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Our RIS public engagement programmes

Our RIS public engagement programmes

Communication is at the centre of all our activities. 

We want to engage all European citizens and turn them into enthusiastic change agents in the food system through multiple initiatives, such as consumer-led innovation campaigns and co-creation activities that connect consumers with the agrifood value chain to work together towards a real transformation of the agrifood system. 

  • RIS Consumer Engagement Labs: pre-competitive, co-creation sessions carried out by a similar group of consumers in a joint, physical place and limited in time. They focus on the development of new product concepts. The Lab methodology is developed jointly by industrial and academic experts, and activities are pre-competitive in nature, i.e. multiple companies could be inspired by insights into consumer preferences. In 2019, these Labs will be organised in Poland, Lithuania, Portugal and Spain, engaging senior consumers. The Labs are implemented with local consortia of scientific organisations, food retailers, food producers, start-ups and non-governmental organisations from the targeted countries, empowered to introduce to market new products resulting from the co-creation process.

    For whom: elderly consumers from Lithuania, Poland, Portugal and Spain working with local scientific organisations, companies and non-governmental organisations.
    Contact: Krzysztof Klincewicz kklincewicz@wz.uw.edu.pl
    More information here

Current projects

RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

RIS Consumer Engagement Labs are pre-competitive co-creation sessions carried out by a similar group of consumers (selected based on specific segmentation criteria) in a joint, physical place and limited in time, focused on ideation/ development of new product concepts. 

RIS Growing Consciousness: Revitalizing agrifood value chains in rural areas

RIS Growing Consciousness: Revitalizing agrifood value chains in rural areas

Our objective is to produce a set of activities (summer schools, focus groups, professional workshops, stakeholders and community meetings, business creation support).

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe

Finding innovative solutions for water scarcity in Southern Europe

EIT Food, EIT Climate, EIT Manufacturing, EIT Raw Materials and BioAzul joint forces to face the real challenges around water scarcity

The objective of this programme is to enhance knowledge and overcome current barriers to tackle water scarcity in Southern Europe through innovation, entrepreneurship, education and communication.

Our other Regional Innovation Scheme programmes

Our RIS education programmes

Our RIS education programmes

Cultivating and attracting talent is essential to create a future innovative food system that produces sustainable and healthy food, and at the same time helps to increase the innovativeness and competitiveness of regional economies.

Our RIS innovation programmes

Our RIS innovation programmes

RIS innovation programmes target societal challenges through technology-based products and services with breakthrough potential.

Our RIS entrepreneurship programmes

Our RIS entrepreneurship programmes

Therefore, we encourage collaboration among food R&D experts, students, academia and businesses in order to create alternative technologies, services and products that will lead the advancement of the agrifood industry.