This project is built on a methodology for innovation-driven research previously developed and tested in previous European projects, as the WINETECH and WINETECH PLUS projects, developed by FEUGA from 2006 to 2013. The overall objective of the WINETWORK project is to close the research and innovation divide by setting up a thematic network for the promotion of an interactive innovation-driven research ecosystem applied to the winegrowing sector, based on previously experiences.

The project will adapt a standard methodology to accelerate the shift from science-driven research to innovation-driven research based on the needs of end users. This approach implies gathering experiences and knowledge from different actors, interactive knowledge co-creation and its wide diffusion among stakeholders.

a) Objectives: WINETWORK project has four specific objectives

To develop an ecosystem for the co-creation of knowledge at European scale. WINETWORK project will develop an innovative methodology, based on previous experiences, for strengthening multi-actors cooperation to gather knowledge and innovative solutions that cut-across research, to collect, synthesize, share and widely disseminate best practices and research results to practitioners and scientists.
To stimulate exchange of information and to co-create a knowledge reservoir on grapevine trunk diseases and flavescence dorée. The project will improve the exchange of information and knowledge between scientists and winegrowers on the management of these diseases, stimulating the flow of information and exchanges of experiences between the different European regions affected by these diseases. A comprehensive reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge will be created to provide accessible materials to both innovation service providers and end-users (winegrowers).
To improve skills and education material of the wine industry stakeholders. WINETWORK will allow to develop material exploiting the knowledge reservoir to train winegrowers, agricultural services, farm advisory services and innovation support services. Training programs will be developed and implemented. The project will also identify the most efficient path for spreading and transferring knowledge.
To develop a research and innovation agenda for increasing productivity and sustainability of the European wine industry. The objective is also to develop a better targeted and shared research agenda for innovation-driven research.

b) The project

Schema project
WINETWORK project follows a methodology previously applied in other projects. First the network has to be created by setting up the facilitator agents network, the technical working groups and one scientific working group at European level. There will be 10 interconnected two scientific working groups technical working groups, one in each region. They are formed by technicians, support services, FA and winegrowers. The scientific working groups are composed of two groups, one for Grapevine Trunk Diseases (GTD) and the other for Flavescence Dorée (FD). It gathers scientists from all European countries that are working on these themes.

Once the two groups are formed, and their knowledge collected and analyzed, the knowledge will be synthesized and the most relevant information will be identified through a participative process at regional scale. Then all this scientific and practical knowledge will be translated into educative and interactive supports
addressed to innovation support service and winegrowers. This knowledge reservoir will be composed of technical data sheets, end-users flyers, technical videos, newsletters and publications.
The technical working groups, scientific working groups and European winegrowers will allow identify needs for innovation driven research and to define a future research agenda.
All this leads to the dissemination and exploitation of the project results. To ensure its success, one European and 10 regional dissemination plans will be defined. Special events will take place to disseminate the material available on the knowledge reservoir to practitioners, advisors and innovation support services. Finally partners will study the possibility of transferring the project results to other agricultural sectors.

c) Expected impacts

WINETWORK project will provide a methodology that will support all agricultural sectors to enhance innovation-driven research. Because of its first application to the wine sector, the project will have some specific impacts on the management of vine diseases. The impacts of the project will be important at the European scale.
Improve flow of information and knowledge between academia and practitioners
Increase exchanges between European regions on innovative matters
Successfully deploy a vast reservoir of existing scientific and practical knowledge
Focus collection of innovative knowledge on specific theme, a greater user acceptance and intense dissemination of solutions for a more competitive and sustainable agriculture
Provide accessible and long-term available end-user material on the themes which should also generate a better targeted and shared research agenda for innovation driven research and multi-actors projects
Improve skills and education material on innovation approaches and on specific thematic areas
Support to implementation of the European innovation partnership (EIP) “Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability” (What's all about?)
Impact on the economy of the wine industry: dissemination of good practices through WINETWORK project will mitigate the effect of the two diseases on the infected vines and reduce further spreading
Impacts on scientific communities: development and improvement of new recommendations for the control of grapevine trunk diseases and flavescence dorée

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N°652601
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