Date: 03 Mar 11
Venue: Sixways Stadium, Warriors Way Pershore Lane, Hindlip, Worcester, Worcs. WR3 8ZE
Successful Knowledge Transfer Workshops
The British Society of Animal Science (BSAS) organised a Best Practice Knowledge Transfer workshop on the 3rd March 2011. 110 people attended ranging from Knowledge Transfer professionals, animal scientists, social scientists, veterinary groups, journalists, non-Government organisations, DEFRA and Government Agencies who are involved with Knowledge Transfer with farmers presented case studies describing what worked, what didn’t and what were the lessons learnt. There were overviews of the roles of the Bioscience Knowledge Transfer Network and the AHDB, together with Knowledge Management and use of Social media. Cees Leeuwis from Wageningen University in Holland described what was known as ‘extension’ as ‘Communication for Innovation’ a good modern description of the field and in tune with the current interest in innovation.
The afternoon was filled with some 30 case studies that entertainingly illustrated how Knowledge transfer had been undertaken by a whole range of organisations involved with farmers. The range of Knowledge Transfer methods and mechanisms that were described spanned farmer groups, demonstration farms, mentoring, farmer participatory groups, etc. A number of presentations measured the impact and benefit of their interventions; aspects that are increasingly important to justify external funding.
The Bioscience Knowledge Transfer Network in conjunction with the Farmers Club also organised a workshop on European collaboration and Knowledge Transfer in the Dairy sector – a very exciting model for future research collaboration.
Currently there is widespread interest in ‘communication for innovation’ and the potential benefits from knowledge exchange between players within the beef, dairy, sheep and pigs sectors. This vision of a joined up approach that the encompasses the future benefits from academic research, knowledge transfer of new ways of doing things, the spreading of better practices, skills training and learning within the sectors and the potential of European collaboration in research is a very positive outlook.
More details on the British Society of Animal Science website – British Society of Animal Science.