Annual congress

Workshops & seminars

Extension & demonstration

Exchange & training

HACCP training courses

In 2008, QLIF in cooperation with CCFRA offered training courses for participants that seeked an introduction to the principles of HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) and the practicalities of implementation with special reference to organic production. The following workshop venues were included:

- Turkey on 29th May (past)
- Netherlands on 3rd July (past)
- UK on 29th September (past)
- Switzerland on 23rd October (past)
- Poland on 26th November (past)

See the training course programme and information (pdf).

QLIF training and exchange Workshops

During the QLIF project a series of five training and exhange workshops were held at the Louis Bolk Instituut (NL).

Topics and information on the five workshops is available below.

5th QLIF workshop:

Towards improved quality in organic food production

At January 21 -23 2009 the 5th QLIF training workshop was organised in Driebergen, The Netherlands. Product quality and how to achieve it was be the central theme, with scientific specialists on this theme sharing their knowledge and experience with junior scientists and students.

Just as the forgoing four workshops, this meeting was an excellent opportunity for junior scientists and students to meet senior experts from QLIF partner organisations and other European institutions. The meeting had the character of a ‘winter school’ with an intensive interaction between contributors and participants.

A brief note on the workshop outcome is available. The programme and other relevant information can now be found at the at:

4th QLIF workshop:

Soil Nitrogen: Research and Extension

The fourth QLIF training and exchange workshop addressed various aspects of nitrogen dynamics of organic and low input farming.

During the workshop leading researchers presented their research, focussing on the research approach and techniques used to come further in the understanding of the complex nitrogen dynamics of organic and low input farming.

The workshop was held 13-15 February 2008, Driebergen, the Netherlands.

3rd QLIF workshop:

Measuring food quality: concepts, methods and challenges

The third QLIF training and exchange workshop gave attention to different aspects of food quality.

A concept of good quality, how different quality aspects can be measured, but also the gaps in our knowledge and the challenges that we face in achieving a guaranteed high quality of organic food produce were discussed.

The workshop was held 12-14 February 2007, Driebergen, the Netherlands

2nd QLIF workshop:

Towards animal oriented methods of rearing animals in organic production systems

The aim of a two-days workshop for junior researchers was "to transfer both theoretical background knowledge and practical skills in using new approaches".

The workshop was held 20-22 February 2006 in Driebergen, NL.

1st QLIF workshop:

Healthy Soil, Healthy Crops, Healthy People

The first QLIF training workshop was held 2 - 4 February 2005 in the Netherlands. The aim of the two-days workshop was to transfer both theoretical background knowledge and practical skills in the use of new techniques and experimental approaches within soil quality.

Exchange and training

The project will provide training and educational programmes on organic and “low input” farming to junior scientists in the project and from European institutions not involved in the project.

It will thereby address the shortage of specialist scientists, advisors and lecturers with skills and in depth knowledge about multifactorial and interdisciplinary approaches needed for research programmes underpinning the growing organic and “low input” food industries; and thus ensure important human resources that can provide education, training and advice on organic and “low input” farming, and further increase the capacity for disseminating results and introducing innovation from the Integrated Project into industry.

Further information can be obtained from mr. G.J. van der Burgt, Louis Bolk Instituut (NL).