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GODAN Executive joins Horizon 2020 EU project

André Laperrière of GODAN is appointed to the Strategic Innovation Board of the Horizon 2020 EU Project.

Horizon 2020 is currently the largest EU Research and Innovation programme to date with nearly € 80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020). It is the financial instrument implementing the Innovation Union, a Europe 2020 flagship initiative aimed at securing Europe’s global competitiveness.

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Chief executive of GODAN André Laperrière. - Photo: GODAN
Chief executive of GODAN André Laperrière. - Photo: GODAN

Tackle data management

Within Horizon 2020 the EURAKNOS thematic network aims to establish and develop the compilation of knowledge relating to agri-food and forestry data, ready for practice through interactions between different thematic networks to maximise outputs for practitioners and tackle data management. The aim is to create a European Agricultural Knowledge Innovation Open Source System so that knowledge coming from these networks is sustained in order to maximise the potential for its users.

The project, in coordination with the University of Ghent, is expected to be completed in December 2020, with the support of Europe’s leaders and the Members of the European Parliament.

GODAN is a UN, UK and US government supported initiative that supports the proactive sharing of Open Data to make information about agriculture and nutrition available, accessible and usable to deal with the urgent challenge of ensuring world food security. André Laperrière has been Chief Executive of GODAN since 2015.

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Rural revolution

Speaking about his new membership, André Laperrière said: “We are currently in the midst of a rural revolution and as the industry continues to modernise it is an honour to be offered the opportunity of a board member for the Horizon 2020 EU Project. By coupling research and innovation, Horizon 2020 is helping to achieve this with its emphasis on excellent science, industrial leadership and tackling societal challenges.”

“Through EURAKNOS, the ability to explore the needs of end-users and the possibilities of creating a European agricultural knowledge innovation open source system will bring thematic networks much closer together and therefore more effective in their goals.”

Mr Laperrière added: “The project focuses on widening existing thematic network outputs in an interactive way and the likes of cross-fertilisation will be organised among countries, regions and production systems allowing for the agricultural industry to be more efficient and effective.

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