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Managing soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification

Managing soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification

Objective

"Agricultural production in Europe has significantly damaged soil and water resources, ecosystem biodiversity, socio-economic well-being and contributed to climate change. Expected further intensification of production to ensure food safety for population growth must be sustainable to minimise future impacts and negative externalities. This ETN addresses these challenges by training 15 early stage researchers in cutting edge research skills and innovative approaches to manage soil and groundwater impacts from agriculture for sustainable intensification. It supports EU policy goals on food security, resource conservation, renewable energy and climate change, and the aims of the H2020 Societal Challenge 5 Work Programme for sustainable management of the environment and its resources. The scientific objectives focus on developing (1) management techniques which mitigate environmental impacts of agricultural practices on soil, water and climate systems, and support sustainable intensification using new production methods; (2) ""smart"" environmental monitoring, biotechnology and modelling tools to predict the outcome of measures and practices in (1); (3) decision-making tools with sustainability indicators to implement sustainable agricultural production methods. This will be achieved by linking lab-scale studies of processes with field-scale evaluation of novel management concepts, analytical tools and modelling, using state-of-the-art methods. The network includes research, advisory and commercial organisations from all sectors of the agri-environmental management community, and SMEs to multinational firms. Its novel training agenda of workshops and summer schools on technical and business skills, international conferences, industry secondments and knowledge transfer activities has the specific aim of transferable skills training. This is highly relevant for scientific communication, societal impact and entrepreneurship, preparing the fellows for careers in many sectors."
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Coordinator

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

Address

Firth Court Western Bank
S10 2tn Sheffield

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 546 575,76

Participants (10)

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EIDGENOESSISCHE ANSTALT FUER WASSERVERSORGUNG ABWASSERREINIGUNG UND GEWAESSERSCHUTZ

Switzerland

EU Contribution

€ 530 453,52

WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 255 374,28

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 265 674,60

T.E. LABORATORIES LIMITED

Ireland

EU Contribution

€ 265 674,60

HELMHOLTZ-ZENTRUM FUR UMWELTFORSCHUNG GMBH - UFZ

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 498 432,96

IWW RHEINISCH-WESTFALISCHES INSTITUT FUR WASSER BERATUNGS-UND ENTWICKLUNGSGESELLSCHAFT MBH

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 249 216,48

UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

VLAAMSE INSTELLING VOOR TECHNOLOGISCH ONDERZOEK N.V.

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 501 120

GEOLYS

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 250 560

POLITECHNIKA WARSZAWSKA

Poland

EU Contribution

€ 224 137,44

Partners (15)

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THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

THE SECRETARY OF STATE FOR ENVIRONMENT, FOOD AND RURAL AFFAIRS

TATA STEEL UK LIMITED

CONTAMINATED LAND: APPLICATIONS INREAL ENVIRONMENTS

Amt für Umwelt Kanton Thurgau

TEAGASC - AGRICULTURE AND FOOD DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY

NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF IRELAND GALWAY

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA

IMW - Innovative Messtechnik Dr. Weiss

KfU Envirotech GmbH

COMPAGNIE INTERCOMMUNALE LIEGEOISE DES EAUX

PROEFCENTRUM FRUITTEELT VZW

Citius Engineering

SZKOLA GLOWNA GOSPODARSTWA WIEJSKIEGO

AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 675120

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 April 2016

  • End date

    31 March 2020

Funded under:

H2020-EU.1.3.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 837 779,64

  • EU contribution

    € 3 837 779,64

Coordinated by:

THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD

United Kingdom