UNIVERSITY OF LIMERICK
The University of Limerick (UL), is located on the west coast of Ireland along the picturesque River Shannon and enjoys an unspoiled natural environment blended with state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. It is a leader in graduate employability, innovation and knowledge transfer, teaching, engagement, internationalisation, and infrastructure. With close to 16,500 students, including more than 2,000 international students each year, UL is a young and enterprising university with a proud record of innovation in education and scholarship, with research and knowledge transfer activities spanning all of its faculties and disciplines. The University values and supports the excellence of output and achievement by its research community across all of its research areas. In addition, the University has identified a number of areas of research strength, characterised by having critical mass, addressing common research questions, having a significant body of research inputs and outputs, attracting international scholars, and having a national and international reputation.
“UL is committed to the development and implementation of a holistic approach to sustainable development, in partnership with the communities we serve, locally and regionally, and through our national and international alliances.” Kerstin Mey, President, University of Limerick
FUNDACIO UNIVERSITARIA BALMES
The BETA Technological Center, at University of Vic-Central University of Catalonia, aims to improve competitiveness and technological development in companies through R&D projects at a local, state or European and international level developing and transferring innovative and competitive technology with sustainable criteria to the food, waste and environment sectors. On the technical level, the center has expertise in the domains of Environmental Technologies, Sustainability of the agrofood industry, sustainable agriculture, applied aquatic ecology and governance.
WUST is one of the biggest technical universities in Poland. The university was recognized by the European Commission with the Human Resources Excellence in Research award. The University educates 25,000 students from 70 countries, including 1,000 PhD students. Department of Advance Material Technologies specializes in research related to fertilizers, biostimulants, biofungicides and feed additives. The department operates an accredited laboratory where national and international projects are realized in cooperation with industry e.g New Chemical Syntheses Institute Puławy and Grupa AZOTY Kędzierzyn
With more than a century of industrial experience, Prayon is a world leader in the phosphate sector. The Group manufactures an extensive range of phosphate and fluorine products that are used in food applications, industrial applications, fertilizers and other applications such as pharmaceuticals. Prayon’s mission is to be an innovating international chemical company that uses sustainable technologies to provide quality products and first-class associated services in direct response to market needs.
The Economie Circulaire plan adopted by Prayon reflects our ambition to promote a healthy environment, sustainable development and a positive societal footprint by taking concrete action in favour of the climate while making sustainability a lever for industrial performance. As part of this plan, Prayon aims to become a benchmark in the field of the Circular Economy related to phosphate products. With REFLOW, Prayon aims to promote and study the conditions for using materials with low P2O5 content.
INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE IPU
UniLaSalle is a School of higher education with transverse expertise in agronomy, food, geo-sciences, environment, health prevention, energy and digital technology, both in terms of training and research. Through its systemic approaches, technological and organisational innovations, UniLaSalle’s research explores the solutions for facing tomorrow’s challenges according to the UN sustainable development goals. Especially, through its expertise in agroecology and soil microbial ecology, the Aghyle research unit (UP 2018.C101) contributes to the understanding of the interrelationships between agricultural management practices, soil condition and plant diversity, as well as the identification of the consequences of these interactions on the dynamics of elements and plant nutrition and health.
CHALMERS TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLA
The ESA (Environmental System Analyses) Division, at Chalmers University of Technology at Gothenburg, Sweden, aims to find more sustainable technology solutions and to find ways to transform technology systems to better meet the environmental and resource constraints we face. ESA conducts research on methods for environmental assessment of technology solutions including the life cycle assessment (LCA), ecological risk assessment, and environmental assessment of ways of organising technical systems. The Division also investigates how corporations and other organizations work with environmental issues.
STRANE INNOVATIOTN SAS
Founded in 2013, Strane Innovation SAS brings together research activities and commercial exploitation. They conduct multidisciplinary and collaborative research to anticipate and analyse tomorrow’s innovations, find new business models, and generate startup projects specialising in sustainable development (energy, water, transport, environment, and smart systems). On top of this, Strane collaborate with technological partners including large companies and research centers in an open innovation approach, as well as use collaborative intelligence and systematic analysis methodologies to mature technologies and generate new business concepts. For the large part, Strane is heavily interested in all transdisciplinary topics.
“Strane seeks to achieve sustainability through entrepreneurship. We look for great ideas and people. We build startups to commercialize them and make our societies and environment better !” Alexandre Bredimas CEO.
ELO is committed to promoting a sustainable and prosperous countryside and to increasing awareness relating to environmental and agricultural issues. Engaging various stakeholders, ELO develops policy recommendations and programmes of action. ELO organises interdisciplinary meetings gathering together key actors from the rural sector and policy makers at the local, regional, national and European level. Its ability to do all of this assures ELO its unique position among the think tanks.
The Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland (Teagasc) is the leading public sector organisation in the fields of agriculture and food research in Ireland. It conducts national research programmes, knowledge dissemination, and education in broad thematic areas: Animal and Grassland; Crops, Environment and Land Use; Rural Economy and Development; Food. Teagasc conducts about 300 research projects at any one time, supported by funding from national bodies, EU, worldwide sources and, the Department of Agriculture Food and Marine. The Environment, Soils and Land Use research programme develops technologies and management strategies that allow farmers to combine economic sustainability with environmental sustainability, ensuring profitable farming with resource conservation or improvement. Teagasc advisory services provide development support, advisory and consultancy services to all farmers and rural dwellers. The advisory service is focused on achieving a competitive and sustainable agricultural sector, making full use of EU and national support measures, all resources and on-farm / off-farm opportunities. Teagasc research advises government on all national legislation and policy via published research on water quality, gaseous emission, soil and agro-ecology through their multi-disciplinary working groups.
Wageningen University’s research and education, based in Wageningen, The Netherlands, are based on a fundamental scientific approach and are, accordingly, strongly geared toward applications in practice. This is achieved through close collaborations between various fields of expertise combining both natural and social sciences, and is the only university in the Netherlands that specifically focuses on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. It does so by working closely together with governments and the business community. This allows Wageningen University to obtain an integrated approach of actual societal themes, such as:
- Climate change;
- Unhealthy lifestyles;
- Continued pressure on natural environments;
- Animal welfare.
Wageningen University’s researchers are active around the globe, and the university hosts students from over 100 countries and its mission is “to explore the potential of nature to improve the quality of life”.
Wageningen University is a part of Wageningen University & Research which also includes several research institutes. Wageningen University & Research has locations throughout the Netherlands, however a large number of teachers, professors and employees work on the Wageningen Campus.
Both Wageningen University’s research and education are highly acclaimed. Student numbers have increased significantly over the last years. In 2021 students ranked Wageningen as the best university in the Reference Guide for Higher Education in the Netherlands for the sixteenth year in a row. The top quality of research at Wageningen University is crowned with the university’s position within the top 6 of the important citation indexes of its domain.