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
Regional Innovation Scheme

RIS Consumer Engagement Labs

Unlike typical sensory panels and consumer surveys, they will not involve testing of sample products but creation of innovative, non-yet-existing combinations of product features and benefits. The Lab methodology is...

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.