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What is the EIT Food Government Executive Academy?

EIT Food Government Executive Academy 2020 brings together public sector representatives, including government representatives from regional and central governments, from 28 RIS countries with experts working in the field of agri-food innovations from industry, academia and European institutions. The Academy is an advisory and capability building program that offers insights into challenges related to food system innovations and regulations. It is also an opportunity to exchange best practices that will contribute to further improvements of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies that will inspire the future development of operational programs based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds.

Who will be on the faculty of the EIT Food GEA 2020?

The Academy is delivered by University of Warsaw, EIT Food CLC North-East and EIT Food CLC South with a group of industrial partners: Danone, PepsiCo, and VTT.


When will the EIT Food GEA 2020 start?

The EIT Food GEA will start on 17th of June (Wednesday) and will last till 19th of June (Friday) 2020.

Who can apply to the EIT Food GEA 2020?

We aim at outstanding public servants as well as representatives of regulatory and compliance bodies from 28 RIS countries (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine). Take a look at Terms and Conditions for more details and (Admissions page).

When and how can I apply to the EIT Food GEA 2020?

To apply to the EIT Food GEA, visit the EIT Food Application Portal.

1. Become an applicant.
2. Fill in the EIT Food GEA application.

The application deadline is 5 April 2020 (extended).

What is the cost of the Academy?

EIT Food GEA is free to attend for the 34 government representatives from 28 RIS countries, selected in an open and transparent recruitment procedure. What is more, every participant will receive a reimbursement of travel and accommodation expenses amounting to 1,000 EUR gross, subject to EIT/Horizon 2020 funding modalities (the staff of EIT Food GEA can support you in planning your travel and hotel arrangements).

What is the working language of the EIT Food GEA 2020?

The working language of EIT Food GEA is English. Participants will interact with other team members, make presentations and read background materials in English.


What will I learn during the EIT Food GEA 2020?

You will receive hands-on knowledge on challenges faced by the global agri-food industry, innovations, trends and their relevance for Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and operational program based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds. The EIT Food GEA will offer you lectures and workshops on the complexity of food system, state-of-the-art agri-food technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food sector. What is more, the program of EIT Food GEA is based on case-studies and real-life examples.

Why should I participate in the EIT Food GEA 2020?

You will not only learn about the global food system but also have a chance to meet experts from various countries and sectors as well as strengthen your personal network of policy-makers, business executives, researchers and representatives of other governments working on the Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and new ESIF Operational Programmes, 2021-2027.

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