18 Feb GTT2 (Leader CEA, other partners: ALL)
The CEA is responsible for the coordination of GT.T2 and in involving the rest of the partners to ensure the successful communication of the project. The objective is to contribute to the formation and promotion of scientific and social culture and the generation of knowledge relevant to the decontamination and recovery of degraded spaces for their use by society.
During the first months of the project, the project identity manual was subcontracted, including the official project logo (Activity T2.1) together with another series of common graphic elements (such as original pictograms to illustrate the phytomanagement techniques used). This manual was produced on the 30th of November 2016 and is a reference document for the communication of the project.
In addition, and based on the template provided by the SUDOE program, posters were designed (project roll-up, Activity T2.4) that all partners currently exhibit in their official language in places of high visibility within their installations. In addition, these roll-ups can be transported to workshops, conferences etc. or any other event organized by the project.
On the other hand, CE financed the design, production and installation of information panels in each of the main field sites of the project. These posters (Activity T2.5) include information specific to the site in question and the project in general and are aimed at the general public. They also expressly acknowledge the financing of the Interreg SUDOE and FEDER programs. Currently, the information panels are displayed at all sites (where field work is being carried out (S1 to S9)).
The GT.T2 leader subcontracted the development of the website (Activity T2.2), which is the main communication tool of the project. The project website (www.phytosudoe.eu) was launched in December 2016 (in English and Spanish). It includes relevant information of the project, the updated progress of the different working groups, a news section (blog fed on a regular basis), an events section and list of the publications generated during the project lifetime. In addition to the launch of the website, project profiles were created on Twitter and Facebook social networks and these are used regularly. The static contents of the web have been completed with the collaboration of all the partners. News is regularly posted (blog format), aswell as all publications and announcements about events organized by the project on both the web and social networks. In parallel, a list of emails of stakeholders working in or related to the field contaminated soil remediation and recovery has been compiled. This list, which finally had 557 entries has been also used to disseminate the project’s newsletter (twice a year), or to announce upcoming project events. It also serves to inform the relevant agents of of the project progress and to invite them to participate in organized events.
In the first year of the project, the first two issues (of a total of four) of the newsletter were published (Activity T2.10). This magazine (available in HTML format and in both English and Spanish from its second edition onwards) is circulated amongst the stakeholder mailing list, announced through the project social networks, and made available in the publications section of the website, so as to maximise its dissemination.
Regarding the training events organized by the project (Activity T2.8), during the first year of the project’s life, the first summer school took place on the 14th-15th of July 2016 in Vitoria-Gasteiz and its second edition on the 13th-14th July 2017. Between these two events the project also hosted the first edition of the stakeholder workshop with invited agents in Bordeaux (04/27/2018). All three events were a great success, with a high number of participants and high quality of the invited presentations. The summer schools are organized within the framework of the summer courses of the University of the Basque Country, on both occasions almost all available student places were occupied (around 40 students attended, including students and professionals within the sector). The structure of the course combined a series of technical presentations in the morning and field visits in the afternoons. These two editions were entitled “New trends in the restoration of degraded soils: technosols and phytoremediation” and “New trends in the restoration of degraded soils: energy crops and phyto-management in a Circular Economy model”, respectively. The PDFs of the presentations given by participating professors have been made available to the public on the project website, both in the news section and in the events section. Additionally, several partners of the consortium participate as teachers or organizers of master’s programmes related to the subject and within training activities targetting secondary school students (see news on the web’s blog).
All partners have been actively involved in disseminating the project activities and results obtained at their field sites through their own institutional websites and social networks. They have published press releases related to the project that have appeared in the local press, they given radio or television interviews, and they have presented numerous communications in international conferences (for example CONAMA 2016, ICOBTE 2017, IPC 2017-2018). Conference communications and other project publications can be consulted in the publications section of the project website. Finally, in the first year of the Project, CEA produced the Project Communication Plan [Activity T2.6; versions 1 and 2 were delivered (12/22/2016 and 06/20/2017)]; a final version (#3) was delivered upon completion of the Project (and is available in the website´s `Publications´ section). The document includes both the communication strategy and the results obtained to date (including the communication indicators selected in GT.T3).
During the second year of PhytoSUDOE, the promotion of the activities and the dissemination of the results of the project in the available means of communication continued with success, and among them, the holding of the second workshop (workshop) with agents in Oporto (April 17) stood out. Apart from this, in the last month of PhytoSUDOE, CEA organized, in Vitoria-Gasteiz, the third edition of the summer course (co-organized by the UPV / EHU), entitled “New trends in restoration of degraded soil III: metals, organic compounds and artificial wetlands” (9th and 10th October), and the project’s Final Conference (October 11th) where the main results of the project were communicated and oral presentations from keynote speakers on decontamination and phytomanagement were included.
Finally, the fourth (and last) issue of the PhytoSUDOE newsletter was published along with the project´s video and the Layman report. Both the video and the Layman report (available in the project´s YouTube channel and the website´s `Publications´section , respectively) are aimed to disseminate the concept and the results of the project to the general public.
In October, 2018, PhytoSUDOE officially ended. The Project deliverables were finalized along January-February, 2019, including the Layman report and the project’s video that were uploaded to the webpage’s news section (blog). Other relevant publications can be accessed also in the web along with the presentations (PDF) of the series of events organized by PhytoSUDOE. This website will be online until 2023.