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Interactive innovation in action – Multi-Actor projects learning from each other

Brussels, Belgium
Thursday, 8 March, 2018

Interactive innovation in action – Multi-Actor projects learning from each other

The concept of “multi-actor approach”, a practical translation of the interactive innovation, has been introduced for the first time in the Horizon 2020 work programme 2014-2015 under the Societal challenge addressing agriculture and forestry. Since then, over 80 projects have been selected. The European Commission organised a workshop to trigger interaction and exchange of best practices between these projects’ coordinators and produce interesting recommendations for the future.

Workshop aim and objectives

The overall aim of the cross-fertilisation event for multi-actor project coordinators was to contribute to the implementation of multi-actor projects of the H2020 Work Programme, a new participatory R&I approach which started as from the first H2020 call 2014. To improve the impact and outreach of the MA projects, the event aimed at promoting the  exchange of best practices on a number of emerging issues linked to the running projects. A number of inspiring examples were presented and participants were invited to contribute to discussions on how to manage Horizon 2020 Multi-Actor projects successfully. The outcome of the workshop will also help the European Commission to improve its guidance towards MA project partners and coordinators.


  • Introduction
    • Networking NCPs - ‘Flash’ presentation of the BioHorizon project ( - Bożena Podlaska
    • Lessons learnt from the multi-actor approach in H2020 SC2 projects – Lara Passante, Head Sector Project Management (REA B.2)
    • Setting the Scene – Inge Van Oost (DG AGRI – R&I)
    • Introduction and overview of the day – Mark Redman (facilitator)
    • Welcome - Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Research and Innovation (Unit B2 – R&I), DG AGRI
  • Managing Multi-Actor Projects and Processes

  • Dissemination, Communication and Outreach of Multi-actor projects

  • Reflections on the day:
    • Karlheinz Knickel, Independent Research Co-ordinator and Consultant
    • Tom Kelly, Director of Knowledge Transfer, Teagasc
    • Pekka Pesonen, Secretary-General of COPA-COGECA
    • Inge Van Oost, DG AGRI – R&I


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