A company specialised in meteorological and environmental services which operates worldwide using the most advanced numerical modelling tools. The combination of its solid scientific background, the extensive meteorological knowledge and its client results improvement approach, enables the company to create customised technology solutions that facilitate decision-making, both in terms of sustainability and operational excellence. Meteosim was founded in 2003 as a spin-off from the alliance between researchers from the Department of Astronomy and Meteorology of the Faculty of Physics at the University of Barcelona (Spain) and the American company Meso Inc. (New York), which enjoys worldwide recognition in the field of meteorology.
The main business areas are:
Climate change and resilience:
It covers areas such as water resources, transport infrastructure (roads, bridges, ports, etc.) and a whole range of economic activities.
Developing early warning systems (EWS) and solutions to respond to various problems related to risks and emergencies, in order to support the decision-making process: Chemical risks, Fire risks, Oil spill risks, etc.
Preparation of climate studies and marine forecasting tools which support the different phases of a project or operation.
Comprehensive methodology to adapt meteorological models to each geographical area, by striving for the optimal physical configuration, improving the physiographic databases (uses of land, topography, etc.), and integrating observational data.
Extensive know-how in the field of air quality and meteorology providing services worldwide to public authorities and private companies
Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC)
Barcelona Supercomputing Center is the national supercomputing center in Spain. BSC specialises in High Performance Computing (HPC) and its mission is two-fold: to provide infrastructure and supercomputing services to European scientists, and to generate knowledge and technology to transfer to business and society. The center is comprised of four different departments, which are Computer Sciences, Life Sciences, Earth Sciences and Computational Applications in Science and Engineering. BSC is a Severo Ochoa Center of Excellence and a first-level hosting member of the European research infrastructure PRACE (Partnership for Advanced Computing in Europe). It also manages the Spanish Supercomputing Network (RES).
The mission of the Earth Sciences Department is to perform research and develop methods for environmental forecasting, with a particular focus on the atmosphere-ocean-biosphere system.
By combining highly qualified researchers, impact modelers and software developers, BSC-ES also works with a range of end-users to ensure that knowledge and technology transfer support the main societal challenges through the use of models and the efficient use of High Performance Computing (HPC) and Big Data technologies.
The Earth Sciences Department is structured around four main pillars: two basic research groups (Climate Prediction, CP, and Atmospheric Composition, AC) and two applied teams (Computational Earth Sciences, CES, and Earth System Services, ESS).
CODORNÍU, S. A.
Codorníu is a company dedicated to elaborate and distribute wines and sparkling wines with high added value. We’re talking about the oldest company in Spain, with more than 5 centuries of trajectory. Codorníu have its own vineyards and more from other winegrowers to whom advice to control the production from the grape. This factor, added to a strong research work, assures the high quality of all Codorníu’s products.
Codorníu is a family business with employees around the world because the relevant of export in the last years as consequence of stagnant growth in Spain. Codorníu have seven wineries in Spain which represents the most relevant DO in our country. On the other hand, we have two more wineries in Argentina and United States. In the same way, Codorníu have subsidiaries to distribute our products in Asia (China, Japan, South Korea and Singapore), Europe (United Kingdom and Germany) and United States, our distributor, Aveniu Brands.
Institut de Recerca i TecnologiesAgroalimentaries (IRTA)
IRTA is a research institute owned by the Government of Catalonia adscribed to the Department of Agriculture. IRTA's mission is to contribute to modernising, improving, boosting competitiveness, and fostering sustainable development in the sectors of agriculture, food, agroforestry, aquaculture, and fishing, as well as in all areas of activity directly or indirectly related to the supply of healthy, high-quality foodstuffs to end consumers, while also contributing to food safety and safe processing of foodstuffs and in general enhancing the health and well-being of the population.
Its general objectives are to promote research and technological development in the area of agri-food, to facilitate the transfer of scientific advances and to evaluate its own technological advances whilst seeking the utmost coordination and collaboration between the public and private sectors.
Since it was founded, IRTA has sought to establish long-lasting collaboration agreements with other public bodies that operate in Catalonia in the areas of technological research and development. This approach has led to the creation of a consortium network of centres (involving IRTA, universities, CSIC, public-sector bodies, etc.), which is, in effect, an R&D cooperative system.
Istituto Superiore Mario BoellaSulleTecnologieDell’Informazione Delle Telecomunicazioni
Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) is a research & innovation center operating in the Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) domain. Founded in 2000 by Compagnia di San Paolo and Politecnico di Torino, today ISMB relies on technological and process competences of around 150 researchers working in close cooperation with companies, academia and Public Administration. ISMB is organized in areas focused on core sectors of ICT that can manage the whole value chain, from basic technology up to its practical implementation (proof-of-concept) and consequent deployment. In the project operates the mobile solutions area which is focuses on Intelligent Systems paradigm leveraging on the BigData and IoT domains. It aims to support the innovation of services, products and processes, realizing end-to-end solutions based on smart device applications (e.g. Mobile, Embedded or Wearables) connected to cloud-computing solutions which run smart data management and analysis paradigms including Artificial Intelligence or Machine and Deep Learning. The area manages the relation with several European working groups such as BDVA or GEO as well as the cooperation agreement with large enterprise such as Microsoft hosting the Italian Microsoft Innovation Center. The team combines the research attitude with the practical multidisciplinary experience that allow to foster the innovation in the value-chain of the data, starting from the data generation (i.e. crowdsensing, in-situ monitoring) going through the fusion with other data with the generation of knowledge and hence value.
UniversitàdegliStudi di Napoli Federico II – Department of Agricultural Sciences (UNAP)
The UNINA-DAS is settled at the historical Faculty of Agriculture located in the royal palace of Portici that is a long established Institution with expertise in the fields of plant science, fire ecology, animal ecology and behaviour, conservation biology and ecological modeling.
The institutional education activities range from undergraduate courses to doctoral studies in the field of agriculture, food science, forestry and environmental science
. The scientific relevance and international recognition of these research products positioned, for the year 2014, the University of Naples Federico II as number one in Agricultural Sciences in Italy among the top 16 Universities evaluated, 12 out of 129 in Europe, and 38 out of 300 in the world (see National Taiwan World University Ranking).
AziendaVinicolaMicheleMastroberardino Spa (MBD)
Mastroberardino company is fully committed to traditional cultivation of ancient grape varietals, with ability to blend modern technology with time-tested techniques. The Mastroberardino long term goal has been focusing on wines reflecting the typical characters and notes of the Irpinia territory (located in the province of Avellino – Campania region – Italy). The family owns an extensive network of vineyards in the DOCG’s area like Montemarano, Mirabella, Lapio, Pietradefusi, in “Taurasi DOCG” appellation; Montefusco, Santa Paolina, Tufo, Petruro in “Greco di Tufo DOCG” appellation; Santo Stefano del Sole, Lapio, Montefalcione, Manocalzati in “Fiano di Avellino DOCG” appellation; the Apice estate in “Sannio DOC”, and the vineyards located in the archeological site of Pompeii. Mastroberardino has been working to identify different zones with distinctive type of soil in the Irpinia areas, in order to select the most quality sites to get the best grapes for making wines with personality.
The Mastroberardino vineyards are located in different altitudes, starting from 450 meters above the sea level up to 700 meters. The benefit is the high difference in temperature between daytime and night, a unique microclimate in the worldwide viticulture scenario.
The company collects climate data on daily basis in all vineyards using weather stations in order to understand the vines healthy conditions and possible plant water stress.
A micro-vinificationcenter located in the old winery of Atripalda (Avellino) is the key to analyze the specific character and peculiar notes of the grapes coming from the different vines in the family estates.
The Symingtons, of Scottish, English and Portuguese descent, have been Port producers for five generations since 1882, although their family’s involvement in Port dates back fourteen generations to 1652 through their great-grandmother Beatrice de Carvalhosa Atkinson, whose ancestors were among Port’s pioneers. Symington Family Estates is the only major Port Company owned by one family.
Five of the family (Paul, Johnny, Rupert, Dominic and Charles) work together, maintaining the vineyards and making the wines for four historic Port houses: Graham’s, Cockburn’s, Dow’s and Warre’s. The Symingtons also own Quinta do Vesuvio, one of Portugal’s greatest vineyard estates. The family accounts for 34% of all Premium Port, making it one of the leading quality Port producers.
The Symingtons are the leading vineyard owners of the Douro Valley (Unesco World Heritage classification) in Northern Portugal with 27 vineyard properties, known as quintas, amounting to 1 035 hectares of vines of which 126 ha are organically farmed. This is the largest area of organic vineyard in Portugal, reinforcing the family’s commitment to sustainable agriculture in this uniquely beautiful mountain wine region.
Universidade do Porto – Faculdade de Ciências (UPORTO)
The Faculty of Sciences of the University of Porto (FCUP) is one of the oldest and largest schools ofthe University of Porto. It was established in 1911 and has been providing high-quality training in thefield of exact and natural sciences and mathematics. Over the years it has been incorporating otherfields of studies, such as Geographical Engineering, Astronomy, Computer Science and InformationTechnology, Biochemistry, Landscape Architecture, Environmental and Agricultural Sciences. FCUPcurrently hosts six academic departments and six high-performing Research and Development Units:the centres of theoretical physics (CFP), geology (CGUP) and mathematics (CMUP), along with CICGE (Geo-Space Sciences Research Centre), CIQUIP (Chemical Research Centre) and IFIMUP (AppliedPhysics Centre). FCUP is also partnered with twelve other R&D Units. Offering more than 70 teachingprogrammes, FCUP has a highly-qualified teaching and research staff responsible for providing a high-quality education, at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. Besides its core infrastructures,FCUP also incorporates other buildings, such as a Marine Zoology Station, a Geophysical Institute, Botanical Gardens, a Science Museum, an Astronomical Observatory, a Museum of Natural Historyand a museum with an old collection of documents. FCUP also provides external services related todocuments and handwriting examination, statistics and physics. Above all, FCUP remains committedto exploring the opportunities for cooperation and collaboration, not only inside UPORTO, but alsowith other Portuguese and international entities.
Technical Unit of the Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector (SEMIDE)
SEMIDE is a strategic tool for exchanging information on the water sector among the Euro-Mediterranean Partnership countries. It focuses on assisting the Mediterranean Partner Countries to develop their own water intranets and to allow more coherent water planning. SEMIDE aims at collecting and facilitating the sharing of information and experiences, as well as the development of common tools and cooperation programmes in the water sector. It provides members with a means to collect exchange and disseminate such information particularly regarding water stress issues in the Mediterranean region. In addition, SEMIDE has being translating EU Water Frame Directive principles and the European Union Water Initiative lessons as well as European water innovation practices to the southern Mediterranean countries (Northern Africa), and SEMIDE has contributed significantly to the Mediterranean Water Strategy and the Strategy for Water in the Western Mediterranean (WSWM) which among other priorities includes: Fostering research and innovation. SEMIDE is disseminating information in cooperation with 22 National Focal Points, presented countries in North and South the Mediterranean, using various means from multilingual websites, e-news flash (30 000 subscribers), social networks, multimedia support, physical products as well as events with stakeholders.
ALPHA Consultants (UK) Ltd (ALPHA) is a newly formed UK consultancy, affiliated to ALPHA Consultants srl, a leading Italian strategy consultancy specialized on management consulting services in various industries (e.g., Aerospace, Transportation, Medical devices, High tech, Telecommunications, Emergency management, Maritime) and with a strong a strong space applications expertise.
The distinctive features of the ALPHA approach are:
- A senior staff with significant strategic development, market assessment and business modelling experience,
- A rigorous, fact-based and analytical approach to decision making, strategy development and market assessment,
- The ability to rapidly obtain, absorb and prioritize data, and then draw out and communicate the key conclusions concisely while under considerable time pressure and
- An emphasis on objectiveness and to “data-driven” rather than “ideas-driven” analysis.