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1 Regional Workshop on the "Development of Thematic Knowledge Networks„ in the framework of "Coherence in Information for Agricultural Research for Development" (CIARD), 12-15 April 2011, Budapest - Hungary. FAO/ESCORENA – Coordination Center and ESCORENA Focal Point EUROPEAN COOPERATIVE RESEARCH NETWORK ON FLAX AND OTHER BAST PLANTS Prof. Dr. Ryszard KOZŁOWSKI, M.Sc.Maria Mackiewicz- Talarczyk, Dr. Jorge Barriga-Bedoya Current status of ESCORENA Network development

2 The ESCORENA system under the FAO auspices

3 Main objectives of the ESCORENA system Basic purpose and main objectives of the ESCORENA system, namely to: promote voluntary exchange of information and experimental data on selected subject matters; support joint applied research facilitate voluntary exchange of persons, germplasm and technologies; establish close links between European researchers and institutions working on the same subject and to stimulate interaction; accelerate the transfer of European technology advances to, and cooperation with, developing countries.

4 FAO auspices ESCORENA system acts under the FAO auspices, Served: by the Regional Office for Europe in Rome, Italy from 1974 to 2007 by the Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia in Budapest, Hungary from end of 2007

5 ESCORENA management today ESCORENA management from 2008 Information management by Mr. Michal Demeš (from Sloval Rep.), Information and Knowledge Management Officer of the FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REUT), Budapest, Hungary Scientific management since 1 April 2008 Ms. Nevena Alexandrova (from Bulgaria), Agricultural Research and Biotechnology Officer at REU

6 Structure of ESCORENA Focal Point at the Institute of Natural Fibres & Medicinal Plants, Poznan, Poland Prof. Dr. Ryszard Michal Kozlowski co-ordinates the activity of ESCORENA system Focal Point (Since IV/2008) with a help of: ESCORENA Secretary- Mrs. Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk web support provided by Dr. Jorge Barriga-Bedoya.

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8 Active ESCORENA Networks The 19 ESCORENA Networks, which are active in 2011 (in alphabetic order): Agromarketing -coordinated by Belarus- Dr. Olga Pashkievich Apricot Network -coordinated by Armenia- Prof. Ara Hovhannisyan Buffalo Network- coordinated by Italy – Prof. Antonio Borghese CENTAUR- Biomedical Technology, Epidemiology and Food Safety Network- coordinated by Profesor Karel Hruska Czech Rep. & Dr. Chris Wojciechowski, Poland Cotton Network (Inter-regional) coordinated by Greece – Prof. Oktay Gencer, Turkey

9 FAW- Farm Animal Welfare Network, coordinated by Dr.Rasto Kolesar, of Slovak Republic (World Society for the Protection of Animals). Flax and other Bast Plants Network- coordinated by Poland- Prof. Ryszard M. Kozłowski Museum- Network of Museums in Agriculture within International Association of Agricultural Museums (AIMA) NACEE - Network of Aquaculture Centres in CEE – coordinated by Prof. László Váradi and Dr. Peter Lengyel, General secretary of NACEE, Hungary NCDN-CEE. Thematic Knowledge Network Central and Eastern Europe Capacity Development in Nutrition -coordinated by Serbia: CHAIR Mirjana Gurinovic, Maria Glibetic, Fre Pepping (Netherlands), Marija Ranic (IT)Mirjana GurinovicMaria GlibeticMarija Ranic

10 Nut Network - coordinated by Spain- Dr. Merce Rovira Olives Network- coordinated by Spain: team - Luis Rallo, Juan M. Caballero, Lorenzo León Organic Edunet - coordinated by Greece Pastures & Fodders Network- coordinated by Belgium- Dr. Alain Peeters RAMIRAN Network- Research Network on Recycling of Agricultural and Industrial Residues in Agriculture-coordinated by Dr. Tom Misselbrook -UK, and Jan Venglovsky, Slovak Republic Rice Interregional Network, coordinated by Dr Aldo Ferrero, Italy

11 Sheep and Goats Network- coordinated by France- Prof. Pierre Mohrand-Fehr (supported by Dr. Hichem Ben Salem from Tunisia) Sunflower Network- coordinated by Serbia- team of IFVCNS: Dr. Sinisa Jocic & Dr. Dragana Miladinovic and Dr. Yalcin KAYA (Turkey) SREN- Sustainable Rural Environment and Energy Network (SREN) – coordinated by Germany- Dr. J.M. Greef with a help of Dr. Thomas Lewis and Ms. Magdalena Chudy (Austria)

12 Publications ESCORENA networks issue the following publications: a scientific refereed journal, Helia, published by the Sunflower Network? network journals (Herba and Olea) published by the Pastures and Fodder Crops and Olive Networks respectively; newsletters: Buffalo, Euroflax and Journal of Natural Fibers – of the Flax and o ther Bast Plants Network, Medoryzae, Nucis and Sheep and Goat.

13 Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA The first issue –volume 1 was published in 2009 in June as a special issue of the conference of Flax and other Bast Plants Network in Arad, Romania. Published as a book with ISSN, by the printing house of the University of Arad (words of gratitude to Prof. Dr. Cecilia Sirghie) Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA, Volume 2, December 2010, published as a book, printing as well by house of the University of Arad, linked to ESCORENA Website. Relevant link: http://www.uav.ro/en/journals/scientific-bulletin-of-escorena

14 Contribution expected from the Networks Submission of one-two articles a year Submission and regular update of distribution list Cooperation in the preparation and update of distribution list of libraries and information centres Insert cross reference to the Bulletin in their Network Portal.

15 What is the contribution of the Secretariat? Design the template for the bulletin Edit the volumes and publish the articles Prepare a short editorial for each volumes and share it for comments Approach the network coordinators for submissions Request the networks to update distribution lists Distribute the information to the list about the new volumes. Highlight the Bulletin on the website and report about new volumes in the News section

16 Editorial Board of the Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA, Vol.1 Prof. Dr. R. M. Kozlowski, Coordinator of: ESCORENA Focal Point and FAO/ESCORENA European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants Assist. Prof. Dr. C. Sirghie, University „Aurel Vlaicu”, Arad, Romania, Deputy Coordinator of Flax &.o.B.P. Network Eng. M. Mackiewicz-Talarczyk, Network and ESCORENA Secretary Mr. M. Demes, FAO REUT, Budapest, Hungary Prof. Dr. V. Tabara, U.S.A.M.V., Timisoara, Romania Prof. Dr. L.Mihut, Rector „Aurel Vlaicu” University, Arad, Romania and the staff of this University: Prof. Dr. M. D. Stanescu, Prof. Dr. M. Ponta, Associate Prof. Dr. Radu Dana Gina, Associate Prof. Dr. D. Chambre, Associate Prof. Dr C. Ionescu, and Prof. Dr. C. Iditoiu, Romania.

17 SCIENTIFIC BOARD OF THE SCIENTIFIC BULLETIN OF ESCORENA, Vol. 2 Prof. Dr. R. M. Kozlowski, ESCORENA focal point, Institute for Engineering of Polymers Materials and Dyes, Poland Senior Researcher Dr. Eng. Cecilia Sirghie, RDI Institute in Natural and Technical Sciences of “Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad, Romania Prof. Dr. Valentin Popa, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi Mr. Michal DEMEŠ, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REUT), Budapest, Hungary Prof. Dr. Marcel Popa, “Gheorghe Asachi” Technical University of Iasi, Romania Senior Researcher Dr. Eng. Botar Alexandru, RDI Institute in Natural and Technical Sciences of “Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad, Romania Prof. Dr. Aurelia Meghea, Polytechnic University of Bucharest Eng. M. Mackiewicz –Talarczyk, Network and ESCORENA Secretary

18 EDITORIAL BOARD OF THE SCIENTIFIC BULLETIN OF ESCORENA, Vol.2 Prof. Dr. R. M. Kozlowski, ESCORENA focal point, Institute for Engineering of Polymers Materials and Dyes, Poland Senior Researcher Dr. Eng. Cecilia Sirghie, RDI Institute in Natural and Technical Sciences of “Aurel Vlaicu” University Arad, Romania Eng. M. Mackiewicz –Talarczyk, Network and ESCORENA Secretary. Mr. Michal DEMEŠ, Information and Knowledge Management Officer, FAO Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia (REUT), Budapest, Hungary Associate professor Dr. Radu Dana Gina - “Aurel Vlaicu” University – Arad - Romania Associate professor Dr. Dorina Chambre - “Aurel Vlaicu” University – Arad -Romania Associate professor Dr. Claudiu Ionescu – “Aurel Vlaicu” University – Arad – Romania

19 Contents of SCIENTIFIC BULLETIN OF ESCORENA vol. 1/VI.2009 Vol. 1 Was a special issue of the FAO/ESCOORENA Conference of the European Cooperative Research Network on Flax and other Bast Plants, held in June 2009, Arad, Romania Vol.2. Printed with the financial support derived from the project: POS-CCE 210/2010: Acronim „BASTEURES”: “Bast Plants- Strategic Resources for European Economy”, led by the “Aurel Vlaicu” and Prof. Dr. R.M. Kozlowski

20 CONTENTS OF THE SCIENTIFIC BULLETIN OF ESCORENA, Vol.2, Dec. 2010 Preface - Prof. Dr. Ryszard Michal Kozlowski, ESCORENA Focal Point Coordinator ESCORENA-history and objectives. R. Kozlowski et al. Part I: presentations of the activities of the ESCORENA Networks: Agromarketing Network Apricot Network Buffalo Network CENTAUR-Biomedical Technology, Epidemiology and Food Safety Global Network Cotton Network Flax and other Bast Plants Network NCDN-Capacity Development in Nutrition. Thematic Knowledge Network Central and Eastern Europe Nut Network Olives Network Organic Edunet Pastures & Fodders Network

21 RAMIRAN (Recycling of Agricultural, Municipal and Industrial Residues in Agriculture) Sonolysis Of Denilite Laccase: Effects On Enzymatic Activity: Florentina-Daniela Munteanu, Mihaela Dochia, Cecilia Sirghie Obtaining flax lignans or nutraceuticals for functional food purposes (Literature review): Andreea Pag, Cristian Moisa, Dana Gina Radu, Cecilia Sirghie Obtaining bast plants oils with specific nutritional and functional properties (Literature review): Cristian Moisa, Andreea Pag, Dana Gina Radu, Cecilia Sirghie Raw Materials Characteristics of Fibre Plants in Europe. Cotton: Prof. Dr. Ryszard M. Kozlowski, Dr. Zbigniew Roskwitalski, Dr. Andrzej Drozdz, Eng. Maria Mackiewicz-Talarczyk The Networks within ESCORENA (19). State-of–art in December 2010 Cont.

22 The new members of the Editorial Board All the ESCORENA Networks Coordinators had been invited to act as the members of the editorial board of the Scientific Bulletin of ESCORENA –most the replies are positive. Expected inputs: to review the relevant scientific and survey papers and help to decide about the content and advice future submissions.

23 Results obtained by ESCORENA Particular results were obtained in: the joint research programmes, e.g. joint application to EC for a project: REFARM with ESCORENA Networks involvement. „Strategies for Mixed and Resilient Farming to Secure Food, Feed and Energy Production in Europe” exchange of germplasm, collection, conservation and utilisation of plant genetic resources, sustainable management of natural resources,

24 Results obtained by ESCORENA- 2 diversification of agricultural production (e.g. use of marginal lands for non-food agricultural production, such as flax and industrial hemp in industrially polluted areas) the development of sustainable production systems for improvements in rural areas distribution of publications to institutions and individual researchers from developing countries in Latin America and Asia. the broader involvement of local researchers in international cooperation, particularly if a selected topic was of relevance to the host country.

25 International Year of Natural Fibres 2009 The celebrations proclaimed by UN and FAO. Aim was: to raise awareness of natural fibres, to promote efficiency and sustainability of the natural fibres, to foster an effective international partnership among the various natural fibres industries The continuation of the ideas of the International Year of Natural Fibres is conducted by the Discover Natural Fibres Initiative, which are run by joint bodies: 1. International Wool Textile Organisation- Dr. Henrik Kuffner, helped by Elisabeth van Delden-present at our meeting, 2. Mr.Terry Townsend (Cotton ICAC Executive Director). The DNFI presented a Project Proposal Brief for Discover Natural Fibres Initiative – Website)

26 The proposals of the ESCORENA development Further inclusion of new, active thematic Networks Efforts toward applying/conducting joint research projects, e.g. COST Action programs Up-date of the content of the Networks websites and the contacts Utilization of modern tools for administration and development of website and interpersonal communication (e.g. electronic conferences) Joint efforts towards better visibility of the ESCORENA Network Continuous contribution by all Networks to the contents and publication of the SCIENTIFIC Bulletin of ESCORENA ESCORENA poster for promotion at exhibitions, meetings etc. Contributions to the development of Discover Natural Fibre Initiative (fibre oriented Networks)

27 Purpose Network check list -the form proposed by Mr. Stephan Rudgard, FAO, Rome, Italy, for Workshop in IV/2008, Poznan, Poland ESCORENA Network Checklist This Checklist can help you to outline the nature and purpose of your network. Some questions may be relevant to your situation, some may not. Please feel free to add any particular context that is missing. This Checklist could help you to start thinking about implications and/or challenges that could affect your network, as well as possible solutions. Name/Topic of Network: Date: 1. Purpose/Outcome What is the desired purpose and outcome of the network? Does your group have a vision/purpose that you can communicate to potential members? Please write it down here. Are there specific desired outcomes? Please describe them. Are the benefits of participation measurable and visible to members and potential members? Please describe them. Is the outcome determined by the organizer? …by group members? …by both? How are these outcomes negotiated? Can any or all of the group’s purpose be accomplished online? Would that replace something offline? Or would some combination be better?

28 2. Target Membership How would you describe members/participants of the network? Size How many people are there in the network now? Do you have a sense of how your network could expand if there is greater interest? Composition Do you want to work simply with an existing pool of participants? Or do you want to draw in new people? Where might you find potential new participants? Are there any subgroups in the network? Is so, on what topics? Do you want your community to be public or private? If private, what and who determines eligibility?

29 Motivation and Interest How motivated are your participants to participate? What benefits would they derive? Is this part of their job, or in addition to their job? How much time would they be prepared to spend on network activities?

30 3. Type of Member Interactions What kinds of interactions between network members exist now and could be fostered? In case you would know, how many members in your network currently know each other personally? Is there any exchange of information such as documents or other content? Are there any face-to-face meetings of network members? If so, how often? Are there ongoing discussions? Is the network conducting any learning activities? Does the network itself generate any information/knowledge? If so, where could that information be stored so that it is accessible? Does the network have a need for a web-based interaction space? (Remember: just putting up an online space does not guarantee anyone will come participate in it!)

31 4. Technological Issues Do network participants have Internet access available at all times; are there any limitations? What is the expected level of comfort and skill of the participants in using web- based systems/tools? Does your network already have a web-based platform for collaboration or discussion? During the Workshop in Poznan, IV.2008 we have got filled –in questionnaires from Networks: Buffalo, Flax &o.B.P., Nut, Olives, Pastures and Fodders, RAMIRAN, Sheep & Goat, Sunflower. Those forms could be up-dated. I propose that the other Networks will fill-in this questionnaire and share with all the Networks and submit for the analyse by FAO and ESCORENA Focal Point.

32 Dear delegates! If you have any ideas how to contribute towards more active and efficient ESCORENA Networks, please, give us your proposals!!! Acknowledgments: On behalf of ESCORENA Focal point and all participants of this Workshop we like to express our deep thanks to Mr. Michal Demes, Ms. Nevena Alexandrova, Mr. Laszlo Papoci, Ms. Ildiko Pocza and all who helped in the organization of this very important meeting. Thank you for your attention!!


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