This early engagement workshop was organized with the purpose of familiarizing the WATERAGRI Community with the WATERAGRI project goals and methods, as well as to gather related stakeholders’ feedback. The organization of the workshop was set in a way that it could allow information sharing in a virtual plenary and for 9 break-out discussions devoted to each case study location. The consortium partner “Gårdstånga Nygård” from Lund (Sweden) was the virtual host of the central meeting of this hybrid workshop.
The opening of the workshop was marked with the WATERAGRI project introduction by the project coordinator Prof. Miklas Scholz, after which the workshop progressed to the virtual plenary presentations of the WATERAGRI solution providers’ 5 minute- pitches. There were 8 such pitches. The first one was presented by Dr. Emanuele Ranieri, Data Analyst from AGRICOLUS based in Italy and it revolved around the cloud-based Agricolus platform which combines environmental data, forecasting models and field observations in a web-based ecosystem to support farmers and advisers in the water resources management. The second one was the presentation of Ms. Anna Biebl from Austrian Alchemia-nova , which introduced its addition of Biochar, charcoal made by pyrolysis, as an additive to the soil for water retention. The presentation of Mr. Akos Koos, Head of the Department of Biomass Production and Valorisation in Bay Zoltán from Hungary, offered insight into their development of organic water retainer product, while Dr. Cécile M. Perrault, the Chief Scientific Officer in Eden Tech from France, focused on the use of microfluidics in the water treatment and their application in the WATERAGRI project for the recovery of the micronutrients. Furthermore, Dr. Suhad Almuktar showcased the importance of wetland systems, as a proposed solution of the WATERAGRI project coordinator Lund University in Sweden. Dr. Christian Clausner from The University of Salford, UK, on contrary, represented the Dewaterability Estimation Test (DET) for sludge estimation. The team of Finnish VTT (Dr. Tekla Tammelin, Ms. Mona Arnold, and Dr. Alexey Khakalo) also introduced the use of biobased membranes as efficient nutrient collectors. Last, but not least, Mr. Qiang Wang from Vultus AB in Sweden explained how information about crop status and fertilization could be given by remote sensing and machine learning pipeline.