The main aim of the Hungarian Development Center is to provide information about the direct funding opportunities offered by the European Union outside the framework of the programmes of the European Structural and Investment Funds and to carry out the related coordinating tasks. As part of this work MFK launched the website www.nyeromagyarok.eu to share „best practices". The Food and Wine Research Centre of the Eszterházy Károly University of Applied Sciences also had the opportunity to present one of their recent projects. The WINETWORK project is part of the Horizon 2020 EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation.
About the project:
As indicated by the title of the project, the main aim of the cooperation is to establish an international network connecting researchers and practitioners in the field of viticulture and oenology. The aim of the partners is to fight against Grapevine Trunk Diseases (GTD) and Flavescence Dorée (FD), two threatening diseases, which jeopardize the future wine production in Europe consequently to increase the productivity and sustainability of the European wine industry.
Winegrowers often test new innovative methods to fight against vine diseases however these innovative ideas are rarely shared with other stakeholders of the wine industry. Similarly, the dissemination of the most recent research results is also impeded by the practice and research divide. The principal object of the WINETWORK project is to close this divide.
The network includes 10 technical working groups (TWG), 2 scientific working groups (SWG) in addition to 10 facilitator agents (FA). The FA is the key of the success as his/her role is to ensure the flow of information and the knowledge transfer between practitioners, researchers and other stakeholders of the wine industry.
The cooperation will result in an extended knowledge reservoir about the two diseases, which provides knowledge in an easily accessible and understandable form. In addition to the control of the two diseases, the partners also aims to develop future research agendas. Similarly, the formation WINETWORK aims not only to ensure the flow of information in the recent project but also to establish a professional network to help the future projects in the field of viticulture and oenology.
The Hungarian Development Center has interviewed Dr. Kálmán Zoltán Váczy, director general of the Food and Wine Research Centre and member of one of the scientific working groups of the project about the cooperation started in the spring of 2015 and the role of the Research Centre in the project.
To read the interview published on nyeromagyarok.eu click HERE.
The WINETWORK has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No. 652601.