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Agricultural University of Athens (AUA)

is the 3rd oldest University in Greece. Since 1920, contributes consistently and continuously to Greek and European primary sector development, by conducting basic and applied research in agricultural related sciences. AUA conducts 1/3 of the agricultural research in Greece and counts 178 academic staff, 300 supportive staff, 5,000 students, 450 MSc students and 250 PhD students. It’s research funding schemes come from the private sector as well EU and Greek research projects. AUA contributions address a wide range of issues related to food safety and environmental protection significantly affecting the daily lives of Greek and Europeans citizens: food quality and safety, water resource conservation, organic farming, alternative energy sources, biotechnological applications in agriculture, information and communications technology.

The Leibniz Institute for Agricultural Engineering and Bioeconomy (ATB)

is a nationally and internationally acting research and development center conducting basic and applied research at the nexus of biological and technical systems. ATB is funded by Federal Government, State of Brandenburg and third-party funds of around 35% of its budget (total 2019 budget >16 million €). ATB has multi-disciplinary research teams with currently 260 staff members, 90 of them scientists. In the department of Horticultural Engineering, perishable products are studied considering safety regulations (bacteriological & mycological labs incl. real-time PCR, MALDI-TOF/MS etc), fruit quality lab (UHPLC, AAS, GC-MS, ICP-OES, etc), optical lab (vis-NIRS, SRS, time-resolved fluorescence, etc) and 24 ha experimental station (Ethernet, soil test area, 0.4 ha apple, >70 var sweet cherry, fully irrigated, TechGarden with sensor conveyors, UAVs, calibration stands for laser scanner, etc).

Inagro VZW

is a centre of applied research and dissemination for Flemish agriculture and horticulture. We provide scientifically substantiated advice tailored to the local farmer and horticulturist.

Flanders Research Institute for Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (EV ILVO)

is an independent scientific research institute of Flanders Government. Its mission consists of performing and coordinating policy-supporting scientific research and the associated public service in view of a sustainable agriculture, fishery and agri-food sector in an economic, ecological and social perspective. EV ILVO’s work is strongly anchored in Flanders and extends from there to Belgium, Europe and the rest of the world. It is located in the vicinity of Ghent in Belgium and has 420 employees. EV ILVO has a very broad network with all relevant stakeholders and a wide experience in regional, EU and international projects (e.g. Optima, Smart AgriHubs, INNOSETA, ICT-Agri, 4D4F, IOF2020).


University College Dublin (UCD)

is one of Europe’s leading research-intensive universities; an environment where undergraduate education, masters and PhD training, research, innovation and community engagement form a dynamic spectrum of activity. Since its foundation in 1854, the University has made a unique contribution to the creation of modern Ireland, based on successful engagement with Irish society on every level and across every sphere of activity. The international standing of UCD has grown in recent years; it is currently ranked within the top 1% of higher education institutions world-wide. UCD is also Ireland’s most globally engaged university with over 30,000 students drawn from 136 countries, including almost 4,000 students based at locations outside of Ireland. The University’s main Dublin campus occupies an extensive parkland estate of 133 hectares and offers world-leading facilities including the UCD O’Brien Centre for Science, UCD Sutherland School of Law, UCD Lochlan Quinn School of Business, UCD Moore Centre for Business, and the UCD Student Centre. As Ireland’s largest university, with its great strength and diversity of disciplines, UCD embraces its role to contribute to the flourishing of Ireland through the study of people, society, business, economy, culture, languages and the creative arts, as well as through research and innovation.

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