The EURAKNOS project is coming to an end after a busy 2 years! IfA’s Laura Palczynski has been tirelessly working behind the scenes managing the project’s communication and dissemination with the official title of ‘Work package leader’. We ask her to sum up the work of the last two years…

Laura, for our readers who are new to EURAKNOS, please could you briefly summarise the project aims?

The EURAKNOS project has been working to make EU projects more efficient, achieve easier access to their outputs, and ultimately become more useful to farmers and foresters.
EURAKNOS is focused on a specific type of Horizon 2020-funded project – Thematic Networks. This jargon term just means multiple actors, working together in a network, based around a common topic or ‘theme’, for example data driven decisions in dairy farming was the focus of the 4D4F project that was led by IfA.

EURAKNOS has two main aims:

  • To analyse the performance of ongoing and concluded projects to gather good practices for running projects, involving end-users to ensure project outputs and resources are useful at the practical level.
  • To develop a prototype for an online agricultural and forestry knowledge database to make sure project results are easy to find in one place, and are maintained beyond the lifespan of individual projects (and their associated funding!)

What would you describe as the key successes and highlights of the project?

Highlights of the project were definitely the workshops to reflect upon and learn about the techniques and tools used by projects. It’s certainly nice in the current circumstances to look back on a time when we could safely work together in face-to-face settings!

       

Key successes I would say are our main outputs:

  • Recommendations for effectively working as a multi-actor Thematic Network project compiled in our Explorer’s Guide.
  • Our prototype database and technical guidelines which will be available later in January. I’m no expert on computer programming, but the video below offers a good explanation of what the more technically-minded members of the team have been working on!

I think another honourable mention goes to the network we’ve created, linking up thematic network projects who have joined us at workshops, and taken part in some of our EURAKNOS podcasts.

Will there be any continuation of the project ongoing?

Yes! The EUREKA project is building on the work of EURAKNOS to work with all multi-actor projects funded by Horizon 2020, not just Thematic Networks. They’re also developing our prototype into a fully functional “FarmBook”, which should be launched later this year. For more info about the EUREKA project click here. 

The project officially ends in March, are there any events or activities coming up that our readers should know about or could get involved with?

Yes! We have two key events coming up in February:

The first session of our Final Conference (9am 26th Feb) is the ideal chance to find out about EURAKNOS and EUREKA and how our work can support practical farming and forestry. Or, if you’re interested in going more in-depth about our Explorer’s Guide, policy recommendations, and/or prototype database then join us for the relevant session on 5th Feb!

By the end of the project, EURAKNOS will have released 50 podcasts and 5 videos. If you had to pick your top three videos or podcasts to recommend to our readers what would they be?

That’s a tough question – there’s so much great content to choose from!
I would say I really like the practical summaries available to projects in our Best Practices for Thematic Networks and Introduction to the Explorer’s Guide videos. In terms of podcasts, I really enjoyed Lauren’s take on facilitating workshops, Ray from EuroDairy was great to chat with, and Sylvia explaining the 'multi-actor approach' was a good listen. 

Find out more about the EURAKNOS project here

Laura PalczynskiLaura Palczynski - IfA Livestock Research Assistant and leader of EURAKNOS work package 5