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"The NAtive Seed Science, TEchnology and Conservation Initial Training Network"

Objective

"NASSTEC will train 11 Early Stage Researchers and 1 Experienced Researcher in native seed science, conservation and use, so that environmental mitigation and adaptation projects can have increased impact. Without immediate enhancement of capacity and capability in this specific area of biodiversity science, the native seed industry in Europe will fail to develop towards the multi-million dollar markets of the US and Australia. NASSTEC plans to interconnect the public and private sector through the establishment of a multidisciplinary European doctoral ‘school’ with the aim of integrating knowledge in plant ecology, genetics, molecular biology, taxonomy, ecology, conservation, seed biology, environmental science, agricultural botany, crop science, breeding and horticulture. This knowledge will be transferred to industry, thereby contributing to the EU bio-economy. NASSTEC includes 7 full (FP) and 7 associated partners (AP) from 4 EU Member States. It interconnects 4 different sectors: private companies (3 FP and 2 AP), NGOs (2 AP), public land governance bodies and academic institutions (4 FP and 3 AP). The scientific and training programmes embrace 12 research topics, clustered under three sub programmes: A) In situ seed sampling; B) Seed biology characterisation; and C) Production and deployment of seed. Critically, the findings from the three sub-programmes will be interconnected, integrated and communicated rapidly and effectively to the ESRs/ER and all external stakeholders through a global e-Learning Environment (ELE). This ELE will be pivotal in delivering a balanced scheme of exchange visits and secondments, a rich programme of network events, news of network achievements and research information; including the findings of the final NASSTEC conference. NASSTEC will increase the competitiveness of ESRs/ER substantially and ensure that human capital is directed towards the development of a sustainable and dynamic European native seed industry."

Field of science

  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/ecology
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/molecular biology
  • /natural sciences/earth and related environmental sciences
  • /social sciences/economics and business/economics/health economics
  • /natural sciences/biological sciences/botany
  • /agricultural sciences/agriculture, forestry, and fisheries/agriculture/horticulture

Call for proposal

FP7-PEOPLE-2013-ITN
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Funding Scheme

MC-ITN - Networks for Initial Training (ITN)

Coordinator

MUSEO DELLE SCIENZE
Address
Corso Del Lavoro E Della Scienza 3
38123 Trento
Italy
Activity type
Other
EU contribution
€ 817 592,82
Administrative Contact
Denise Eccher (Dr.)

Participants (6)

ROYAL BOTANIC GARDENS KEW
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 570 113,28
Address
Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
TW93AB Richmond
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
George Sarkis (Mr.)
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 499 275,92
Address
Strada Nuova 65
27100 Pavia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Sofia Baggini (Dr.)
SCOTIA SEEDS LIMITED
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 493 933,44
Address
"Mavisbank, Farnell"
DD9 6TR Brechin
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Giles Laverack (Mr.)
THE JAMES HUTTON INSTITUTE
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 285 056,64
Address
Errol Road Invergowrie
DD2 5DA Dundee
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Anne Ross (Mrs.)
SEMILLAS SILVESTRES SL
Spain
EU contribution
€ 462 163,24
Address
Calle Aulaga 24
14012 Cordoba
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Angela Medran-Viñas (Mrs.)
SYNGENTA SEEDS BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 245 661,46
Address
Westeinde 62
1601 BK Enkhuizen
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Frank Lanfermeijer (Dr.)