Early Career Researchers Workshop “Envisioning the Future of European Animal Production”
Online on the 13, 20 and 27 April 2021
Conducted within the ERA-NET SusAn and organized by MIPAAF, Italy
The European Research Area Network on Sustainable Animal Production (ERA-NET SusAn) was initiated 2016 under the current European research and innovation programme Horizon 2020. 38 partners from 23 European countries in ERA-NET SusAn endorsed scientific excellence and recommended an integrated, interdisciplinary, cross-cutting and multi-actor approach to research and knowledge exchange which reflects the complexity of the research requirements for sustainable European animal production. Based on the three pillars of sustainability - economy, environment and society – SusAn targets innovative research across all areas of the animal production system such as health and welfare, feeding and nutrition, reproduction, breeding and genetics, housing, nutrient management and economics.
The Early Career Researcher Workshop aims to bring together European researchers in the early stages of post doc career to work together on a vision of European sustainable animal production.
Research and Innovation Agenda
SusAn’s Common Strategic Research and Innovation (R&I) Agenda has the aim to contribute to the transformation of livestock production within the European agri-food system. The term “transformation” here means change that is fundamental, i.e. more radical than that brought about by “business as usual”. For the livestock sector, this means that, despite the zootechnical progress made during the past decades, continued progress in agricultural sciences alone will most likely not be sufficient. In addition, political and socio-economic considerations can be expected to provide significant contributions to more sustainable production and consumption.
Livestock production is a highly political issue and the scientific community does not have any political mandate. However, the field of agricultural sciences can be used to inform and to support political decision making.