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RIS PD - Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development
RIS PD - Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development

RIS PD - Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development

​RIS 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.

NPD - Skills for New Products Development in the Food industry

The development process of a new product, since its inspiration and conception, to its planning, function and launching in the market, is critical for the success and sustainability for every business and industry, including the food industry. 

Pioneers, aspiring entrepreneurs and active players of the food world are invited to join Experts from academia, industry and research institutes, in an effort to build skills and expertise in the development of new products in the food market. Simulation-based trainings with real case studies, hands-on sessions about tools and techniques used for NPD, decision-making tasks and virtual company tours, are scheduled to up-skill and help emerge the future food innovators.

In the 5 days workshop, that took place from the 13th to the 19th of September 2021, 52 men and women have successfully gone through 40 hours of interactive lectures, project assignments and computer-based simulations.

Participants coming from 17 countries out of the 28 making part of the RIS PD project, such as: 

Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Montenegro, 

Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey, Ukraine.

NPD Website
University of Warsaw
Agnieszka Czuprynska Task Leader
Institution University of Warsaw

SUDAPS - Support for Dairy Production Sector

People actively involved in the Dairy sector, like farmers, feed manufacturers, SME’s employees, managers and consultants, are called to interact and get expertise, to develop their innovative ideas, improving their profitability and working together towards the sustainability of the milk production. 

Through personalized workshops all participants will deal with strengths and weaknesses, opportunities and threats of the dairy sector, making important use of the valuable results from ad hoc surveys conducted throughout Europe. 

Dairy sector professionals joined together, either the 1 day or the 5 days targeted workshops, held in November and December of 2021, in Lithuania, Spain and Portugal. 

Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research
Marek Bogacki Task Leader
Institution Institute of Animal Reproduction and Food Research

GROW “non standard” crops herbs and plant cultivations

Farmers, small entrepreneurs, as well as advanced university students, coming from rural areas of Europe, are invited to join highly professional expert seminars. They are challenged to revitalize the cultivation of ancient, almost vanished varieties of cereals, medicinal plants and aromatic herbs. 

Agriculture comes into the digital era, through innovative tools and techniques, treated in workshops and then applied on fields. All participants will reinforce their skills, following the global wave to a healthier lifestyle and a more conscious-full food culture.

During the 2021 workshops, held in Greece, Italy, Poland, Portugal and Slovakia, all participants were invited to 7 hours day sessions to deal with digital agriculture and innovative tools and techniques. 

Growing Consciousness Website
University of Turin
Laura Bonato Task Leader
Institution University of Turin

WE LEAD FOOD – Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in Food

WE Lead Food 2021 is a professional development programme for women leaders, aimed primarily at engaging, educating and equipping the leaders of the food system to enable them to lead entrepreneurially to challenge current practices and deliver a sustainable, diverse and equitable food sector. 

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

We Lead Website
University of Cambridge
Shima Barakat Task Leader
Institution University of Cambridge

September - December 2021: 11 mainstream workshops ran by EIT Food, in association with the University of Turin as activity leader.

More than 350 participants have contributed to the successful completion of the mainstream workshops ran by EIT Food, in the frame of the multidimensional educational program RIS PD (Regional Innovation Scheme Professional Development). 

In association with EIT Food partner companies and Rising Food Stars, under the scientific supervision of fellow universities, 11 effective workshops were held from mid September to December of 2021, in certain countries making part of RIS PD, such as Greece, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.    

All participants coming from the Agro-Food world, the game changers of food sector in their regions, men and equally treated women, had the opportunity to team up with professionals coming from the 28 RIS countries, acquire Knowledge and exchange ideas in a digitalized environment, in the following educational pillars:

NPD: skills for New Products Development in the Food Industry. 

Pioneers and aspiring entrepreneurs, future food innovators built skills and expertise, through 40 hours of interactive lectures, project assignments and computer-based simulations.

GROW: almost vanished varieties of cereals, medicinal plants and aromatic herbs.

Farmers, food professionals and advanced university students from rural areas, were invited to 7 hours day sessions to deal with digital agriculture and innovative tools and techniques, aiming always to a healthier lifestyle and a more conscious-full food culture. 

SUDAPS: Support for Dairy Production Sector.

Dairy sector players, such as farmers, feed manufacturers, SME’s entrepreneurs, managers and consultants in milk processing, joined together either the 1 day or 5 days workshops, in order to efficiently interact, improve profitability and ensure sustainability in milk production. 

WE LEAD:Women’s Entrepreneurial Leadership in Food.

Women, coming from public or private sector, from business or academic world, were provided with insights and tools to navigate exiting and future food organizations, as well as drive change within them. 

Stay tuned for the new round of RIS PD impactful workshops, coming up within 2022. 

Partners

University of Warsaw
IARFR PAS
University of Turin
University of Cambridge

Project Lead

Luca Cocolin
Institution

University of Turin

Contact details

lucasimone.cocolin@unito.it

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