The target audience of CAPARA will be researchers in the field of veterinary parasitology based in academia, research institutions or the industry (i.e pharmaceutical companies). Additionally, researchers in other disciplines dealing with animal production or veterinary medicine will be the targeted by this Action. The other group of target audience will be professionals in goat production: veterinarians, rural advisors, products livestock breeders and farmers but also professionals in dairy and meat industry. European level policy makers, government policy makers, regional planners and policy makers as well as anyone actively involved in protecting the environment and animal welfare will be targeted by this Action too. Last but not least an important target area of this Action is the general public. The results of this Action will affect public health issues taking under consideration the possible reduction of chemicals passing to the food chain. This aspect is of great interest and importance for the general public.
There will be two levels of dissemination strategies:
(a) Within the Action
Know-how exchanges, particularly towards ESRs will be based on STSMs and Training Schools. STSMs will be also offered to young scientists from developing regions. STSMs will facilitate technology transfer within the Action and training in new techniques or shared use of critical equipment or field sites.
COST Workshops and WG meetings: will provide the main ground for distribution of results, improved protocols and techniques; however, scientific communication within the Action will also be facilitated with the website (see below) and email correspondence. It is important to note that CAPARA includes members from industry (pharmaceutical companies) which will greatly facilitate communication between academia and industry and will significantly advance problem-oriented research. Scientific meetings may also take place in conjunction with the COST Workshops and WG meetings which will help dissemination activities both within and outside the Action (see also below). The WG meetings will be combined as much as possible with MC meetings and will be organized in different geographic regions to allow participants from all regions to come into contact with the European technical knowhow.
Reports such as state-of-the-art reports, interim reports, case study reports, final reports will be prepared and circulated among members and the COST Office.
(b) Outside the Action
Publications: As described, production of several technical and scientific documents is the main target of deliverables for WGs of CAPARA. For this: (a) results of the project will be published in scientific journals in the form of peer reviewed papers; (b) results in shorter versions and less/nontechnical format and/or common review articles will be published in general public and magazines that are popular between animal breeders and farmers to reach a broader, less specialized public; (c) technical guidelines focusing on one or more technical aspects related to the activities of WGs will be produced; (d) leaflets in which the structure and the main goals of the Action will be indicated; (e) at the end of the proposed Action it is foreseen to publish two specially edited books and/or special issues of scientific journals that gives an overview of the most important results. The MC will promote co-publications as much as possible and will motivate participants to publish joint research results in journals and media reaching a broader audience. In any case, the Action will consider and favour publication of results and discussions in a way to reach interested nonspecialists in the area.
Website: A website will be established for dissemination of information regarding the activities of CAPARA. This website will be open to general public and all target audience groups of the proposed Action.
It will provide information to the international scientific community, facilitate communication flow between the partners of this project and communicate the latest results of the Action with both specialised and non-specialised audience. This point will be achieved by producing articles that are understandable for the general public and delivering it in the sections of the web site that is accessible to everyone. In addition, specialised technical documents that are mainly of interest to those working directly on the project will be stored in dedicated areas of the website. This will allow the professional audience to gain access to the latest news, information and developments in regard to the Action. Part of the website will be available to everyone while other information (for example new non published protocols) will be on a password protected area.
Contents of the website will be:
(a) General information about COST and CAPARA (activities, meetings);
(b) Publications and contact information for Action participants;
(c) Database on goat parasites interactions;
(d) Online courses, meeting proceedings and presentations;
(e) STSM Calls and Reports;
(f) Teaching tools (e.g. slides, course notes, protocols);
(g) Links to the websites of the participating institutions, websites related to veterinary parasitology, goat medicine and production websites of related projects;
(h) Job announcements. In addition, the database on goat parasites and interactions with the host will be made available via the website of the Action.
Special e-mail communication lists will be also arranged. These will be established at different levels. One will be for the general public, policy makers and scientists not directly involved in CAPARA but interested to be informed and kept up-to-date with further developments regarding this Action. The main purpose of this e-mail network will be to periodically (at least every 6 months) send summary e-mails to inform them with the latest developments regarding the Action and direct them to relevant articles or news in the web regarding these developments. The other email lists are more in the form of specific groups such as different WGs or MC members. This will be used as a tool for communication and discussions between different members of the group.
Workshops: the Action will organize workshops (see above) in which both basic and applied aspects of research performed will be addressed. These workshops will be open to interested scientists as well as entrepreneurs in the field. Workshops will also be organized to discuss safety aspects, public perception and novel EU legislation with interested private and public bodies and stakeholders (the public, policy makers and legislation/administration officers) at both national and European level to promote the public perception to antiparasitic control strategies.
Joint activities with other organizations: The Action will be linked with other national and international organizations/societies with interest in goat-parasite interactions such (i.e. IGA, FAO CIHEAM Network, WAAVP, EVPC, SEEP, etc) and asked to advertise and further disseminate information about the goals, results and publications of CAPARA. The Action will also connect with farmers associations to increase awareness about risks and benefits and to increase perception for environmentally friendly protection methods. The members of these organisations/societies will be invited to join the conferences and workshops.
Especially as regards professional and farming community, consolidated findings and recommendations will be disseminated to veterinary and health authorities, farmers" organisations vets and stakeholders at the European and national level. Open doors meeting with the participation of the MC and WGs members will be organised in the different countries in order to disseminate the results and recommendations towards the local farming community. Technical articles for the professional press will be also proposed regularly. To this respect, the fact that the Action has sleeked the participation of a consistent percentage of colleagues involved in extension service will contribute to make efficient such communication channels.
International Conferences: Knowledge and data resulting from CAPARA activities will be integrated and presented at International Conferences. Moreover efforts to organise satellite symposia to such conference will be made. This will promote the European know-how and increase international collaboration.
Teaching activities: Teaching activities in Universities at undergraduate and post-graduate level will also take advantage of the knowledge and experience acquired during this COST Action. Young scientists will thus be trained and informed on the latest developments in goat- parasite interactions and disease management.
It is expected that the dissemination of the results of this Action will result in changes in the practice of research in this field in Europe. The information about how the dissemination methods will be used was essentially presented above in section H.2.
It is important to note that the dissemination plan will be updated during the course of the Action taking into consideration the progress of the Action as well as the results of its evaluation. The research published in the field during the final years of this COST Action and application of guidelines produced in this research will allow to evaluate and determine how successful this Action have been in realizing dissemination of the results in the field.