EIT Food Government Executive Academy


EIT Food Government Executive Academy is a week-long training programme that offers insights into challenges related to food system innovations and regulations. It is also an opportunity to exchange best practices that will contribute to further improvements of Research & Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategies and inspire the future development of operational programs based on the EU Structural and Investment Funds.

EIT Food Government Executive Academy (GEA) will bring together 39 government representatives from 13 RIS countries with experts working in the field of agri-food innovations from industry, academia and European institutions.


workshops focused on real-life challenges experienced by global food industry players and actual needs of industry and customers.
lectures offering insights into the complexity of food system, state-of-the-art technologies and innovations developed by the agri-food industry.
highly interactive learning programme based on case-studies and real-life examples.
working with European experts in agri-food industry and innovation management.
participants do not pay tuition fee and have travel and personal costs reimbursed (up to the level of EUR 1 000 gross refunded in accordance with EIT/Horizon 2020 rules).
excellent opportunities to build an international network of policy‐makers working on the agri-food related Smart Specialisation Strategies (RIS3), exchanging experiences to continuously improve the national and regional policies.


The organisers aim at outstanding employees of national or regional governments (including ministries, agencies and regulatory bodies) from 13 RIS countries (Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia, Spain, Turkey).

The ideal applicant should:

  • Be involved in the design, implementation and/or monitoring of Research & Innovation Smart. Specialisation Strategies (RIS3) related to agri-food industry or in defining regulatory policies related to agri-food industry in her or his country.

  • Have relevant knowledge and experience in public policy development on a regional or national level

  • Have a leadership potential which means she or he has a track record in coordinating projects or contributing to new initiatives in RIS3.

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