TRAFOON-TRADEIT Joint Final Conference

"Open to Innovation Conference: Networks for the Support of the Traditional Food Sector in Europe"


19th & 20th October 2016 Thon Hotel Brussels City Centre, Brussels

This 2-day joint closing conference shared a vision for the future development of the SME food sector in Europe. This vision has emerged from 3 years of regional engagement with SMEs, SME associations and researchers across Europe. 


The conference presented outcomes, best practices and recommendations from the TRADEIT and Trafoon projects with a special focus on: 


•  Vision for the Development of SME Food Sector in Europe

•  SME Case Studies: Successes and Impacts of the TRADEIT & Trafoon Projects

•  Integrating Entrepreneurial thinking into Food Research Centres


The TRADEIT and Trafoon Networks are composed of key actors in the food sector including, food producers, regional SME networks, food industry associations, enterprise development experts and leading research and innovation centres from across Europe. 


Day 1


SESSION 1: Vision for the Sustainability of the SME Food Sector in Europe 

Welcome: Barend Verachtert, European Commission, DG Innovation and Research, Belgium.
Barend Verachtert.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.1 MB
TRADEIT Vision: Helena McMahon, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland.
Helena McMahon.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 40.3 MB
TRAFOON Vision: Susanne Braun, University of Hohenheim, Germany.
Susanne Braun.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 99.2 MB
Food Drink Europe (incl. ETP Agenda): Beate Keattlitz, Food Drink Europe, Belgium.
Beate Kettlitz.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 29.1 MB
National Technology Platforms: András Sebök, National Contact Point Network, Hungary.
Andras Sebok.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.7 MB

SESSION 2:The Traditional Food Producer: Open to Innovation 

TRAFOON:Best Practice on the 6 Sectors - Danilo Christen, Agroscope, Switzerland.
Danilo Christen.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 13.5 MB
TRADEIT:The Butcher, the Baker & the Cheese Maker - Joan Lockyer, Coventry University, UK.
Joan Lockyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.3 MB

SESSION 3: Covering the Research Gap for the Food Sector: SRIA 

TRAFOON SRIA: Mirjana Pesic, University of Belgrade, Serbia.
Mirjana Pesic.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 8.3 MB
TRADEIT SRIA: Brian McKenna, EFFoST, Netherlands.
Brian McKenna.pdf
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Day 2


SESSION 4: Achieving Impact and Making a Difference through

Knowledge Exchange

TRADEIT One Step back, Five Forward - The Entrepreneurial Researcher: Breda O’Dwyer, Institute of Technology Tralee, Ireland.
Breda O'Dwyer.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.1 MB
TRADEIT Knowledge Exchange within the Traditional Food Sector: Catherine Halbert, Halbert Research, Ireland.
Catherine Halbert.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.7 MB
TRAFOON Fostering Entrepreneurship for Traditional Food SMEs: Laura Lecci, EBN, Belgium.
LAURA. Fostering Entreprenurship_EBN_SPI
Adobe Acrobat Document 7.0 MB
TRAFOON Impact Assessment: Patricia Mora Mc Ginity, Gestiona Global, Spain.
Adobe Acrobat Document 2.5 MB

SESSION 5: Taking Tradition Forward: Network Sustainability

Networking beyond borders: Paul Coughlan, Trinity College Dublin, Ireland.
Paul Coughlan-ilovepdf-compressed.pdf
Adobe Acrobat Document 1.5 MB
TRAFOON Network Sustainability: Gerhard Schleining, ISEKI & BOKU, Austria.
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.4 MB
TRADEIT Network Sustainability: Jeroen Knol, EFFoST, Netherlands.
Adobe Acrobat Document 4.9 MB

TRAFOON Successful Open Innovation case:

Dirfis Mushrooms in close collaboration with scientists from the University of Hohenheim (Stuttgart) Germany developed dried mushroom products, naturally-enriched with vitamin D in a sustainable way using a innovative solar drying technology.

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme for research, technological development and demonstration under grant agreement no. 613912