Webinar: Nordic Living Labs and Lighthouses

What are living labs and lighthouses in the EU mission ’A Soil Deal for Europe’? What potential living labs and lighthouses do we have in the Nordics? SLU and the Nordic research institutes NIBIO, LUKE and Aarhus University, invite you to a webinar focused on living labs and lighthouses in the Nordic context. Welcome!

Info about event


Monday 30 May 2022,  at 13:00 - 15:00

Note: the event will be recorded

Recent policy initiatives from the European Commission has put European soils in the limelight. Within the frames of the European Green Deal, the EU mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ and the EU soil strategy for 2030 were presented in 2021. These initiatives highlight the importance of sustainable agriculture for healthy soils and calls for greater cooperation between researchers and the agricultural sector.

100 living labs and lighthouses for healthy soils

The main goal of the EU mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’ is to establish 100 living labs and lighthouses to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030. In this webinar we will explore these concepts both in a European and a Nordic context together with the European Commission and four organizations working with sustainable agriculture by linking research and practice, thus being potential living labs or lighthouses.

Fostering Nordic cooperation

We need to increase our common understanding of current soil policy concepts and foster greater Nordic cooperation to fruitfully contribute to the EU mission for healthy soils by 2030. This webinar offers an opportunity to do so.

The webinar is hosted by SLU, NIBIOLUKE and Aarhus University through the European Joint Programme SOIL (EJP SOIL).


13.00 – 13.05
Adam O’Toole, researcher at NIBIO

13.05 – 13.25
The EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’
Paola Eulalio, Research Programme Officer DG AGRI (European Commission) and member of the Soil Mission Secretariat

13.25 – 13.35
Discussion with Paola Eulalio 
Moderated by Adam O’Toole

13.35 – 13.50
Living lab/lighthouse in Sweden – Farming in Balance
Lena Holm, Coordinator Farming in Balance

13.50 – 14.05
Living lab/lighthouse in Finland – Carbon Action Platform
Elisa Vainio, Project Manager, Baltic Sea Action Group

14.05 – 14.10

14.10 – 14.25
Lighthouse in Norway – Mære landbruksskole  
Tove Jystad Hatling, Development Manager, Mære landbruksskole

14.25 – 14.40
Status overview: Living labs and lighthouses in Denmark
Torsten Rødel Berg, Dept. of Agroecology, Aarhus Univeristy

14.40 – 14.55
Panel discussion with speakers 
Moderated by Adam O’Toole

14.55 - 15.00 
Closing remarks
Adam O'Toole