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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 952327.

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1st Brainstorming Event for Research Teams (online event) on 30th June 2021

At the end of June 2021, 30 representatives of the HES-GEO project consortium from Poland, Austria, Germany and Belgium met together again. During several hours spent online and with the help of the digital whiteboard they worked to establish 6 Research Teams (RT) and to advance the development of their research proposals. The research proposals focus on the following themes:
· Cultural Ecosystem Services,
· Soil Piping,
· Land Use and Biodiversity,
· Social Processes and Urban Resilience,
· Soil and Pedogenic Thresholds,
· Food Waste.

At the beginning of the meeting team leaders presented their RT profile (defined leaders, members and supervisors) and research questions. Then, the meeting participants focused on improving match between research questions and research design/methods, identifying main data needs, setting timeline for development of project proposals (with milestones) and clarifying roles for all RT members. They have prepared SWOT analyses, which helped to identify potential strengths and weaknesses of each team, as well as opportunities and threats in their surroundings. 2nd Brainstorming Event for Research Teams is planned in November this year, hopefully in the face-to-face format.

Kick-off meeting (online event) on 4-5th February 2021

In February 4-5 2021, the kick-off meeting of the European project HES-GEO (Building excellence in research of human-environmental systems with geospatial and Earth observation technologies), funded by the European Union from the Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, took place online. Consortium representatives from Poland, Austria, Germany and Belgium gathered together and discussed the most important issues to be done during the 36-month project period.

The event started with an official ceremony, presentations of the partners and the idea of the project. Further part of the meeting contained a detailed examination of all project activities, objectives, work packages (WP) and expected results. Also the leaders’ ideas on how to manage and proceed with particular work packages were presented and discussed:

Financial and administrative issues were also mentioned as well as the plan for the activities of the first year during the Project Management Board Meeting.