There are different bilateral and multilateral formal and informal meetings in order to define
research priorities, e.g. The Bioeconomy Council or SCAR.
Another example which was mentioned by several interviewees is the Initiative Group
Agriculture and Nutrition Research, launched in 2001. A growing circle of farmer interest
groups, industry interest groups, researchers and ministries comes together and
exchanges on emerging topics. At the outset the group was initiated out of ‘concern for
agricultural research’ in Germany (DBV, interview) which became evident in the decreasing
funding for agricultural research in the early 2000s.
The group therefore aimed at – among
other objectives – initiating a strong network, advocating a strong strategic research of
international importance, and public private research partnerships on subjects such as food
chains, food safety, and renewable resources.