Lead organisations: Rennes 1 University and Wageningen University
WP7 aims to disseminate the experimental results and the social and economic WPs to project partners, Commission Officials, the scientific community, stakeholders and the general public. Besides the more traditional methods of result dissemination (workshops, printed reports, and conferences) web-based products will allow a very broad spectrum of stakeholders, customers, data providers and members of the general public to be reached.
Moreover, a strong effort will be made to disseminate to end-users and policy makers. This last point will be achieved through the production of brochures or booklets addressed to farmers, technicians and policy makers. Furthermore, information will also be spread through summer schools, events at local and national scales and meetings addressed to end-users and stakeholders. Finally, the website and connection with the European Learning Network on Functional Agrobiodiversity will ensure European wide dissemination.
In order to ensure wide dissemination of SUSTAIN scientific advances, the results will be presented at large international conferences and the main findings will be synthesized and published in well-known scientific peer-reviewed journals in the Ecology, Soil Biology and Soil Science domains. Conference events relevant to the scope of the tools developed and results obtained within SUSTAIN will be monitored and managed by the Consortium. This will also provide opportunities to establish direct links with other relevant initiatives in the field.
WP7 is the main link between SUSTAIN and the scientific community, policy-makers and general public. WP7 will utilize information from many other WPs (WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6), with contributions from SUSTAIN-partners. This information will be used to raise public awareness of soil biodiversity, soil function and ecosystem services as well as providing information on sustainable agro-systems.
The relationship is especially very strong with WP1.
Task 7.1. Scientist dissemination
It will be done through traditional methods like workshops, printed reports, publication (European Journal of Soil Science, Pedobiologia, European Journal of Soil Biology, Catena) and conferences International Colloquium of Soil Zoology, Eurosoil, ICSS, European Soil Conservation, the International Symposium of Earthworm Ecology).
Task 7.2. End-users dissemination
It will be done through the publication of technical guide lines, and brochures. Moreover a specific workshop oriented to farmers and technicians will be organized (linked to WP6).
Task 7.3. Website
A SUSTAIN website will be established for the entire consortium. There will be a non-public section with organising tools (e.g. for scheduling researcher visits, group announcements, non-public discussion lists and blogs, etc.). The project partners listed will be involved in making the website multi-lingual so as to allow it to be used by as wide an audience as possible.
Task 7.4. Social events
Results obtained in SUSTAIN and existing knowledge on soil biodiversity, soil functioning and soil ecosystem service will be shared to a non-scientific audience through a series events. In France a science week has been organized annually since 1992. It gives an opportunity to share knowledge with public, through conferences, expositions and scientific experiences.
Task 7.5. Summer School on soil biodiversity
An European summer school (Postgraduate training course, scientists) will be organized with the aim of educating the next generation and current searchers of soil community ecologists. This course will be announced internationally and will be open to PhD students working on relevant topics. Moreover, a summer school will also be proposed to farmers and technicians.