How living labs & human-centric approach can support the transition to soil health and agroecology?
Thursday 21 September
14.00 – 15.30
Living Labs are a core element of two pivotal initiatives of the European Commission: the Agroecology Partnership to accelerate the transition towards sustainable, climate- and ecosystem-friendly farming practices, as well as of the Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” that will support the transition towards healthy soils by 2030. Putting people at the centre of the change, both the Partnership and the Mission support transformative changes in practices by all sectors of society in a joined-up manner.
This session will provide attendees with practical insights into how effectively Living Labs can support the transition to healthy soil and agroecology across all types of land uses and scales.
After an introductory overview from the European Commission and Mission Board, high-level speakers representing different perspectives along different land use types and value chains at European and international level will engage in a debate focusing on the role Living Labs can play.
The attendees of the topic debate will have the opportunity to learn more about solutions, recommendations, lessons learned and relevant supporting initiatives.
14:00 – 14:05 Welcome and intro (Giulia Campodonico & Martina Desole, ENoLL)
14:05 – 14:15 Presentation: The EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” Explained (Kerstin Rosenow, Head of Unit Research and Innovation, AGRI – Head of Mission Secretariat)
14:15 – 14:25 Presentation: People at the centre: Building a Soil Living Lab based on long term science-practices relationships and trust (Teresa Pinto Correia, Vice Chair, EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” Board)
14:25 – 15:20 Focus session & debate (Moderated by Giulia Campodonico, ENoLL)
- Korinna Varga, OMKi Head of Agricultural Policy Research Group
- Astrid Hannes, Policy and Project Manager ERRIN
- Andrea Rubini, Director of Operations WaterEurope
Head of Projects ENoLL
Giulia CampodonicoHead of Projects ENoLL
Giulia has over 15 years of work experience in EU policies and projects in the R&D field. Technology, co-creation, and innovation enthusiast, Giulia joined ENoLL in 2022 as Head of Projects to coordinate the association work on proposal preparation, project implementation, and advocacy actions. Given ENoLL leading role in several Mission "A Soil Deal for Europe" projects and proposals, she has been active as strategic advisor in the PREPSOIL and NATI00NS projects, supporting the identification of guiding criteria for defining and mapping Soil Health Living Labs and Lighthouses, and fostering the wider understanding of benefits and advantages of the Living Lab methods and approach. She has coordinated for ENoLL the creation of the SOILL Framework Partnership supporting the network of 100 Soil Health Living Labs and Lighthouses in the Mission Soil. Before ENoLL she was leading the EU proposals team of IIT – Italian Institute of Technology. Her education in political sciences, European studies, and project management brought her to Brussels where she has worked for different European non-profit organisations as EU project manager in the field of green and digital.
Martina DesoleDirector ENoLL
Martina Desole is the Director of ENoLL, the European Network of Living Labs, based in Brussels, promoting globally the Living Lab concept and methodology and the Network of our certified Members. She has a degree in International Law and a Postgraduate in European Policies. Martina is an expert in European policies and programs for research and innovation, has been officially appointed by the Ministry of Research, Education and University as the National Contact Point of the European Commission in Italy, for Industrial Technologies (Nanotechnologies, Advanced Materials, Advanced Manufacturing and Processing, and Biotechnology) since 2002. She has been working in the field of science diplomacy and promotion of research and innovation, helping researchers and entrepreneurs to find a way to be funded by Europe for their ideas, and Europe to implement International Cooperation policies in science and innovation with other countries.
Director of Operations WaterEurope
Andrea RubiniDirector of Operations WaterEurope
Andrea Rubini is a highly experienced professional in the water and energy sectors, specializing in the impact of climate change on urban, rural and industrial ecosystems. With a master's degree in Water Resources Engineering, he possesses over 35 years of international expertise in this field. For the past 25 years, Andrea has been actively involved in European lobbying efforts in Brussels, gaining a deep understanding of EU policies, research and innovation, and funding programs. His notable contributions include working as a policy advisor at the Delegation of the Presidency of the Lombardy Region at the EU and the European Commission (DG REGIO), where he contributed shaping the Regional Strategy for Research and Innovation for Smart Specialisation (RIS3). In addition, Andrea has held significant positions at the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the African Development Bank (AfDB), the International Labour Organization (ILO) and United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and worked as visiting professor at prestigious universities across Europe, Asia, and Africa. Presently, Andrea holds the position of Director of Operations at Water Europe, the European Technology Platform for Water, located in Brussels. In this role, he oversees the Collaboration and Implementation programs within the organization. Furthermore, he represents Water Europe in important partnerships and serves on the Executive Boards of Water4All and A.SPIRE/Process4Planet. In Water4All, Andrealeads the Pillar D dedicated to the implementation of Innovation though Water-Oriented Living Labs.
Head of Unit Research and Innovation, AGRI – Head of Mission Secretariat
Kerstin RosenowHead of Unit Research and Innovation, AGRI – Head of Mission Secretariat
Kerstin Rosenow is Head of Unit ‘Research & Innovation’ in DG AGRI, European Commission where she is responsible for agricultural research under EU research programmes. Her unit provides the secretariat for the Horizon Europe R&I Mission” A Soil Deal for Europe”. Previously, she was Head of Unit in the EC Research Executive Agency (REA) where she managed the implementation of the project portfolio for Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 (food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine, maritime, and inland water research and the bioeconomy). She has been working in the EC for over 18 years after covering a managerial position in the German administration (Representation of the State of Hessen to the EU). For DG AGRI she coordinated negotiations with pre-accession and candidate countries and the preparation of the 2014-2020 CAP legislative framework. She studied law, politics and administration in Marburg, Grenoble and Bruges.
Head of Agricultural Policy Research Group, ÖMKi’s On-Farm Living Lab
Korinna VargaHead of Agricultural Policy Research Group, ÖMKi’s On-Farm Living Lab
Head of Agricultural Policy Research Group, specializing in agricultural and bioeconomy policy. Her area of expertise involves organic farming and agroecology relevant to national policy analysis, research, and advisory for achieving the sustainable transition of the agri-food sector. Besides, she also manages ÖMKi’s On-Farm Living Lab, her research work focuses on co-creation experiences in agroecological living labs and upscaling multistakeholder networks, while she works toward the wider adoption of the "living lab" approach and methodology in national agricultural research.
Policy and Project Manager at ERRIN
Astrid HannesPolicy and Project Manager at ERRIN
Astrid Hannes is a Policy and Project Manager at ERRIN, the Brussels-based European Regions Research and Innovation Network supporting more than 120 regional stakeholders in their European R&I activities. ERRIN strongly supports the central role of local and regional authorities in the Mission Soil. These authorities are key to mobilise stakeholders and use their deep understanding of local contexts to facilitate cooperation between farmers, businesses, scientists and citizens to achieve the objectives of the Mission. By exchanging good regional and local practices of soil activities, ERRIN brings in the place-based innovation ecosystem perspective with the aim of supporting multi-stakeholder governance and tailored Research and Innovation activities in the regions to improve the soil health in their territories.
Teresa Pinto Correia
Vice Chair, EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” Board
Teresa Pinto CorreiaVice Chair, EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe” Board
Teresa Pinto-Correia is a Geographer (Portugal), with a MsC in Environmental Management (Belgium)and a PhD in Landscape Ecology (Denmark). Full Professor at the University of Évora. Director of the Associate Lab CHANGE – Global Change and Sustainability Institute, with more than 300 researchers in 6 different R&I entities. Vice-Chair of the Soil Health Mission Board since 2019. Member of the Nacional Council on Science, Technology and Innovation. Teresa’s team, LABscape, is an internationally competitive team applying a systems approach in rural geography, landscape governance and management, farming systems, public goods provisioning, and knowledge co-contruction. Involved in 20 European projects and coordinator of one H2020. 130 per-reviewed publications, including authorship of a book in Cambridge University Press, 2018, and one in Routledge, 2021.