Early Career Researchers Workshop “Envisioning the Future of European Animal Production”

The Early Career Researchers Workshop took place online in April 2021 with 3 weekly online working sessions. Participants were 23 early career researchers, selected in 2020 on the base of their curricula, from 12 different EU countries. Countries involved: Finland, Norway, Sweden, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, Ireland, UK, Spain, Italy, Slovenia, Slovakia.

The focus of the workshop was the identification of vision and challenges for future sustainable animal production systems in Europe. Six keynote speakers introduced the work with inspiring talks on sustainable animal production issues and the participants explored alternative scenarios identifying key challenges and relevant issues. They carried on a back-casting exercise to identify possible transition pathways.

Finally, 10 engaged participants developed individual reports on sustainable animal production in their countries and 8 of them attended the EAPP Annual Meeting in August 2021.

The workshop represented an important opportunity to make the participants experiment with system thinking and a creative learning process on challenges of paradigm shifts and policy development. The discussion of the workshop was also contributing to the development of the SRIA.