AGROECOLOGY Partnership

Rising global concerns over climate change, biodiversity loss, and food security cast a shadow over the future of European agriculture. The sector faces unprecedented challenges, demanding a transformative shift. In this context, the EU-funded AGROECOLOGY European Partnership’ Accelerating Farming Systems Transition: Agroecology Living Labs and Research Infrastructures’ is an ambitious, large-scale European research and innovation endeavour between the EC and 26 Member States (MS), Associated Countries (AC) and Third Countries. It responds to the urgent need for a sustainable, resilient, and environmentally conscious agriculture sector. Specifically, the project leverages natural, biological interactions alongside cutting-edge science, technology, and innovation. Living labs serve as real-life testing grounds, expediting the transition towards sustainable, resilient agriculture. Research infrastructures contribute to disseminating agroecological knowledge. AGROECOLOGY facilitates high-level research by uniting resources and generating technologies aligned with the Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda.

The Agroecology Partnership project aims to facilitate the transition of the agricultural sector towards agroecology in Europe. Its mission is to address climate change, biodiversity loss, food security and environmental degradation while ensuring profitability for farmers. The project aims to create resilient and sustainable farming systems by 2050, promoting innovative agroecological practices and evidence-based policies. It encourages knowledge sharing, open innovation, and adapting approaches to EU territorial-specificities.

As part of this project, LifeWatch ERIC is leading an international team within WP5 Data and Monitoring Agroecology Transition to develop and implement an innovative and comprehensive conceptual framework to support the monitoring and evaluation of agroecology transitions, assessing their impacts and performance. This will include the creation of methodologies, indicators, and efficient data management tools tailored to various contexts and scales. Moreover, LifeWatch ERIC is contributing to enhancing the capacities of agroecology research infrastructures across Europe to optimise the role and strengthen the use of RIs for agroecology transition and improve the collaboration with agroecology living labs. 

Bulgaria

The Bulgarian National Distributed Centre is represented by the  Agricultural University-Plovdiv.

To know more about how Bulgaria contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Spain

The Spanish National Distributed Centre is supported by the Ministry of Science, Innovation and Universities, the Regional Government of Andalusia and the Guadalquivir River Basin Authority (Ministry for Ecological Transition-MITECO). Moreover, Spain is the hosting Member State of LifeWatch ERIC, the location of its Statutory Seat & ICT e-Infrastructure Technical Office (LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities). 

To know more about how Spain contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Slovenia

The Slovenian National Distributed Centre is led by the Research Centre of the Slovenian Academy of Sciences and Arts (ZRC SAZU). It focuses on the development of technological solutions in the field of biodiversity and socio-ecosystem research.

To know more about how Slovenia contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Portugal

The Portuguese National Distributed Centre is managed by PORBIOTA, the Portuguese e-Infrastructure for Information and Research on Biodiversity. Led by BIOPOLIS/CIBIO-InBIO – Research Centre in Biodiversity and Genetic Resources, PORBIOTA connects the principal Portuguese research institutions working in biodiversity.

To know more about how Portugal contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Netherlands

The Dutch National Distributed Centre is hosted by the Faculty of Science of the University of Amsterdam. Moreover, The Netherlands hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Virtual Laboratory and Innovation Centre.

To know more about how The Netherlands contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Italy

The Italian National Distributed Centre is led and managed by the Italian National Research Council (CNR) and is coordinated by a Joint Research Unit, currently comprising 35 members. Moreover, Italy hosts one of the LifeWatch ERIC Common Facilities, the Service Centre.

To know more about how Italy contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Greece

The Greek National Distributed Centre is funded by the Greek General Secretariat of Research and Technology and is coordinated by the Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture of the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, in conjunction with 47 associated partner institutions.

To know more about how Greece contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.

Belgium

The Belgian National Distributed Centre makes varied and complementary in-kind contributions to LifeWatch ERIC. These are implemented in the form of long-lasting projects by various research centres and universities distributed throughout the country and supported by each respective political authority.

To know more about how Belgium contributes to LifeWatch ERIC, please visit our dedicated webpage.