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RIS PD - Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development

The RIS* PD (Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development) is a multidimensional educational program run by EIT Food, created to up-skill as well as to re-skill the farmers, SMEs employees, and young professionals, considered to be the game changers of the food sector in their regions.


The main purpose of this program is to invite career progressors from the agri-food world, men and equally treated women, to turn their innovative ideas into action, to become entrepreneurs in their business and lead sustainability challenges in their geographical areas.

Fully integrated and interactive workshops are designed to provide participants with mainstream tools, best real-time NPD techniques and management practices from the extended network of EIT Food partner companies and Rising Food Stars. 

Not to miss, the opportunity to apply the acquired knowledge in a computer-simulated environment and to dive into innovative farming techniques, always in the frame of the agriculture digitalization ambitious project.

*Citizens from the following countries are eligible to take part in the EIT Regional Innovation Scheme (RIS) 2021-2024:

  • EU Member States: Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain.  
  • Horizon Europe Associated Countries**: Montenegro, Republic of North Macedonia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine. 
  • Outermost Regions: Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Réunion, Martinique, Mayotte and Saint-Martin (France), the Azores and Madeira (Portugal), and the Canary Islands 

**These third countries, which are all listed in the European Innovation Scoreboard, will be fully eligible for the EIT RIS, following the successful conclusion of individual Horizon Europe Association Agreements.

New Product Development Training "NPD Skills": learn through experience

Leveraging skills of researchers and employees in the food industry

New Product Development training is a unique series of workshops, prepared by 7 highly skilled international Partners from different institutions and countries, offering participants the opportunity to gain a holistic insight into new product development in food market!

Experts from universities, research institutions and industry have made every effort to ensure that participants gain a new perspective on the specific problems discussed and, by acquiring new tools, techniques and practices, gain the ability to develop innovative ideas and then turn them into action! The guiding principle of the workshop is therefore learning through experience!

So if you want to become an expert in new product development, don’t hesitate – just apply, because this workshop is for you!

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WE LEAD FOOD: Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in Food

Fuel women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in the food system

WE Lead programme aims to equip participants with insights and tools to navigate existing and future food organisations. Early and mid-career researchers and professional women will have the opportunity to explore and develop both their entrepreneurial and leadership self, address systemic issues, define their vision for a more sustainable food system, and devise a plan for the change each one wants to drive.

The programme also aims to connect RIS leaders across the sector and fuel their entrepreneurial leadership mindset for the development of regional innovation ecosystems and to contribute to building entrepreneurial cultures within existing companies, academic and research institutions, public offices or starting new, innovation-driven businesses across Europe.

The WE Lead Programme is made up of interactive sessions designed to unlock and develop the entrepreneurial mindset and capabilities of the participants in the context of leading in the complex and changing food industry. The experiential component will be complemented by a leadership development plan and a mentoring programme to challenge and progress the development plan. Each participant will have access to industry, academic and/or policy mentors, cross-sector industry leaders network and the tools to leverage both entrepreneurial and collective leadership ways of working.

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SMAF - Smart Agriculture Farming

Learn and experiment the digital technologies for greener and smarter business solutions

This course provides you with an overview of technical, organizational challenges and opportunities concerning data-driven solutions for smart agriculture.

You will be invited to work together with fellow leaders, innovators and learn by applying the tools to your own reality. You will get acquainted with a multidisciplinary approach on how to work on these challenges in an integrated manner and become an expert!

This course is addressed to farmers, entrepreneurs, technology providers, agronomists, technicians, cooperatives and students, who will have the opportunity to self study and then adopt in the own farm or business the Smart Agriculture Farming technologies and business models.

Study with your peers, farmers and technology providers the best cases coming out from the audience. Don’t miss the mentoring period that will give a boost to start using digital tools, as well as web or phone applications in the domain of smart agriculture.

Deeptech Revolution in the AgroFood (DRAF)

The primary aim of this educational activity is to delve into the cutting-edge applications of deep tech in the agrifood sector, especially emphasizing the digital twin ecosystem and its capacity to reshape the future of food systems. Organized across four distinct RIS nations, this series aims to empower local professionals, budding entrepreneurs, and academically inclined youths with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives necessary to navigate the evolving landscape of agrifood tech.

On-site or synchronous online webinars in the local language:

  • Malta - A2T-DTS - Advancing Agri-Food Technologies with Digital Twin Solutions
  • Italy - Microbiome as enabler for a sustainable development in the food system
  • Poland - Deep Tech
  • Ukraine - The use of artificial intelligence to improve the quality of food production

Registration links will be available soon!


Project lead

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Luca Cocolin

Professor of Food Microbiology Department of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences at the University of Torino