Skip to content

About

Home - About

Microbial services addressing climate change risks for biodiversity and for agricultural and forestry ecosystems: enabling curiosity-driven research and advancing frontier knowledge

The project aims to deepen the comprehension of the complex relationships among microorganisms, plants, and soil within the framework of climate change. By offering access to advanced Research Infrastructures, training, and assistance, the project seeks to encourage research tackling the multifaceted challenges presented by climate change to terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems. By exploring these interactions, MICROBES-4-CLIMATE strives to advance understanding and facilitate applied research directed at enhancing the resilience of plants and crops to the effects of climate change, thereby fostering sustainable and resilient agricultural methods.

GOAL

The main goal of MICROBES-4-CLIMATE is to offer researchers from diverse backgrounds convenient access to a range of top-tier Research Infrastructures and their advanced services. This access will empower them to engage in interdisciplinary, curiosity-driven research focused on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems. Specifically, the project aims to investigate the complex interactions among microbiomes, plants, soil, and the environment. These interactions play crucial but not fully understood roles in responding to climate change, enhancing resilience, and mitigating its impacts.

Specific  Objectives

Simplify access to a tailored suite of efficient services, whether physical, remote, or virtual, aimed at supporting curiosity-driven research on climate change impacts on terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, including agricultural and forestry systems.

Enhance the integration of services offered by multiple Research Infrastructures (RI) by fostering collaboration among diverse providers, users, and stakeholders across various disciplines.

Develop and refine frameworks and tools to facilitate access, including open access, to data and data services essential for research on climate change and its effects on biodiversity and ecosystems.

Provide comprehensive training and scientific/technical assistance to both RI staff and researchers/users to maximize the benefits of the available services and resources.

Promote active engagement from the target user communities and ensure the long-term sustainability of the shared and collaborative services developed during the project duration.

Consortium  

UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
Nottingham , UK

SPI - SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVAÇÃO

UVEG | UNIVERSITAT DE VALENCIA

ULiege - UNIVERSITE DE LIEGE | BE
MIRRI-ERIC

UGent | UNIVERSITEIT GENT

NKUA | ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

UNITO | UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

CNR | CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

INRAE | INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

UNIV RENNES | UNIVERSITE DE RENNES

CIHEAM-IAMB | CENTRO INTERNAZIONALE DI ALTISTUDI AGRONOMICI MEDITERRANEI

CNRS | CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

ISSAPPNP | INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE, AGROTECHNOLOGY AND PLANT PROTECTION NIKOLA POUSHKAROV

LUKE | LUONNONVARAKESKUS

UH | HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

FZJ | FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

ALSIA | AGENZIA LUCANA DI SVILUPPO E DI INNOVAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA

HMGU | HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH

IPK | LEIBNIZ - INSTITUT FUER PFLANZENGENETIK UND KULTURPFLANZENFORSCHUNG

WU | WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

UU | UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

FEM | FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH

CREA | CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

LifeWatch ERIC | E-SCIENCE EUROPEAN INFRASTRUCTURE FOR BIODIVERSITY AND ECOSYSTEM RESEARCH

CABI |  CAB INTERNATIONAL

Alliance | INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PHYTOBIOMES RESEARCH, INC

AIT | AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

UMINHO UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

SIB | SIB SWISS INSTITUTE OF BIOINFORMATICS

AnaEE-EERIC

Partners

Research Infrastructures

Coordinator 

MIRRI-ERIC

MIRRI-ERIC, the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure – European
Research Infrastructure Consortium, stands as a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure with a clear mission: to preserve, systematically investigate, provide, and valorise microbial resources and biodiversity. With over 50 microbial domain Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs), culture collections, and research institutes from ten European countries coming together, MIRRI integrates into the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap, becoming a landmark in its Health & Food domain.

Established by the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1204 in June 2022, MIRRI envisions a greener, healthier, and more sustainable world, centred on the preservation, study, and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity. Its mission is two-fold: to serve Bioscience and Bioindustry users by facilitating access to high-quality bioresources and data in a legally compliant manner, and to contribute to tackling global societal challenges through high-quality bioscience research and innovative MIRRI aligns its strategic focus with global and European, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU Horizon, and the ESFRI Roadmap, among others. By continuously analysing landscape and scanning the horizon, MIRRI anticipates gaps opportunities to better address the needs of its user communities and maximise the value and impacts of their projects, technologies, and products.

MIRRI’s strategic research and innovation agenda for 2021-2030, alongside its commitment to collaboration, sustainability, and professional development, underscores its dedication to shaping European research and innovation towards a greener, digital, and more resilient future. Through its comprehensive approach and collaborative efforts, MIRRI aims to make significant contributions to scientific breakthroughs, innovation, and societal well-being.

Show

Partners 

SPI - SOCIEDADE PORTUGUESA DE INOVAÇÃO

Sociedade Portuguesa de Inovação (SPI) is a private consulting company with a deep knowledge of the private and public sectors, as well as the processes that allow its clients to boost innovation, be competitive and generate growth, being an active centre of national and international networks connected to the SME’s and Innovation sectors. Since its inception, SPI has become a leading promoter of linkages between private sector companies, Science and Technology institutions, and National and International public and private organizations. From its onset, SPI embraced the mission of managing projects that promote regional, national and international development, stimulate entrepreneurship, innovation and knowledge management and encourage internationalization and creation of strategic partnerships and business relationships.

SPI has established a unique in-house capability that combines its knowledge of Innovation, Science and Technology with its fundamental skills in territorial planning and urban development. Since its creation in 1997, SPI was involved in the Leadership/Partnership in about 25 FP7 projects, 50 Horizon 2020 projects and 28 Horizon Europe projects and collaborated with more than 80 districts in Portugal, including setting local multi-actor forums.

Show

ULiege - UNIVERSITE DE LIÈGE

Universite de Liège, rooted in over five centuries of history, stands as a beacon of knowledge and cultural heritage in Spain. Established in the thirteenth century under the auspices of King James I of Aragon and Pope Innocent IV, its journey towards excellence began long ago, culminating in its official founding in 1502.

Throughout its rich history, the University of Valencia has grown alongside the city, intertwining its destiny with Valencia’s urban landscape. Initially focused on medicine, humanities, theology, and law, the university has evolved significantly over the past two decades, embracing transformation and expansion at an unprecedented pace.

Today, the UV epitomizes a modern, global institution at the forefront of educational and scientific advancements. It boasts a comprehensive array of disciplines, spanning basic sciences, engineering, health sciences, educational sciences, humanities, social sciences, economics, and law. This diversity reflects its commitment to excellence in teaching and research across all spheres of knowledge.

Embedded within its statutes lies a profound commitment to public service, manifested through the education of students, professional preparation, academic qualifications, and the continual enhancement of faculty expertise. The university fosters research, both fundamental and applied, driving scientific and technological progress while disseminating culture and critical thinking throughout society.

Year after year, the UV garners acclaim in prestigious rankings for its research output and teaching standards, solidifying its position as a leading institution in Europe. Its active participation in international networks and agreements underscores its global reach, while its deep roots in the Valencian Community reaffirm its role as a cultural catalyst and a vital contributor to knowledge dissemination and innovation.

Show

UGent | UNIVERSITEIT GENT

Ghent University, founded in 1817 under the patronage of King William I, has blossomed into a renowned institution that stands as a testament to centuries of academic excellence and innovation. From its humble beginnings with 16 pioneering professors, including esteemed scholars from across Europe, to its current status as a leading global university, Ghent University has continuously evolved to meet the changing demands of education and research.

The university’s historic Aula Academica, inaugurated in 1827, serves as a symbolic cornerstone of its commitment to academic tradition and ceremonial dignity. Despite the challenges brought about by political upheavals in 1830, which temporarily disrupted its faculties, Ghent University persevered, eventually regaining its former glory and achieving notable successes in both education and research.

A pivotal moment in its history came in 1930 when Dutch became the official language of instruction, marking a significant milestone in the university’s evolution and paving the way for democratization and scientific advancement. This linguistic shift, coupled with the recognition of pioneering scholars such as Maurice Maeterlinck and Corneel Heymans, propelled Ghent University onto the international stage.

In 1991, a decree granted the university greater autonomy, ushering in a new era of interdisciplinary collaboration and scientific exploration. This spirit of innovation was further amplified in 2003 when Ghent University formed a strategic alliance with several higher education institutions, consolidating its position as a hub of academic excellence.

The university’s commitment to pushing boundaries and embracing diversity is reflected in its mission to be a world-class, open, and socially engaged institution. With a vibrant community of over 50,000 students and 15,000 staff members, Ghent University fosters a culture of boldness, curiosity, and experimentation. Its progressive career model rewards impact-driven research and encourages scholars to tackle complex societal challenges with courage and creativity.

From its historic campuses in Belgium to its pioneering Ghent University Global Campus in South Korea, Ghent University continues to expand its horizons and make a lasting impact on the world. Through cutting-edge research, innovative education, and meaningful engagement with society, Ghent University dares to think and strives to shape a better future for all.

Show

NKUA | ETHNIKO KAI KAPODISTRIAKO PANEPISTIMIO ATHINON

The National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA) stands as a beacon of academic excellence, deeply rooted in the rich history and cultural heritage of Greece. Established on April 14th, 1837, NKUA holds the distinction of being the first university not only in Greece but also in the wider Balkan peninsula and Eastern Mediterranean region. As the largest university in Greece, NKUA occupies a central place in the nation’s educational landscape, shaping the course of higher education and research for generations.

Throughout its illustrious history, NKUA has been at the forefront of intellectual innovation and scholarly achievement. It has played a pivotal role in guiding the evolution of Greece’s educational system, producing groundbreaking research, and fostering a spirit of academic inquiry and excellence.

Today, NKUA remains a vibrant hub of learning and research, bringing together a diverse community of scholars, students, and staff committed to pushing the boundaries of knowledge and understanding. With a steadfast dedication to educational and research excellence, NKUA continues to uphold its legacy as a bastion of intellectual rigor and innovation.

As the university looks to the future, it is guided by a strategic vision aimed at embracing change, fostering innovation, and maintaining its position as a leading institution of higher learning. By attracting and nurturing top talent, embracing innovative teaching and research methodologies, and fostering a culture of excellence and responsibility, NKUA is poised to meet the challenges of the 21st century and beyond.

Show

UNITO | UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TORINO

The University of Turin, or UNITO, stands as a distinguished institution with a rich history spanning over six centuries. Founded in 1404 by a papal Bull issued by Pope Benedict XIII, UNITO has evolved into one of the most ancient and prestigious universities in Italy. Its inception was facilitated by Prince Ludovico of Savoia-Acaja’s vision to establish a centre of learning at a strategic crossroads between the Alps, Liguria, and Lombardy.

UNITO’s early years were marked by challenges, including epidemics and administrative upheavals, yet it persevered, relocating several times before returning to Turin in 1436. Notably, in 1506, Erasmus of Rotterdam obtained his degree from UNITO, attracting scholars from across Europe seeking quality education.

The university underwent significant reforms in the 18th century under the patronage of Vittorio Amedeo II, culminating in the inauguration of a prestigious new building in via Po in 1720. These reforms aimed to create a well-trained ruling class and elevate cultural and linguistic standards within the Duchy.

Throughout the 19th and 20th centuries, UNITO experienced substantial growth and became a bastion of Italian positivism and antifascism. Renowned figures such as Cesare Lombroso, Antonio Gramsci, and Rita Levi Montalcini emerged from its halls, shaping Italian political, social, and cultural discourse. Additionally, three Nobel Prize winners in Medicine and two Italian Republic Presidents are among its distinguished alumni.

Today, UNITO continues its tradition of academic excellence and innovation, offering a wide array of courses across various fields of knowledge. With nearly 80,000 students and 120 buildings spread throughout Turin and Piedmont, UNITO serves as a vibrant “city-within-a-city,” promoting culture, research, and social integration. Its research centres in medical diagnostics, biosensoristics, and nanotechnologies rank among the best in Italy, reflecting its commitment to cutting-edge scholarship.

UNITO’s libraries, museums, and media units enrich its academic environment, fostering intellectual exploration and cultural engagement. Moreover, the university actively engages in social issues and international partnerships, demonstrating its dedication to societal progress and global collaboration.

As UNITO looks to the future under the leadership of Professor Stefano Geuna, it remains dedicated to its mission of advancing knowledge, fostering innovation, and empowering future generations to confront the challenges of tomorrow.

Show

CNR | CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

The National Research Council (CNR) has a rich history dating back to its establishment as a legal entity on 18 November 1923. Initially founded with the purpose of representing the Italian scientific community at the International Research Council, CNR’s role evolved over time.

During the early decades, CNR faced challenges and interruptions, particularly during the Fascist regime, which hindered its ability to fully fulfill its designated tasks. However, after World War II and the establishment of the republican government, CNR was entrusted with the responsibility of promoting, coordinating, and regulating Italian scientific research. This marked a significant turning point, as CNR began to play a crucial role in advancing scientific and technological development in Italy.

Throughout the following decades, CNR underwent various reforms and transformations to adapt to changing societal and political landscapes. It expanded its research activities, established partnerships with international organizations, and contributed to the growth of Italy’s research infrastructure.

Today, CNR stands as the largest public research institution in Italy, with a multidisciplinary approach to research encompassing a wide range of fields. With thousands of employees, including researchers, technologists, and technicians, CNR continues to uphold its mission of conducting and disseminating research to foster scientific, technological, and social progress in the country.

Show

INRAE | INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE POUR L'AGRICULTURE, L'ALIMENTATION ET L'ENVIRONNEMENT

INRAE is positioned at the forefront of agricultural, food, and environmental research, is dedicated to addressing the multifaceted challenges that lie ahead. With a comprehensive understanding of the interconnectedness of global changes, we are committed to contributing to sustainable development goals through innovative research and strategic initiatives.

Humanity and the planet face unprecedented challenges, including climate change, food and nutrition security, environmental degradation, and biodiversity loss. To tackle these challenges effectively, INRAE recognizes the need for convergence, collaboration, and the development of solutions that integrate scientific, technological, economic, and social perspectives.

Drawing inspiration from international expert groups and scientific organizations such as the IPCC, IPBES, and the EAT-Lancet Commission, INRAE identifies key areas for action. These include dietary shifts towards plant-based foods, reducing resource waste, promoting agroecological practices, sustainable management of natural resources, and enhancing renewable energy sources.

INRAE’s research is guided by a set of scientific priorities outlined in the INRAE 2030 roadmap. These priorities encompass responding to environmental challenges, accelerating agroecological and food transitions, building bioeconomies, promoting holistic health approaches, and leveraging data sciences and digital technologies for transformative change.

The institute places a strong emphasis on ethics, scientific integrity, and responsible conduct in research projects. INRAE upholds founding principles that prioritize the common good and ethical considerations in scientific endeavours. Additionally, it actively engages with internal and external stakeholders to ensure transparency, accountability, and social responsibility.

INRAE’s organizational structure comprises 18 research centres distributed across France, each focusing on specific disciplines while fostering interdisciplinary collaborations. The institute’s commitment to corporate social responsibility (CSR) is evident in its efforts to quantify and analyse societal and environmental impacts, promote diversity and equality in the workplace, and foster transparency and dialogue with stakeholders.

Show

UNIV RENNES | UNIVERSITE DE RENNES

The University of Rennes, situated in the heart of the Brittany Region, stands as an experimental public institution with a profound commitment to addressing the contemporary challenges of a world in transition. Rooted in a common history and strengthened by its founding members, the university embodies an ethos of openness, collaboration, and innovation.
The university’s overarching ambition is to confront major societal challenges, particularly in the realms of the environment, global health, and digital technology. As a pioneer in higher education and research, it embraces a unique model tailored to its territory, fostering multidisciplinary collaboration and a public service mission aimed at serving the community.
At the University of Rennes, a diverse array of training departments, research centres, and affiliated Grandes Écoles converge to shape and implement its strategic vision. Partnering with esteemed institutions such as École des Hautes Études en Santé Publique (EHESP) and École Nationale Supérieure de Chimie de Rennes (ENSCR), the university cultivates a dynamic ecosystem that fosters innovation and knowledge dissemination.
Central to its mission is a commitment to ecological and environmental transition, positioning itself as a pilot university in this endeavour. Through initiatives such as integrating sustainability principles into all training courses and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, the university aims to contribute actively to the preservation and restoration of the planet.
Research and training units, faculties, schools, and institutes form the backbone of the university’s academic landscape, catering to over 37,000 students annually. These units span diverse domains, including law, economics, health, sciences, engineering, and humanities, reflecting the institution’s comprehensive approach to education and research.
With a focus on open science, innovation, and international collaboration, the University of Rennes strives to advance knowledge, foster student success, and promote societal well-being. By embracing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and championing cross-disciplinary cooperation, it seeks to chart a course towards a more sustainable and equitable future.

Show

CIHEAM-IAMB

Since its inception in 1962, the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) has been at the forefront of fostering multilateral cooperation across the Mediterranean region. Over the past six decades, CIHEAM has embarked on a journey dedicated to uniting people and ideas, navigating through challenges and forging lasting connections. The story of CIHEAM is one of resilience and determination, as recounted in the pages of its history. Founded in a post-World War II world marked by division, CIHEAM emerged as a beacon of hope, guided by the vision of its Member States. Despite facing adverse conditions, successive generations of leaders and delegates steered the organization forward, navigating through calm seas and turbulent waters alike. A testament to its enduring mission, CIHEAM has remained steadfast in its commitment to agriculture, food, and rural development. Through its four Institutes and Headquarters strategically located across the Mediterranean, CIHEAM has cultivated a culture of collaboration and problem-solving, addressing the specific needs of its Member States. Organized around 15 thematic priorities, CAPMED 2025 aims to protect the planet, promote inclusive development, enhance food security, and build resilience in the face of crises. Through its diverse array of programs and initiatives, CIHEAM is committed to shaping a sustainable future for the Mediterranean. From protecting natural resources to promoting the Mediterranean diet and empowering youth, CIHEAM’s actions are guided by a global, innovative, and committed vision for the region. Key figures underscore the impact of CIHEAM’s efforts, with hundreds of students enrolling in its diploma courses and thousands more participating in specialized short courses. Moreover, CIHEAM’s extensive cooperation projects and ministerial meetings reflect its role as a catalyst for political dialogue and collaboration. As CIHEAM continues to chart its course forward, it remains dedicated to its founding principles of cooperation, knowledge-sharing, and mutual understanding. Through its unwavering commitment to the Mediterranean region, CIHEAM is poised to make a lasting impact for generations to come.
Show

CNRS | CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

The National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) stands as a cornerstone of basic research on the global stage, uniquely positioned in France to delve into all realms of science. Founded in 1939 and led by scientists, it operates as the sole organization in the country active across all scientific disciplines, comprising a workforce of 33,000, including 28,000 scientists, and boasting a budget of 4 billion Euros. With 1100 research laboratories both domestically and internationally, the CNRS is committed to leveraging its expertise to address contemporary global challenges. At the heart of the CNRS’s mission lies its dedication to harnessing diverse scientific fields to confront pressing global issues. Through its comprehensive research endeavours spanning over eight decades, the CNRS navigates the complexities of living creatures, space, materials, and human societies. By embracing a multidisciplinary approach, the organization endeavours to understand and tackle contemporary challenges collaboratively. With an unwavering commitment to knowledge sharing, the CNRS advocates for open science deeply rooted in its era. It promotes the wide dissemination of knowledge and scientific culture while supporting policymakers in developing informed public policy. Moreover, the CNRS fosters a dialogue between scientific disciplines, recognizing the intrinsic value of interdisciplinary collaboration in addressing complex scientific questions. Funding for CNRS activities primarily comes from public service subsidies supplemented by CNRS-generated income. This funding supports laboratories across France and beyond, driving research and innovation in various scientific fields. The CNRS Innovation Office facilitates the transfer of research results into tangible social and technological innovations, fostering collaborations with socioeconomic actors. With a territorial presence spanning French regions and global research hubs, the CNRS plays a vital role in shaping the scientific landscape. Its regional offices serve as local points of contact, offering support for industrial projects and European programs. In essence, the CNRS epitomizes France’s commitment to scientific advancement, serving as a beacon of excellence in basic research and innovation on the global stage. Through its unwavering dedication to scientific exploration and collaboration, the CNRS continues to make significant contributions to society’s understanding and progress.
Show

ISSAPPNP | INSTITUTE OF SOIL SCIENCE, AGROTECHNOLOGY AND PLANT PROTECTION NIKOLA POUSHKAROV

The Institute of Soil Science, Agrotechnology, and Plant Protection Nikola Poushkarov (ISSAPPNP) stands as a national centre for research, development activities, guidance, and training in the realm of soil science, mechanisation, hydro melioration, and plant protection. Situated at the forefront of agricultural innovation, ISSAPPNP operates through three fundamental departments of scientific research: Soil Science, Mechanization, Irrigation, and Drainage Systems, and Plant Protection. Aligned with the state agrarian policy of the Academy of Agriculture, ISSAPPNP plays a vital role in implementing the Common Agricultural Policy of the European Union. The institute undertakes a range of activities to fulfil its mission. This includes conducting fundamental and strategic research to address national and international agricultural, ecological, and economic challenges. ISSAPPNP also provides training and qualification programs for post-graduate students pursuing Ph.D. degrees in relevant scientific disciplines. Furthermore, the institute offers methodological, technical, and consultancy support to farmers, specialists, and agricultural machinery manufacturers. Engaging in research, design, consultancy, and engineering services supports agricultural development. Additionally, ISSAPPNP organizes postgraduate and continuing education programs for scientists in key research areas. Developing pilot projects for demonstration and training purposes to showcase innovative agricultural practices is another crucial aspect of its work. Lastly, ISSAPPNP assists in the preparation of investment projects to secure funding from national and international sources. In pursuit of its objectives, ISSAPPNP collaborates closely with various partners, including government ministries, agricultural institutions, universities, and research organizations. These partnerships enable the institute to leverage expertise, resources, and networks to address complex agricultural challenges comprehensively. Through its interdisciplinary approach and commitment to excellence, ISSAPPNP remains dedicated to advancing agricultural science and promoting sustainable practices for the benefit of society and the environment.
Show

LUKE | LUONNONVARAKESKUS

The Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke) stands as a pivotal research organisation operating under the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. With a mission to foster competitive businesses rooted in the sustainable utilisation of renewable natural resources, Luke also prioritises the well-being and vitality of rural areas across Finland. With a workforce of approximately 1,300 individuals, Luke operates in 24 locations throughout Finland, with its headquarters situated in Helsinki Luke’s activities span across various domains, addressing challenges in the sustainable and profitable utilization of renewable natural resources through four phenomenon-based research programs. Annually, Luke undertakes over 700 research projects, including roughly 100 EU projects. In 2023 alone, Luke’s researchers published more than 600 peer-reviewed scientific publications, with research constituting about 70 percent of Luke’s overall activities. In addition to its research initiatives, Luke also fulfills statutory duties, including the compilation of Finland’s official food and natural resources statistics. Luke’s operations are governed by its strategic framework and an annual performance agreement signed with the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland. Further, Luke’s official responsibilities are outlined in both EU and national regulations, with its statistical activities guided by the Statistics Act and established statistical practices. Luke is committed to upholding ethical research practices, adhering to the guidelines for responsible conduct issued by the Finnish National Board on Research Integrity (TENK). Financially, in 2023, Luke’s total budget amounted to approximately EUR 151 million. While state budget funding via the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry of Finland comprised EUR 85 million (56 percent), EUR 66 million (44 percent) was secured from other funding sources. Luke’s workforce is diverse, comprising an equal representation of men and women among its 1,300 employees. Established on January 1, 2015, Luke was formed through the merger of the Agricultural Research Centre of Finland (MTT), the Finnish Forest Research Institute (Metla), the Finnish Game and Fisheries Research Institute (RKTL), and the statistical services of Tike, the information center of the Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry. This integration marked a significant milestone, consolidating expertise and resources to enhance research and innovation in the realm of natural resource management and rural development.
Show

UH | HELSINGIN YLIOPISTO

The University of Helsinki (UH) stands as Finland’s oldest and largest academic institution, tracing its roots back to 1640. Throughout its illustrious history, UH has been instrumental in shaping a fair and egalitarian society, earning global acclaim for its contributions to societal progress. Today, UH continues its legacy as a multidisciplinary academic community, tackling global challenges with a diverse, quality-conscious, and purpose-driven approach.
With a vibrant community of 40,000 students and employees, UH embodies openness and excellence. Its internationalisation efforts extend far beyond geographical boundaries, fostering collaborations that generate solutions for the betterment of humanity and the planet.
At the heart of UH’s mission lies its commitment to truth, Bildung, freedom, and inclusivity—values that guide its endeavors and define its identity. These values permeate every aspect of UH’s operations, driving its pursuit of new knowledge, fostering critical thinking, nurturing creativity, and promoting equality and respect for all.
UH’s strategic plan for 2030 envisions it as one of the world’s leading universities—a beacon of enlightenment and innovation. Rooted in deep disciplinary expertise and interdisciplinary collaboration, UH aims to set global benchmarks in research and education, contributing to the advancement of knowledge and the resolution of pressing global challenges.
Central to UH’s strategic focus are four research themes: promoting human and environmental wellbeing, fostering a humane and equitable world, advancing sustainable development, and embracing boundless curiosity. Through these thematic pillars, UH seeks to harness the power of knowledge to effect positive change on a global scale.
As Finland’s academic cornerstone, UH has played a pivotal role in shaping the nation’s identity and progress. From the birth of the Finnish national anthem to the development of the Finnish education and healthcare systems, UH’s influence is deeply woven into the fabric of Finnish society.
UH’s commitment to fairness, innovation, and global impact resonates with Finland’s ethos of social justice and sustainability. By championing open science, open data, and open innovations, UH seeks to promote collaboration and accelerate progress for the betterment of all.

Show

FZJ | FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM JULICH GMBH

Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH (FZJ) stands as a beacon of cultural openness, diversity, and academic excellence in Germany. With over 7,000 individuals from 80 different countries, FZJ embraces international collaboration and fosters an environment where varied perspectives converge to drive groundbreaking research. As a proud member of the prestigious Helmholtz Association, FZJ aligns itself with the Alliance of Science Organisations, advocating for an open society and a robust democracy. At the core of FZJ’s ethos lies a deep commitment to nurturing curiosity and cultivating the next generation of scientific pioneers. With a passion for research and innovation, FZJ endeavours to attract the brightest minds globally, recognizing that diversity enriches the scientific discourse and fuels progress. Spanning an expansive 1.7 square kilometers, the Jülich research campus serves as a hub for cutting-edge scientific inquiry. Beyond its scientific endeavours, FZJ actively engages with the community, offering numerous opportunities for the public to engage with its research activities. From the biennial Tag der Neugier event, where thousands explore the campus and learn about ongoing research projects, to weekly video conferences and school lab experiments, FZJ opens its doors to foster dialogue and exchange with the broader community. With a steadfast commitment to excellence, inclusivity, and openness, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH continues to push the boundaries of knowledge and innovation, shaping a brighter future for Germany and the world.
Show

ALSIA | AGENZIA LUCANA DI SVILUPPO E DI INNOVAZIONE IN AGRICOLTURA

ALSIA (Lucanian Agency for Agricultural Development and Innovation) is an instrumental entity of the Basilicata Region dedicated to research and the dissemination of innovations in agriculture and agri-food sectors. Established by Regional Law No. 38/1996 and operational since 1997, ALSIA succeeded the abolished Agricultural Development Agency in Basilicata (ESAB) in the disposal of agricultural and non-agricultural assets resulting from land reform. With Regional Law No. 29/2001, ALSIA became one of the essential components of the regional Agricultural Development System (SSA), including its Experimental Demonstration Farms and specialized support services. In 2013, ALSIA acquired the “Metapontum Agrobios” Research Center, particularly active in the agro-industrial system through research projects in the field of plant biotechnology. The Agency conducts specific informative and educational actions aimed at agricultural and agri-food companies, providing them with consultancy for modernisation, enhancement, and development to increase production, valorise product quality, and reduce pesticide use. It offers real and specialised services related to product traceability, crop phytosanitary defense, optimisation of irrigation water use, fertigation, and dissemination of good agricultural practices. ALSIA implements and participates in regional, interregional, national, and EU projects related to agricultural biodiversity, multifunctionality, professional training, and enhancement of agricultural productions with reference to quality certification systems within production processes. In agro-environmental matters, it assists in the programming and implementation of initiatives by Parks and national and regional protected areas and promotes the protection and enhancement of the rural world, particularly in inland areas, within an eco-compatible context. ALSIA’s areas of expertise and services include land reform and real estate asset census, multifunctional agriculture, educational farms, social inclusion, agrobiodiversity, agrometeorology, apiculture, ALSIA’s experimental demonstration farms, integrated crop management (SeDI), medicinal plants, high-quality agri-food productions, research and innovation, as well as sub-measures 16.1 PSR 2014-20 innovation transfer and sub-measure 16.2 PSR 2014-20 agri-food chains.
Show

HMGU | HELMHOLTZ ZENTRUM MUENCHEN DEUTSCHES FORSCHUNGSZENTRUM FUER GESUNDHEIT UND UMWELT GMBH

HMGU (Helmholtz Zentrum München Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Gesundheit und Umwelt GmbH) is dedicated to envisioning and realizing a healthier future amidst the evolving challenges of our world. As our environment shifts, impacting human health with the rise of diseases like diabetes, allergies, and respiratory conditions, we remain committed to developing innovative solutions. With a workforce of 2515 individuals representing 88 nations, we foster a diverse and collaborative environment conducive to groundbreaking research. In 2023 alone, our efforts culminated in 1334 publications and the support of 420 PhD students, nurturing the next generation of scientific leaders. Embracing our role as a member of the esteemed Helmholtz Association, Germany’s largest research network, we receive long-term core funding for our endeavors, ensuring the stability necessary for impactful research. Our scientists benefit from state-of-the-art infrastructure across our various locations in Neuherberg, Großhadern, Garching, Munich City, Augsburg, Tübingen, Hannover, Dresden, and Leipzig. Supported by the Federal Government of Germany and the Free State of Bavaria in a ratio of 90:10, our center’s funding totaled 271.5 million euros in 2020, further supplemented by third-party contributions for a total budget of 331.6 million euros. This financial support enables us to pursue our mission within the framework of the six research fields established by the Helmholtz Association. Firmly anchored in the field of Health, we prioritize research programs aligned with the strategic framework of the “Environmental and Metabolic Health” (ENABLE) initiative. Additionally, as part of Helmholtz Health, a collaborative effort among six Helmholtz Health Centers, we strive to translate research findings into tangible benefits for society, healthcare, and the economy. Our commitment to rapid knowledge transfer is embodied in a seven-point charter shared across Helmholtz Health Centers, underscoring our dedication to accelerating the application of scientific discoveries for the betterment of humanity. At HMGU, we remain at the forefront of biomedical research, pioneering solutions that address the health challenges of today and tomorrow.
Show

UNOTT | THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM

Founded in 1881 as Nottingham’s first civic college, the University of Nottingham has evolved into a globally engaged institution committed to making a difference in its cities, regions, and beyond. The university’s rich history is marked by significant milestones, including its transformation into a university in 1948 and the subsequent establishment of various campuses and schools that have expanded its reach and impact. The move to University Park in 1928 marked a pivotal moment in the university’s history, providing a sprawling campus that has since become the heart of student life and academic excellence. Over the years, the university has continued to grow and innovate, establishing campuses in Malaysia, China, and other locations, thus embodying its vision of being a university without borders. The University of Nottingham prides itself on its inclusive community, where everyone is valued and empowered to contribute to its mission of solving problems and improving lives. Guided by values of ambition, openness, fairness, and respect, the university fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation among its students and staff. With inspiring campuses across three countries, the University of Nottingham offers a vibrant and diverse environment for learning, scholarship, and discovery. From its iconic University Park campus to the state-of-the-art facilities in Malaysia and China, the university provides a dynamic setting for academic excellence and personal growth. The university’s commitment to sustainability is evident in its award-winning campuses, which feature innovative architecture and environmentally friendly features. By investing in its grounds, buildings, and facilities, the University of Nottingham ensures that the student experience remains at the forefront while promoting environmental sustainability. With a focus on supporting potential, fostering creativity, and contributing to global development goals, the University of Nottingham remains dedicated to empowering its students and staff to make a positive impact on the world. Through education, research, and engagement, the university continues to lead the way in addressing local and global challenges and shaping a better future for all.
Show

WU | WAGENINGEN UNIVERSITY

Wageningen University & Research (WUR) is dedicated to exploring the potential of nature to enhance the quality of life. As a collaborative effort between Wageningen University and the Wageningen Research foundation, WUR brings together over 7,600 employees, 13,100 students, and more than 150,000 participants from over a hundred countries. Since its founding, WUR has been committed to addressing major global challenges by providing high-quality knowledge, education, and research. With a mission to develop and implement pathways of change, WUR focuses on understanding and responding to pressing issues such as overconsumption of natural resources, urbanization, malnutrition, and climate change. WUR’s research encompasses the entire spectrum of knowledge, from fundamental curiosity-driven research to practical solutions with real-world impact. By embracing Open Science principles and investing in new initiatives like the Recognition and Reward program and the first Engineering Doctorate degree program, WUR continuously enhances its research capabilities. The university’s investment themes and research themes reflect its commitment to tackling priority issues such as circularity, food security, biodiversity, and climate change. Through innovative programs like digital twins and transformative bio-economies, WUR seeks to drive transitions towards a more sustainable and resilient future. In addition to its research endeavours, WUR provides students and professionals with the knowledge and skills to contribute to global transitions through its expanding portfolio of education programs. By offering a blend of on-campus and online learning opportunities, WUR ensures flexible learning paths and diverse classrooms. At the core of WUR’s success are its people, who generate impact through their research, teaching, and engagement with society. With a focus on sustainability, diversity, integrity, and social safety, WUR fosters a culture of collaboration and innovation. By leveraging new technologies and strengthening partnerships with stakeholders, WUR remains at the forefront of addressing societal needs and advancing the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Through its unique Wageningen Approach, which combines specialized research institutes with the university’s expertise across natural and social sciences, WUR translates scientific breakthroughs into practical solutions that benefit governments, businesses, and communities worldwide. As a leader in international rankings and citation indexes, WUR continues to demonstrate its scientific excellence and commitment to finding answers together.
Show

UU | UNIVERSITEIT UTRECHT

Founded in 1636, Utrecht University stands as a venerable institution deeply rooted in tradition and committed to academic excellence. As a wide-ranging, international research university, Utrecht University maintains a strong connection to the city of Utrecht, where its roots run deep. With interdisciplinary research focusing on four key themes—Life Sciences, Pathways to Sustainability, Dynamics of Youth, and Institutions for Open Societies—Utrecht University is at the forefront of tackling complex societal issues. At the heart of Utrecht University’s mission and vision are the core values of ambition, engagement, inspiration, and independence. The university’s mission is centred on contributing to a better world by conducting research that transcends disciplinary boundaries, fostering collaboration between thinkers and doers, and empowering students to reach their full potential. Utrecht University aims to be a catalyst for change, driving necessary transformations and making significant contributions to society. With a commitment to solving global challenges, Utrecht University embraces a forward-looking vision of a rapidly changing world. Recognizing the complexity of global issues such as climate change, wealth distribution, and public health, the university advocates for an interdisciplinary approach, leveraging scientific insights to address multifaceted problems. Utrecht University boasts an impressive array of facts and figures, including seven faculties, over 8,500 staff members, and a substantial budget of 1.1 billion euros. With a distinguished faculty comprising over 700 professors, the university produces over 8,500 publications and approximately 550 dissertations annually. With a student body exceeding 39,000, Utrecht University offers a wide range of academic programs, including 59 Bachelor’s programs and 156 Master’s programs, catering to diverse interests and career aspirations. Additionally, the university boasts a vast alumni network of over 210,000 individuals, further enriching its global reach and impact. As a testament to its enduring legacy, the history of Utrecht University is intricately woven into the fabric of the city, evident in its historic buildings, gardens, and street names. With its rich history, commitment to excellence, and visionary outlook, Utrecht University continues to shape the future of education, research, and societal engagement on a global scale.
Show

FEM | FONDAZIONE EDMUND MACH

The Fondazione Edmund Mach (FEM) stands as an esteemed international research center, technical agricultural school, and technology transfer hub. With a rich history spanning 150 years, FEM remains committed to supporting agriculture and environmental endeavors while embracing new challenges. Situated on a 14-hectare campus in San Michele all’Adige, FEM boasts laboratories, greenhouses, classrooms, and extensive cultivated land and forests. Founded in 1874 by Dr. Edmund Mach, the institute has evolved into a beacon of excellence in agricultural education, research, and technology transfer. Initially established to serve the Tyrol region, FEM quickly gained renown for its innovative approach to viticulture and agricultural sciences. Over the years, under the leadership of prominent figures like Prof. Enrico Avanzi and Bruno Kessler, FEM continued to excel in agricultural research and education. Today, FEM is recognized as a national and international leader in agriculture, food, and environmental research. Through multidisciplinary approaches, FEM promotes sustainable food production, conservation of genetic biodiversity, and the development of low-impact agricultural practices. From plant genomics to food chemistry, from nutrition to microbiology, FEM’s research spans diverse fields, contributing to advancements in biotechnology, crop protection, and environmental sciences. FEM’s commitment to excellence is evident in its research quality assessment results, with a significant percentage of its research products rated as “Excellent” across various disciplines. Moreover, FEM’s educational programs, including technical and vocational education, post-diploma courses, and doctoral programs, are highly regarded for their comprehensive and multi-level training approach. With its unwavering dedication to research, education, and technology transfer, FEM continues to uphold its mission of driving innovation in agriculture, food, and the environment. As a trusted partner in national and European research networks, FEM remains at the forefront of scientific discovery and knowledge dissemination, shaping the future of sustainable agriculture and environmental stewardship.
Show

CREA | CONSIGLIO PER LA RICERCA IN AGRICOLTURA E L'ANALISI DELL'ECONOMIA AGRARIA

CREA, or the Council for Agricultural Research and Analysis of the Agricultural Economy, stands as the premier Italian research organization dedicated to the agri-food supply chains. Established in 2015 through the merger of CRA (Council for Agricultural Research) and INEA (National Institute of Agricultural Economics), CREA operates under public law and falls under the oversight of the Ministry of Agriculture, Food Sovereignty, and Forests (Masaf). With a rich history dating back to the Risorgimento period in Italy, CREA’s origins are deeply intertwined with the nation’s agricultural heritage and the pioneering efforts of visionaries such as Camillo Benso Count of Cavour.
At its core, CREA is committed to addressing the pressing challenges of the twenty-first century related to food production sustainability, guided by the principles of the circular, bio-based economy. Employing a multidisciplinary approach, CREA’s scientific activities encompass a wide range of domains, including agricultural crops, livestock, fishery, forestry, agro-industry, food science, and socio-economics. With over 2000 dedicated personnel, including researchers and technologists, CREA conducts cutting-edge research aimed at fostering innovation and driving positive change in the agri-food sector.
CREA’s research efforts are organized through its network of specialized research centers, each dedicated to specific supply chain missions or transversal disciplines in agriculture. From the Research Center for Animal Production and Aquaculture to the Research Center for Agriculture and Environment, these centers form a comprehensive framework for advancing knowledge and expertise in key areas of agricultural research and development.
The history of CREA is a testament to Italy’s enduring commitment to agricultural research and experimentation. From the establishment of agricultural meetings and experimental stations in the nineteenth century to the consolidation of research institutes in the twentieth century, CREA’s evolution mirrors the changing landscape of Italian agriculture. With a focus on technology transfer, innovation, and adaptation to emerging needs, CREA continues to play a vital role in shaping the future of agriculture in Italy and beyond.
As Italy’s foremost research organization in the agri-food sector, CREA remains steadfast in its mission to drive sustainable agricultural practices, enhance food security, and promote economic prosperity. Through its dedication to scientific excellence, collaboration, and knowledge dissemination, CREA is poised to address the complex challenges facing the global food system and contribute to the advancement of agricultural science and innovation.

Show

CABI | CAB INTERNATIONAL

CABI, or CAB International, stands as an international, intergovernmental, not-for-profit organization dedicated to enhancing lives globally through the application of scientific expertise to agricultural and environmental challenges. Established by a United Nations treaty-level agreement among 48 Member Countries, CABI operates under the guidance of its member nations, ensuring a collaborative and inclusive approach to its work. With a mission to improve people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment, CABI pursues its goals through various strategic initiatives outlined in its Medium-Term Strategy 2023-2025. These initiatives address critical issues such as hunger, poverty, gender inequality, climate change, and biodiversity loss, aligning with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. CABI’s approach emphasizes long-term solutions, sustainability, and local ownership, guided by values of objectivity, impartiality, and commitment to making a positive difference in people’s lives. Through partnerships with governments, NGOs, universities, and the private sector, CABI leverages collective expertise to address complex challenges facing global food security and environmental sustainability. CABI’s rich history spans over a century of scientific endeavour, beginning with its origins as an entomological committee in 1910. Over the years, CABI has evolved into a global development-led organisation, supported by a robust scientific research base and a first-class publishing division. From pioneering biological control projects to launching innovative initiatives such as Plantwise to combat plant health problems, CABI has consistently demonstrated its commitment to driving positive change and innovation in agriculture and the environment. In recent years, CABI has expanded its reach and impact through strategic partnerships, digital platforms, and knowledge dissemination efforts. Initiatives such as the Plantwise programme, which has helped over 44 million farmers worldwide deal with plant loss and health, exemplify CABI’s dedication to improving farming practices and livelihoods globally. As the world faces unprecedented challenges such as climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic, CABI remains steadfast in its commitment to supporting smallholders, promoting climate-smart adaptation, and advancing sustainable agricultural practices. Through its continued efforts in research, knowledge sharing, and capacity building, CABI strives to create a more resilient and equitable future for all.
Show

Alliance | INTERNATIONAL ALLIANCE FOR PHYTOBIOMES RESEARCH, INC

The International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research, Inc., commonly known as the Phytobiomes Alliance, is a global collaborative initiative comprising industry, academic, and governmental partners. Registered as a nonprofit organization in the United States, it serves as a driving force for advancing phytobiomes research worldwide. Central to its mission is the facilitation of international cooperation and coordination to broaden the scope of phytobiomes research. Phytobiomes encompass intricate communities of plants, microbes, and environments within agricultural ecosystems. By fostering collaboration among diverse stakeholders, the Alliance aims to unlock the potential of phytobiomes for enhancing the sustainable production of food, feed, and fiber. The Alliance’s mission is clear: to establish a robust science and technology foundation for site-specific, phytobiome-based solutions that enhance agricultural sustainability. This mission is guided by a set of key principles: The Alliance supports research efforts aimed at understanding the individual components of agriculturally important phytobiomes and their interactions. By integrating phytobiome system-based knowledge, resources, and tools, the Alliance seeks to develop holistic approaches to agricultural production. Embracing a systems-level approach to production, the Alliance aims to optimize phytobiome-based solutions tailored to specific sites and conditions. The Alliance promotes the application of phytobiome-based solutions in next-generation precision agriculture, enabling more sustainable food, feed, and fiber production worldwide. Recognizing the importance of scientific literacy and public engagement, the Alliance is committed to educating both scientists and society about the potential of phytobiomes research. To achieve its mission, the Phytobiomes Alliance operates through a structured governance framework consisting of a Board of Directors, a Leadership Team, a Scientific Coordinating Committee, and various Working Groups. The Board of Directors provides strategic guidance and oversight, while the Scientific Coordinating Committee identifies research priorities and develops strategies for achieving the Alliance’s vision. Working Groups play a vital role in leading and coordinating specific aspects of phytobiomes research within disciplines and technologies. By bringing together expertise from diverse sectors and disciplines, the Phytobiomes Alliance is driving innovation, collaboration, and progress in the field of agricultural research. Through its collaborative efforts, the Alliance aims to realize a future where farmers worldwide can harness the power of predictive and prescriptive analytics based on phytobiome research to optimize agricultural productivity and sustainability.
Show

AIT | AIT AUSTRIAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY GMBH

The AIT Austrian Institute of Technology stands as Austria’s largest research and technology organization, specializing in addressing the key infrastructure challenges of the future. Functioning as an Ingenious Partner to both industry and public institutions, AIT is at the forefront of researching and developing the technologies, methods, and tools that will shape the innovations of tomorrow. With the Republic of Austria and the Federation of Austrian Industries as its shareholders, AIT’s mission is clear: to take a leading role in the Austrian innovation system and play a pivotal role in Europe as the Research and Technology Organization (RTO) focusing on critical infrastructure topics. AIT’s research and technological development span across various fields, including Energy, Transport Technologies, Health & Bioresources, Digital Safety & Security, Vision, Automation & Control, and Technology Experience. The vision of AIT revolves around recognizing the pivotal role of infrastructure in the success of industrial locations and the quality of life. As systemic changes continue to unfold, AIT aims to enable the realization of innovative infrastructure solutions by providing today the technologies, methods, and tools necessary for the infrastructure of tomorrow. At the heart of AIT’s operations lie its values and guiding principles. By fostering diversity, gender equality, and empowerment among its employees, AIT aims to create an inclusive working environment that encourages visionary thinking and out-of-the-box solutions. The organization’s Code of Conduct underscores its commitment to equality, fairness, integrity, and ethics, emphasizing the importance of respectful collaboration and open communication. AIT’s Code of Leadership serves as a guiding philosophy for creating an innovative environment conducive to achieving organizational goals. Encouraging output and empowerment, fostering teamwork and talent, creating room for excellence, and promoting cooperation and partnerships are central tenets of AIT’s leadership approach. Through transparent communication, constructive feedback, and a commitment to the Code of Leadership and Code of Conduct, AIT strives to act as a role model in the research and technology landscape.
Show

UMINHO UNIVERSIDADE DO MINHO

The University of Minho (UMinho or UM) is a public institution of higher education founded in 1973 in the city of Braga, Portugal. It belongs to the group of “New Universities” that revolutionized the higher education landscape in the country, commencing academic activities in 1975/76. Governed by a rectorate composed of a rector, a general council, and five internal units grouping various internal entities by areas of intervention, the University of Minho has facilities spread across the cities of Braga and Guimarães. According to the European University Association (EUA), UMinho is a benchmark for high-quality teaching and learning not only among Portuguese universities but also within Europe and globally. The university’s rich academic tradition, stemming from Braga’s millennia-old religious heritage, is evident in its academic regalia, festivities like the burial of the “Gata,” and cultural events. In the 2017 edition of the Shanghai Ranking, UMinho was classified in the [401-500] range, making it the fifth Portuguese university in that ranking. UMinho’s academic and research activities are organized into six schools and four institutes, further subdivided into departments. These institutions cover various fields of knowledge, with each contributing to teaching and research. Additionally, UMinho hosts several research units, grouping independent or government-funded research centers in different areas such as Sciences, Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Law, Economics and Management, Education, Engineering, and Humanities. The university also houses cultural units that promote culture not only within the academic community but also to the wider public. Additionally, support and service units provide various services to the academic community, including libraries, social support, technical services, transportation, and public relations. UMinho’s facilities are spread across Braga and Guimarães. In Braga, notable locations include the rectorate at Largo do Paço, the Gualtar campus, the Convento dos Congregados, various residential complexes, and other buildings. In Guimarães, facilities include the Azurém campus and the Combatentes residential complex.
Show

SIB | SIB SWISS INSTITUTE OF BIOINFORMATICS

The Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) stands at the forefront of biological and biomedical data science, leading the way in maximising the impact of scientific projects by ensuring data is FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable). As a non-profit organization, SIB provides long-term access to Switzerland’s premier biodata resources and serves as a high-quality partner for fostering innovation in academia, hospitals, and industry. SIB’s expertise lies in its three complementary pillars: coordination, open databases and software tools, and centre of excellence. By coordinating efforts, providing essential databases and software platforms, and offering bioinformatics expertise and services, SIB enables collaboration and knowledge sharing among some 900 scientists in the Swiss bioinformatics community. Through these efforts, SIB contributes to advancing biological research and enhancing health outcomes, thereby keeping Switzerland at the forefront of innovation. At the heart of SIB’s mission is the commitment to pushing the boundaries of data science through interdisciplinary collaborations, cutting-edge technologies, and in-depth knowledge of biological data. By providing researchers and clinicians with outstanding resources, services, and training, SIB accelerates innovation in fields ranging from medicine and health to biodiversity preservation and environmental conservation. SIB’s governance structure ensures efficiency and effectiveness in achieving its goals. The Foundation Council serves as the highest authority, overseeing changes to SIB’s statutes and the nomination of group leaders. The Board of Directors is responsible for validating the institute’s strategy and allocating federal funds, while the Scientific Advisory Board provides recommendations on services and infrastructure activities. The Council of Group Leaders discusses matters relating to SIB groups and proposes new group leaders for nomination. Overall, SIB’s commitment to excellence in biological and biomedical data science, coupled with its collaborative approach and innovative initiatives, positions it as a vital contributor to research, healthcare, and societal well-being in Switzerland and beyond.
Show

Research  Infrastructures

MIRRI-ERIC

MIRRI-ERIC, the Microbial Resource Research Infrastructure – European Research Infrastructure Consortium, stands as a pan-European distributed Research Infrastructure with a clear mission: to preserve, systematically investigate, provide, and valorise microbial resources and biodiversity. With over 50 microbial domain Biological Resource Centres (mBRCs), culture collections, and research institutes from ten European countries coming together, MIRRI integrates into the European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) Roadmap, becoming a landmark in its Health & Food domain.
Established by the Commission Implementing Decision (EU) 2022/1204 in June 2022, MIRRI envisions a greener, healthier, and more sustainable world, centred on the preservation, study, and valorisation of microbial resources and biodiversity. Its mission is two-fold: to serve Bioscience and Bioindustry users by facilitating access to high-quality bioresources and data in a legally compliant manner, and to contribute to tackling global societal challenges through high-quality bioscience research and innovative bioindustries.
MIRRI aligns its strategic focus with global and European agendas, such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals, the EU Horizon Europe, and the ESFRI Roadmap, among others. By continuously analysing the landscape and scanning the horizon, MIRRI anticipates gaps and opportunities to better address the needs of its user communities and maximise the value and impacts of their projects, technologies, and products.
MIRRI’s strategic research and innovation agenda for 2021-2030, alongside its commitment to collaboration, sustainability, and professional development, underscores its dedication to shaping European research and innovation towards a greener, digital, and more resilient future. Through its comprehensive approach and collaborative efforts, MIRRI aims to make significant contributions to scientific breakthroughs, innovation, and societal well-being.

Show

ELIXIR

ELIXIR is a European intergovernmental organisation bringing together life scientists, computer scientists, and support staff from 25 countries. With a ‘Hub and Nodes’ model, ELIXIR operates through a central Hub based at the Wellcome Genome Campus in the UK, coordinating activities across member states which make up the Nodes. ELIXIR’s primary goal is to facilitate access to, storage, transfer and analysis of the vast amount of life science data across Europe. This involves developing ways for researchers to access data, linking data to literature, providing software tools, establishing data standards, offering training and fostering collaborations through communities. ELIXIR aims to build a robust bioinformatics infrastructure across Europe by promoting knowledge exchange and technical support. This ensures efficiency savings and supports the long-term sustainability of the infrastructure.

For microbial communities ELIXIR offers the following services (full list):

  • Archive DNA data in the correct repository
  • Access and retrieve data 
  • Make your data easier to find and share (FAIR)
  • Find software and workflows to analyse your data
  • Find computing resources to help you analyse datasets
  • Find training materials to help you get started
Show

AnaEE-ERIC

AnaEE-ERIC (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems) is a distributed research infrastructure dedicated to studying and experimenting with ecosystems. The infrastructure of AnaEE-ERIC is organized as a European Research Infrastructure Consortium (ERIC). Recognizing the critical importance of keeping agricultural, forest, and aquatic ecosystems productive for the future of our planet, AnaEE-ERIC offers a network of experimental facilities across Europe equipped with advanced tools for conducting experiments and collecting data on how ecosystems respond to changes like climate change, biodiversity loss, and land use alterations. The mission of AnaEE-ERIC is multifaceted. Its primary objective is to operate a research infrastructure focused on studying and experimenting with ecosystems, providing the necessary tools, services, and knowledge to address complex environmental and climate challenges. Additionally, AnaEE-ERIC aims to support industry and agriculture by offering valuable resources, expertise, and collaboration opportunities to address environmental challenges, drive innovation, and promote sustainable development. One of AnaEE-ERIC’s experimental approach stands out, by complementing observational approaches with advanced experimental methods, as it allows researchers to control various parameters and test hypotheses across different ecosystems. This approach enables policymakers to assess the impact of regulations and management strategies before implementing them on a broader scale, benefiting society. AnaEE-ERIC can provide diverse experimental settings across a wide range of ecosystems, serving as a crucial asset in addressing societal challenges. By offering access to long-term data and integrating experimentation and modeling activities, AnaEE-ERIC supports studies over time and provides unique insights into environmental trends. Through coordinated experiments and the integration of analytical and modeling facilities, AnaEE-ERIC advances ecosystem science and enhances our understanding of global environmental shifts. By fostering scientific activities, training, and building skills, AnaEE-ERIC contributes to shaping European research on ecosystem responses to changes and supports evidence-based adaptation and mitigation strategies for ecosystem health and resilience.
Show

LifeWatch-ERIC

LifeWatch ERIC is a European Research Infrastructure Consortium that provides cutting-edge e-Science research facilities to scientists investigating biodiversity and ecosystem functions and services. Established by the European Commission in 2017, LifeWatch ERIC aims to support society in addressing key planetary challenges by offering state-of-the-art resources and services. The vision of LifeWatch ERIC is ambitious: to become the go-to Research Infrastructure offering access to the world’s biodiversity content, services, and communities with just one click. Its mission is to accelerate research efforts by delivering a European state-of-the-art e-Science Research Infrastructure on biodiversity and ecosystem research: a Digital Twin which provides access to key scientific services, facilitates reproducible analytics, and is co-designed and co-created with user communities to meet the needs of research that provides key insights for society, particularly science-based policy. LifeWatch ERIC’s impacts and perspectives are significant. As a provider of e-Science facilities for the European Research Area, it empowers users and stakeholders to address societal challenges linked to climate change, resource efficiency, food security and agriculture, sustainable development, energy supply, security, and health. The services offered by LifeWatch ERIC include: Specialised knowledge, Open & FAIR Data, Semantic Resources & tools, BIG DATA analysis, Web services, Computational power, Virtual Research Environments (VREs) & virtual Laboratories (vLabs), Training Centre, Stakeholder connection, Biodiversity management support. LifeWatch ERIC is committed to reaching scientists, ecosystem managers, decision-makers, and citizens, providing cutting-edge tools for research, boosting technological innovation, establishing synergies with stakeholders, and promoting democracy and creativity in science.
Show

EMPHASIS

EMPHASIS, the European Infrastructure for Plant Phenotyping, embodies a visionary commitment to advancing our understanding of plant performance and leveraging this knowledge to enhance future food security and agri-business, especially in the face of a changing climate. At its core, plant phenotyping serves as a powerful scientific tool to investigate the intricate interactions between plants and their environment. Plant phenotyping has emerged as a crucial scientific tool, addressing the bottleneck in the development of crop varieties with increased yield, nutrient efficiency, or tolerance to diseases. Despite the rapid progress in genotyping, plant phenotyping is essential to enable researchers to understand plant-environment interactions and transfer this understanding in selecting desirable genotypes in plant breeding and use them in different agricultural management scenarios. EMPHASIS addresses this challenge by integrating the European plant phenotyping infrastructure, thereby facilitating accelerated development, and increasing availability of phenotyping facilities. The mission of EMPHASIS is clear: to facilitate multi-scale plant phenotyping, analyse genotype performance across various environments, and quantify the diversity of plant traits. To achieve this mission, EMPHASIS sets forth ambitious objectives: Develop an integrated pan-European infrastructure comprising a holistic approach to plant phenotyping with instrumented facilities tailored for controlled conditions, intensive field studies, and lean field observations and computational services for data analysis and integration. Establish seamless data acquisition and management systems linked to a European-level information system and modelling platforms. Foster the development, evaluation, and dissemination of knowledge and cutting-edge technologies to advance plant phenotyping. By harnessing the power of plant phenotyping and fostering collaboration across Europe, EMPHASIS not only advances scientific understanding but also contributes to broader global goals. Through its efforts, EMPHASIS paves the way for resilient, sustainable, and innovative approaches to plant production and agriculture in an era of unprecedented environmental challenges.
Show

Work Package

Lead: UVEG

Catalogue of services

WP1 focuses on assessing and enhancing existing services to meet the demands of researchers and individuals seeking to address challenges related to climate change. It aims to create an integrated catalogue of services, analyze gaps, and develop strategies for sustainability, ultimately supporting interdisciplinary research efforts to understand and mitigate the impacts of climate change on the biosphere.

Lead: UNIVRENNES

Microbial single-cell genomic analyses: customisation of innovative services

WP2 aims to enhance understanding of soil and plant microbiomes as holobionts through genomic analysis, linking microbial diversity to functions, identifying genetic variations, and characterizing ‘healthy’ microbial communities to address climate change stressors, organized into two tasks focusing on optimizing existing services and fostering international research collaborations for innovative use cases.

Lead: AIT

Establishment and validation of synthetic microbial communities

WP3 aims to establish a standardized workflow for creating synthetic microbial communities from soil and plant samples to support vulnerable terrestrial ecosystems affected by climate change, focusing on sampling, isolating, characterizing microorganisms, assessing microbiome diversity, and validating synthetic communities for future research and applications, with tasks including sampling strategy establishment, microorganism isolation and characterization, bioinformatic analysis, and testing SMCs’ protective effects on plants against climate-induced stresses.

Lead: UMINHO

TA/VA4 – Transnational and Virtual Access Programme

WP4 aims to offer simplified and harmonized access to customized services, both in-person and virtually, for curiosity-driven research on climate change risks to terrestrial biodiversity and ecosystems, encompassing fields such as microbial resources, plant sciences, agriculture, forestry, climate, environment, biodiversity, and data science, providing integrated and joint services across research infrastructures.

Lead: LifeWatch ERIC

Data management and access

WP5 aims to establish a project data architecture and information technology infrastructure, integrating data sources via an ontology, utilizing distributed IT infrastructure for sustainable data management, and implementing user-friendly interfaces and advanced semantic search functionality to enhance effectiveness and timeliness of data management.

Lead: CABI

Legal, regulatory, ethical, and intellectual property affairs

This work package aims to assess current laws and regulations governing culture collections and microorganisms, focusing on their applicability to complex environmental samples, such as those relevant for understanding climate change impacts and mitigation strategies, identifying gaps, engaging stakeholders for proposed solutions, and reviewing quality management and ethical approaches to ensure alignment with best practices.

Lead: AnaEE-ERIC

Community building, training, and user engagement

WP7 is tasked with coordinating the training of platform managers, engaging users, and fostering community building to ensure a participatory approach across all project activities, establish connections with existing initiatives and communities related to ecosystem and biodiversity studies, and provide a standardized methodology and guidance for joint training activities within research infrastructures.

Lead: SPI

Increasing visibility and outreach

WP8 aims to implement outreach and visibility actions to promote the service offerings of MICROBES-4-CLIMATE, including the development of a communication strategy, enhancing access to the Transnational Access (TNA) program, and fostering European and international cooperation through various online and in-person initiatives and events.

Lead: MIRRI-ERIC

MIRRI-ERIC

WP9 oversees and manages all aspects necessary for the smooth execution of project activities, including project coordination, administrative support, quality assurance, ethics management, data management, risk management, and communication, ensuring efficient and timely implementation through a structured governance system.

Fact Sheet