Supporting the soil deal for Europe across national communities

11 Jan 2023

NATI00NS is a European project funded under the HORIZON-MISS-2021-SOIL-02 programme and coordinated by Aarhus University (Denmark). After a first virtual kick-off in November 2022, the project is meeting in person in Aarhus on 11-12 January 2023, to officially kickstart activities for an eventful year in support of the Mission.

"Nati00ns will in particular facilitate national engagement events in all EU and AC countries in the spring of 2023 to create awareness of the Soil Health Missions goals vis-à-vis national and regional soil challenges and of the opportunities for HE funding of LLs as a means to support stakeholders in working together for innovative solutions." 

Niels Halberg, Aarhus University, NATI00NS Project Coordinator

The main objective of NATI00NS is reaching out to and preparing regional and national stakeholders across Europe to apply for and implement soil health Living Labs, facilitating the deployment of the EU Mission “A Soil Deal for Europe.” (NATI00NS is one of the nine new projects selected to prepare the ground for the transition towards healthy soils by 2030 by the European Research Executive Agency).

NATI00NS will act as a messenger of the Mission, raising awareness among national and regional stakeholders, providing access to capacity-building materials and information, spurring the discussions on the best Living Labs setups to address regional soil needs, and fostering early matchmaking for cross-regional Living Labs clusters.

The contribution of NATI00NS to the EU Soil Mission goals will be the mobilisation of national groups of stakeholders as potential applicants for regional soil health LLs Open Calls funded by the EU Mission Soil. Thus, NATI00NS will initiate a wide range of tailored activities and events, such as:

  • National Events
  • Thematic Events
  • Training Materials
  • Matchmaking B2B Events
  • Capacity Building
  • Online Helpdesk

The NATI00NS’ consortium has been carefully selected and formed to cover as many EU and AC countries as possible and engage different types of stakeholders involved in soil and land management at different extents and with the necessary expertise needed for different land use types. This will, in turn, allow the partners to deliver the Mission’s expected impact on society, following the Mission’s objectives and goals.

Our role

Trust-IT acts as Event Supervisor, leading the largest block of work in NATI00NS, as well as the most critical for the adequate fulfilment of the project objectives. Two rounds of events are going to be held in the project lifetime, accompanying the LL Open Calls. A total number of 44 countries (27 MS and 17 AC) will be covered, featuring a mix of hybrid, physical and digital events held in the national languages to allow for the highest outreach.

Trust-IT also provides the consortium with its proprietary software package TRUST-VIRTUALEVENTS, a solution that can support both fully virtual and hybrid events of varying complexity. In addition, our responsibilities include the operation and management of the helpdesk, a key channel to monitor user satisfaction, as well as support in the delivery of capacity-building webinars.

In collaboration with the affiliated entity COMMpla, Trust-IT co-develops and manages the NATI00NS branding and online presence, including the project website, social media channels, and other digital materials.

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Publication date: 10 Jan 2023