The first SIMBA training course, on Methods of Microorganisms Detection in Soil, Water and Food, took place this year over four days in October (9-10th and 16-17th). The course was hosted by SITEIA.PARMA of the University of Parma in Italy and was attended by 30 participants. The course was due to take place in the University of Parma, however it was moved online due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
The training course was delivered by several SIMBA partners working collaboratively to transfer knowledge from the project, and consisted of The University of Parma, Luonnonvarakeskus (Luke)(Finland), Agenzia Nazionale per le Nuove Tecnologie, l’Energia e lo Sviluppo Economico Sostenibile (ENEA)(Italy), Stichting Nederlandse Wetenschappelijk Onderzoek Instituten (NIOZ)(Netherlands), Norsk Institutt for Vannforskning (NIVA)(Norway), Bielefeld University (UNIBI)(Germany) and Centro Colture Sperimentali Aosta S.r.l. (CCS Aosta)(Italy). In addition, guest lecturers from Hasselt University in Belgium, the University of Missouri (USA) and the European Food Safety Authority were also invited to speak.
Over the four days of the course, participants took part in four different modules:
- Module 1: The natural and anthropized worlds of microorganisms
- Module 2: Module 2: Isolation, cultivation, monitoring
- Module 3: Into the microbial X-omics
- Module 4: Applicability, costs, risks, benefits
The aim of the course was to encourage scientists, technologists and practitioners to consider SIMBA project concepts in the development of more sustainable agriculture and food production using novel biofertilizers and more efficient delivery methods. Overall, the course looked at how microorganisms and the microbiome can be utilised to increase plant resilience and sustainability throughout the food system, and contributed to improving the professional skills and competencies of people working in the European food sector.