LIFE SUBSED at Ecomondo 2021 – 26-29 October 2021

The CNR-IRET of Pisa took part in the Ecomondo international fair, which was held in Rimini from 26 to 29 October 2021 (here the program).

Ecomondo is the reference event in Europe for the ecological transition
and the new models of circular and regenerative economy: the perfect opportunity to present the objectives, actions and results of the LIFE SUBSED project. The CNR researchers conducted an extensive dissemination campaign, presenting the LIFE SUBSED project to the visitors of the fair and distributing the promotional material prepared for the occasion.

On the cover, Dr. Cristina Macci next to the monitor of the LIFE SUBSED project, Dr. Carlo Ponzio. In the gallery below other photos taken during the event.

The poster presented by the CNR at its stand can be downloaded here.

LIFE SUBSED at RemTech 2021 – 20-24 September 2021

The CNR-IRET of Pisa participated in the RemTech Expo 2021, which took place in Ferrara from 20 to 24 September 2021.

RemTech is an international event specialized in the protection and sustainable development of the territory; remediation of contaminated sites, coasts and ports; hydrogeological instability; climate change; seismic risk; urban regeneration and sustainable chemical industry.

The researchers of CNR-IRET presented the objectives, actions and results of the LIFE SUBSED project to the visitors of the fair, also sharing the promotional material prepared for the occasion.

The poster presented by the CNR at its stand can be downloaded here.

Here are some photos taken during the event.

30 months monitoring meeting – 22 April 2021

On 22 April 2021 the beneficiaries of the LIFE Subsed project and the external monitor Dr. Carlo Ponzio met during an online meeting on the occasion of the monitoring for the 30 months of the LIFE Subsed project. During the meeting, the progress of the project and the actions planned in the following months were illustrated.

Subsequently, on Monday 26 April, the beneficiaries and the external monitor met live at Flora Toscana to visit the experimental sites of the LIFE SUBSED project, and to personally verify the progress and results achieved with the planned activities.

The first Italian workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project – 8 July 2021

Flora Toscana, with the contribution of the entire consortium, organized the first Italian workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project, entitled “Substrati sostenibili per l’agricoltura ottenuti da sedimenti marini dragati e bonificati: dai porti ai vasi” (Sustainable substrates for agriculture obtained from dredged and reclaimed marine sediments: from ports to vessels-  here the program).

103 participants took part in the online event: agronomists, researchers, students and operators in the agricultural, floricultural and nursery sectors.

At the opening of the workshop, greetings were held from figures relevant for the success of LIFE SUBSED and the future exploitation of its results: the consortium thanks Dr. Gennaro Giliberti, manager of the Tuscany Region, Dr. Giulio Lotti, President of the Order of Agronomist and Forestry Doctors of the Province of Pistoia (which sponsored the event), and Dr. Stefano Gori, technical-scientific director of the interprovincial Lucca-Pistoia Nursery Association.

LIFE SUBSED also thanks Prof. Edgardo Giordani, Associate Professor of the University of Florence and coordinator of the LIFE HORTISED project (in which LIFE SUBSED has its roots), and Dr. Sofia Mannelli, president of the Bionet Green Chemistry Association.

During the workshop, in addition to presenting the progress of the LIFE SUBSED project and its objectives and expected results, a discussion was opened between the participants regarding the possibility of implementing circular economy solutions in the current regulatory context, reaching the common conclusion that it would be preferable to have support from the legislator for the implementation of these eco-sustainable technologies.

By clicking on the following images, you coul download the slides presented during the last workshop of the LIFE SUBSED project. The consortium thanks everyone for the participation and interest shown in our initiative. We look forward to welcoming you again during our next events!










LIFE SUBSED took part in the SWAP Seasonal School of the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna – 30 June 2021

From 28 June to 2 July 2021 the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa organized a series of workshops/webinars as part of its Seasonal School “The soil-water and plant continuum for urban and rural wastewater phytotreatment and contaminated site remediation (SWAP)“.

Dr. Masciandaro presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the day entitled “Phytoremediation of contaminated land and phytotreatement of polluted water: successfull case studies” (here the specific program).

The presentation shown during the intervention entitled “Phytotreatment techniques for dredging sediments: the LIFE AGRISED and LIFE SUBSED experiences” can be downloaded here.

LIFE SUBSED at the XI International Symposium on Environmental Engineering 2021 in Turin – 29 June-2 July 2021

The CNR-IRET group of Pisa presented the LIFE SUBSED project during the XI International Symposium of Environmental Engineering, which was held in Turin from 29 June to 2 July (the program is available here). For the occasion, the group presented an abstract entitled “Landfarming to valorize phytoremediated sediments for their reuse in nursery “LIFE SUBSED LIFE17 ENV/IT/000347””.

Together with the abstract, a poster (downloadable here) was also presented, which systematically illustrates the process and the results of the landfarming carried out during the LIFE SUBSED project.

LIFE SUBSED at the XIII edition of Giornate Scientifiche SOI – 22-23 June 2021

After a pause due to the difficult moment experienced with the COVID-19 pandemic, the Giornate Scientifiche SOI (SOI Scientific Days) returned in June 2021. The chosen theme, namely that of sustainability and how the objectives of the UN 2030 Agenda are declined by those in Italy who deal with research and dissemination in the field of horticulture, is perfectly in line with the contents of the LIFE SUBSED project.

The team of researchers from CREA-OF of Pescia brought LIFE SUBSED to the attention of the conference participants, through a presentation of the poster entitled “Sustainable substrates for agriculture from dredged remediated marine sediments: from ports to pots (LIFE 17 ENV/IT/000347)” (available here in pdf). Below is the recording of the presentation given by Dr. Maurizio Antonetti.

Presentation of LIFE SUBSED to Coldiretti representatives – 27 May 2021

The LIFE SUBSED project has been presented to the representatives of the Coldiretti association during a visit at Flora Toscana. Flora Toscana and CREA researchers and technicians illustrated the objectives, expected results and progress of the project. Particular attention has been paid to the issues of circularity and environmental sustainability.

In the photo above (from left): Marco Innocenti (Vice President of Flora Toscana), Paolo Batoni (Vice President of Flora Toscana), Maurizio Procissi (Head of the Pescia Coldiretti Office), Gianfranco Drigo (Director of Coldiretti Pistoia), Teodoro Cardi (Director of CREA -OF), Stefania Nin (CREA-OF researcher and scientific responsible of LIFE SUBSED) and Daniele Massa (CREA-OF Head of Pescia).

Meeting with the Italian Composting Consortium – 8 March 2021

On Monday 8 March 2021 the researchers of Flora Toscana and of the CREA-OF met Massimo Centemero, of the Consorzio Italiano Compostatori (Italian Composting Consortium), and Sofia Mannelli, of the Associazione Chimica Verde (Association for Green Chemistry).

During the meeting, Maria Castellani (technical manager of the LIFE SUBSED project) illustrated the objectives and expected results. Particular attention was paid to the environmental issue and to the Italian legislation on the reuse of materials classified as waste. The latter represents today a significant regulatory barrier, which can slow down the transition towards a circular economy.

The meeting represented an opportunity for a fruitful comparison and exchange of ideas on the current regulatory framework and on possible development paths for sustainable solutions such as the one proposed by LIFE SUBSED.

The new seminars for UMH students on the LIFE SUBSED project – November and December 2020

The Miguel Hernandez University organized a series of seminars in November and December 2020, aimed at students of the Degree courses in Agri-food and Agri-environmental Engineering and students of the Master’s Degree in Advanced Techniques for Research and Production in Fruit Growing.

During the meetings the objectives and expected results of the LIFE SUBSED project were illustrated. The students were also able to investigate the more technical aspects of the trials in progress in the Italian and Spanish experimental sites, evaluating the potential of marine sediment as an ingredient for sustainable nursery substrates.