PREPSOIL kick-off meeting

14 Sep 2022

The PREPSOIL kick-off meeting is taking place on the 14th and 15th of September 2022 in Aarhus, Denmark.

This first physical meeting provides an opportunity for the consortium to further discuss and plan future activities for a successful implementation of the project.
It will also provide an excellent opportunity for the consortium to meet in person, having only met virtually since July 2022, when the project started.

At Trust-IT Services, we are proud of being part of the PREPSOIL consortium!

The PREPSOIL project

It is estimated that between 60% and 70% of European soils are unhealthy.

Lack of knowledge and awareness of the importance of long-term soil health are major drivers of soil degradation and affects its capacity to provide the ecosystem services crucial to our planet and society.

In the EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe”, raising awareness and knowledge on soil health is seen as a key approach to the transition toward healthy soils by 2030.

The Mission proposes a novel approach to R&I for impact, based on Open Science and strong stakeholder and citizen engagement.

PREPSOIL will adopt a proactive approach to co-create with stakeholders, leveraging on both offline and online facilities, with the ultimate purpose of generating long-lasting spaces for interaction.

Moreover, PREPSOIL will provide the first assessments and efforts towards an improved knowledge base and awareness level of soil health for multiple stakeholders.
PREPSOIL’s web portal is envisaged as the European “one-stop-shop” for all information, resources and digital engagement tools for the Mission’s stakeholders. It will offer an open-source workspace, including collaboration instruments, ready to be expanded to meet further requirements from the Mission.

This interaction and engagement strategy supports stocktaking and dialogue to understand how a regional ‘soil needs’ assessment, supported by harmonised monitoring mechanisms, can lead to action in Living Labs (LLs) and LightHouses (LHs) for soil health. An ambitious 'soil needs' appraisal campaign will be carried out. In combination with other actions, it will provide direction and capacities for the future national soil health monitoring mechanisms, as well as mapping and preparing the implementation of regional LLs through business plan model guidance.

Our role

Trust-IT leads the Work Package on “web portal, online community engagement and training”, including all the related tasks:

  • Webportal: development, maintenance, operations and quality assurance of the PREPSOIL web portal;
  • Virtual, cross-disciplinary community engagement channels: development of online digital tools to ensure community engagement with the different stakeholders, namely a Living Labs atlas, online forum, and gamification activities, amongst others;
  • Multilingual Knowledge-Hub: a cross-disciplinary knowledge base for access to “sustainable soils” information, with a self-serve online library of information and data sets.

Trust-IT is also involved in the “Dissemination, exploitation, communication and stakeholder management” Work Package, which will provide strong support for all activities.

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Publication date: 14 Sep 2022

Article by

Alessandro Graffeo

Senior UX & Digital Marketing Specialist