DRAXIS is an SME founded in 2000 in Thessaloniki, Greece, focusing on providing consulting, solution development, implementation and management of Environmental Technologies. DRAXIS helps local authorities or private organizations in improvement of natural resource usage and integration of environmental management issues into the decision making process. Through the combined use of Geographic Information System technologies, Environmental know-how and Environmental Remote Sensing and Database software products, DRAXIS clients can achieve substantial improvements in Environmental Performance. Excellent services, high environmental performance and information security are obtained through the management system implemented in accordance with ISO 9001:2008 (Quality Management), ISO 14001:2004 (Environmental Management) and ISO 27001:2005 (Information Security Management).
The Rhenish Institute for Environmental Research at the University of Cologne (RIU) is an organization founded to support and perform environmental research in close collaboration with the University of Cologne. Scientific activities are funded by public and private funding. RIU is divided into three divisions: a) Atmospheric Research, b) Material Sciences, c) Planetary Research. RIU has now more than 15 years of experience in operating mesoscale weather forecast models like MM5, COSMO and WRF operationally, including multiple nesting configurations. Focus is also placed on the development and application of chemistry-transport modelling (EURAD-IM), with some advanced features developed worldwide RIU is also coordinating a 'virtual institute for Inverse Modelling of Atmospheric Chemical Compounds' funded by the Helmholtz Society, sharing its expertise in advanced data assimilation with the Institute for Chemistry and Geodynamics of the Research Centre Julich and the Institute for Meteorology and Climate Research of the Research Centre Karlsruhe.
The Institute of Soil Science and Plant Cultivation- State Research Institute (IUNG-PIB) is the largest and the oldest agriculture research and development centre in Poland, conducting research under the supervision of the Polish Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development. The broad range of its activities include crop production, soil science and fertilization, as well as the recognition and protection of agricultural areas against various forms of degradation. The main research topics related to these fields are: soil science and the assessment of natural agricultural production conditions, fertilisation management of soil fertility and fertiliser use, soil tillage and crop rotation management, production of cereals and fodder crops, analysis of various types of agricultural farming systems, aspects of agriculture biotechnology, microbiology and plant phytochemistry, the impact of farming on the environment, adaptation of agriculture to climate change, development of knowledge and technologies for reducing athmosphere greenhouse gas concentrations through management of agricultural emissions and carbon sequestration.
Founded in November 1998, Noveltis is a french SME focused on Space Sciences of the Environment and Sustainable Development. In close collaboration with the research community, Noveltis activities address environmental issues in three major areas: atmosphere, ocean and land surfaces. The Noveltis staff includes 43 permanent members, most of them PhD graduates or engineers, as its activity requires sound mathematical and data processing methodologies, combining measurements and image processing, inversion and assimilation techniques, with rigorous programming procedures. Noveltis is involved in many national and european projects as manager and also as technical partner. Its main activities include: definition and specification of new space missions, in close relationship with space agencies and research laboratories, design, consolidation and development of scientific algorithmic chains (levels 0,1,2,3 and 4), calibration and validation of the instrumental measurements thus obtained, validation of the geophysical products derived from processing chains and design and development of tools and models aimed at understanding and monitoring physical processes.
The Faculty of Techical Sciences is located at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. It comprises 11 departments and 10 research centres including the BioSense Centre and it is the largest faculty in Serbia with over 800 employees and around 10.000 students. It is situated in the most developed part of Serbia particularly well known for its agricultural industries. The BioSense Centre coordinates, focuses and advances research and introduction and promotion of state-of-the-art ICT solutions in agriculture, ecology, environmental protection, water management and industry. With more than 20 researchers in its core (10 PhDs), BioSense Centre coordinates or participates in a large number of international research projects, including FP7 and Eureka.
Imaxdi is a private and multidisciplinary SME specialized in the management of technology and innovation. The company emphasises on applied research and technological development, aiming to promote solutions and innovative services based on ITT (Information Technology and Telecomunications). Imaxdi develops equipment and systems, throughout the value chain, from conception to the placing on the market. Its R&D activity is focused on access technology and the ubiquitous interaction to the information, with a special attention in: solutions based on device independent mobile communications to facilitate the convergence and the integration of services (Mobile context management), ubiquitous mobile systems assisted by wireless sensor networks, human machine interfaces in low resources devices. Imaxdi has extensive experience in sensors and Wireless Sensor Networks based on Wi-Fi/ IEEE 802.11, Zigbee/IEEEE 802.15.4 and other wireless technologies for eHealth, industrial, agricultural and metropolitan and civil environments. In addition, the company has experience in mobile telephony such GSM/GPRS/3G and in GPS location technology.
The Cyprus Institute is a novel non-profit research educational institution, founded in 2005. The Cyprus Institute has rapidly established itself as an important research resource for Cyprus, the Eastern Mediterranean, the Middle East and North Africa, and forms a gateway between the European Union and the region. It hosts three research centres: the Energy, Environment and Water Research Centre (EEWRC), the Computation-based Science and Technology Research Centre and the Science and Technology in Archaeology Centre. The EEWRC became operational in December 2007 and is being developed in partnership with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Cyprus Research Promotion Foundation (RPF). The EEWRC has expertise in hydrologic and ecosystems modelling, water management in agricultural, natural and urban environments, development of autonomous aerial systems for environmental monitoring/ research, atmospheric and climate modelling, energy analysis, stakeholder processes and integrated assessments.
The University of Patras is the third largest in Greece with 22 Departments with a large number of sectors and a great range of disciplines, which operate 112 laboratories and 14 clinics fully equipped. The University of Patras holds the third place in absolute number of publications among the Greek Universities, but with significantly lower number of faculty members than the leading Universities. The research activities of the Laboratory of Atmospheric Physics (LAP) (that is involved in ENORASIS) focus on theoritical and experimental study of the atmosphere with special emphasis on chemical weather and solar radiation. LAP's scientific personnel has acknowledged expertise in atmospheric modelling and predictability of complex systems, experimental studies of solar radiation including quality control and processing methods of environmental data series as well as renewable energy sources.
The Institute of Earth Sciences (IES) is part of the Department of Environment, Constructions and Design of the University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland (SUPSI). IES is commited to conduct research and development projects in the fields of management and conservation of the environment and its resources and in particular it is active in the fields of geology, geotechnics, hydrology, hydrogeology, water quality and geomatics. Its expertise includes the management of superficial and underground water, environment and hazard monitoring, environmental modelling particularly focused on the natural hazards, environmental database (mostly geospatially enabled), GIS analysis and geographical web services. IES is also active in the education sector, by participating in the teaching of the architectural and engineering courses and proposing numerous post-formation courses. The IES provides consultancy services to the local administratio, including seismic micro-zoning for the city of Lugano and flood monitoring and alert for lake Verbano.
Founded in 2003, Teknoset has been one of the leading technology SMEs in wireless sensor networks. Teknoset's core competency lies in the full ownership of the technologies that are used: from concept and design to manufacturing, from embedded software to user interface software. Using state of the art networking and sensor technologies, systems and components are built to control and monitor from lightning to safety and security systems, while the provided automation solutions provide advanced remote media access capabilities. Teknoset has developed two wireless automation products in the fields of building automation (Centrome Smart Home Systems) and agricultural automation ( Rainvent Smart Irrigation Systems) using sensors, wireless communication and solar power.
Unisoft Romania is an SME founded in 1996 in Romania as a subsidiary of UNISOFT S.A. to cover local needs of software solutions for business administration and to become the starting point for UNISOFT's expansion plans in Europe. Unisoft Romania is based on well-trained staff in software development, consultancy and services for customers, which gives special capabilities to effectively manage both general resources and IT resources. By the international business experience and proven technical expertise, Unisoft Romania quickly became a trusted and productive provider of IT services for local and international organizations. Today, Unisoft Romania offers integrated software solutions for companies and organizations of every size and business activity.
Q-PLAN North Greece Ltd. is an innovation and management consulting SME that focuses its activities in the development and implementation of Quality and Environmental Management Systems. The company is the market leader in Greece (in the respective services) with more than 600 certified clients from all business sectors, including the agricultural and food sector. Q-PLAN North Greece also possesses valuable know-how and expertise in the design, management, co-ordination and monitoring of European Research projects and Support Actions. The company has coordinated/ participated in various European Research and Demonstration projects as well as support actions under the 6th and 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development as well as in LIFE Environment projects. Overall, Q-PLAN North Greece employs more than 25 highly skilled personnel and retains an extensive network of experts in EU-27.
"Vode Vojvodine" is a provincial public company responsible for: a) water use: municipal water supply, irrigation water supply, industrial water supply, navigation, fisheries, recreation, tourism, b) water quality protection: pollution sources, wastewater treatment plans and c) protection against flood and/or drainage. The company has 480 employees, most of them with agricultural (irrigation) and technical background. Vode Vojvodine has taken part in various international projects.