Three #DigitAg laboratories unite in an interdisciplinary project on on-farm experimentation

3 research units from #DigitAg unite around an interdisciplinary on-farm experimentation project


Dr Myrtille Lacoste, an Australian researcher from Curtin University working on collaborative On-Farm Experimentation (OFE), is one of three successful laureates of the first FIAS Fellowship call in partnership with MAK’IT. The 10-month Fellowship, funded under the EU Horizon 2020 and Marie Skłodowska-Curie programs, was opened to researchers in the Social Sciences and Humanities from all over the world.

Dr Lacoste’s project proposed to investigate how On-Farm Experimentation could help engage farmers around data and digital technologies to drive practice change and support the agro-ecological transition. Her project was selected for its strong collaborative potential and applied nature, promoting co-learning and innovation between scientists and farmers at the intersection of social, technical and practical concerns. The project will bring together the expertise of three #DigitAg research units in social, digital and management sciences: Innovation (INRAE / L’Institut Agro-SupAgro / CIRAD), ITAP (INRAE / L’Institut Agro-SupAgro) and MRM (Montpellier University).

The Fellowship expected to lead to continued international collaborations, notably as it coincides with #OFE2021, the OECD-supported first conference on farmer-centric On-Farm Experimentation which theme focuses on digital tools to support scalable change in agriculture.