Smart Soils: Smart Specialisation meets EU Soil Mission

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Thematic Event on smart soils

A Europe-wide discussion in a virtual session about the relationship, at regional level, between the Smart Specialization Research and Innovation Strategies (RIS3) and the Soil Mission (SM) will be the focus of one of the Nati00ns thematic events.

It will integrate policy makers, experts, technicians and citizens involved in regional policy making and implementation of innovation programs with the following challenges: identify examples of connections that already exist/are foreseen/intuited between RIS3 and the SM objectives; discover the possibilities fo the implementation of the strategies to solve soil troubles and conclude on policy good practices to guide the processes of orienting RIS3 towards the mission and viceversa.

Soil is the foundation of our food systems. It provides clean water and habitats for biodiversity while contributing to climate resilience. It supports our cultural heritage and landscapes and is the basis of our economy and prosperity. RIS3 are demonstrating from 2013 their utility at local level to foster transformative changes through innovation.



Part 1 Contextualisation of Smart Soils
10:00 - 10:05

Welcome and introduction to the event and the theme

Cristina Gallardo - FUNDECYT-PCTEX on behalf of NATI00NS

10:05 - 10:25

Mission-oriented innovation policy, and novel forms of Smart Specialisation

Mr Matthijs Janssen, Utrecht University

10:25 - 10:40

Introduction to the Soil Mission and its linkage to the Smart Specialisation Strategies

Luis Sánchez AlvarezEuropean Commission, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development

10:40 - 10:55

The Smart Specialisation Strategies and its impact on the Missions

Susana Elena Pérez, S3 Community of Practice

10:55 - 11:05 Q&A


Part 2 Good Practices RIS3
11:05 - 11:15

Regional Good Practice Agro

Ms Lucila Castro Rovillard - FUNDECYT-PCTEX (Extremadura – Spain)

11:15 - 11:25

Regional Good Practice Forestry

Eva Skagestad, Forestry and Wood Dpt. County Governor of Innlandet (Norway)

11:25 - 11:35

Regional Good Practice Post-industrial

Sophie Patrício, Head of Division for Promotion, Innovation and Regional Competitivenness CCDRC

Edgar Carvalho, Director of the Technical Department of EDM - Mining Development Company (Centro - Portugal)

11:35 - 11:50 Q&A
11:50 - 12:00 Conclusions

The fourth thematic event in a series of six

The thematic event Smart Soils: Smart Specialisation meets EU Soil Mission, organised by FUNDECYT-PCTEX, takes place on 24 January 2024 at 10:00 CET. It explicitly addresses two objectives of the EU Mission: A Soil Deal for Europe: reduce the EU global footprint on soils and improve soil literacy in society.

These compelling series of six European-wide events are conducted entirely online, featuring impactful introductions to specific topics by esteemed keynote speakers and real-world practitioners. 

To further facilitate collaboration, NATI00NS will unveil matchmaking opportunities through our dedicated Matchmaking Platform during these events. This initiative aims to connect like-minded individuals, organizations, and experts, fostering partnerships that contribute to the collective mission of nurturing healthy soils across Europe.

Join us on this exciting journey of exploration, knowledge sharing, and collaboration as we embark on a series of events dedicated to advancing the cause of sustainable soil management. Together, let’s build a foundation for a healthier and more resilient future!


Thematic events, what comes next:

25 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET 
Soil health from a forest land-use perspective
Organiser: Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)

15 February 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Soil decontamination
Organiser: Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation (IUNG)

Explore the previous events:

14 December 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Breaking ground together: Solutions for urban and post-industrial soil de-sealing
Organiser: Politecnico di Milano

11 January 2024  10:00 – 12:00 CET
Beyond gender barriers in the agrifood system: Innovative women improving food & soil health
Organiser: Eit-Food

18 January 2024 10:00 – 12:00 CET
Industry engagement for sustainable soil health: Joining living labs
Organiser: BusinessMed

Thematic event
Online, virtual event