The H2020 project GenRes Bridge aims to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources

10.27.2019 - 10.30.2019


The H2020 project GenRes Bridge aims to strengthen conservation and sustainable use of genetic resources by accelerating collaborative efforts and widening capacities in plant,forest and animal domains.

The objective of this workshop is to build bridges between different genetic resources communities by bringing together a range of experts, stakeholders and end-users in the field of management of crop, forest and animal genetic resources.

Participants will also represent the wider biodiversity conservation perspective from Europe and countries in the Mediterranean basin.

The main goal of the workshop is to prepare recommendations for the development of an Integrated Strategy for the conservation and use of crop, forest and animal genetic resources.

Synergies, controversies, overlaps, gaps, bottlenecks and opportunities in and between sectors will be identified and discussed as well as the existing roadmaps and recommendations a common Strategy.

Webinar series

In preparation for the workshop, three webinars will give insights on management of plant, forest and animal genetic resources. The aim of the webinars is to bring all workshop participants to the same level of knowledge, engage in the topic and stimulate some questions to be addressed during the workshop. By organizing these presentations ahead, we will be able to kick start our conversations in Finland.


The webinars will be held with the following schedule: 

 Wednesday, 9 October, 12:00-12:45 Plant genetic resources - Lorenzo Maggioni, ECPGR Secretary
Thursday, 10 October, 12:00-12:45 Farm animals genetic resources - Coralie Danchin, ERFP Secretary
Friday, 11 October, 12:00-12:45 Forest genetic resources - Michele Bozzano, EUFORGEN Coordinator

 The webinars will be recorded and available on this page afterwards. For any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Practical information for participants


The hotel Gustavelund is located just 15 minutes from Helsinki Airport by taxi, 30 minutes from downtown Helsinki and 10 minutes from Kerava railway station or Järvenpää. Gustavelund has a free car parking for guests.


The workshop will begin on Monday 28th of October at 12 o’clock with lunch, the program will begin at 1 PM. The closing of the workshop is due at 2 PM on Wednesday 30th.

Travel & accommodation

You should purchase your own flight tickets. We will reimburse the travel costs and offer accommodation for the invited stakeholders. Project partners will cover travel and accommodation costs from their own budgets. We will book the rooms for everybody and provide meals during the workshop.

For any questions, please contact Ms Yrjänä Leena: leena.yrjana (at)

Preliminary programme dowload pdf

Monday 28 October (lunch at 12.00, start at 13.00)
Process logistics
A marketplace on the bridge - exploring each domain and community. Specific aspects of each domain. Identifying linkages, opportunities.


Making sense of key opportunities and gaps
Key insights from the marketplace; identifying the most important gaps and opportunities that the GenRes Bridge (cross-) community should focus on

Exploring paradoxes of this collaboration
Identifying and formulating some of the paradoxes that impact this work and ought to be addressed for better chances of success

Dinner & reception

Tuesday 29 October
Sketching the policy space
Sketching the collective policy environment
Making sense of the policy space
Understanding the policy space in which we operate and how interlinkages play out across countries, domains, timelines


Fleshing out a strategic approach
Uncovering a possible vision for the strategic approach including collaboration and communication across domains


Strategy development: early feedback loops on relevance
Testing draft ideas for developing a strategy for GenRes conservation in Europe

Dinner & reception

Wednesday 30 October (half-day programme, ends at 13.00)
Open Space & sense-making
Suggesting and hosting issues for discussion so that any important remaining issue is addressed
Identifying ways to integrate these issues with the work on the strategy

Integrated break

Commitments and peer support
Identifying personal commitments and ways to strengthen the collective work with the help of peers from other domains


Back-to-back events
Two other workshops will take place back-to-back with this event (in parallel) at the same venue: 
 30-31 October 2019 'Demonstration cases' workshop
 30-31 October 2019 Workshop on 'Enhancing and Linking Information Systems'


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Réseau Meuse-Rhine-Moselle Network Read More


ProSpecieRara - PSR Read More


Irish Seed Savers Association Read More


Dachverband Kulturpflanzen und Nutztiervielfalt e. V. Read More
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