The fight against microplastics moves to the cloud

Tiny plastics are present in all ecosystems, affecting our soil and water. The battle against microplastics can be fought on the ground and in the cloud. The EU-funded GREENLand project will apply an innovative strategy using a digital cloud-based system. Specifically, it will provide researchers and practitioners with new digital tools to increase efficiency in their efforts to fight against microplastics. GREENLand will create opportunities for networking with excellent institutions and stakeholders who are interested in the results of scientific research and establish cooperation with institutions and industry.

Total costs € 1 498 660 | Duration 01/01/2023 – 31/12/2025

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Work Packages

WP 1

Generating the SIT roadmaps with the new approaches for the purpose of a microplastics-free environment

WP1 is a work package dedicated to increasing science and innovation capacities. It will deal with microplastics in soil, water and microorganisms and develop Scientific, Innovative, and Technology roadmap, as well as initiative for developing national microplastics strategy.

The lead institution for this WP is Educons University.

The objectives of WP1 are to:

Develop Microplastics Resilience Index contributes to improved understanding of this complex environmental issue, its sources, fate, and transport at the selected pilot areas. 
Harmonize Serbian with EU legislation to provide PDP strategy for microplastics-free environment 
Develop Microplastics Resilience Index, protocol and analysis 
Pilot areas database and maps development (hot spots)

WP 2

Creating an efficient workflow

WP2 is a work package dedicated to strengthening research management capacities and administrative skills. With a special approach to support Data Management Plan, within WP2 will be established e-Tools: Cloud Based System, eLearning System, and University Repository.

The lead institution for this WP is National University of Ireland, Galway.

The objectives of WP2 are to:

Develop Cloud Based System
Develop eLearning System 
Establish Document Management System
Establish University Repository

WP 3

Staff exchange, education and networking

WP3 is a work package dedicated to improving creativity supported by development of new approaches in R&I collaboration. Activities of this WP are designed to develop Human Resource Strategy and IP strategy, staff exchange and networking, as well as establishing Project Incubator Hub and Technology Transfer Hub.

The lead institution for this WP is Alfred Wegener institute.

The objectives of WP3 are to:

Develop Human Resource Strategy
Exchange and educate staff 
Establish a Project Incubator Hub 
Establish a Technology Transfer Hub

WP 4

Communication, dissemination and exploitation

WP4 is a work package dedicated to raising reputation, research profile and attractiveness of MRI. Activities of this WP are designed to disseminate, exploit and communicate project results and information to a wide range of stakeholders. National and international events will be organized (conferences, workshops, and summer/winter school). An extensive demonstration and dissemination program will ensure optimum and rapid utilization and exploitation of project deliverables and innovations by the relevant industry and other users/stakeholder groups (including policymakers).

The lead institution for this WP is Educons University.

The objectives of WP4 are to:

Disseminate, exploit and communicate project results 
Develop a project communication plan. 
Develop a dissemination plan. 
Share know-how technologies and skills

WP 5

Project management

WP5 is a work package focused on management and co-ordination of the program. It involves the monitoring and evaluation of progress to ensure timely completion of all project milestones and deliverables and the on-time submission of all periodic and final reports to the Commission.

The lead institution for this WP is Educons University.

The objectives of WP5 are to:

Manage and coordinate project activities within the consortium. 
Monitor and evaluate progress and timely completion of all project milestones and deliverables. 
Co-ordinate the preparation and submission of all periodic and final reports to the Commission.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Where can I find microplastics?

Microplastics are everywhere. If we can’t see it with our eyes it doesn’t mean that microplastic doesn’t exist. It is present in soil, water, air and even in the human organism. The daily use of plastic mass is one of the biggest polluters of the environment.

Can I contribute to the project and to environmental protection?

Yes. Everyone can help. Don’t use plastic bags, plastic bottles, less products packed in plastic etc.

Why should I contact you?

The topic of the project affects all participant groups (companies, NGO’s, policy makers, individuals). Companies can use the results of the project, individuals can learn about microplastic pollution and preventions, other projects (project leaders) can cooperate, farmers can solve their problems and cooperate with companies, institutions and universities, scientists can work on several topics and scientific papers, multiple stakeholders can participate in workshops, courses etc.

What are GREENLand concrete steps?

 Education of staff for research of microplastics in soil, water, and microorganisms, as well as networking with the excellent institutions and stakeholders who are interested in the results of scientific research. Website page Newsroom can inform you about details.