The LIAISON project aims to understand better what makes a successful partnership for innovation. Why do some partnerships have the ability to organise themselves, to capture new ideas, to nurture them and create something new? How do these partnerships test these new ideas and turn them into something with real practical application? How do they fully and effectively spread the news about their success?

Times are changing!

All across Europe agriculture, forestry and associated sectors are facing major social, economic and environmental concerns and challenges….as well as many exciting opportunities.

Practical and effective new ideas are needed to help farmers and foresters continue meeting the expectations of wider society, whilst at the same time running their own successful businesses and working in harmony with the essential natural resources on which we all depend.  Innovation is therefore currently one of the hottest topics of discussion from farmhouse kitchen tables to meeting rooms in Brussels.

There are many different types of innovation relevant to agriculture and forestry.  Some innovation such as digitalisation is very technical, but innovation is not just about ‘technology transfer’.  Innovation has many dimensions and faces and encompasses many processes.  It is also about networking, information exchange, collective intelligence and the co‐creation of new knowledge and ideas.  Innovation is very much about farmers/foresters, advisors, researchers and others working together in partnership to find solutions to day-to-day needs, challenges and opportunities.

Our Role

Highclere Consulting (HCC) is a key partner in the LIAISON project and we are involved in the majority of project activities.  We have particular responsibility for bringing practitioners and stakeholders to the project and for facilitating the dissemination and exploitation of project results.  This will include developing the following materials:

  • A series of in-depth, hands-on ‘How To’ guides for creating partnerships, managing projects and effectively disseminating results;
  • Policy Briefs on improving the institutional environment for partnerships, projects and networks for innovation;
  • Various communication materials including videos and the LIAISON online platform with examples and good practices from successful innovation partnerships in agriculture, forestry and associated businesses or initiatives.

Partners

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme, under grant agreement No. 773418