Event - Field day

Field visits ‘Innovation in agriculture, forestry & rural areas in practice’

The Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI is organising back-to-back to the ‘2023 EU AgriResearch Conference’, a series of field visits near Brussels, Belgium for participants.

  • 02 Jun 2023
  • English
  • In-person
A field of mustard plants

On 2 June 2023, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange | EIP-AGRI are organising a series of field visits near Brussels, Belgium, with the support of the Flemish Rural Network.

These field visits will be organised back-to-back with the ‘2023 EU AgriResearch Conference’, which will be held on 31 May and 1 June 2023 in Brussels, Belgium.

The field visits will demonstrate how research and agricultural practice are bridged in EIP-AGRI Operational Group projects (OG). The field visits are closely linked to the themes of the Research Conference and will focus on soil health, biodiversity, livestock, forestry, and digital and data technologies. Rural opportunities and bridging the gap between Research and Innovation (R&I) and practice are horizontal issues that will also be discussed on visit sites.

Participation in the field visits is only possible for participants of the EU AgriResearch Conference. If you would be interested in joining, please register for the Conference before 1 May 2023. EU AgriResearch Conference participants who have indicated that they would like to join the field visits will receive an invitation to choose their preferred field visit by end April 2023.

Here below, you can find the list of the three routes to choose from, indicating the visited Operational Groups and their connection to the thematic breakout sessions. Detailed information on the Operational Groups can be found in the background information.


Connection to thematic breakout sessions:

Route 1  
Operational Group visit 1: Starting mustard cultivation with a view to creating a sustainable value chain of arable farmers and mustard processors

7. Bridging the gap between R&I and practice: tools and skills for today’s and future generations

8. Social Sciences and humanities for resilient and sustainable agriculture and forestry

Operational Group visit 2: Pocket farmer 2 - More performant operation of pocket digesters 3. Challenges and opportunities for healthy and sustainable livestock systems
Route 2  
Operational Group visit 1: AWAIR - Purified wastewater for irrigation

1. Sustainably managed natural resources for agricultural production and the EU Mission 'A Soil Deal for Europe'

6. Rural opportunities

Operational Group visit 2: GoTO2 - Good temperature and oxygen management to control the infection pressure in hydroponic cultivation 2. Agrobiodiversity for healthy cropping systems
Route 3  
Operational Group visit 1: RFID in the tree nursery

4. Sustainable management for multifunctional forests

5. Digital and data technologies in agriculture: R&I for sectoral transformation; Sustainable management for multifunctional forests

Operational Group visit 2: RE-PEAT: Reuse of growing substrates for circular horticulture 1. Sustainably managed natural resources for agricultural production and the EU Mission 'A Soil Deal for Europe'


The European Innovation Partnership 'Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability' (EIP-AGRI) was launched in 2013 by the European Commission in a bid to promote rapid modernisation of the sectors concerned by stepping up innovation efforts. The EIP-AGRI aims to foster innovation in the agricultural and forestry sectors and in rural areas by bringing research and practice closer together – in innovation projects as well as via the European CAP Network and the national CAP Networks. Also grassroots ideas from farmers get developed into innovations through the so-called Operational Group innovation projects. The EIP-AGRI aims to streamline, simplify and better coordinate existing instruments and initiatives, and complement them with actions where necessary.

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups

EIP-AGRI Operational Groups are groups of people who work together in an innovation project. They bring together partners with complementary knowledge. The composition of the group will vary according to the theme and specific objectives of each project. Farmers, advisors, scientists, businesses or other relevant partners work together to find practical solutions for specific problems or opportunities for European farmers and foresters. Farmers and foresters need to cooperate throughout the project to ensure that the innovative solutions are practical and likely to be quickly applied in the field.

Additional info


Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development & Support Facility for Innovation & Knowledge exchange including EIP-AGRI

EU CAP Network