20 Partners Convene for 3rd LOESS Consortium Meeting in Brescia

The 3rd Consortium Meeting of the Literacy boost through an Operational Educational Ecosystem of Societal Actors on Soil Health (LOESS) project, hosted by the University of Brescia (UNIBS), concluded last week (11-13th March) with significant progress and fruitful discussions.


Over three days, representatives from 20 partners spanning 16 European countries gathered to advance the project’s objectives and strengthen collaborative efforts in bridging the knowledge gap in soil education to protect this vital resource. Accompanied by Advisory Board members, Prof. Dr. Willi Xylander, Prof. Andjelka Mihajilov, and Salvador Samitier I Marti, attendees provided valuable feedback, enriching discussions, and guiding the consortium towards impactful outcomes.

The program commenced with a welcome from the LOESS coordinators, followed by comprehensive reporting sessions on various work packages, offering insights into ongoing activities and future directions.

Day two featured dynamic exchanges on Community of Practice (CoP) activities and intensive deep dive sessions exploring methodologies for desk research, interviews, and surveys. These sessions laid the groundwork for effective implementation strategies, emphasizing the project’s commitment to promoting soil literacy and health in alignment with Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and HorizonEU initiatives.

On the final day, the consortium explored essential topics such as campaigning methodologies, project communications, and stakeholder engagement. An administrative session addressed logistical aspects, ensuring smooth coordination for future meetings and activities.

During the three-day meeting, discussions not only focused on the dedication of the global consortium to addressing critical challenges in soil health but also emphasized the importance of collaboration with other Soil Projects of the Mission, such as the sister project CURIOSOIL, also focused on Soil Literacy. Building a proper network for strategic alliances is essential to reaching common goals.



More information

The next Consortium Meeting will take place online in October.
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Contact information:

For more information about the LOESS project and its ongoing efforts to improve soil literacy in Europe, contact:

Norbert Steinhaus – WILA Bonn (project coordinator)




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