Women-led innovations in agriculture and rural areas

April 17, 2024

Krakow, Poland

Women play a pivotal role in rural society and economic development. Despite their essential contributions, many face challenges such as discrimination and limited access to employment opportunities, particularly in informal sectors. The gender pay gap and employment disparities persist in rural areas, with farming often seen as male-dominated.

To address these issues, gender mainstreaming is crucial in the CAP Strategic Plans, promoting women’s participation in farming and ensuring gender equality. Various EU-supported projects illustrate how barriers to women’s empowerment in rural areas can be overcome, leading to socio-economic benefits and fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Recognising women as a driving force for prosperity, the EU CAP Network support unit for Innovation and Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI is organising a workshop on women-led innovations to demonstrate that farming and rural areas can be attractive places for women, especially for developing their business ideas and applying their innovative approaches.

EU Missions info days

April 25, 2024


Are you interested in funding opportunities for projects helping to reach the EU Missions goals in the areas of health, climate and the environment? Would you like to contribute to bring concrete solutions to some of the greatest challenges facing our society?

Join us online and learn more about the new calls in the Missions’ part of the main Work Programme 2024 under Horizon Europe for each mission:

  • Adaptation to Climate Change Mission
  • Cancer Mission
  • 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart cities by 2030 Mission
  • Restore our Ocean and Waters by 2030 Mission
  • A Soil Deal for Europe Mission

The EU Missions part of the main work programme 2024 under Horizon Europe contains new mission specific calls and topics to support the full implementation of Missions according to their implementation plans. In addition, the calls under Cross-cutting Activities will be presented in its own session.

MOVING Spring School 2024: Explore Mountain Sustainability

April 29, 2024

Valposchiavo Valley, Switzerland

Are you ready to delve into the heart of mountain resilience and innovation? Join the MOVING Spring School 2024: Explore Mountain Sustainability event, which will take place on April 29 – May 3 2024 in Valposchiavo Valley, Switzerland. Led by academics and experts, this unique event promises to illuminate the intricate values of mountain value chains and address pressing challenges facing these majestic landscapes.

The objectives of the event are:

  • Delve into the main challenges and vulnerabilities facing mountain landscapes and communities in the era of climate change. Gain insights into innovative solutions and resilience strategies that are shaping the future of mountain regions.
  • Develop a strategic long-term vision to ensure the sustainable development and resilience of mountain ecosystems and communities.
  • Explore local initiatives and engage in discussions on how to adapt and replicate these strategies in other mountain regions and socio-ecological systems.
  • Craft policy recommendations for sustainable mountain areas.
  • Exchange ideas, share experiences, and co-create innovative solutions that will shape the future of mountain sustainability.

The EU CAP Network conference ‘EIP-AGRI Operational Groups: Innovation in practice’ will take place in Estoril, Portugal, from Monday 6 May to Wednesday 8 May 2024. A call for expression of interest to participate in the conference is currently open until 8 February 2024.

The conference will bring together the best of agricultural and rural innovation in Europe. The main objective of the conference is twofold: to highlight the successful implementation of the EIP-AGRI through OG projects as one of its main building blocks, and to learn from this experience for the implementation of projects under the CAP 2023-2027.

The specific objectives of the conference are to:

  • Spotlight and celebrate the achievements of over 3 400 OG projects in the EU;
  • Exchange and learn from the experiences of OG projects and boost possibilities to share promising knowledge and innovations developed by OGs;
  • Discuss the possibilities, including funding opportunities, to further use and upscale OG outcomes in practice;
  • Discuss challenges and identify good practices that can support the preparation and implementation of OG projects under the CAP 2023-2027;
  • Foster further networking and cooperation for innovation in agriculture, forestry and rural areas, including the creation of transnational/cross-border OGs.

A few weeks are left to the European Parliament’s elections and the set-up of the discussions for a proposal of the post-2027 EU policies. The last MOVING EU MAP webinar “Towards a Policy Roadmap for Vibrant Mountain Economies”, organised online on 8 May 2024, from 10.00 AM-12:00 PM (CET), takes place in this crucial moment to reflect on the future of EU policymaking and its priorities.

This webinar will contribute to raising the voice of >900 mountain actors consulted by the MOVING project, and they need to better integrate mountains in the EU political agenda. During the event, key experts will provide an overview of trends and proposals likely to govern the post-2027 policy developments in the EU’s mountain areas.

Hence, the MOVING project will unveil its proposal for Strategic Options and a policy roadmap to ensure that rural and mountain areas are not excluded from EU’s future policy development. The webinar will contribute to validating and enriching both elements, which will be presented during the MOVING Final Conference (13-14 June, Brussels- Belgium).

Objectives of the webinar
  • Present the MOVING’s Strategic Options and Policy Roadmap;
  • Provide an overview of the current discussions concerning post-2027 policy development, in particular the ones related to mountain and territorial development;
  • Discuss how MOVING’s Strategic Options and Policy Roadmap can be supported within the post-2027 EU policies.

The event is co-organised by the ELIF Community on Territorial Development.

    Bringing the Rural Pact closer to citizens

    May 22, 2024

    Brussels, Belgium

    This Policy Action Lab, organised by the Rural Pact Support Office, will develop proposals on enhancing the achievement of the Rural Vision and Pact objectives at the local level.

    The event will analyse examples of inspiring local-level action in the format of ‘Rural Pact Laboratories’. This will foster an understanding of what the Rural Pact at local level could look like and what would be its key characteristics or elements (similarly to the seven key ingredients around which the Rural Pact can be structured at national or regional levels).  

    The discussion will also help identify success factors and develop proposals on how to enhance the achievement of Rural Vision and Pact objectives at the local level. Outcomes from the discussion will feed into a dedicated Policy Briefing on the same topic, due for publication in September 2024.  

    The Forum is an opportunity for an in-depth exchange of views, allowing for the identification of successes and challenges, and shaping the future direction of the Mission. The event also showcases regional initiatives on adaptation and promotes dialogue between the community of participants.

    The 2024 Mission Forum is co-organised by the Belgian Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    European Sustainable Energy Week 2024

    June 11, 2024

    Brussels and online

    The European Sustainable Energy Week (EUSEW), Europe’s largest annual gathering focusing on renewables and efficient energy use, is set to make a powerful return with its 18th edition under the title, ‘Net-zero energy solutions for a competitive Europe’.

    From 11 to 13 June 2024, the conference will take place both online and onsite in Brussels including a high-level policy conference, presentation of sustainable energy awards, European Youth Energy Day, and an Energy Fair offering valuable networking opportunities.

    Ahead of the event, the organisers are calling on leading experts and innovators to submit policy session proposals for the conference (deadline 19 January 2024), and for applications for the EUSEW Awards, honouring sustainable energy heroes (deadline 1 February 2024).

    MOVING Final Conference (13-14 June 2024)

    June 13, 2024

    Brussels, Belgium

    MOVING is organising its Final Conference, an event that marks the culmination of our 4-year project journey! The grand-finale will take place on the 13th (afternoon) and 14th (morning) of June 2024 in Brussels, Belgium.

    The MOVING Final Conference aims to bring together policy-makers, research institutions, mountain organisations, and other relevant stakeholders. Together, we will underscore the key role of mountain value chains in achieving Europe’s political objectives and targets for 2030. We will also present MOVING’s policy roadmap to unlock the power of mountain value chains, especially in the post-2027 programming period.

    Book the dates in your calendar, and don’t miss the MOVING Final Conference!

    For the latest updates and additional information, stay connected with us through our social media channels (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram).

    Third World Biodiversity Forum

    June 16, 2024

    Davos, Switzerland

    Un­der the theme “From Sci­ence to Ac­tion”, the third World Bio­di­ver­si­ty Fo­rum (WBF) will bring to­geth­er re­searchers across all disc­iplines of bio­di­ver­si­ty sci­ence with prac­ti­tion­ers and so­ci­etal ac­tors to ex­plore how to move from sci­ence to ac­tions and so­lu­tions to con­serve bio­di­ver­si­ty and forge a path to­wards trans­for­ma­tion for sus­tain­abil­i­ty.

    The International Conference on Socio-Ecological Systems and Agro-pastoral Resources in the Challenges of Rural Areas is taking place on October 3-4, 2024, at Universitas Mercatorum in Rome, Italy. This conference aims to foster the exchange of research findings, experiences, and local practices related to the conservation, governance, and management of socio-ecological systems (SES), with a special focus on farming and pastoral systems in rural areas, particularly in marginal ones.

    Themes and Topics Include:

    • Farming, Pastoral, and Forest Systems: Governance, Management, and Practices
    • Landscape Change and Land Use
    • Business Networks, Co-production, and Innovative Markets: Food, Energy, and Wood
    • Awareness-raising on Farming and Pastoral Systems among Non-farming Communities
    • Young People in Rural Areas
    • Recognizing and Rewarding Farmers for Ecosystem Services
    • Managing Conflicts in Commons
    • Enabling Factors for Revitalization and Ecological Transition in Rural Areas: Policy Issues
    • Social Innovation in Rural Areas: Governance and Practices
    • Living Conditions and Quality of Life in Rural Areas
    • The Role of UNESCO Recognition for Transhumance
    • Best Practices, Case Studies, and Experiences

    Contribution proposals should be submitted in English to Participants wishing to submit a contribution will be asked to submit an abstract (minimum 200 words, maximum 500 words). The abstract should briefly state the aim of the research, the main findings and conclusions.

    Save the date for the 13th edition of the European Mountain Convention! Organised by Euromontana, the Government of Catalonia and CREAF, the event will build on the 2050 vision for mountain areas articulated during the previous European Mountain Convention held in Calabria in 2022, and will focus on how to make mountain economies more sustainable, resilient and prosperous.

    Mountain economies are based on economic sectors that are the beating heart of mountain areas, provide employment to mountain communities and essential ecosystem services to the society at large, and are often embedded in territorial identities and values. However, these value chains face a number of economic, social and environmental challenges, exacerbated by the geographical constraints of mountain areas. The XIII European Mountain Convention will be an opportunity to explore and identify solutions and pathways to overcome some of these challenges.

    International Mountain Conference 2025

    September 14, 2025

    Innsbruck, Austria

    The University of Innsbruck has announced that the next International Mountain Conference (IMC) will take place on 14–18 September 2025 in Innsbruck, Austria. The key goals of the conference are to synthesize and enhance understanding of mountain systems, especially the impacts of global change. The conference will build upon previous IMCs and aims to support the continuation of mountain research.

    The tentative timeline for the event includes a call for focus sessions at the end of 2024, a call for abstracts from January to February 2025, and registration from March to May 2025. The final schedule for the conference will be released online in July 2025.