AgriLink: Living Labs for sustainable AKIS and innovation support and AKIS for sustainable Living Labs.

Time: 05.07.2021

Place: webinar

The H2020 AgriLink project has organised an online e-workshop during June 2021 to open a debate on Living Labs and AKIS.
Based upon AgriLink’s own Living Lab experience and findings, the aim of this e-workshop has been to open a debate around two questions:

  • How can the Living Lab (LL) approach, as applied within the AgriLink project, contribute to an AKIS that supports the sustainable development of agriculture?
  • Conversely, how can strategic actions to strengthen the AKIS support the development of Living Labs?

In AgriLink, we consider Living Lab as a co-design process. We followed the definition of a Living Lab according to the European Network of LL (ENoLL), 5 key elements must be present in a LL

  1. active user involvement (i.e. empowering end users to thoroughly impact the innovation process)
  2. real-life setting (i.e. testing and experimenting with new artefacts “in the wild”)
  3. multi-stakeholder participation (i.e. the involvement of technology providers, service providers, relevant institutional actors, professional or residential end users)
  4. a multi-method approach (i.e. the combination of methods and tools originating from a range of disciplines including ethnography, psychology, sociology, strategic management, engineering)
  5. co-creation (i.e. iterations of design cycles with different sets of stakeholders)


The e-workshop has been organised with two steps.

  • Firstly, Between June 9th and July 2nd a series of questions has been proposed using Google Docs and participants have been invited to respond and start a dialogue. Two rounds of questions have been used:
    1 The first series of questions targeted the following question: What can actually be expected from Living Labs? How can they contribute to enhance the effectiveness and responsiveness of AKIS policies?
    2 The second series of questions addresses a complementary issue: What role could AKIS and advisory policies play in a further diffusion of the Living Lab approach for supporting the sustainable development of agriculture?
  • Secondly, on July 5th (14:00-16:00 CET), a webinar will be organised to present a synthesis of the contributions to the Google Docs and to continue the discussion.



14:00-14:05 - Welcome - Pierre Labarthe (INRAE, France, coordinator of AgriLink) 

14:05-14:15 - Brief overview of the outcomes of AgriLink’s Living Labs - Herman Schoorlemmer (WUR, Netherlands, leader of WP3)

14:15- 14:25 - Summary of the discussions of the Google Docs B & C+ questions - Héloïse Leloup (INRAE)

14:25-14:35 First round of reaction

14:35-14:55 Hot topic 1 - How to define Living Labs and differentiate them (or not) from other multi-actor approaches.  The discussion will be opened by short introduction

14:55-15:15 - Hot topic 2 - Is there a paradox between scaling-up and the inclusiveness of Living Labs? How to make outcomes of Living Labs relevant for other groups of end-users? The discussion will be opened by short introduction

15:15-15:35 - Hot topic 3 - Is there a role for public actors beyond funding Living Labs? How can public actors ensure a sustainable integration of Living Labs into AKIS? The discussion will be opened by short introduction

15:35-15:45 - Conclusion and final thoughts - Facilitated by Pierre Labarthe


Viimati muudetud: 05.07.2021

January 2022
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