No. 2 · February 2006


CORE Mapping

Mapping of research programmes, projects and facilities

Organic Eprints

Transnational cooperation on open access


The Joint European Organic Congress in May 2006


How to increase cooperation in transnational OFF research?

Around Europe

News on European research issues


Internet Communication and Organic Research Network


Notes on current events and activities


Notes on current events and activities

CORE Organic participated in the European
conference on research communicatio

Current events and activities are

European conference on ERA NET

Revised principles for organic farming

Proposal for new EU regulation on organic farming

European conference on research communication

News from ISOFAR

Information Systems for Organic Markets

Proposals for regulation of organic inputs

European conference on the coordination of national research programmes

In October 2005 the UK Presidency hosted a high-level conference on the coordination of national research programmes. The conference, hosted jointly with the EU Commission, highlighted the opportunities of coordination through the presentation of case studies and examined the barriers to coordination.

The conference programme including presentations and summary can be found via

Revised principles for organic agriculture

In September 2005 the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM) approved revised principles of organic agriculture. The new principles consist of four principles upon which organic agriculture is based:

  • The Principle of Health
  • The Principle of Ecology
  • The Principle of Fairness
  • The Principle of Care

Among others the preparation of the new principles was inspired by the EU supported Organic Revision project, which identifies the basic ethical values and value differences in organic farming. See the Organic Revision website for more information

Proposal for new EU regulation on organic farming

The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a new regulation on organic production. According to the commission, the new rules will be simpler, and allow a certain amount of flexibility to take account of regional differences in climate and conditions. The proposal can be found via the Organic Revision website.

European conference on research communication

Further information can be found at the CER 2005 website
Correspond to Claus Bo Andreasen, DARCOF

On 14-15 November, the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research hosted the second “Communicating European Research” conference. The event focused on the manifold aspects of science communication and provided a forum and meeting place for scientists, communication professionals and journalists. About 2100 participants including project coordinators, journalists and communication professionals from research organisations took part in the congress.

In parallel with the conference, a major exhibition showcased selected research initiatives as well as communication strategies of research organisations, media associations etc. One of the exhibits was organised by in cooperation between EU founded projects dealing with organic food and farming - including CORE Organic.

The objective was to present the potentials represented by research in organic food and farming represent in regard to the development of agriculture and food production, rural development and environmental protection in the enlarged Europe.

News from ISOFAR

The main theme for the latest newsletter the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research (ISOFAR) is obviously the international, scientific conference held in Adelaide, Australia in September 2005. The newsletter and publications from the conference can be found via

Information Systems for Organic Markets

The proceedings of the second seminar of the project European Information System for Organic Markets (EISFOM) have now been published. At the seminar, which took place in November 2005 in Brussels, a draft framework for a European Information System for Organic Markets was discussed and defined. The proceedings provide the papers presented, covering farm production, farm financial data, prices, consumers/consumption and supply balances/international trade. The proceedings can be downloaded from the EISfOM Homepage.

Proposals for regulation of organic inputs

The objective of the EU supported project "ORGANIC INPUTS EVALUATION" has been to develop recommendations for harmonized and standardized procedures for the evaluation of plant protection products, as well as for fertilizers and soil conditioners authorized for use in organic agriculture according to Council Regulation 2092/91.

The final proposals of the project are now posted on the project website