ILRI - SRUC research collaboration workshop

Naivasha, Kenya

12-13 Sep 2016

Field trip on 14th
CTLGH meeting on 15-16 for those staying on



Areas for collaboration


1. Livestock and forages breeding platform
2. Greenhouse gases and sustainable intensification
3. Animal health economics
4. Applications of animal nutritional science to smallholders
5. Microbiomes
6. Antimicrobial resistance
7. Capacity development

First outlines (as of 16 sep)


Six outline concept notes for collaborative research were produced

Livestock and forages breeding platform - Eileen
GHG and sustainable intensification - Lutz/Simon
Animal health economics - Andrew/Henry
Applications of animal nutritional science to smallholders - Alan
Microbiomes - Rainer/Chris
Antimicrobial resistance - Tim/Nick

Two further products were worked on: 1) an overarching capacity building note/proposal and 2) a specific capacity building concept around the breeding platform. Both targeted to
http://www.rcuk.ac.uk/funding/gcrf/growingcapability deadline 25 oct).

It was agreed:
Aim to have all the capacity building pieces ready by 19 Sep
Aim to have all the other concept notes ready by 30 Sep
Alan to collate and chase
Also submit to meet the BBSRC international workshops call (deadline 17 Nov: http://www.bbsrc.ac.uk/funding/filter/international-workshops/). Eileen leads.
It was suggested to have a process by which CNs/proposals are assessed. Iain and Wayne to propose.























'Quick win' areas for collaboration

ilri-sruc informal partnership committee to monitor and sustain progress
skypes/webex etc
Webinars and virtual seminars

Datasets and methods sharing
Write books and papers together
Hold joint symposia at events

SRUC-ILRI joint studentships
Attract SRUC students into ILRI projects
BecA scholars
Summer schools
ILRI host SRUC students and projects

Mutual visits (when passing through)
PI exchanges
Guest lectures
Sabbaticals
Guest teaching / exchanges
Short term researcher exchanges


Institutional synergies, strengths and opportunities


what ILRI brings
access to the problem
access to resources on or close to the ground
can access different funding opportunities and streams
close to local partners
works in some tough places
strong cgiar, international, national networks
collections of genetic resources
state of the art technical infrastructure
broad range of capabilities
does research that aims to influence, up and down
plugged in, via networks,to varied demands (countries etc)


what SRUC brings
passion, commitment, purposeful research
willingness to learn about the problem
track record in research
commitment to translate research
track record and ethos of working with partners
likes working with users of research
brings together research, education and extension
lots of training experience across levels (unique)
steeped in environment of publish or perish
hosts many overseas students
strong UK, europe and international networks
increasingly focused on impacts, in the real world
enthusiastic people, willing to share


what they share
culture of applying research
interest in learning from each other on global problems
relatively small, so aim to be agile
well-know in own spheres
opportunities to work on problems of the future


on making the partnership work
needs real credibility
need to define what success is for the collaboration
needs respect as well as trust
need to ensure followup and concrete support
need concrete activities beyond big proposals


Visions of participants of 'success' in this collaboration





Meeting objectives


- Map common interests and opportunities
- Identify, and draft, specific joint ventures
- Identify respective comparative advantage

Agenda/Process


Agenda draft 1

Day 0 – Sunday 11 Sep
Transfers to Naivasha
Day 1 – Monday 12 Sep
ILRI transfers to Naivasha
09:00
Welcome, agenda and objectives
Alan Duncan
09:10
Opening remarks
Jimmy Smith
Wayne Powell
09:30
Collaboration opportunities - the 'helicopter' view
Geoff Simm
Iain Wright
09:50
Introductions – first round (exercise)
All / Peter Ballantyne
10:30
Introductions – clusters of interest emerging from the interactions
Peter Ballantyne
10:45
Break

11:15
Themes and clusters – first round (groups)
= zoom in on promising ones to take forward
All
13:00
Lunch

14:00
SRUC and ILRI – core strengths and opportunities (exercise)
Shirley Tarawali / Peter Ballantyne
15:00
Break

15:30
Themes and clusters – second round (groups)
= initial scoping and prioritizing working groups for day 2
All
16:15
ILRI-SRUC collaboration - critical success factors
All
16:45
Seen and heard
Iain Wright / Geoff Simm
17:00
Recap and plans for day 2
Alan Duncan / Peter Ballantyne
17:15
Close

18:00
Drinks

19:00
Dinner




Day 2 – Tuesday 13 Sep
09:00
Identifying plans and products for Day 2

09:30
Initial work on products (small groups)
= generate initial outline for concept note focus

10:15
Brief show and tell product outlines and focus

10:45
break

11:15
work on products (small groups)

13:00
Lunch

14:00
work on products (small groups)

15:00
Break

15:30
Brief presentations of zero draft concept notes

16:30
Wrap up and next steps/actions
Alan Duncan / Peter Ballantyne
17:00
Close
Iain Wright / Wayne Powell



Day 3 – Wednesday 13 Sep
Field trip / transfers to Nairobi or CTLGH meeting



Participants


Name
Affiliation
Attended?
Eileen Wall
SRUC
y
Geoff Simm
SRUC
y
Harriet Bunning
SRUC
y
Steph Smith
SRUC
y
Nick Sparks
SRUC
y
Mizeck Chagunda
SRUC
y
Simon Willcock
SRUC
y
Andrew Barnes
SRUC
y
Michael McLeod
SRUC
y
Rainer Roehe
SRUC
y
Richard Dewhurst
SRUC
NO
Bob Rees
SRUC
y
Wayne Powell
SRUC
y
Peter Alexander
University of Edinburgh
y
Chris Jones
ILRI
y
Okeyo Mwai
ILRI
y
Ben Lukuyu
ILRI
y
Alan Duncan
ILRI
y
Lutz Merbold
ILRI
y
John Goopy
ILRI
y
Karen Marshall
ILRI
Day 1
Henry Kiara
ILRI
y
Peter Ballantyne
ILRI
y
Iain Wright
ILRI
y
Phil Toye
ILRI
Day 1
Peter Thorne
ILRI
y
Shirley Tarawali
ILRI
Day 1
Jimmy Smith
ILRI
Day 1
Tim Robinson
ILRI
y
Sita Ghimire
ILRI
Day 2
Jean Hanson
ILRI
y
Nadhem Mtimet
ILRI
y
Maren Radeny
ILRI
y