The EduSaPMan - Project successfully ended on 31st of August 2017! We want to thank everybody who helped us with participation and motivation!

All our project results have been approved by the European Commission and rated as a "Good Practice Example"  and the project was declared as a "Success Story"


From December 2017 on, the 4 partner universities started a new Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership: International Applied Soil and Plant Ecology Knowledge (IntASEK) - now with the Estonian University of Life Sciences as the new leading coordinator.

More information can be found here and on the official IntASEK website of the Eesti Maaülikool!


The Summer School "Soil and Water" continues even after the EduSaPMan - in September 2018 in Southern France and in July 2019 in the Ukraine we had two wonderful Summer Schools. 

The next Summer School will probably take place in summer 2020 in Czech Republic and Germany.

Ulm University generously supports this activity with a grant of 5000,- € per year!



Invited by the German National Agency (DAAD), Dr. Philipp von Wrangell attended the meeting "Transnational Cooperation Activity Dissemination, sustainability and impact in Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships (KA2) in Higher Education, 16-17 May 2018" in Bonn and shared his experiences of the EduSaPMan Project.


Soils are the basis for plant production and provide numerous ecosystem services. Many human activities are affecting the soil conditions in several ways. Effects like soil compaction, degradation, acidification and salt accumulation restrain the basic requirements for plant production and thus food supply for humans.

The overall objective is to provide an interdisciplinary international activity under the title “Educational Network on Soil and Plant Ecology and Management”. The whole activity is divided into four work packages (WP):

WP1: Summer School „Soil & Water“

WP2: The partners will continue the summer school "Soil & Water" as a jointly managed teaching module and agree on a list of automatically accepted modules for regular exchange student exchange between all partners.

WP3: Enhancing teaching and networking potential for teachers

WP4: Transposing the educational network into future research and teaching activities.

The project aims to provide a teaching standard for a European wide perspective from the expertise of the consortium (see below) integrating humid, intermediate and dry Mediterranean environments. This approach is a novelty at the European level.

The partners are strong in the following fields:

This broad international cooperation was already established in 2012 (Erasmus IP Soil & Water) and is continued since within the project "Educational Network on Soil and Plant Ecology and Management" Co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Union (duration: 01.09.2014 - 31.08.2017, project total grant: 315 075 €). It promotes general academic competences and has substantial value for subsequent teaching activities for all project partners.

The target groups are students from advanced undergraduate and graduate levels with previous teaching curricula focussed on biology and environmental sciences. The yearly interdisciplinary international course for about 30 students from four countries will bring together expertise from different geographical and climatic locations in Europe. Different land-use and land-history patterns as well as societal structures will be included into the teaching. The next level of the proposed activity is an intensive partnership on the topic resulting in further activities including teaching and research grants. There are four intellectual outputs to be achieved within the project duration reaching from standardized study material up to curricula development and follow-up research activities. The quality of the project will be monitored by an independent quality assurance unit run by the Ulm University. The dissemination ranges from providing specific teaching material, information on project web pages to final meeting activity at the end of the project.

The project structure and outline can be viewed here.


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