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Knowledge boost from Aarhus University to Slovenia

Aarhus University is participating in a new project that aims to help set up a new centre of excellence regarding sustainable agriculture in Slovenia.

[Translate to English:] Institut for Agroøkologi, Institut for Molekylærbiologi og Genetik samt Institut for Fødevarer ved Aarhus Universitet bidrager med viden om bæredygtige produktionssystemer og agroøkologi, avl og genetik samt plantebeskyttelse til et EU-finansieret slovensk projekt. Foto: Janne Hansen

Sustainable food production is a global necessity but implementation of it can vary from country to country. Slovenia is one example. Slovenia has sustainable food production as a key priority in its national strategies, but as a small country, it lacks the financial and human resources to get the ball rolling. 

However, help is on the way. A new EU project, coordinated by the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia and with Aarhus University and the French research institute INRA as partners, aims at getting a new centre of excellence in agricultural studies off the ground in Slovenia. The project, that runs from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2018, has been granted 399,650 euros from the Horizon 2020 Widespread Teaming Phase 1 programme. 

The name of the project and the new centre of excellence is Slovenian Centre for Excellence for Agricultural Sciences (SLO-ACE). With the aid of the H2020 teaming funding, Aarhus University, INRA and the Agricultural Institute of Slovenia will be able to pool their knowledge and exchange expertise with the aim of nurturing Slovenia’s scientific excellence in the area of sustainable agriculture. 

This will help the Slovenian agricultural sector to achieve a competitive position in global value chains, increase its scientific capabilities and enable strategic growth towards long-term opportunities for economic development. By partnering with Aarhus University and INRA, the Slovenian agricultural sector, including its research activities, can link with innovative clusters, gain access to foreign knowledge and new technology, and increase the mobility of its qualified scientists. 

The three main areas of focus are field crops and grassland production, animal production, and fruit production, viticulture and oenology. Aarhus University will contribute knowledge from its Department of Agroecology, Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics, and Department of Food Science with regard to sustainable production systems and agroecology, breeding and genetics, and plant protection. 

You can view the website of SLO-ACE here. 

For more information please contact: Professor, Section Manager Per Kudsk, Department of Agroecology, email: per.kudsk@agro.au.dk, telephone: +45 8715 8096, mobile: +45 2228 3382