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.
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.
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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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.
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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:
– 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.
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.
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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.