TP Organics and TIPI organised Science Day for the fifth time at BioFach 2017, Nuremberg, Germany.

TP Organics and TIPI, Technology Innovation Platform of IFOAM – Organics International, organized the 5th edition of the Science Day at BIOFACH.

The morning session was devoted to the review of TP Organics’ (TPO) achievements in the wake of its 10th anniversary. Eduardo Cuoco, head of the TPO secretariat, presented some facts about TPO, and drew the attention to the large amount of calls under H2020 which were relevant for organic agriculture – to a large degree a result of the work of TPO. Hans-Jörg Lutzeyer from the European Commission, DG Research & Innovation, drew our attention to the current challenges to feeding the world and the sustainable development goals and also mentioned possiblities for organic agriculture projects under H2020.  

After this, the development of a new long-term strategy for TPO was presented. The participants had the chance to put forward their priorities for TP Organics’ advocacy work and suggestions for improving services for members. Based on the outcomes of the workshop, TP Organics will prepare a draft strategy document which will be open for consultation during spring-summer 2017. The final strategy will be presented at the Organic Innovation Days on 15-17 November 2017 in Brussels.

In the afternoon, TIPI presented the vision and action plan of TIPI with the title “The 100 questions to be addressed by novel organic food and farming systems”. The session focussed on identifying the research gaps in organic food and farming systems in the context of international cooperation. Urs Niggli mentioned that organic farming does not grow by itself – research is necessary!

The main part of the afternoon was dedicated to a workshop, which aimed at contributing to the development of a strategic research agenda for organic food and farming systems in different regions of the world. The need to make use of the current (global) political agendas was expressed, and it was stressed that there is a strong need to understand the stakeholder landscape in order to select the most accessible potential funding sources.


ISOFAR was represented at the meeting by the board members Ilse A.Rasmussen and
M. Reza Ardakani.


Ilse A. Rasmussen,
ICROFS (International Centre for Research in Organic Food Systems)
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Board member of ISOFAR

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