The SNOWMAN Network has experienced a very exciting
first half year of 2013. And the second half promises to be even more defiant.
The Call 4 proposals
on Integrating natural, social and
economic science perspectives on soil research have been reviewed and three
projects have been selected. A short description of the selection process and
the projects that will receive SNOWMAN funding will be given in this newsletter.
SNOWMAN currently carries out an investigation on
the future of the network and at the same time reviews the network
organisation. New developments at the European level, especially within the
context of Horizon 2020, may open
opportunities for new ways of funding and of working. We relate the
self-sustained SNOWMAN network to the Horizon 2020 (H2020) themes and societal
challenges and we mirror our activities to H2020 instruments (EIPs, JPIs,
SNOWMAN wants to
build strong transnational and subnational collaboration on sustainable soil
management in Europe in order to get soil issues higher on the agenda of the EC
as a cross cutting theme to address the H2020 societal challenges. Although not
formally a JPI, the ambition of SNOWMAN is to become a truly European platform
(“umbrella”) for sustainable soil and land management with special emphasis on
soil as a natural resource within H2020.
Reaching end-users by
end-user participation in our projects and by focusing on stakeholder relevant
research in a serious way is one of our unique selling points. To this end we
aim for disseminating the research results to our target groups. Knowledge
dissemination is addressed in this newsletter as well; the SNOWMAN Landscape
describing our projects on Contamination, Agriculture, Ecosystem Services and
Climate Change could be used to (im)prove the added value of the network as was
discussed at AquaConsoil, Barcelona.
Our future investigation will continue after
summer. SNOWMAN has proposed, together with the
European Commission (EC-DG-RTD), to organise a Dialogue Session on Soil and
Land Management in Europe during the Global Soil Week in Berlin (October
27-31). SNOWMAN partners and potential new partners are very welcome to
In November we will draw some conclusions on
the future of the SNOWMAN network together with our Advisory Group members:
scope and priorities, organizational form, public and private partner
participation, measures of success and the options for growing and showing a
viable European network on Soil will be discussed.
Right after that meeting we will have a joint
2-day meeting with all projects that are currently running: starting projects
(from Call 4), mid-term project (from Call 3), projects that end (from Call 2).
Some more details are given in this newsletter.
Finally, to reach our
goals and to increase critical mass we definitely need more (private and
public) partners. If you would like to take part in our network to build a
strong and strategic European network on soil together, do not hesitate to
Chair SNOWMAN Network