Coordination Board

The University of Vigo is a Spanish institution founded in 1990 that offers a wide range of training on three specialized and innovative campuses. It is known for its focus on specialization, quality research, and training in various fields. With over 3,000 researchers, the university actively participates in numerous European research projects. 

The University of Vigo was founded on deep positive values based on transparency, good management, integration, equality, diversity, and environmental respect. The university is committed to the social and economic environment, and the knowledge transfer to society is fundamental, putting consistent effort to ensure that research continuously reflects in social development.

In 2020, the University had 25 active Horizon Europe projects, 29 INTERREG projects, and seven projects from other European calls.

Zabala Innovation is a consultancy firm that specializes in R&D and Innovation management. Since its establishment in 1986, the company has provided comprehensive services to businesses, administrations, and institutions. With a team of over 400 professionals from different disciplines, Zabala aims to improve the quality of life, sustainability, and competitiveness through innovative solutions. The Social Innovation department has years of relevant experience in EU projects, including within the agri-food, bioeconomy, and sustainable soil management sectors, by finding solutions for more efficient management of resources.

In this project, Zabala oversees the strategy and management of stakeholder communities for co-creation, co-innovation, and co-learning. The company will establish appropriate stakeholder groups for each living lab and living house in the project and develop a collaboration platform for LHs and LLs.

The Universidad Politécnica de Cartagena (UPCT) is a renowned public university with a long tradition and experience in engineering and economic studies. With over 90 R&D groups, the University aims to be not only a place for the dissemination of knowledge but also a source of scientific and technological creation. These groups carry out basic and applied research in various fields. The university offers hundreds of programs, events, workshops, and language courses. The UPCT is committed to promoting research, development, innovation, and scientific exchange with numerous public and private national and international institutions, reinforcing its links with the industry world.

Its role in the project includes overseeing WP3 and conducting research on soil ecosystem services and economic evaluation. Specifically, it aims to create a conceptual framework for assessing the value of ecosystem services provided by healthy soils and the environmental impact of activities that impact soil health.

The Research Institute of Organic Agriculture FiBL is one of the world’s leading institutes in organic agriculture. Their team of experts comprises individuals with extensive knowledge in various organic fields, including soil management, animal husbandry, socioeconomic aspects, food processing, and market analysis. FiBL has long been committed to the international development of organic agriculture. For research and development projects, FiBL partners with the European Union (EU), and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), facilitating the development of organic and agroecological agriculture in Europe, Africa, Asia, and Latin America in close cooperation with local partner organizations.

In the InBestSoil project, FiBL is responsible for evaluating the economic and environmental impacts of the carbon farming initiative Ebenrain in Switzerland and food system modeling to assess the Europe-wide scaling potential and effects of soil health innovations.

Wageningen University & Research, founded in 1918, is a collaboration between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research Foundation, with the mission to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life. The ability of Wageningen University & Research to combine the powers of specialized research institutes and the university is its greatest strength. This union of expertise leads to scientific breakthroughs that can be quickly put into practice and incorporated into education. 

WUR has remarkable soil health expertise, proved through its involvement in prestigious projects like Diverfarming, SoilValues, NOVASOIL, and Benchmarks. 

In the InBestSoil project, WUR will lead WP5, where they develop innovative business models for soil health and the co-design of new business models and strategies for enhancing soil health practices. They will contribute to the creation of living labs from current lighthouses by building on a systematic literature review of existing business models for sustainability based on the valuation of the ecosystem services delivered by healthy soils. Additionally, they will provide insights into policy implications.

The Euro-Mediterranean Center on Climate Change (CMCC) is a national center of excellence for climate change research, established in 2005 that became a Foundation in 2015. The mission of the CMCC Foundation is to carry out studies and models of the climate system and its interactions with society to ensure reliable, timely, and rigorous results to stimulate sustainable growth, protect the environment and develop science-based adaptation and mitigation policies. The CMCC researchers are engaged in constant research and scientific cooperation at an international scale to advance the knowledge path to mitigate the effects of climate change and to suggest adaptation measures, intervening, where required, with innovative and sustainable strategies.

In the InBestSoil project, the center will analyze the current political situation concerning soil health, develop tools and certification/labeling opportunities, and propose guidelines to introduce the economic aspect of soil health into incentives and policies. Together with another partner (Agris Sardegna – Agenzia per la ricerca in agricoltura), they will be responsible for Living Lab no.1 on Mediterranean agricultural soils.

June Communications is a marketing and communications agency that started its activity five years ago in the startup segment, later developing its service palette for SMEs and corporate companies from various industries at the national and international levels. The agency has an extensive background in the agricultural sector, collaborating with multiple companies in this field, from regenerative agriculture and carbon certification projects to agriculture insurance and financing services for agribusinesses.

In the InBestSoil project, June Communications will coordinate the communication,  dissemination, and exploitation activities, sharing the know-how for creating and issuing press releases, media articles and interviews, scientific articles, social media management and strategy, graphic content creation, and website building, contributing to increasing the project’s brand awareness.

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