Ghent Group

  • Ghent Group - A community on Science-based advice

  • in the fields of agriculture and environment

The Ghent Group is an informal community of European institutes and individuals working with science-based advice in the fields of agriculture and environment. The group has common interest in sharing best practices, learning and teaching. It is named after our first training course in Ghent, Belgium in October 2022. On this page you can find information on previous events, find contact information on how to get involved, and stay informed of future activities. 

Activities 2023 - Save the dates:

We are planning a 2-day course similar to the one in 2022 for the fall of 2023. The venue is again in the lovely city of Ghent in Belgium. We are also planning a workshop on co-creation back-to-back with the course. 

  • 29 -30 November: Advanced Training course on science-based advice for policy in agriculture and environment
  • 30 November - 1 December: Co-creation workshop on science-based advice

Where: VAC Ghent, Kon. Maria Hendrikaplein 70, 9000 Ghent, Belgium
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Background: 

The European Union as well as national governments have adopted ambitious climate and environmental targets for agriculture and food production. At the same time, an efficient and competitive agricultural and food sector is important for food supply and the economy. Decisions and regulations in this field can be both complicated and conflicting. The topics of agriculture, food, climate and the environment are therefore high on the political agenda, and there is a growing demand for scientific knowledge advising policy formulation.

In 2021, Aarhus University hosted the first European Seminar on science-based advice in agriculture and environment . More than 200 researchers and advisers from all over Europe participated. One of the conclusions was, that there is a need to learn from each other, to share best practices and to discuss the main principles, in order to strengthen the evidence based policy development in Europe. As a result, 7 European research institutes developed a first training course, open to experienced resarchers and advisors from all of Europe.

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