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20 June 2022
When we talk about habitat richness, what variables affect the diversity of ecosystem types and which of those is most important? How do interactions among these variables influence habitat richness? An article titled “Diversity of European habitat types is correlated with geography more than climate and human pressure” was published in the journal of Ecology and Evolution explores precisely such questions. Co-written by Dr Duccio Rocchini from the SHOWCASE team, the article...
13 June 2022
On 8–9 June 2022 the fourth annual meeting of the Research Network on Economic Experiments for the Common Agricultural Policy (REECAP) took place in Uppsala. SHOWCASE team members Dipl.-Ing. Verena Scherfranz from the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU) and Kati Häfner from the Leibniz-Centre for Agricultural Landscape Research (ZALF) participated in the meeting. They had the opportunity to share their findings of the surveys conducted among farmers as well as discuss ideas...
30 May 2022
A new article investigating novel research about the state of insects in the Netherlands was published by journalist Ronald Veldhuizen in the third largest Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant. The article focuses on the work of SHOWCASE’s early career researchers Reinier de Vries and Michele Torresani, of the Dutch and Italian teams respectively, who are studying and counting bees and hoverflies in relation to the farming intensity of grasslands. At the same time they are trying to develop cost-effect...
13 May 2022
On 12 and 13 May 2022, the Agricultural Economics Society of Ireland (AESI) held its conference at the National University of Ireland, Galway. This two-day conference discussed topics, such as the drivers of sustainability at farm level, climate-friendly agriculture and economic and social drivers of farm succession. During the conference, the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, represented by Verena Scherfranz, gave an overview of SHOWCASE’s findings on farmers’ perceptions of di...
11 May 2022
How can the natural value of farmland be boosted so that it becomes attractive for insects and birds again, but without farmers feeling the pinch in their pockets? SHOWCASE’s coordinator, Prof David Kleijn reflects on this and more questions in a magazine issue on European research collaborations.  SHOWCASE’s coordinating institution, the Wageningen University, annually produces several online magazines with background stories about current research. Its latest issue, dedicated to Europe...
5 May 2022
On 13 April 2022 EU Horizon 2020 project LIAISON held a webinar on “Creating joint innovations in the agriculture, forestry, and food industries”. Bulgarian partners and external experts discussed the outcomes of the project and worked together to formulate a list of recommendations to ensure the successful implementation of the results in Bulgaria.  SHOWCASE was invited to participate in the webinar in light of the similarity of its goals to LIAISON, which ended in 2022. The webinar was...
3 May 2022
On Tuesday, 3rd of May 2022, SHOWCASE held its first mentor workshop for the project’s PhD students and post-doctoral researchers. The main goal of this workshop was to provide an informal forum for discussion between the project’s early career researchers and senior scientists. Such a discussion contributes to the knowledge exchange within SHOWCASE, as well as to providing early career researchers with useful expert advice and mentoring. The mentor of SHOWCASE’s first workshop was Dipl.-Ing....
18 April 2022
The saying goes that plants grow better if planted on Easter weekend...Whether this hopeful belief is true or not, we wish you a happy Easter and we hope it brings you a fruitful spring!
5 April 2022
The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU) is looking for a PhD candidate to join an interdisciplinary team, led by Dr Elin Röös, which unites life cycle assessment experts and ecologists, working closely with a large stakeholder group. The candidate will collaborate with experts from various fields to develop new ways of measuring the impacts of food production on biodiversity. Together with the team, they will establish biodiversity characterisation factors for Sweden that consider...
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