The future of innovation in European agriculture and forestry is based on the improved (digital) exchange of best practices between farmers, researchers and advisors from different sectors and member states.

Check out our Vision Paper exploring The Future EU-wide Open Source Knowledge Reservoir for Agriculture and Forestry and our Explorer's Guide to Thematic Networks for guidance on achieving high impact.

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EURAKNOS is the sister project of EUREKA

Our mission

Info facilitate

We facilitate and support thematic networks by connecting and extending the current network of thematic networks.

Info collect

We collect knowledge, materials and tools of the thematic networks.

Info develop

We develop an EU-wide open source agricultural knowledge innovation database.

Connecting thematic networks accross Europe

  • 17 Partners
  • 200+ Organisations
  • 8 Countries

Our thematic networks




Sharing Expertise and Experience towards sheep Productivity through NETworking




SHEEPNET is coordinated by IDELE

"SheepNet is a thematic network project about practice-driven innovation to improve sheep productivity (number of lambs weaned/ewe mated): a critical component of farmers’ income and therefore of the sustainability and attractiveness of sheep farming. SheepNet will establish durable exchange of scientific and practical knowledge among researchers, farmers and advisors, through a multi-actor and transdisciplinary approach at national and international levels and by the broad involvement of European Agriculture knowledge and Innovation Systems. This will promote the implementation and dissemination of innovative and best technologies and practices for the improvement of sheep productivity. To maximize impact and ensure a wide coverage of different farming systems, SheepNet will bring together six main sheep producing EU countries, plus Turkey, and Australia, New Zealand, and every relevant EU network.




Shared Innovation Space for Sustainable Productivity of Grasslands in Europe





Grasslands are vitally important for European agriculture. The 20 partners of Inno4Grass gather farmers’ organisations, extension services, education and research in eight countries (Germany, Belgium, France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Poland & Sweden) where grasslands contribute a major share of the agricultural area. The overall objective of the project is to bridge the gap between practice and science to ensure the implementation of innovative systems on productive grasslands to achieve profitability while providing environmental services. The associated animal productions are dairy and beef cattle and sheep.




Short supply chain Knowledge and Innovation Network





SKIN is an ambitious initiative of 20 partners in 14 countries in the area of Short Food Supply Chains (SFSCs). It intends to systematise and bring knowledge to practitioners, promote collaboration within a demand-driven innovation logic and provide inputs to policymaking through links to the EIP-AGRI. SKIN will build and animate a community of about 500 stakeholders, with the strategic objective of setting up, at the conclusion of the project, a European association permanently working for the improvement of SFSCs efficiency and for the benefit of stakeholders and growth in the sector. The community will be built and animated around the identification of good practices in short supply chains across Europe. Partners will scout, analyse and classify a significant number of cases in different countries. “Best practices” (at least 100) will be systematised, processed into highly usable formats (including video and page-flows) and made accessible to stakeholders via the web (following the EIP AGRI formats) and through the set-up of regional nodes, to allow a deeper penetration of existing knowledge into practice.




Agroforestry Innovation Networks





Agroforestry (AF) is the practice of deliberately integrating woody vegetation (trees or shrubs) with crop and/or animal systems to benefit from the resulting ecological and economic interactions. Research activities developed by AFINET partners indicates that appropriate application of AF principles and practices is a key avenue to help the European Union to achieve more sustainable methods of food and fibre production, producing both profits for farmers and environmental benefits. However up to now exists a lack of AF knowledge among end-users that prevent the correct implementation of these practices.

What’s going on

05 February

EURAKNOS: Raiders of the lost Agricultural Knowledge - presenting our key outputs

EURAKNOS presents key findings relating to improving the sustainability of EU Thematic Networks and their results.

Thematic Networks (TNs) are multi-actor projects working on a specific topic. They are promoted by EIP-AGRI and funded by the European Union's Horizon 2020 programme. The main aim of these projects are to collect and share practical, ready-for-use knowledge for agricultural and forestry actors.

However, sustainability of TNs and their knowledge is a problem, so over the past two years, EURAKNOS has been networking with and learning from past and current TN projects, and developing a proof of concept for an EU-wide knowledge platform. These findings can offer insight into how we can prevent valuable knowledge resources from becoming lost.

Join us in between 10:00-15:00 CET on Friday 5th February, when we will present:

  • 10:00 - 10:45 Our Explorer's Guide to Thematic Networks which offers key insights and advice to achieve the highest possible impact (available in 13 languages)
  • 11:00 - 11:45 Our recommendations for improvements to policy and funding structures.
  • 12:00 - Lunch
  • 14:00 - 15:00 Our prototype knowledge database.

In each session there will be a short presentation followed by Q&A.

Register here:

  • Online
  • 10:00
16 nov. 2020
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EUREKA is building a wide agricultural knowledge base

EUREKA is one of a growing ‘family’ of EU-funded projects that aim to strengthen and improve the flow of agricultural and rural-related knowledge and innovation at European, national and regional level and is very closely linked to EURAKNOS, building on our work on optimising the flow of knowledge from TNs.

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Our EURAKNOS Videos explain our main activities and outputs - for example, see how we've been working towards an online knowledge database to collect outputs from various Thematic Network Projects
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The EURAKNOS podcast

Our EURAKNOS Podcasts give an insight into the creation, management, and successes of current and past Thematic Networks. Interviewing members from all aspects of the TN, the podcasts provide a great summary of all you need to know about each project.
Sylvia Burssens explains what we mean by a 'multi-actor approach' and details how the knowledge innovation panel (KIP) will support the Euraknos project. Did you know 'kip' means chicken in Flemish? Well let's hope they give us the golden egg!

A multi-actor approach and the 'KIP'


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  • “EURAKNOS can be seen as the network of the networks that will analyze this knowledge to explore the feasibility of creating a modular database that makes this information more accessible to the farming community in a searchable and semi-standardized way."

    - Prof Pieter Spanoghe, EURAKNOS coordinator
  • “It is a really good idea to make a knowledge base, which comprises knowledge from several European countries. It is a place where farmers, advisors and everyone interested in agriculture can get inspired on how to innovate”

    - Pernille Pennington, Communications consultant SEGES, Denmark, AGRISPIN
  • “Sharing knowledge to promote new technology - such as sensors to monitor livestock 24/7 - has resulted in increased feed efficiency, improved animal welfare, increased profitability and lower greenhouse gas emissions. The EURAKNOS TN will ensure this knowledge is reached by an even wider audience, helping to further the success of the 4D4F network.”

    - Richard Loyd, IFA, Livestock Team Manager, 4D4F
  • “One of the key learnings was actually with a group of farmers who were reluctant to engage because they had a history of being told that they were not performing. But with the power of good facilitation, they developed their own sense of ownership and empowerment, and were then able to deliver real change.”

    - MAIN David, Professor of Production Animal Health and Welfare, Royal Agricultural University, HENNOVATION
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