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The “Research & Development” workshop took place this morning in the participative agora of the World Living Soils Forum in the presence of Dr. Pascal Boivin, Professor, HEPIA, HES-SO Geneva, Marc Brévot, Director of Research & Development at Moët Hennessy, Dr. Kris Nichols, Research Director MyLand/Kiss the Ground, and Vincent Chaperon, Cellar Manager at Dom Pérignon. These four experts discussed how best to strengthen the links between scientific research on soils and applications in the field.
Here are the key points from their discussions:
✅ The research process must enable rapid testing of ideas in real conditions, on the ground, to confront reality. This requires pilot farmers who encompass the complexity of this ecosystem.
✅ We need to re-establish dialogue with farmers, go out and meet them, get out of the laboratory and do more on-site observation.
✅ Climate change has upset everything. The balance is out of kilter. Research and innovation are therefore essential if we are to reinvent ourselves.
✅ Scientific research should not be the burden of farmers. They should not stop doing their work for research. It is up to the scientists to adapt.
✅ We need to move away from scientific training schemes where statistical activity is valued. Observation is not only read in statistics.