The Stakeholder Advisory Board (StAB) is the key forum for stakeholders to interact with FACCE – JPI. It has two main functions: (1) provide advice on ways to increase the relevance of FACCE – JPI’s work for stakeholders; and (2) suggest ways to enhance the dissemination and (societal) impact of FACCE-JPI joint actions.
The StAB delivers strategic and operational advice to the Governing Board during all phases of the JPI programming cycle. It provides input for the JPI’s Strategic Research Agenda and Implementation Plans. In addition, selected StAB members also participate in the development of joint research actions (together with interested member-countries and the Scientific Advisory Board), depending on their specific expertise, interests and capacities (see figure below). In particular, StAB members’ perspectives are sought on the expected outcomes and impacts of FACCE-JPI joint actions, and on ways to communicate and valorize scientific results emanating from FACCE-JPI joint actions.
The Stakeholder Advisory Board is part of the permanent governance structure of FACCE-JPI. It currently consists of 16 European and international organisations or initiatives, themselves representing a great number of other (national/regional) organisations active in the food, environment or agricultural sectors. StAB members come from five broad categories:
- Civil society organisations (e.g., NGOs and consumer organisations)
- Farmer organisations
- Industry organisations
- European Technology Platforms (ETP)
- Other international and European (scientific) initiatives and organisations
The current StAB mandate runs from 2017 until 2020. The Board is currently chaired by Beate Kettlitz (European Technology Platform Food for Life/FoodDrinkEurope), and has two Vice-Chairs: Jan Venneman (Farm Animal Breeding and Reproduction Technology Platform FABRE-TP/EFFAB) and Aleksandra Malyska (Plants for the Future European Technology Platform).