The EUFRAS/IALB Conference took place from 19th till 23rd of June in Limerick, Ireland and offered rural professionals the opportunity to gain new knowledge, skills and perspectives and experience the green and beautiful surroundings of south-western Ireland.

Are you interested in shaping the future of EU agricultural research and innovation? Take part in the conference organised by the European Commission, which will take place on January 26-28 in Brussels, in the presence of Commissioners Phil Hogan and Carlos Moedas.

After almost two years of preparations, agricultural institutions from Austria, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Kosovo*, Macedonia, Slovenia and Serbia successfully founded the South Eastern Europe Advisory Service Network (SEASN). SEASN Founding Assembly took place in Bulgarian capital city Sofia at 22nd October 2015. Tom Kelly, President of the EUFRAS and Ulrich Ryser, President of the IALB marked special significance to the Founding Assembly with their attending and presented very acutal theme: „Key challenges for European agricultural advisory services and the importance of advisory services cooperation“.

Lugo Campus of the University of Santiago de Compostela is looking forward to welcoming professionals working on rural development to the 1st International Workshop on Rural Extension - Training of Rural Advisors which will take place from the 19th till 20th of October, 2015 in Campus of Lugo, University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain. 

The Conference will take place in Sofia, Bulgaria on 23rd of October, 2015 and is organized by Initiative Committee for setting up the „South East European Advisory Service Network – ASN-SEE“. The Conference is hosted by Bulgarian National Agricultural Advisory Service (NAAS). Working languages will be English and Bulgarian.

From the 14th till 18th of June, 2015 EUFRAS held its 3rd Meeting in Solothurn, Switzerland within the 54th IALB Conference Efficiency in the Agri-Food Sector: Reality and Appearance in Farming and Advisory Services. The focus of the EUFRAS Meeting relied on strategic approaches. Strategic conduct is important in different settings. In the first part of the meeting, two best practice examples were presented. The second part of the EUFRAS Meeting was dedicated to discussions about EUFRAS strategies.

EUFRAS General Assembly 2016 took place in Paris, in the premises of APCA on the 3rd and the 4th of March 2016, during the agricultural fair “SIA” (Salon International de l’Agriculture, from the 27th February to the 6th March 2016). The theme of this year`s event was interactive innovation and farm advisory services. 

The 6th GFRAS Annual Meeting "Global Good Practices in Rural Advisory Services" will take place from 14 to 17 September 2015 in the Hotel Karven and the Hotel Raduga in Issyk Kul, Kyrgyzstan, with side events on 14 and 18 September.

The Final Conference will take place in Brussels 19-20 May 2015
Location: University Foundation, Egmontstraat 11, rue d’Egmont - 1000 Brussels

On Monday, 13th and Tuesday 14th of July 2015 the Monitoring Agricultural Resources Unit of the Joint Research Centre is organising an international workshop on Agroecology and ecological intensification for a sustainable food future at Milan EXPO 2015.