Third Plenary meeting is planned! 

The coordination team always has something to do with such a big consortium as SPRINT. After a successful meeting in Ljubljana, it is already time to start thinking about our third plenary meeting. In consultation with our partners in Croatia, we will host the 2022 meeting there. For everyone involved in SPRINT as a consortium member: Save the date: 12-16 Sept. 2022! 


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Field Campaing - CSS Argentina, Spain and Italy
October - December 2021

The last three Case Study Sites started their sampling period as well! They are later than the other 9 CSS because these specific case studies involve winter crops. The first step was placing the dust sampler and the insect traps in the respective fields, followed by the environmental, animal, and human samples collection. See some pictures below. 

 

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   Sampling in Spain (Broccoli)spain compilation picture

 


Second Plenary meeting - Field Excursion 

On the 25th of October, all partners that participated in person had the chance of going on a field trip organized by Matjaz Glavan. We started the day with a visit to the organic dairy farm Kukenberger. Here we got a very informative presentation from the farmer and had a nice discussion afterward about the barriers for farmers to move from conventional to organic. A very nice surprise was the possibility to taste different cheeses from the farm. We finished our visit with a tour of the farmland.

Hereafter we traveled to organic cattle farm Zabukovec where also a presentation was given by the farmer, accompanied by his parents. Again we were able to taste the pure products of the farm, different types of dried meats. Both farmers are also a participant in the SPRINT project! 

In order to experience Slovenia and its culture at best, we visited the Museum of Hayracks. It consists of 19 different drying structures originating from the Mirna Valley, except for one hayrack which comes from the vicinity of Ivančna Gorica. The museum’s purpose is to show the development of hayracks through time, space, and social meaning from simple drying structures to complex forms of double hayracks

Finally, we closed the day with a wine tasting at – Winery Frelih. The wines and dishes reflect the rich tradition and characteristics of the area.

It was a wonderful perfectly organized day for us all, in which we got more insight into the farming systems and Slovenia itself. 

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 Second Plenary meeting
18 to 22 October 

the second Plenary meeting of SPRINT is ongoing in Ljubjana and online! Yesterday stakeholder activities were discussed and in the afternoon training on Gender was given. At the moment we have interesting presentations from all Work Package leaders about their progress and planning for the coming year. 

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Second Plenary meeting is planned! 

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The sampling campaign has started!
May-June 2021 

Most of our Case Study Site teams already started their sampling campaign. The first step was placing the dust sampler and the insect traps in the respective fields, followed by the environmental, animal, and human samples collection. See some pictures below.

 Sampling in Portugal (vineyards)

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  Sampling in the Netherlands (potato) sampling netherlands

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 Sampling in Denmark (cereals)

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Pre-season interviews with farmers - WP6 
March-May 2021 

Case Study Site leaders will visit the farmers in their country that will be participating in SPRINT. During their visit, they will interview the farmers but also CSS-L gets to know the farms better. This gives a chance to plan the sampling (during the season) in more detail. 

The interview is the first interview for WP6. This Work Package evaluates the case studies in terms of environmental and economic sustainability in a cost-benefit (C-B) analysis of different farming scenarios (C-I-O) across spatial scales. A pre-sampling interview will give more insight into the general farm description and the blueprints of the crop-specific management practices. After the season ends, a second interview will take place in order to complement the information with the management activities and experiences linked to the reference growing season.

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Training by experts for Case Study Site Leaders
11 to 12 March 2021 

On the 11th of March, the training for all of the 11 Case Study Site Leaders kicked off with workshops from WP2. Different experts explained how we should interview people that participate in the SPRINT study. In small groups we practiced the Q&A which was very valueble in order to get familiar with the questions but also to ask experts for more detailed explanations. 

Another part of the day was a detailed explanation on how to sample humans and animals for different matrixes, such as urine and blood. Sometimes  accompanied by interesting visual material.  

The next day was dedicated to environmental sampling: Soil, water, sediment, microvertebrates, insects, fish and plants. All in all it was very informative and also the lively discussion followed afterwards, will help the sampling of SPRINT to improve even further. 

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Pre-screening sampling activities
9 to 23 November 2020

Case study site (CSS) data is crucial to define the list of compounds for the project and to start the analytical work preparations. This starts with WP2 which involves a relatively wide range of active substances and metabolites. At a later stage, based on the outcome of WP2 analyses, sub-selections will be made for further work (including mixtures) within WP3 and WP4. 

CSS-leaders were asked to collect a few samples from conventional farms for a pre-screen field testing, i.e. untargeted pesticide residues analyses. Soil, freshwater sediment, household dust and stable dust were collected in all the 11 case study sites and send to Wageningen for analysis. 

1 samples collection Medicina IT Daria Sgargi sampling the fields in the Po Basin area -  Italy

CSS presampling groningen  Paula and Noa in the Dutch CSS for pre-sampling - 18 november 2020
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prescreen Jakub CSS Czech  Jacub taking samples in the pre-sampling in Czech

denmark  The pre-screening sites of CSS-Denmark Foto credits: Trine Norgaard

 

 

Kick-off Meeting 
12 to 15 October 2020

Given the current COVID-19 situation, we decided to have an online Kick-Off Meeting. In this KOM we will lay the foundation for a streamlined and like-minded collaboration between all partners.

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