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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 246795
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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 632165
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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 859850
    Overall Budget: 4,201,840 EURFunder Contribution: 4,201,840 EUR

    Mass rearing of insects is a rapidly expanding industry due to improved mechanisation and increasing interest in the use of insects for a variety of purposes, such as sterile insect techniques, food and feed, waste management, and biocontrol of insect pest species. However, expertise is urgently needed to address emerging problems with infectious disease outbreaks in mass reared insects. Therefore, we propose the INSECT DOCTORS joint doctoral programme to build a durable European framework to educate experts in insect pathology in order to overcome the shortage in properly educated experts in Europe, and beyond. The research of INSECT DOCTORS will expand our understanding of emerging pathogens and will provide necessary tools for disease management in industrial insect rearing. The complementary expertise of the participating institutes and companies leads to an ambitious and exciting programme, providing interdisciplinary training and research in pertinent areas of insect pathology (bacteriology, mycology, virology) and entomology (immunology, physiology). In an overarching training program, novel advanced courses will provide students with technical, scientific and transferable skills. This interdisciplinary approach, crucial to provide insight in the complexity of insect-microbe interactions in a range of farmed insects, can only be achieved by joining forces between European universities. Furthermore, this joint doctoral programme aims to build durable partnerships for doctoral training in insect pathology, thereby overcoming national and interdisciplinary boundaries in doctoral research. By requiring equal excellence from all participants in this training programme we will contribute to high level PhD education across Europe. In short: INSECT DOCTORS will provide the durable framework, the people, the scientific knowledge and the tools to assist the upcoming insect industry to diagnose and mitigate infectious diseases in their mass reared insects cultures.

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  • Funder: EC Project Code: 734921
    Overall Budget: 801,000 EURFunder Contribution: 801,000 EUR

    IPM-4-Citrus aims to strengthen collaborations between academic and non-academic partners based in 3 European Member States (FR, GER, IT), 2 Associated Countries (Turkey and Tunisia) and 1 Third Country (Lebanon), in order to develop a new bio-pesticide active against citrus pests and scale it up from lab to market. The project’s research and innovation activities are based on a multidisciplinary approach, which aims at understanding and sensitising stakeholders about the health risk factors related to citrus pests and their treatment by chemical pesticides and developing an alternative Integrated Pest Management (IPM) approach based on biological control. Bacillus thuringiensis (Bt) based bio pesticides occupy almost 97% of the world’s bio pesticide market and their use was estimated to exceed 30,000 tons. Despite this widespread use, the originality of Citrus-IPM is to focus on 2 promising, newly identified strains (Bt kurstaki BLB1 and LIP), which were shown to be more efficient than the commercial (Bt kurstaki HD1). In conjunction with validation through field tests, the project will pave the way for future commercial exploitation of a new biopesticide product by drawing up a feasibility study for future spin-off activities and/or new production lines in partner SMEs. Staff secondments and inter-sector and international mobilities between complementary partners will represent a unique opportunity to optimise bioproduction processes and obtain high added-value bioproducts, while building up the partners’ skills and reinforcing the training of early-stage researchers through knowledge sharing and networking. Inter-sectors mobility will bring SMEs and researchers to work conjointly on conditioning procedures for field tests, impact evaluation and product maturation/exploitation. The project will also adopt a concrete RRI approach by favouring public engagement and informal education through the different outreach activities aimed at a variety of target groups.

  • Funder: EC Project Code: 101004311
    Overall Budget: 4,120,720 EURFunder Contribution: 4,120,720 EUR

    The CENTURION project will critically advance applications of AI methodology to the Big Earth Data challenge. Through mature, award-winning, Petascale-proven European datacube technology, all Copernicus data together with contributing missions and third party’s EO, climate, and thematic data sets will be homogenized into Analysis and Fusion Ready spatio-temporal data hypercubes offered through strictly standards-based interfaces. CENTURION will become a partner of the EarthServer Datacube federation thereby making its results seamlessly available for several DIASes as well as enabling free and open research and paving a road for commercial uses. Awards-winning AI platform operating throughout all cycles (ranging from data discovery to generation of actionable insights) will enable rapid use case development and will provide assured execution of analytical tasks at any scale in hybrid cloud environments. Reusable AI Knowledge Packs (novel approach to AI) will establish a method for creation of shrink-wrapped purpose-oriented analytics tools. The project will create several knowledge packs for at least 5 use cases. External contributions for future AI knowledge packs will be encouraged through outreach, trainings, and support. The CENTURION project success measures and KPIs will incorporate technical, economic, environmental, safety, security and social criteria, addressing the principal barriers that impede accelerated market uptake of Copernicus data and services and will demonstrate commercial value of the created innovations by establishing novel products and business models further described in the proposal that prioritise pertinent industry use cases in the scope of the project. By combining and advancing leading European tools in two critical fields, AI and Big Data Cubes, the project is key to European technology independence and monetisation of Copernicus Data.

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