WP9

Producing guidelines and disseminating knowledge

Leader: Michel Bonneau (Service EAAP)

Task 9.1.1. Conference participation and special sessions
At a scientific level, GplusE will participate in conventional sessions at relevant scientific conferences and ensure timely publication of results in both scientific and trade journals. At the industry level, GplusE will participate in ICAR and FABRE meetings to help ensure technology transfer. Within the last 12 months of the project the consortium will organise a major “Dairy Cow Health, Fertility, Breeding and Management Conference” to publicise results.

Dissemination of practical applications from the research activities will also be delivered nationally directly to farmers, breeders and advisors through dairy discussion groups and local industry meetings organised in cooperation with MROs and dairy breeder organizations. These organisations will also disseminate project findings through their consulting and information activities. At a policy maker’s level, GplusE will organise Policy Dialogue meetings involving researchers and stakeholders from the chains and government bodies.

Task 9.1.2. Public dissemination activities
A GplusE project website will: i) explain the structure of the project and its partners and objectives; ii) provide public information on the relevant project issues and activities; iii) publicise events where the results will be disseminated; iv) produce in national languages the summary and practical application of research results for end-users and create within the website a discussion forum linking the end-users with the participating scientists.

A leaflet outlining the aims and benefits for the end-users will be produced at the beginning of the project that will be distributed at all the events where partners participate. At the end of the project a brochure with the key results will be produced and translated into selected national languages for dissemination through national breeding federations and dairy cattle breed societies. A standard poster resource in electronic format will be produced for printing by Consortium members as needed. GplusE will produce a press release for the launch of the project, which will be followed up with further releases at other major milestones and at the completion of the project to be distributed broadly to different European media. GplusE will produce a document explaining the problems associated with dairy cow farming, their policy implications and specific practical steps or measures that need to be implemented depending on the results obtained. This Policy Brief document will be distributed at the Policy Dialogue meetings. We will promote the GplusE project in existing newsletters published for scientific and end-user audiences. A promotional video will be produced to outline the HACCP management plan for dairy producers. Based on national opportunities social media tools will be utilised and targeted to end-users.

Task 9.2. Implementation of results from the GplusE consortium
Implementation of new knowledge and methodologies for good management of dairy cows that arise from the project will be provided to extension officers, advisors and farmers will be initiated according to national and local options – among others: i) Springboard evaluation of new knowledge and methodologies; ii) Training of consultants/advisors; iii) Farmer field schools /winter workshops; iv) Farm visits; v) Use of demonstration farm(s) to visualize and explain the implementation of specific new innovations.

Task 9.3. Exploitation and IP management
To identify and protect intellectual property (IP) developed in the project, a Consortium Agreement is signed by all partners. Data being prepared for publication by the consortium will be screened for useful IP by an IP sub-committee. IP developed in the project will be licenced to relevant SME companies.

Task 9.4. Training in bioinformatics
PhD and post-doctoral fellows on the project will receive state of the art training in research methodologies and bioinformatics. We will organize a 1 to 2 week summer school on bioinformatics in year 3 of the project. This will cover Basic scripting, Introduction to next-generation sequencing, Protein structure modelling and analysis, Molecular evolution and phylogenetics, and Network biology.

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