CURIOSOIL – Awakening Soil Curiosity to catalyse Soil Literacy

The CurioSoil EU project, Awakening Soil Curiosity to catalyse Soil Literacy is finally starting with an open session at the University of Aveiro in Portugal. Press release CURIOSOIL


All the partners are coming together to get to know each other and discuss the project flow for the next four years. The project brings together scientists, policymakers, artists, tech experts, ecologists, educators, teachers and people from many other areas to bring interactive, innovative soil education to mainstream schooling.

European Commission funds the project and brings together these 11 partners: Universidade de AveiroAssociacio Revolve MediterraneoFakulteta Za Varstvo OkoljaWakeningen UniversityUniversita degli Studi di PalermoEcolise, GAIA Education, European Science communication InstituteEuropean School heads associationStichting International Soil reference and information centreUniversitaet fuer bodenkultur WienNorsk Institutt for Biookonomi

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The launch of the CURIOSOIL project was announced in the media outlets SIC NotíciasObservador and Notícias do Centro.

Getting the Dirt on Curiosoil: A Quick Recap

Curiosoil (Awakening Soil Curiosity to Catalyse Soil Literacy) is a four-year, EU co-funded project spearheaded by the Universidade de Aveiro. The project responds to the critical need for a deeper understanding of soil dynamics in the face of increasing human pressures on this essential resource.

Day One: Open Day Extravaganza

The kick-off festivities commenced with an open day that drew in diverse participants. As engaging talks unfolded, the atmosphere buzzed with excitement, delving into the project’s objectives, soil mission priorities, and the broader educational and research landscape around soil in Portugal. It was a fantastic opportunity for stakeholders to connect, exchange ideas, and lay the groundwork for the transformative journey ahead.

Days Two and Three: Consortium Convergence

In the subsequent two days, the consortium gathered to chart the course for the project and generate the anticipated impact. Behind closed doors, discussions were intense, strategies were refined, and the collaborative spirit was palpable. The meeting marked a pivotal moment as project leaders and partners outlined their roles, responsibilities, and the collective vision they aspire to achieve.

Looking Ahead: Curiosoil’s Path to Success

Curiosoil doesn’t just stop at acknowledging the importance of soil education; it is committed to taking concrete steps. By collaboratively developing educational products, curriculum standards, and teacher training programs, Curiosoil aims to deepen public comprehension of soil dynamics. The project aligns with the EU Mission, “A Soil Deal for Europe,” aiming to integrate soil health into EU school curricula by 2030.

Stay in the Loop: Explore Curiosoil Online

Check out its official website for those hungry for more details about Curiosoil and its groundbreaking mission.

The kick-off meeting was not just a formality but a true catalyst for change. It began a transformative journey towards a future where soil literacy is a cornerstone for sustainable practices. As we eagerly anticipate the developments, let’s celebrate this momentous kick-off and the promise it holds for a greener, more aware tomorrow. Stay tuned for more updates from the exciting world of Curiosoil!

Programme of the Kick-Off Open Session

Introduction and Welcome (25 min)
. Artur Silva, Vice-Rector for Research of the University of Aveiro
. Amadeu Soares, Scientific Coordinator of CESAM (Centre for Environmental
and Marine Studies)
. Maria Helena Araújo Sá, Scientific Coordinator of CIDTFF (Research Centre
on Didactics and Technology in the Education of Trainers is a Research Unit)
. Maria de Fátima Lopes Alves, Director of the Department of Environment and
. Jorge Adelino Rodrigues da Costa, Director of the Department of Education and
. Pedro Pombo, Director of Fábrica Ciência Viva Science Center

About CURIOSOIL (60 min)
. Presentation of Project Partner Teams (40 min)
· Presentation of Project Objectives and Workplan by the Project Coordinator
(20 min)

Work Packages Brief Presentation (70 min)
. WP1 by WP1 leader (10 min)
. WP2 by WP2 leader (10 min)
. WP3 by WP3 leader (10 min)
. WP4 by WP4 leader (10 min)
. WP5 by WP5 leader (10 min)
. WP6 by WP6 leader (10 min)
. WP7 by WP7 leader (10 min)

Presentation of Project Expected Results, Milestones & Deliverables (10 min)
Round-Table – Insights from Portuguese Education (90 min)
. Sandra Soares, Vice-Rector for Education of the University of Aveiro
. Maria João Fernandes, ANI/ Soil Mission in Portugal
. Carlos Alexandre, Portuguese Soil Partnership from the University of Évora
. Álvaro Pinto, Ciência Viva Science Centre of Lousal, Institute Dom Luiz, Faculty
of Sciences of University of Lisbon
. Álvaro Santos, ANDAEP (National Association of Portuguese Public Schools
and School Clusters’ Headteachers)
. Filinto Lima, ANDAEP (National Association of Portuguese Public Schools and
School Clusters’ Headteachers)
. Susana Mendes, School of Agriculture – Polytechnic Institute of Viana do Castelo
. João Santos, Environmental Engineering Student – University of Aveiro

Presentation from the Research Executive Agency (REA) (10 min)
. Maria José Amaral, Project Officer
. Questions and Answers
Presentation by LOESS “sister project” (20 min)
Questions & Answers (20 min)

The meeting will continue for two more days with internal preparation and implementation of the project.


This project is a part of the mission of the soil deal for Europe. The main goal of the Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe‘ is to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.

The 8 Mission objectives

  1. reduce desertification
  2. conserve soil organic carbon stocks
  3. stop soil sealing and increase re-use of urban soils
  4. reduce soil pollution and enhance restoration
  5. prevent erosion
  6. improve soil structure to enhance soil biodiversity
  7. reduce the EU global footprint on soils
  8. improve soil literacy in society

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