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IFV - French Vine and Wine Institute

The French Vine and Wine Institute results from the merging of two institutes dedicated to the wine industry: Etablissement National Technique pour l'Amelioration de la Viticulture (ENTAV) and the Institut Technique de la Vigne et du Vin (ITV France). Classified as technical center under the Code of Research, IFV assumes a mission considered of public interest for the whole viticulture sector in the fields of vegetal selection, viticulture, sustainable wine growing, vinification and marketing of wine products.

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At an international level and since 2008, IFV develops and manages the Charter of Fontevraud that aims at the joint commitment of viticulture unions, authorities and research and development centers in a voluntary process of vines’ landscape protection and enhancement. It targets a sustainable development of the sector, and thus works jointly with other Institutes on conservation, biological control and landscape management advantages.

IFV and E-VitiClimate

In E-VitiClimate, the IFV will be responsible for the coordination of the project technical activities, as Project Coordinator. The Project Coordinator acts as an intermediary between the Commission and the consortium. The IFV will provide existing materials on the subject, developed during previous research activities. It will adapt this material to create a first module presenting climate change globally, its different impacts on viticulture and general adaptation techniques. It will also work on developing the module 2 for France. It will help to set up the frame and content of the website and will bring support to the trainees as tutor for France. Finally, it will organise a pilot training in France and will participate actively in the project dissemination.
IFV will be the leader of the work package 1 (WP1 - Specifications) and WP5 (Dissemination).
 Contact person: Joel ROCHARD
Thanks to its initial education as an oenologist and an engineer in agricultural techniques, Joel ROCHARD has a global approach of the problem and of the possibilities of adaptation for the viticulture field. He has been involved in a French project ARVICLIM, which permitted to present an appraisal of knowledge on this adaptation question for viticulture and arboriculture, thanks to a website. Joel ROCHARD is also the coordinator of a national group working on the adaptation of the viticulture sector to climate change.

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At the same time, he is vice-president of the group Environment/Climate of the International Organisation of Vine and Wine (OIV), which associates most of the international experts on this subject and, more generally, on sustainable development aspects of viticulture. He has coordinated the OIV group that designed the resolution for a sustainable viticulture. Following this resolution, he intervened in numerous international conferences in Europe and in the countries of the wine new worlds. His publication, « Traité de Viticulture et d'Œnologie Durables » includes a chapter on the climate change theme. In 2008, this publication has received an award by the International Organisation of Vine and Wine as a scientific reference on viticulture.

DIPSA - Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science of the University of Florence

The Department of Plant, Soil and Environmental Science of the University of Florence is organised around the broader topic of agro-forestry in temperate, tropical and subtropical environments, with three separate sectors: Soil and Land Management, Herbaceous production and Management, Ecophysiology and Agrometeorology. In the last decade, DIPSA activity focused on agronomic practices, crop management, environmental monitoring and ecophysiology.

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DIPSA researchers and technical staff have a wide experience in projects funded by national and international institutions, and master the use of most innovative tools and approaches (e.g. Crop Models, Global and Regional Circulation Models, Weather Generators, Geographical Information Systems, etc…) to monitor, reproduce and predict the response of agro-systems to environmental factors (e.g. climate, soil, crop management, etc…).

DIPSA and E-VitiClimate

DIPSA will be in charge of adapting module 2 to the specificities of the Italian viticulture sector. DIPSA will validate the website and training modules, checking both the content understandability and the attractiveness of the educational methods. It will organise a pilot training with at least 10 participating technicians and will be the online tutor for its Italian trainees.
For the interactive platform and module 2 for Italy, DIPSA will perform simulations of grapevine phenology and yield and will produce maps on regional scale for present and future scenarios showing the response of crops to projected climate changes. The effectiveness of different adaptation options, including shorter or longer cycle cultivars and irrigation, in alleviating the expected adverse impacts, or in exploiting possible positive advantages of climatic change, will be tested. DISPA will be the leader of the work package 4 (WP4 - Validation and Pilot trainings).
 Contact person: Marco BINDI
Marco BINDI is full professor at the Department of Plant Soils and Environmental Science of the University of Florence. He has a degree in Agricultural Sciences from Florence University. Since December 1995, he has been working as researcher scientist at the Dept. of Agronomy and Land Management-University of Florence. In 1997, he won a two-month fellowship of CNR for an internship at the University of Florida.

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In 1998, he started to collaborate with the Dept. of Agronomy and Crop Science- University of Florence and the Research Institute IATA-National Research Council, carrying out research in the field of the estimation of meteorological parameters (such as global, diffuse and direct solar radiation), the simulation of crop growth and the effect of climate change on natural and agricultural ecosystems. Within these activities, he was involved as scientific responsible in national (FENAGRI, MURST) and European Union projects (EPOCH, MANARA, CLAIRE, CLIVARA, CHIP). In the last 4 years, he was involved in several EU funded projects (MICE, ENSEMBLES, ADAM, PICCMAT, CIRCE, AG2020) on climate change impact on natural and agricultural ecosystems. He is the author of several papers on refereed national and international journals dealing with agrometeorology, crop modelling, climate change, environmental physiology and remote sensing (50 papers). He is also a referee for several International Journals (European Journal of agronomy, Climate Research, Climatic Change, Journal of Experimental Botany, etc.).

IASMA - Fondazione Edmund Mach - Istituto Agrario di San Michele all'Adige

Established in 1990, the Istituto Agrario San Michele all'Adige (IASMA) promotes and carries out research, scientific experiments, education and training activities, and provides technical assistance and services to companies. These activities aim at promoting cultural and socio-economical growth in the agricultural sector and the safeguard of the territory of the Trentino region.

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IASMA’s current main activities are
  • Centre for agricultural studies and training: this Centre is a complex academic structure, the only one of its kind in Italy, which organises studies and training in the fields of agriculture, environment and forestry.
  • Research centre and a production sector
  • Europe Direct Trentino
Europe Direct information relay acts as an interface between citizens and the Union. IASMA is the hosting organisation of this EU information centre since 1997.

IASMA and E-VitiClimate

Within the E-VitiClimate consortium, IASMA will be in charge of supporting DIPSA during the adaptation of module 2 to the Italian vineyard specificities. It will also bring its expertise concerning the educational methods used in both modules and on the website during the specification and the validation phase of the project. IASMA will use its expertise in professional training to validate the platform and the training modules, checking the content understandability and the attractiveness of the educational methods, and to disseminate actively the project results. It will organise a pilot training in order to present the training to at least 10 technicians. IASMA will provide support to users once the website is online.
 Contact person: Paolo Facchini
Paolo FACCHINI teaches Agronomy and Viticulture at the Centre for agricultural studies and training, of the Agrarian Institute in San Michele all’Adige, Trentino. He has a degree in Agriculture Science from Bologna University. He started in San Michele as a viticultural researcher in 1985; since 1991 he has been teaching Viticulture in the specialization course for oeno-technicians; he is also a part-time professor at the University of Trento, with a special course in International viticulture.

PLUMPTON - Plumpton College

Plumpton College was established in 1926, in rural area near Brighton. It has been an associate college of the University of Brighton since 1995. Originally specialising in Agriculture, Horticulture and Poultry Husbandry, the subjects offered now include, among others, Wine Business and Wine Production.

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The college’s 7-hectare vineyard produces over ten thousand bottles of wine a year, vinified in its winery. A Wine Centre was opened in 2007, mainly consisting of a commercial and research winery, laboratories, lecture theatre, and a wine evaluation room. The Wine Department delivers a wide range of wine-related courses, plus consultancy, wine analysis and research services. It also delivers industry-level training throughout the UK through the Wineskills project.

PLUMPTON and E-VitiClimate

PLUMPTON will develop the module 2 for the UK (methods to deal with local ecology-including new vine pests and diseases-as well as examples of good practices). It will be in charge of supervising the overall quality and content equivalence across the different countries for module 2 in order to ensure that trainees from the different countries will benefit from the same level of content quality.
PLUMPTON will create an English synthesis of the different versions of module 2, accessible to all English speaking learners. It will also provide regularly updated content for the E-VitiClimate platform: latest news and findings in Europe, major events, etc. A pilot training with at least 10 participants will be organised by PLUMPTON in the UK. PLUMTON will be the online tutor for the UK. As manager of the WP5 dissemination, PLUMPTON will have the responsibility to ensure that the project is as widely visible as possible and that the platform developed gathers all possible chances to be later commercialised.
PLUMPTON will be the leader of WP2 - Adaptation and WP5 - Dissemination and valorisation.
 Contact person: Chris Foss
Mr. Chris Foss BSc (Hons) BTS (Viti/Oeno) PGCE, WSET Dip (Hons) and Head of Wine Department at Plumpton College was trained in Bordeaux. He has worked in the French wine industry in the Entre-deux-mers, St-Emilion and Sauternes and has visited most winemaking regions in the world. He has over 23 years of teaching experience and is currently Chairman of the South East Vineyards Association, a UKVA Council member, and Chairman of the Vineyard Managers Forum.

EP - Europroject

Europroject is a Bulgarian consultancy specialised in innovation and innovative projects for SMEs in Bulgaria. It is experienced in informative services and studies, technological watch, trainings, support in the setting-up of European and National innovative projects.

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It has developed good relationships with authority bodies, public administrations, social partners, training centres and companies.
EP also has experience in Life Long Learning projects. It participated into three LdV projects over the last 3 years (Food-Fit, Food-Skills and EQF-Spread) and is involved into two new LLP projects (Food ECVet and Webinar2learn). The main focus of these projects were the analysis of the development of the National and Sectoral Qualification frameworks in Bulgaria, in perspective with the EQF, and the systems of recognition of non-formal and informal learning within the Bulgarian food industry. EP has participated in the development of a specific methodology answering Bulgarian and more generally European needs for the implementation and the development of the EQF.

EUROPROJECT and E-VitiClimate

Within E-VitiClimate, EP will assume the role of Management Coordinator. It will ensure an efficient financial and administrative coordination of the project and a good communication between the partners and with the EC services. Europroject will ensure the optimal coordination of human and financial resources, the appropriate functioning and efficiency of the consortium and the timely and appropriate reporting to the EC. It will redact all progress reports and submit them to IFV, in charge of the project technical aspects.
In addition, EP will be the technological partner. It will be in charge of the full development of the E-VitiClimate, composed of a public informative website, a private elearning platform (accessible by filling in a simple login questionnaire) and a private management website, to enable partners to communicate efficiently. It will provide its expertise in web development.
Europroject will be leader of WP3 - Website development and WP6 (Dissemination).
 Contact person: Mathilde PAVILLON
Mathilde PAVILLON is the director of Europroject and is also a consultant in innovative EU projects. She graduated from ESCP-EAP European School of Management, a top French leading Business School, and obtained a double specialisation in Business Strategy and Finance. Her previous experience in a consulting group and a French bank provided her with expertise in project management. Moreover, she has been the management coordinator of 7 EU projects over the last five years (5 LLP and 2 FP). She will be management coordinator of the E-VitiClimate project.

AUP - Agricultural University - Plovdiv

The Agricultural University - Plovdiv has a 65-year old history and traditions in training highly skilled professionals. For now, it is the only state-funded university specialised in the area of agricultural education and science. The major structural units of the AUP are the four faculties (Faculty of Agronomy, Faculty of Horticulture with Viticulture, Faculty of Plant Protection and Agroecology, Faculty of Economics) offering 16 different majors for B.Sc. degree and over 30 M.Sc. courses.

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The AUP had already updated the curricula and study programmes in compliance with the European requirements and tendencies. Its major areas of research are:
  1. Study, preservation and improvement of plant and animal genetic resources
  2. Sustainable development
  • Safety food production
  • Agricultural development under market economy conditions
  • Protection of the environment and natural resources
  • Harmonious development of the human resources in agriculture
  • New advanced technologies in crop production.

AUP and E-VitiClimate

Within the E-VitiClimate projet, the AUP will be in charge of adapting module 2 to the specificities of the Bulgarian vineyard and to local ecology and specificities. It will validate the website and both the training modules, checking the content understandability and the attractiveness of the educational methods for Bulgarian technicians. It will organise a pilot training and an information day in order to present the training to at least 10 technicians. Finally, AUP will provide support to Bulgarian users once the website is online.
 Contact person: Prof. Angel IVANOV
Professor Angel IVANOV will be responsible for the E-VitiClimate project at the Agricultural University of Plovdiv. He has presented its PhD at the High agricultural institute in 1985 where he was named Associated Professor in 1996. Professor IVANOV has been the Dean of the faculty of viticulture and gardening of the Agricultural University of Plovdiv since 2003. He is doing scientific researches on viticulture, varieties of vines and clones, farming practices on the vine, and vine ecology. Over the last years, he has published several articles in Viticulture and Oenology on various subjects such as ways of reducing the heavy metals in grapes and wine or the influence of load on the vines with winter buds and length of fruit bodies on the yield and quality of grapes on the Evmolpia CV.
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