WP7 will ensure the smooth running and optimal set-up of the project activities. Particular attention will be paid to the quality of interactions with the International Advisory Board and the SCAR AKIS-SWG throughout the project.
The management of AgriLink meets the challenges posed by an ambitious multi-actor project that adopts a bold research and innovation approach spanning from furthering the comprehension of the roles of advisory services in farmers’ decision-making to developing Living Labs to test and improve new advisory methods and tools to better link research and practice. The project size and complexity requires a clear and effective management structure.
WP7 has a three specific objectives. At the strategic level, steers to address all unexpected situations, be these scientific, technological, environmental or societal. At the operational level assures progresses in conformity with the work plan with regard to overall progress, milestones, deliverables, planned resources, and data management plan. At the organisational level, optimises the infrastructural setup to support the project, with special attention to financial, logistics, information, coordination issues; to ensure high quality of deliverables, as well as conformity to EC rules and procedures. Particular attention will be paid to the quality of interactions with the International Advisory Board and the SCAR AKIS-SWG throughout the project.
Working on WP7 is about flexibility to enable the project’s work programme to be adjusted in response to external events, either scientific, technological or industrial, effectiveness to ensure the project progresses in accordance with the work programme and the EC rules, and transparency to enable fair decision-making processes.
The scientific supervision and overall management of AgriLink benefits from the project management expertise of two partner institutions, INRA and IT, together with the experience of the WP leaders. Crucial to AgriLink coordination is organising five consortium meetings, when systematic interactions with the members of the International Advisory Board will have a special place on the agenda.
Luke Lauprete (IT)