Bulgaria

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LifeWatch Bulgaria

Agricultural University-Plovdiv
12 Mendeleev Blvd.
Plovdiv 4000
Bulgaria

Bulgaria joined LifeWatch ERIC in 2022.

LifeWatch Bulgaria is one of the eight Distributed Centres making up LifeWatch ERIC, the e-Science European Infrastructure Consortium which provides data resources, web services and Vital Research Environments (VREs) to biodiversity and ecosystem researchers.

The Agricultural University-Plovdiv is the official national scientific organisation that represents Bulgaria within LifeWatch ERIC.

What We Do

Research (lab and field testing and assessment)

Exploring key agro-ecological factors for growth in the soil-plant-atmosphere system, in typical organic holdings and for the spread and growth of priority plants.

Open-source collaboration

Implementing the 'multi-actor approach', engaging key stakeholders and experts for open-source collaboration. Data collection from diverse agri-ecosystems and effective transfer of biodiversity knowledge to farming, research, policy and society.

Agricultural practices impact

Biodiversity and ecosystem functioning as a component of a sustainable and favourable living environment, analysis and assessment of:
- soil, water, air and behaviour of pollutants in these resources;
- carbon sequestration in grasslands.

IICT-BAN

Applying elements of artificial intelligence in established systems in order to increase their efficiency.

Advanced agrobiodiversity monitoring

Testing sustainable practical models for the evaluation of agrobiodiversity in sustainable (including organic) farming.

Plant Health Infrastructure

Combining diagnostic laboratory and research resources for diagnostics, prognoses and technologies related to research into plant health and technological solutions for safe plant products.
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Environmental pressures

Analysing land use changes and biodiversity loss of ecosystem services in agriculture and natural and semi-natural landscapes.

Organisation

Information on the organisation, nature, composition and members of the LifeWatch Bulgaria RI can be found here.

FAQ

LifeWatch Bulgaria is one of the eight national nodes making up LifeWatch ERIC, the e-Science European Infrastructure Consortium which provides data resources, web services and Vital Research Environments (VRE) to biodiversityand ecosystem researchers. The Agricultural University-Plovdiv is the official national scientific organisation representing LifeWatch Bulgaria.

 LifeWatch Bulgaria is as a network of scientific and research organisations which provide solutions for the protection, investigation, and research of biodiversity. 

LifeWatch Bulgaria aims to provide information and services on biodiversity  and other research and services in the domain of the LifeWatch ERIC.
It also provides scientific opinions regarding biodiversity to relevant policy makers.

LifeWatch Bulgaria carries out:

  • Plant Health Infrastructure activities
  • Research, involving laboratory/field testing and assessment
  • Analysis and assessment of the impact of agricultural practices on biodiversity
  • Analysing on ecosystem services and agroecology
  • Advanced agrobiodiversity monitoring
  • Analysis and assessment of environmental pressures
  • Implementation of the ‘multi-actor approach’ engaging key stakeholders and experts for open-source collaboration
The Agricultural University-Plovdiv is the official scientific organisation and coordinator of LifeWatch Bulgaria.

The members making up LifeWatch Bulgaria are:

  • PlantHealth and the partner institutions of this national research infrastructure, i.e., The Agricultural University-Plovdiv (ccordinator), Trakia University – St. Zagora and Forest Institute at the Bulgarian Academy of Science.

The Members in the coordinating team of LifeWatch Bulgaria are:

  • Diana Kuncheva
  • Dafinka Grozdanova
  • Professor Dr. Tatyana Bileva
For more information on how to become a member of LifeWatch Bulgaria, please send a message to

Projects

News from LifeWatch Bulgaria

General Assembly Members

Kalin Mutavchiev

Kalin Mutavchiev

Bulgaria
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Vladislav Popov

Bulgaria
Kalin Mutavchiev's Bio

Kalin Mutavchiev will shortly become a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly with the accession of Bulgaria in January 2022.

He is a Senior expert in Transnational Research Initiatives at the Bulgarian Ministry of Education and Science.

Vladislav Popov's Bio

Vladislav Popov will shortly become a Member of the LifeWatch ERIC General Assembly with the accession of Bulgaria in January 2022.

He is Vice-rector and Professor at the Department of Agroecology at the Agricultural University of Plovdiv. He is the Bulgarian representative in Commission Expert group to act as “shadow” Strategic Configuration of the Horizon Europe Programme Committee (E03662). He is one of the founders of sustainable and organic farming in Bulgaria with a 25+ years experience in R&D projects, as well as being a consultant in organic farming, agroecology and environmental protection in 26+ countries worldwide. He has authored over 120 scientific and technical publications on organic farming, agri-environment and sustainable management of natural resources.

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.