Looking back 2013 has been a succesfull year for the SNOWMAN network.
The forth SNOWMAN network call closed on December 15th, 2013 and resulted in the application of 8 project proposals. Five proposals were rejected and 3 were recommended for funding within the Call 4 budget: BALANCE4P, RAI-SOILCOMP and URBAN SOIL.
These projects are specifically addressing social and economic sciences in the context of soil and landmanagement issues. The contracts were signed and the consortia had their first meetings. Our portfolio includes these new Call 4 projects.
We have been working on updating the SNOWMAN landscape, the links between national and European research projects and programmes in this landscape are based on specific research questions.
We ended 2013 with a great knowledge exchange meeting in Paris (19th and 20th November) gathering all the consortia participating in Call 2 (final meeting), Call 3 (midterm meeting) and Call 4 (kick-off meeting): sharing results, discussing research and knowledge dissemination and thus building the network.
Just after the Paris meeting (November 29th) a Webinar was organized focussing on the IMagH project. The webinar hotspots were Paris, Stockholm, London, Mechelen and Gouda together with 99 participants.
Looking Forward, 2014
promises to a very strategic and determining year.
The potential future position of the SNOWMAN Network has been assessed,
specifically taking into account Horizon 2020. The SNOWMAN Network has decided
to build a consortium with existing and new partners to answer the H2020 Call
for a Coordination and Support Action (CSA) and to design a strategic research
agenda (SRA) for activities on soil, land use and land management that should
be implemented through future joint calls.
This CSA could definitely build upon and profit from
experiences and collaboration developed in the SNOWMAN Network because
connecting soil, (soil) science and (the H2020) societal challenges requires
the SNOWMAN features to:
position soil science as a connecting key-stone;
promote multi-, inter-, and transdisciplinary research;
promote participation of relevant stakeholders: scientists, knowledge
community, governmental agencies, policy makers, businesses, industry, entrepreneurs, consultants, NGO’s,
carry out projects as experiments involving stakeholders as end-users
and including business interest;
play the role as knowledge brokers for participatory joint learning and
practical application and knowledge dissemination;
not only focus on Science-Policy Interfacing but on
Science-Policy-Practice (SPP) interfacing
Thus we aim at contributing to European research programming, creating
synergies and developing joint programmes and projects. The SNOWMAN Network encompasses all soil-related themes: we
take a broad and balanced approach and starting from our core group, we have extended
to new partners and expanded our strategic collaboration.
In 2014, “business as usual” will continue as well with the focus on the
Call 3 and Call 4 projects and consortia meetings. Knowledge dissemination
activities will be held, for instance in a joint meeting with NICOLE this year.
Chair SNOWMAN NETWORK