30 May


Webinar: Nordic Living Labs and Lighthouses

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What are living labs and lighthouses in the EU mission ’A Soil Deal for Europe’? What potential living labs and lighthouses do we have in the Nordics? SLU and the Nordic research institutes NIBIO, LUKE and Aarhus University, invite you to a webinar focused on living labs and lighthouses in the Nordic context. Welcome!

When? 30 May 2022, 13.00 – 15.00 (CEST)

Where? via Zoom

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Note: the event will be recorded


Recent policy initiatives from the European Commission has put European soils in the limelight. Within the frames of the European Green Deal, the EU mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ and the EU soil strategy for 2030 were presented in 2021. These initiatives highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture for healthy soils and calls for greater cooperation between researchers and the agricultural sector.

100 living labs and lighthouses for healthy soils

The main goal of the EU mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ is to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030. In this webinar we will explore these concepts both in a European and a Nordic context together with the European Commission and three organizations working with sustainable agriculture by linking research and practice, thus being potential living labs or lighthouses. We will also be joined by the Danish researcher Torsten Rødel Berg (Aarhus Univeristy) who will give an overview of the current status regarding living labs and lighthouses in Denmark. 

Fostering Nordic cooperation

We need to increase our common understanding of current soil policy concepts and foster greater Nordic cooperation to fruitfully contribute to the EU mission for healthy soils by 2030. This webinar offers an opportunity to do so.

The webinar is hosted by SLU, NIBIO, LUKE and Aarhus University through the European Joint Programme SOIL (EJP SOIL).


13.00 – 13.05
Adam O’Toole, researcher at NIBIO

13.05 – 13.25
The EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’
Paola Eulalio, Research Programme Officer DG AGRI (European Commission) and member of the Soil Mission Secretariat

13.25 – 13.35
Discussion with Paola Eulalio 
Moderated by Adam O’Toole

13.35 – 13.50
Living lab/lighthouse in Sweden – Farming in Balance
Lena Holm, Coordinator Farming in Balance

13.50 – 14.05
Living lab/lighthouse in Finland – Carbon Action Platform
Elisa Vainio, Project Manager, Baltic Sea Action Group

14.05 – 14.10

14.10 – 14.25
Lighthouse in Norway – Mære landbruksskole  
Tove Jystad Hatling, Development Manager, Mære landbruksskole

14.25 – 14.40
Status overview: Living labs and lighthouses in Denmark
Torsten Rødel Berg, Senior Research Adviser, Department of Agroecology, Aarhus University

14.40 – 14.55
Panel discussion with speakers 
Moderated by Adam O’Toole

14.55 - 15.00 
Closing remarks
Adam O'Toole



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Time: 2022-05-30 13:00 - 15:00
City: Zoom
Last signup date: 27 May 2022
Additional info:


What is EJP SOIL?

European Joint Programme SOIL (EJP SOIL) is a European cofund fostering research on sustainable management of agricultural soils and building an integrated soil research community. The programme runs from 2020 to 2025, with 24 countries and 26 research institutions involved. Read more about the programme on the official EJP SOIL website.

EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’

The EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ is one out of five missions aiming to bring solutions to some of our greatest challenges by 2030. EU missions are a new element of the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon Europe 2021 – 2027, and strive to pool resources and actors to support Europe’s transition to become greener, healthier, more inclusive and resilient.


Amanda Öberg, Communications Officer
Department of Soil and Environment
amanda.oberg@slu.se, +46730782268