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DCA centre unit

The activities in DCA are supported by a centre unit, which is in charge of tasks relating to research-based policy support, sector and industry cooperation, international cooperation and communication.

Policy support

Researchers from DCA-related departments provide research-based policy support ranging from short memorandums to extensive reports and knowledge syntheses.

The agreement with the Ministry respects the arm’s length principle, and DCA’s policy support is based solely on the scientific contributions provided by the researchers. The authorities are responsible for the subsequent political and administrative considerations.

In addition, DCA is also obligated to regularly assess which areas may become topical for policy support. Such assessments can result in initiatives for carrying out research in areas in which there may be a need for further or new knowledge.

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Sector collaboration

An advisory panel contributes to organising research and development collaboration with national users and collaborative partners. Members of the advisory panel include the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, other authorities, industry representatives and a well-developed committee network. The main task of the advisory panel is to provide advice on the centre’s overarching supervision and strategy, including the relevance of research in relation to society’s future needs for advisory services, national and international research topics, communication of knowledge to society and the framework for research-based policy support. 

The advisory panel includes representatives from the Danish Veterinary and Food Administration, Danish Agricultural Agency, SEGES, Danish Crown, Organic Denmark, Arla Foods, Coop Denmark, Confederation of Danish Industry, and Danish Society for Nature Conservation.

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International collaboration

Via its centre unit, DCA is in charge of a number of tasks in relation to international research and policy support.

On behalf of the Ministry of Environment and Food of Denmark, DCA attends to responsibilities in the European Innovation Partnership on Agricultural Sustainability and Productivity (EIP-AGRI), the Collaborative Working Group of Sustaina-ble Animal Production, NordGen Council for Farm Animal Genetic Resources and Animal Task Force. Via its engage-ment in several ERA-nets, DCA participates in a series of European research programmes.

The centre also supports collaboration in major applications to European research programmes, primarily Horizon 2020.

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The DCA centre unit carries out communication tasks in relation to policy support and other DCA assignments. The English DCA newsletter communicates knowledge about policy support tasks and new research from the DCA departments.

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The centre unit publishes DCA reports, primarily based on policy support tasks. In addition, the centre unit coordinates DCA events allowing researchers, authorities and the public to be informed about research efforts and exchange knowledge. At AU Foulum guided tours are available for companies, associations and relevant educational institutions. 

Find the DCA reports her