Dissemination of G4687 results at the Global Symposium on Soil Pollution

The Global Symposium on Soil Pollution GSOP 18 was jointly organized by Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and its Global Soil Partnership (GSP), Intergovernmental Panel on Soils (ITPS), together with the Secretariats of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions, UN Environment and World Health Organization (WHO) as a neutral platform to bring the best scientific information available on the status, trends and actions on soil pollution. The event held at FAO Headquarter in Rome, Italy and was attended by 522 delegates from 100 countries across the world. The Symposium was recognized as a first step in implementation the Voluntary Guidelines for Sustainable Soil Management in terms of preventing and reducing harmful substances in soil as a way to maintain healthy soils in accordance with the Sustainable Development Goals. The Symposium’s outcomes provide scientific evidence to support actions and decisions to prevent and reduce soil pollution for increasing food safety, nutrition, ecosystem services and promote the restoration of polluted sites. As anticipated during GSOP18, the symposium will produce a scientific outcome document “Be the Solution to Soil Pollution” which will highlight the role of soil pollution and sustainable soil management in meeting the food security and sustainable development agendas. The document will present the main recommendations discussed and agreed during the symposium. stay tuned for our next communication campaign for the World Soil Day 5th December 2018 – whose theme will be “Be the solution to soil pollution”.

Two oral presentations delivered at the Symposium introduced the current results of G4687 to the broad public, i.e: the report “Sustainable soil management of polluted military sites by phytostabilization with biomass production using biofuel crop Miscanthusxgiganteus” was presented by prof. Pidlisnyuk at the session “Drivers of soil pollution in non-agricultural soils” led by Luca Montanarella, Chair ITPS, Joint Research Centre, European Commission. The another report “The development and preliminary assessment of using the biological indicators to evaluate the soil quality under Miscanthusxgiganteus production at the contaminated abandoned sites” was presented by Dr.Stefanovska at the session “Monitoring soil pollution” led by prof. Peter de Ruiter, Wageningen University, Netherland.

While at the event prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Stefanovska had a number of discussions with Symposium participants, i.e.: Dr.Ana Paya-Perez, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; Mr.John Vijgen, Director of International HCH Forum, Denmark; prof. Ivan Holoubek, Masarik University, Czech Republic; Dr.Tamara Kukharchuk, Institute for Nature Management, Belarus; Dr.Luka Montanarella, Director of ITPS and Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Italy; prof. Gary Pierzinsky, Kansas State University, USA.

At the working lunch with Mr.Marko Colangeli, Programmer Advisor, FAO the possibility of cooperation in research related to energy crops cycles was discussed. The results of G4687 was informally introduced to delegates from Columbia, Portugal, Ukraine and Italy.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk and Dr. Stefanovska had a number of working discussions regarding the G4687 current activities and issues on patenting the scientific results. They also worked on the manuscript regarding the impact of PGR to miscanthus biomass production to be submitted for publication as outcome of the Symposium.




Opening speech from Astrid Schomaker, Director of Global Sustainable Development, EC (1)
Advisory's meeting
Dr.Stefanovska report
from left to right Luca Montanarella,Valentina Pidlisnyuk, Tatyana Stefanovska, Gary Pierzynski, Yevgeniya Hladkikh, Mykola Miroshnichenko, Dmytro Semenov,
From left to right John Vijden, Tatyana Stefanovska, Ana Paya Perez, Valentina Pidlisnyuk
Prof.Pidlisnyuk report
Side event soil pollution in Europe
Summarizing GSOP 18 results
tracking G4687 activities
Working lunch with FAO Programmer Advisor Marco Colangeli

Visit of prof. Pidlisnyuk to Columbia University and Harvard University

In period January 30 - February, 2 prof. Pidlisnyuk visited Columbia University and Harvard University having a goal to introduce the project’s results to professionals involved in sustainable energy and climate change issues and to promote the developing of the broader networking. She also had interests to the new courses and graduated programs proposed at that leading universities which are focused at the sustainable energy production, bioproducts and climate change topics.

While at Columbia University prof. Pidlisnyuk met with De. Alissa Park, Director of Lenfest Centre for Sustainable energy, The Earth Institute. She presented main accomplishment of NATO project and future plans and discussed the possible cooperation in the topic of biomass transformation to the energy and biobased products. Dr.Park introduced directions of research going on at the Centre with focus at the biomass transformation. She also presented a new Master program recently accredited at the Centre which combines the environmental engineering disciplines with social and economic courses. The program included the requested courses from core area: Introduction to Carbon Management; Carbon Management and Decision Making; Humans and the Carbon Cycles; Land Use and Carbon Management; Carbone Capture; Carbon Storage; O2 utilization and conversion; Earth and Environmental Report. The selective courses of the program are: Introduction to Environment Law; Climate Change Law; Climate Change policy; Consumption and Efficiency; International Cooperation&Institutions; Energy Modelling. It was agreed to initiate cooperation in the topic regarding peculiarities of transformation of miscanthus biomass to different bioconversion products.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk participated at the seminar in Environmental Economic and Policy at Harvard Kennedy School where the presentation “Applying Asset pricing theory to calibrate the price of Climate Risk” was delivered by Dr. Gernot Wagner, Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Lecturer on Environmental Science and Public Policy at Harvard University. Dr.Wagner introduced EZ-Climate model that allows for a calibration of the optimal carbon dioxide price based on probabilistic assumptions around climate damages. Unlike standard models, which often estimate cost of delay based on optimal prices of carbon dioxide, Dr.Wagner with coauthors: Kent Daniel and Robert Litterman calculated large costs of delay in pricing CO2 emissions: delaying implementation by one year leads to annual consumption losses of over 2%.; 5-years delay leads to 11% losses, and 10 years delay leads to 23% losses. That theory confirmed the necessity of essential mitigation measures where implementation of the green technologies are among the leader ones. While at Harvard University prof. Pidlisnyuk visited the International Studies and was introduced the new program “Climate Change and Energy Policy making for the long term” which was developed by Harvard Kennedy School. The program to consider: a) the facts about climate change and its impact; b) the potential policies to address climate change; c) the way how governmental and no-governmental actors might compliment action to mitigation&adaptation measures. The elements of the programs and courses will be incorporated into the new courses to be developed within the NATO project.

meeting with Dr.Park, Director of Lenfest Centre for Sustainable Energy
HKS seminar
Columbia university
Dr.Wagner presentation at HKS seminar in EnvEconomic and Policy

NATO plants biofuel-grass to clean contaminated military sites - FERN’s
Czech-Saxon Day of Innovation in Biomedicine and Bioingineering in Prague, Czech Republic

On December 1, 2017 The Saxon State Chancellery in Prague organized the Czech-Saxon Day of Innovation in Biomedicine/Bioingineering. The event had a goal to strengthen cooperation between Czech Republic and Free State of Saxon, Germany in scientific and education fields and exchange the positive experience in innovative research as well as stimulate developing of new partnering relations between Saxony and Czech Republic.

The event was attended by Mr. Jorg Geiger, Minister of Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, prof. Dr. Zdeněk Havlas, Vice-president of the Czech Academy of Sciences in the field of Natural and Chemical Sciences, Dr. Christoph Israng, Ambassador of BRD in Czech Republic, Dr.David Mitchel, Director of the Saxon State Chancellery in Prague. Scientific researchers and educators from Saxony and Czech universities and scientific institutions participated in the event as well.

A number of scientific reports were delivered at the Innovation Day, including presentation of prof.Dr. Gerd Kempermann, Centre of regeneration medicine, TU Drezden, Germany and prof. Martin Fusek, Vice-Director on Strategic Development, Institute of Organic and Biochemistry, Czech Academy of Science. The successful cooperative project between LI Beamlines research center at Dolny Břežany, Czech Republic and Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany and research project BIOPOLIS, Germany were presented as well. The presentation session was followed by three workshops led by representatives of the Project Centre at TU Drezden. Participants of the workshop shared results and achievements in the international projects they have been involved in, challenges and opportunities in networking and consortium building, overviewed the possible ways for future joint cooperation.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk, NDP, UJEP participated in the event and presented results of the NATO SPS MYP G4687 at the workshop 2. She also had a number of bilateral meeting, including those with Aleksandr Jakobe, ERSTE Grantika Advisory, Czech Republic; Eva Damm, Saxon Ministry of Science and Art, Germany; Dr.Ulrich Bobe, project leader, Interreg Central Europe project “TRANS’net”, Erzgebirge, Germany; Radka Havova, Technology Transfer, Technology Centre CAS, Czech Republic.

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Concluding remarks from Dr.David Mitchel, Director of the Saxon State Chancellery
Greeting from Dr. Christoph Israng, Ambassador of BRD in Czech Republic,
Greeting from prof. Zdeněk Havlas, Vice-President of the Czech Academy of Sciences
overview of the scientific project BIOPOLIS, Germany
Plenary session
Presentation summary of the workshop 2
prof.Pidlisnyuk and Dr.Ulrich Bobe, Erzgebirge, Germany
report of prof. Martin Fusek, Vice-Director of IOCB, Prague

Article about project activities published at Journal Silverius, UJEP, Czech Republic 2017


Info about project 's research at Lviv TV news, September 6, 2017

Info about project \'s research at Lviv TV news, September 6, 2017

Popular Scientific Performance

The popular scientific performance “No one-used country” has been showed at the Municipal Museum of Usti nad Labem, Czech Republic. The exposition was opened on May, 15 and will be available till October, 2017. The performance was organized by the Faculty of the Environment, UJEP and had a goal to familiarized citizens of Ustesky region including students and scholars with research&outreach provided by the faculty members and PhD students. Among achievements the Poster related to on-going research in the framework of NATO SPS MYP G4687 is presented at the performance.  More info at: www.muzeummusti.cz.

Exposition introduction
Museum of Usti nad Labem
prof. Pidlisnyuk in front of the Research Poster
Technologies for Land Revitalization

Local Training in Dolyna, Ukraine

Забруднені військові землі у Долині  очищуються

На території війського містечка у старій частині міста посаджено рослину, яка не лише очищує грунт, але може в майбутньому стати джеререлом альтернативної енергії. Альтернативне паливо, про яке сьогодні так багато говорять, це не завжди високі й недосяжні технології. Виявляється, його можна виростити. І навіть самотужки. Найпривабливіше, що так звані енергетичні культури ростуть на землях, які непридатні для землеробства, – надто кислих, заболочених чи забруднених, але при цьому дають екологічно чисту сировину. До перспективних і малозатратних у вирощуванні рослин належить міскантус гігантський (багаторічна трава з родини злаків). Вирощувати його вдвічі вигідніше, ніж кукурудзу для виробництва з неї біоетанолу.Та це не єдина прерогатива даної рослини, вважають експерти, основна його цінність у  відновленні земель, баланс яких порушений внаслідок активного втручання людини, як от військова діяльність. Росте такий міскантус і у Долині – на території військового містечка  в історичній частині міста, де після бажаного оновлення  можна буде відродити інфраструктуру.  Як приймається посаджений матеріал у Долині, вивчали у п”ятницю минулого тижня експерти. Долину відвідали представники наукового проекту “Нова фітотехнологія для очищення забруднених військових земель”, що фінансується програмою НАТО “Наука заради миру і безпеки”. Відбулось локальне навчальне тренування за участі представників наукового проекту з Франції, Чеської Республіки, України та працівників Долинської міської ради на тему: “Особливості вирощування біомаси Міскантусу гігантського на землях забруднених та порушених внаслідок військової діяльності”. Як повідомила доктор наук, професор чеського університету Яна Евагеліста Пуркіне, співавтор проекту, українка Валентина Підліснюк, науковий проект розрахований на три роки. Його мета – це вивчення та розробка технології з виробництва біомаси та впровадження її в Україні та інших країнах. За її словами, внаслідок реалізації проекту, окрім іншого мають з`явитися відповідні статті у наукових базах даних. Також технологія має бути захищена патентами. Керує проектом університет Яна Евагеліста Пуркіне, що розташований в  містечку Усті-над-Лабем на відстані 92 км від Праги. За умовами, проектом керувати має право установа із країни НАТО, але дозволяється залучати до проекту країни, що не є членами НАТО. Директором проекту від  країн – не членів НАТО є Тетяна Стефановська, доцент Національного університету біоресурсів і природокористування України, що у Києві. Також учасником цього проекту є «Львівська політехніка», команду котрого очолює доцент Павло Шаповал. Окрім того, до проекту долучені профільні інститут Казахстану і три наукові організації із США. Також є суміжні учасники.Разом із керівниками Долину також відвідали молоді науковці, аспіранти, що працюють над вивченням та вдосконаленням даного проекту. Учасники зустрічі обговорили основні завдання , технології вирощування, відвідали дослідну ділянку та відібрали проби грунту.  Як зазначили гості, враження від побаченого позитивні, коріння закріпилось і тепер слід лише тримати кулаки, щоб рослина перезимувала перші холоди. Перших два роки міскантус потребує особливого догляду та вологи, а опісля безперебійно росте до 25 років. Щодо екологічної безпеки, то, як запевняють експерти, міскантус цілком безпечний, як для людини, так і для комах, до прикладу, наших прикарпатських бджіл. Проект по вирощуванні міскантусу спрямований не лише для підвищення рівня екологічної безпеки в регіонах, але й  поєднує дві мети: виробництво біомаси та очищення і поліпшення якості грунту.  До речі, як зазначила пані Валентина, проект містить пункт про навчання студентів,  зокрема в Чехії та США і запросила обдарованих жителів України, що прагнуть стати науковцями на навчання до Праги. Наступна зустріч з долинянами, за словами гостей, відбудеться в Усті, куди на семінар вже запрошені представники нашого міста. Щодо вирощування міскантусу в Україні, то даний проект впроваджується в дію також на землях Сходу, які сьогодні страждають від військової агресії сусідів. газета “Добра справа” Source

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ЛОКАЛЬНЕ ТРЕНУВАЛЬНЕ НАВЧАННЯ на тему " Особливості вирощування міскантусу, на землях, забруднених та порушених внаслідок військової діяльності" відбулись сьогодні в Долині. Детальніше про подію - в наступних публікаціях. Source
Dr. Trogl and Erasmus student Gosterislioglu during soil samping in Mimon
Former military site at Mimon
Former storage of oil-products at Mimon
Planting of miscanthus seedling by PhD student Diana Nebeska
Soil sampling at the research site in Mimon on April 25
Інформаційні партнери у Фейсбуку        
TV Program, Dolyna, Ukraine

Проект “Наука заради миру і безпеки” у Долині. CiTiVi 2017

Meeting at the Humboldt University and AiF Project GmbH-IraSME, Germany

Visit of prof. Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP to Humboldt University (HU) and
IraSME office-AiF Project GmbH, Berlin, Germany

On April 11-14, 2017 prof. Pidlisnyuk, UJEP visited Humboldt University and IraSME office of AiF Project GmbH, Berlin, Germany.

While at HU she had a working meeting with prof. Dieter Kirschke, Dr.Sc, Chair of the Agricultural Policy, Department of Agroeconomy, Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, Faculty of Life Science, HU. The following questions were discussed at the meeting:

  • Research activities within NATO SFP G4687 project “Military site cleaning” in which phytotechnology with biomass production for contaminated military sites located in Ukraine, USA and Czech Republic has being developing and implementing. In particular, the assessment of the proposed technology is actual and can be of the joint research interests. Prof. Dieter Kirschke introduced the research group works at the ATB Leibniz-Institute fur Agratechnik und Bioekonomie which is led by prof. Annette Prochnow, Dr.Sc. Areas of the research of that group are the following:

– energy

– assessment of bioenergy pathways

– bioenergy from grassland.

There was an agreement to introduce NATO project’s activities and request for the technological assessment to prof. Annette Prochnow and in case of interests the further meeting will be scheduled for discussion cooperation in details.

  • Prof. Pidlisnyuk informed about upcoming events of the NATO SFP MYP G4687 project, including training 2 is scheduled on November 7-9, 2017 in Usti nad Labem. She invited prof. Kirschke to attend that event when he may meet up with NATO team and questions about modelling of the process may be overviewed.

Prof. Pidlisnyuk visited AiF Project GmbH- IraSME office and received a broad substantial consultation from Ms.Jenny Gudlat about specification, design, requests and time-table on preparation proposal for IraSME call. The requests to the consortium content and draft proposal were overviewed. There is an option to meeting in Berlin on May 18, 2017 at IraSME scheduled event when the potential partners can meet with the reviewers of the projects and receive a feedback of the proposal’s idea. The current idea is about testing the phytotechnology developing within NATO project at another contaminated lands in Germany and Czech Republic including military and mining contaminated sites. It is intended that among members of the future consortium Freiberg University, Humboldt University, Research Institute for Post-Mining Landscapes (all-Germany) and UJEP would be along with small and medium enterprises from Czech Republic and Germany.

Meeting with prof. Dieter Kirschke, Head of Agricultural Policy, HU
Humboldt University
Department of Agroeconomy, Institute of Agricultural and Horticultural Sciences, HU
Consultation at AiFProject GmbH-IraSME, with Ms.Jenny Gudlat

Meeting at the Czech Embassy in Ukraine

On March 28, 2017 by invitation of the Embassy of Czech Republic in Ukraine PPD Assoc. prof. Tatyana Stefanovska had a meeting with Mr. Frantisek Trojacek, Counselor to the Ambassador for Political and Economic Section of the Czech Embassy in Ukraine. During the meeting the information about objectives, achievement and perspectives of the SPS 4687 project were presented and discussed. Mr. Trojacek expressed the opinion that Czech Embassy supports this project because its realization would bring ecological and economic benefits, enhance the environmental and energy security and improve the state of the environment at military contaminated sites at of four countries, including Czech Republic.  Counselor suggested several constructive ideas how to multiply the project’s results at the other polluted sites, particularly industrial and municipal waste dumpiest. That was stressed out that based on Czech Republic’s experience, developed phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production could be introduced at the level of municipalities which face the problems related to territory contamination of the different origins. Moreover, the possibility to extend the range of energy crops, for instance Paulownia, for further projects on phytotechnology was also discussed.

Program “Factor of Security” at Channel 5 of Ukrainian TV

11.11.2016. 22.30 (Kyiv time)


Фактор безпеки "Міністри оборони країн НАТО & SPS" 05.11.2016 вип.32

Educational Journal of NULP
Guide Book for Training 1 (in Ukrainian)
Interview journal Zerno
Interview Lviv, October 6, 2016

On October 6, 2017 NPD Valentina Pidlisnyuk, UJEP and PPD Tetyana Stefanovska, NULES were interviewed by journalists from Radio FM “Lvivska khvulya” and Internet publishing house “Gal-info”, Ukraine. They told about the goals of the first training for end-users on phytotechnology with miscanthus biomass production provided within NATO project’s activities. Altogether 46 persons participated in the training program including farmers, local governmental officials and professionals in land reclamation from the different regions of Ukraine. Participants received first-hand information about approaches in sustainable military contaminated/damaged sites management when applying phytoremediation with the second generation biofuel crop Miscanthus xgiganteus. The end-users Panel discussion on knowledge exchange and practical skills sharing was provided at the training as well. Interview was in the radio programmer Radio FM “Lvivska khvulya”on October 7 and 8, 2016. The interview was posted at the web of Internet publishing house “Gal-info”, Ukraine on October 7, 2016.