU and national policymakers, key stakeholders involved in the organic seed sector will exchange national experiences and best practices.

The event will offer the opportunity for stakeholders and researchers to network. Mark the date in your calendar and stay tuned for the registration opening by visiting TP Organics’ event page and following LIVESEED on Twitter and Facebook.

TP Organics is co-financed by the LIFE Programme of the European Union, under the Executive Agency for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (EASME). The sole responsibility for this communication lies with IFOAM Organics Europe. The EASME is not responsible for any use that may be made of the information provided.

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