UWUE
Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg 
UWUE

UWUE is one of the leading institutions of higher education in Germany and internationally ranks in the top bracket of academic institutions in many scientific disciplines including biology, environment and earth observation. The Faculty of Biology has well-equipped common facilities such as the Botanical Garden, the Bee Station and an Ecological Research Station. Central labs for ultrafast DNA-sequencing, metagenomics for biodiversity assessments, metabolomics, the CAIDAS centre for artificial intelligence and bioinformatics contribute to the international excellence of environmental research. A services centre for biocareers and an interdisciplinary Graduate School promote the academic and professional development of students.

UREAD
University of Reading
UREAD

The School of Agriculture, Policy and Development, is a world leader in both teaching and research, maintaining a reputation developed since the 1800's. Our focus is to provide knowledge to address the major challenges and opportunities in our sector for the 21st century, including food production, the sustainability of agro-ecosystems, food security, adaptation and mitigation to climate change, food chains and health, animal welfare and behavior, poverty alleviation, international development, and consumer behavior and choice.

SLU
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
SLU

SLU is the only Swedish university fully devoted to biological research and education concerning natural resource management and has strong links to stakeholders in agriculture, forestry, fisheries and environment. Among the prominent units at this university are the Department of Ecology and the Department of Urban and Rural Development. Ecology is the largest aggregation of research resources in Sweden in the area of applied ecology, covering all major aspects of natural resource management in terrestrial ecosystems. The Department of Urban and Rural Development brings strong social science expertise in notably environmental communication and governance of natural resources.

WU
Wageningen University 
WU

Wageningen University (WU) is one of the top European Life Science Universities and is particularly strong in agriculture and biodiversity research and applied research to underpin management and policy. Research and education of WU are based on a fundamental scientific approach, but strongly geared towards application in practice. This is achieved through the close collaboration between different fields of expertise including both natural, economic and social sciences. WU has a long tradition of both participating and coordinating large-scale national and international research projects and programs funded by organizations such as the national government, EC and ESF.

CSIC
Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas
CSIC

The Agencia Estatal Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas (CSIC) is the largest public research organization in Spain, and it is distinguished by its multidisciplinary nature. The CSIC has 116 institutes or centres distributed throughout Spain, as well as a delegation in Brussels. It has considerable experience in both participating and managing R&D projects and training grants. The Doñana Biological Station is a public Research Institute belonging to the Spanish Council for Scientific Research CSIC in the area of Natural Resources. Its fundamental mission is to carry out multidisciplinary research of the highest standard directed to understanding, from an evolutionary viewpoint, the way in which biodiversity is generated, maintained and how it deteriorates, as well as the consequences of its loss and the possibilities of its conservation and restoration. 

RHUL
Royal Holloway University of London
RHUL

Royal Holloway is one of the UK’s leading research-intensive universities, with 20 academic departments spanning the arts and humanities, sciences, social sciences, management, economics and law. Royal Holloway is a top 20 university in the UK (ranked 19th in the 2020 Time Good University Guide) and is ranked ninth in the UK in the category of 'International Outlook', recognising our broader outlook as a global university. Our prominent researchers continue to address global challenges, such as protecting against cyber-attack and the rapid decline of bees, as well as having influential roles as advisors to government and policy-makers. Our programme of initiatives such as concerts, volunteering, and the annual Science Festival extends the College’s influence and involvement across the local area and beyond. We have recently 150 million Euro in new buildings and facilities to support our academic endeavour.

PENSOFT
Pensoft Publishers Ltd
PENSOFT

Pensoft Publishers is a SME specializing in academic, open access book and journal publishing, software development and web design, project dissemination and science communication. Pensoft is well known among academics worldwide with its technologically advanced peer-reviewed Open Access journals. The company is actively developing new tools, workflows and methods for text- and data publishing, dissemination of scientific information and technologies for semantic enrichment of an articles’ content. Being and open access publisher, Pensoft can also consult in best practices in open science and open data publishing, while offering expertise and know-how in dissemination of scientific results through special issues in peer-reviewed journals, books and article collections.

UNIPD
University of Padua
UNIPD

At the University of Padova, the Department of Environmental Agronomy and Crop Production -DAFNAE (Entomology) has developed research on agricultural, forest, urban entomology since 1960, representing a reference centre for the whole country. The Department is also involved in projects focusing on biodiversity, plant protection, genetics, microbiology, food chemistry and technology. The Department has strong links with stakeholders and industry in agriculture, forestry and conservation. The group is highly and consistently successful in attracting research funding from national and international funding agencies. DAFNAE resulted first in the last national ranking among all the Agricultural departments. Permanent staff comprehends 20 full professors, 26 associate professors, 24 researchers, 30 technical staff and 16 administrative staff. More than 100 among PhD students, post-docs and research assistants currently work at the department.

UFZ
Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ
UFZ

The Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research - UFZ, Germany, was established in 1991 and is one of the world’s leading research centres in the field of environmental research, enjoying high social recognition. It demonstrates ways in which sustainable use of natural resources is possible for the benefit of both mankind and the environment. The UFZ currently employs around 1100 people across 38 departments focussing on the following research areas in a highly integrative manner: (i) Environment and Society, (ii) Ecosystems of the Future, (iii) Water Resources and Environment, (iv) Chemicals in the Environment, (v) Environmental Engineering and Biotechnology, (vi) Smart Models and Monitoring. UFZ is and was participating in 83 projects funded within FP7 and Horizon 2020, 12 of them coordinated by UFZ. Additionally, UFZ is or was the host for 3 ERC grants, 2 Starting - and 1 Advanced Grant, and has coordinated 3 ITNs.

INRAE
French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment
INRAE

The French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food, and the Environment (INRAE) is a public research establishment comprising 12,000 people, over 200 research units and 42 experimental units located throughout France. INRAE is ranked among the world leaders in agricultural and food sciences (Clarivate analytics 2009-2019 4th), plant and animal sciences (4th), and ecology and environment research (10th). INRAE thematic research areas include: biodiversity, agroecology, climate change & risks, bio-economy, nutrition & health, and societal and regional governance strategies towards transforming agricultural and food systems.

JRC
Joint Research Centre - European Commission
JRC

As the European Commission’s science and knowledge service, the Joint Research Centre (JRC) supports EU policies with independent scientific evidence throughout the whole policy cycle. The JRC’s directorate D (Sustainable Resources) aims to play a central role in creating, managing and making sense of scientific knowledge for EU policies related to the sustainable use of resources, encompassing environmental, economic and social dimensions. The Land Resources Unit (JRC.D.3) provides information to balance competing land use demands whilst securing access to natural resources and maintaining ecosystem services.

ULUND
Lund University
ULUND

ULUND is the largest institution of research and higher education in Scandinavia. It was founded in 1666 and today the University has eight faculties; engineering; science; law; social sciences; economics; medicine; humanities & theology; performing arts and several research centres and specialised schools. It is a research-intensive University with over 3500 active researchers. The University has significant experience from EU research and innovation and has participated in over 900 projects from framework programme 1 and onwards. Lund University is repeatedly ranked among the world top 100 universities.

UMONS
University of Mons
UMONS

University of Mons (UMONS) is one of the best Belgian research universities, comprising more than 700 researchers in some 100 Research departments across its 10 faculties and schools. There are currently 10 autonomous Research Institutes in which the university is organised. Each Institute brings together the expertise of many researchers across all faculties and schools of UMONS. Together, they focus their efforts on unifying themes, responding to societal needs. UMONS was ranked in 2020 at the 176th position (out of 4.000 universities) for the quality of its publications in QS World University Rankings. UMONS is the only French-speaking Belgian university ranked in the world's top 100 in terms of its international network. UMONS is involved in numerous research programmes, both fundamental and applied, at a regional level but also at European and international levels.

IEEP
Institute for European Environmental Policy
IEEP

IEEP is an independent environmental sustainability think tank with an unrivalled understanding of the mechanisms and realities of EU policy making on the one hand, and their diverse implementation and impacts within Member States. A strength of IEEP is that it covers all the key environmental policy areas, with programmes providing in depth analysis of policies affecting biodiversity, agriculture and land use, water, maritime affairs, energy, transport, waste and pollution, and climate change, together with programmes that cover cross-cutting issues concerning governance and environmental economics. The Institute’s Head Office is in Brussels, while also having an office in London. IEEP works with a wide range of Associates and other contacts on research projects in all Member States, including universities, environmental organisations, research institutes and consultancies.

WBF
Eidgenoessisches Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung
WBF

Eidgenoessisches Departement für Wirtschaft, Bildung und Forschung (WBF-Agroscope) is the Swiss national competence centre for agro-ecology under the Federal Office of Agriculture. Agroscope conducts research into environmentally compatible and economically competitive farming by combining ecology, economics and agricultural engineering. Expertise at Agroscope is in agronomy, agricultural technology and economics, genetics, molecular biology, biodiversity and landscape development, agroecology and eco-controlling. Agroscope is involved in both, basic and applied science. Agroscope has modern facilities with well-equipped labs for insect identification, DNA sequencing and metabarcoding of plant, micro-.organism and arthropod samples. Agroscope is strongly involved in European framework projects and COST Actions.

UNSPMF
University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences
UNSPMF

The University of Novi Sad Faculty of Sciences (UNSPMF) is one of the leading higher education institutions in Serbia and the country’s strong base of teaching and research in fundamental sciences, mathematics and computer science. The significant part of research activity at the Department of Biology and Ecology focus on taxonomic analyses of autochthonous fauna and flora, monitoring of biodiversity (including the genetic diversity), causes, trends, extent of changes in ecosystems, conservation actions that mitigate and prevent processes of alteration. The Department has well-equipped facilities for insects identification: insect reference collections, facility for DNA extraction, amplification (PCR) and analyses, microscopy facility, and other equipment for molecular and taxonomic analyses.

UBB
Babes-Bolyai University
UBB

Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca (UBB) is a public institution of higher education whose mission is to promote and sustain within the local, regional, national and international community the development of specific cultural components. It is one of the top Romanian institutions, placing constantly in the top 5 spots of national rankings from the point of view of academic and research performances.. UBB considers scientific research as one of its main missions, as research represents the main criterion for evaluation of academic standing. The Department for Taxonomy and Ecology has approximately 15 staff persons involved in terrestrial and aquatic ecology research. The department’s research focuses on conservation biology, producing studies and research projects in the areas of cultural ecology, biogeography, land-use and biodiversity in plants and invertebrates, habitat fragmentation, invasive species and classical and modern taxonomy. 

OK
Centre for Ecological Research
OK

Centre for Ecological Research (OK) is the largest ecological institution in Hungary. The main tasks of the Centre are (i) to study the composition, structure, dynamics and functioning of terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems (ii) to study ecosystem services (iii) to carry out applied research in conservation of habitats, biodiversity, water quality, land and water use and to support policy and decision making by evidence based expert advice in these areas, and (iv) raising public awareness. ÖK endeavours to have a good balance of basic and applied research. In the research of farmland biodiversity (including landscape ecology, ecosystem services, invasion ecology, climate change etc.) ÖK achieved considerable success by publishing in prominent journals (e.g. Nature Communications, Science, and Ecology Letters) and participating in successful FP7 and H2020 projects. The contribution to policy was also remarkable, e.g. decisive role in launching the National Water Science Program, participation in the working groups of EU MAES (Mapping and Assessment of Ecosystems and their Services), and of IPBES (Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services) where several of the Centre’s researchers are involved.

EMU
Estonian University of Life Sciences
EMU

EMU is a leading institution for research, survey and monitoring, and a leading teaching and training centre for agricultural and environmental sciences in the Baltic Region in the field of agriculture, biodiversity and landscape ecology. According to QS World University Rankings by Subject (2020), the EMU is one of top 100 universities in the world in the field of agriculture and forestry, ranked 51-100. EMU’s expertise is widely used by European and international organisations, in collaborative projects. EMU provides independent research to supply National governmental institutions with information on agricultural and apicultural policymaking, natural resource management, environmental protection, biodiversity and to raise public awareness of environmental issues. The university provides working rooms and research facilities in the new modern building of Centre of the Renewable Natural Resources. The Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences of EMU has been responsible for carrying out research in areas of current public concern such as the Agriculture Programme, Integrated Pest Management Programme, bee health and agri-environmental measures.

ELO
European Landowners’ Organization
ELO

The ELO, created in 1972, is a unique federation of national associations from the EU28, which represents the interests of the landowners, land and forest and building managers and rural entrepreneurs at the European political level. The ELO’s statutory commitment is to defend and promote sustainable development, conservation and protection of the environment, cultural heritage, renewable energies and responsible use of natural resources. To further its positions the ELO has developed a communication strategy including elaboration and coordination of action programmes, involvement in the EU and international events, think-tank management, publication of position papers and studies, etc. The efficiency of the organization relies on its ability to gather together rural actors, land and forest managers, scientists, businesses and political decision makers at local, regional, national and European levels. 

IUCN
International Union for Conservation of Nature 
IUCN

The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) is a membership Union uniquely composed of both government and civil society organisations. It provides public, private and non-governmental organisations with the knowledge and tools that enable human progress, economic development and nature conservation to take place together. Created in 1948, IUCN has evolved into the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network. It harnesses the experience, resources and reach of its 1,400 Member organisations and the input of roughly 15,000 experts (scientists and practitioners). IUCN is the global authority on the status of the natural world and the measures needed to safeguard it. Our experts are organised into six commissions dedicated to species survival, environmental law, protected areas, social and economic policy, ecosystem management, and education and communication. IUCN has approx. 45 offices spread around the world that host nearly 1,000 staff and compose the IUCN Secretariat.  

RCISD
Regional Centre for Information and Scientific Development
RCISD

RCISD is an innovative SME, founded by scientists and R&D managers to carry out scientific research but also to manage R&D projects and to participate in coordination & support actions. As a fast-moving actor, the flexibility of an SME makes it possible to identify and address real market needs and opportunities. RCISD is an “exchange place” between scientific knowledge and managerial skills which are brought together to establish mechanisms, provide services and set up and manage common activities. RCISD also provides a forum where several organisations from different sectors can meet, exchange views and prepare themselves for joint R&D projects. With its resources and specialised tools RCISD aims to lower the barrier between ideas and implementation to make it easier for innovative players to exploit research results and contribute to the European Research Area and a sustainable European competitive position in global economy. As a well-established platform for regional and international cooperation RCISD is particularly interested in contributing to the development and integration of support strategies and decision making practices in strategic international cooperation projects.

CWNU
China West Normal University
CWNU

China West Normal University founded in 1946, has 78 undergraduate majors, 18 first-class disciplines authorized by master's degree, 8 disciplines jointly cultivating doctoral students, and 1 post doctoral innovation practice base. At present, there are 9 key laboratories of the Ministry of education, provincial and municipal level, and 9 provincial and ministerial key research bases; the university has more than 2500 staff, more than 1000 teachers with senior professional titles, and more than 1800 teachers with doctor's degree, master's degree or above. Since the 12th Five Year Plan, the university has undertaken more than 4500 scientific research projects at all levels and published 22,144 scientific research papers, including 1001 papers included in SCI, It has published 330 academic monographs and won more than 90 national, provincial and ministerial science and technology progress awards, science and technology awards, transformation awards of scientific and technological achievements and outstanding achievements awards of social sciences. In recent years, the university has recruited overseas students from 18 countries to study in the University. 

NU
Nankai University
NU

Founded in 1919, Nankai University was selected to the list of 42 universities and colleges that would participate in “National Double First-Class” Initiative as one of the A-level and leading universities in China and internationally ranks. Nankai University now occupies an area of 4451900 m². The university is one of the comprehensive universities with the widest range of disciplines. Among the 2162 staff members, there are 822 doctoral supervisors, 770 master's supervisors and 864 professors and 840 associate professors. Currently, the university has a total enrollment of 28557 students, including 16372 undergraduate students, 8322 master's candidates, and 3863 doctoral candidates. Nankai University has developed broad international communications by establishing exchange and collaborative relationships with more than 320 international universities and academic institutions. The academic status of Nankai University at home and abroad is easy to get the financial support from the state.

NWAFU
Northwest A&F University
NWAFU

Northwest A&F University is a leading university in China. It is the only education institution in China that is completely equipped with disciplines of agriculture, forestry, and water science with 23 colleges. It always aims at frontier development and has acquired over 1800 awarded achievements. College of Plant Protection is one of the largest and oldest colleges of plant protection in China with 157 full-time staff, including 46 full professors and senior researchers, regarded as leaders in plant pathology, entomology, pest management and pesticide science. The College includes 3 teaching departments and 3 research institutes in Plant Pathology, Agricultural Entomology and Pesticide Science. It is equipped with very good facilities in National and provincial laboratories, i.e. State Key Laboratory of Crop stress Biology in Arid Region, the Key Laboratory of Plant Protection Resources and Pest Management under the Ministry of Education,the Key Laboratory of Crop Pest Integrated Management and Biosystematics under the Ministry of Agriculture, the Pollution-free Pest Control Technology Innovation Center under the Ministry of Agriculture etc.

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