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EIT Food Government Executive Academy


Challenges related to food system innovations and regulations

Workshops and meetings

Addressed to public sector representatives

The Academy was an advisory and capability-building program that offered insights into challenges related to food system innovations and regulations. It was also an opportunity to exchange best practices that had contributed to further improvements of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and future development of operational programs based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds. 

This project was an intensive program of lectures and workshops that offered state-of-the-art knowledge on the complexity of food systems, management of innovations and regulation issues. A crucial part of the programme were workshops presenting real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players (e.g. Danone, Bioazul, etc.) and the actual needs of customers. 

The program was comprised of three days of classes, workshops, and meetings delivered by leading European experts in agrifood industry, innovation management, regulation and MBA level leadership programs. It is highly interactive and features a variety of teaching tools (simulations, case-studies, etc.). The program ends with a collaborative team project.

The organizers aimed at outstanding public sector representatives (including regional and central government officials as well as professionals working in state agencies, regulatory bodies or research universities) from 28 RIS countries (Albania, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Faroe Islands, North Macedonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Moldova, Montenegro, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine). 


results obtained

  • Workshops focused on real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players and actual needs of industry and customers. 
  • Organization of lectures with insights into the complexity of the food system, state-of-the-art technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food industry. 
  • Development of highly interactive learning program based on case-studies and real-life examples. 
  • International network of policymakers working on the agri-food related Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), exchanging experiences to continuously improve the national and regional policies.  



EIT Food 

Danone (France) 

VTT (Finland) 

Bioazul (Spain) 

University of Warsaw (Poland) 

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Website : https://bit.ly/3kgoCUN  

Status: Finished 

Contract nº: 21061

Funding programme: EIT Food program funded by the European Union 

Duration: 1st January 2021 – 31st December 2022 (24 months) 

Budget: 582,308.00 €

Contact person: Antonia Lorenzo (alorenzo@bioazul.com)