Living Lab (Living Laboratory) is a commonly used term about a method of development and innovation. It can be understood as a partnership where companies, governments, organizations, various relevant stakeholders and individuals collaborate to create and test new services, business ideas, markets and technologies in the real life. This also includes ensuring that the solution is relevant, that is, solving the problem to be solved. Working methods are used in many sectors.
In the AgriLink project, the working method should be used to strengthen innovations in agriculture, including the involvement of counseling. At the end of February, participants from six different countries gathered in Leuven in Belgium to train and develop the work of living lab. These represented the six attempts to be carried out in one of the work packages in AgriLink. From Norway, Kirsti MH Myran participated in Grønn Forskning (Green Research) / Landbruk21Trøndelag (Agriculture21Trøndelag), Renate B Hårstad and Egil Petter Stræte, both from Ruralis.
In Norway, it is Landbruk21Trøndelag, which contributes to a growth-shift work in which living laboratories are to be used. The goal is to achieve an increased crop level through growth change and hopefully better agronomy (https://landbruk21.no/prosjekt/vekstskifte-innherred/). The special thing is that one should seek to get a crop rotation across farms. This is especially relevant where there is a large degree of monocultures. The work is now in the start-up phase of the region Innherred in Norway.