The Initiation Workshop for end-users was held at the headquarters of the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia on Tuesday, 7th of November 2017.
After the welcome address of the coordinator Vladimir Meglič, PhD (KIS) and presentation of the SLO-ACE project activities, the guest speaker Andreja Kutnar, PhD from the University of Primorska presented the InnoRenew Center of Excellence and Hans-Josef Schroers, PhD (KIS) showed to the invitees an example of the good practice of the European project: CropSustaIn project platform for the documentation oscientific networking activities.
In the continuation of the event, a short presentation of SLO-ACE partners was given by, Bénédicte Lebret, PhD (INRA), Mogens Nicolaisen, PhD (AU), and Vladimir Meglič, PhD (on behalf of KIS director Andrej Simončič, PhD).
In the afternoon, parallel sessions were organized. Steering Commitee Meeting of SLO-ACE composed of the director of Agricultural Institute of Slovenia (Andrej Simončič), the members of the SLO-ACE Scientific Advisory Board (Paolo Barbieri, Paul Bilsborrow, Frank R. Dunshea), representatives of the local communities – Chamber of Commerce, Chamber of Agriculture and Forestry and Cooperative Union of Slovenia (Tatjana Zagorc, Igor Hrovatič, Bogdan Štepec), a representative of the Government Office for Development and European Cohesion Policy involved in the coordination of the Smart Specialization Strategy – Slovenia (Karolina Schlegel), a representative of the Ministry of Education, Science and Sports (Mateja Tilia), a representative of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Food (Tadeja Kvas Majer) and a representative of the Agricultural Sciences (Peter Dovč).
Round tables were organized on Field crops and grassland production (moderator Peter Dolničar, PhD – KIS); Fruit growing Viticulture and oenology (moderator Franc Čuš, PhD – KIS) and Animal production (moderator Meta Čandek-Potokar, PhD – KIS). They were attended by representatives of research institutes, universities and end-users (representatives of the industry, breeders associations, government, advisory service, chambers of agriculture and food industry). The purpose of the round tables was to initiate an open discussion among all actors on how to develop a new CoE SLO-ACE involving all interested and relevant actors.