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Overview of EIT Food Government Executive Academy

EIT Food Government Executive Academy brings together government representatives from 15 RIS countries, researchers 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 and future development of operational programs based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds.

Key features

  • workshops focused on real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players and actual needs of industry and customers
  • lectures offering insights into the complexity of food system, state-of-the-art technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food industry
  • highly interactive learning program based on case-studies and real-life examples
  • working with European experts in agri-food industry and innovation management
  • participants do not pay tuition and have travel and personal costs reimbursed (up to the level of 1,000€, reimbursed in accordance with EIT/Horizon 2020 rules)
  • excellent opportunities to build an international network of policy‐makers working on the agri-food related Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), exchanging experiences to continuously improve the national and regional policies and programs.

You will meet

You will be part of a cohort of 45 government representatives from 15 RIS countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey) involved in the design, implementation and/or monitoring of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) and programs related to agri-food industry, or in defining regulatory policies related to agri-food industry. During the Academy, you will meet government executives, directors, managers, scientists and other experts working in the agri-food industry, non-governmental sector, European institutions and media.

You can expect

The Academy will supply you with expert knowledge on challenges faced by the global agri-food industry, state-of-the-art technologies relevant to the contemporary food system and best practices in innovation management. With our guests and experts from the field, you can expect to strengthen the innovation eco-systems in your country or region, increase the internationalisation of your country’s or region's agri-food companies and increase success rates of new product launches to leverage the benefits of public funding distributed for Research & Innovations. You will also have an opportunity to share good practices, benefit from lessons learned of other countries and participate in an international network of policy experts involved in the updates of RIS3 and the development of the future operational programs based on European Structural and Investment Funds, 2021-2027.


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