Knowledge and innovation

The sustainable development of agriculture and rural areas as a whole presupposes that the necessary knowledge is available and spreads rapidly in rural networks. Knowledge and new ideas lead to innovations that are essential for the future viability of the areas described, for example to approach the challenges of economic, demographic or climate change.

We are working on improving innovation processes in rural areas and in European agriculture concerning research and consulting projects as well as knowledge transfer projects. In the design of our projects, we also commit ourselves to these cross-sectional topics through a transdisciplinary, conceptual and methodological approach. This promotes the coproduction of knowledge between actors in practice, administration and research. The communication of our results is geared to the needs and competences of the various user groups in order to achieve the widest possible application.

Contact person/s at IfLS: Simone Sterly (sterly[at], 069/9726683-15) and Dr. Ulrich Gehrlein (gehrlein[at], 069/9726683-17)

Projects in the field


Support for "European Innovation Partnerships on Agricultural Productivity and Sustainability (EIP-Agri)" Rhineland-Palatinate

The state of Rhineland-Palatinate is taking up the new funding opportunities created by the EU under the European Innovation Partnership (EIP-Agri) in the rural development programme "Environmental Measures, Rural Development, Agriculture, Food"...

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Innovation Service Provider Saxony-Anhalt

In its rural development programme for Saxony-Anhalt 2014-2020 (EPLR), the state of Saxony-Anhalt is taking up the new funding opportunity of the European Innovation Partnership (EIP AGRI) and implementing it by installing so-called Operational...

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Supporting agricultural Innovation (EIP-Agri) and Cooperation in the Federal State Hesse

With the new funding-period 2014 – 2020 the European Union implements for the first time the approach of “European Innovation Partnerships” (EIP). This funding-concept should close the gap between science and practical implementation to develop...

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Prepared for change – Peer-to-peer learning among farms

In the context of structural change in agriculture, diversification is becoming increasingly important for farms. The demands placed on farmers to deal with such and other farm changes make learning processes in which the necessary skills are...

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IMPRESA – The Impact of Research on EU Agriculture

is a 38 months research project implemented between November 2013 and December 2016. IMPRESA comprises 9 participants from Research Institutes, Universities, International Organisations and an SME, from 6 European countries.

The IMPRESA project...

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IN-SIGHT – Strengthening innovation processes for growth and development

The IN-SIGHT project will contribute to an improved knowledge of innovation systems and processes. Emphasis throughout the project is on gaining a better understanding of linkages in research-practice innovation chains and networks. A guiding idea is...

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Innovation strategies for farm households in the rural areas of the new Laender: Agricultural restructuring in regions with a predominance of multiple job holding and income combination

The project was carried out in close collaboration with the Martin Luther University Halle/Saale and with local administration, advisory services, farmers’ organizations and farm households. The main aim of the project was to better understand the...

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