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RIS Inspire - HealthySoil4Life

Training in entrepreneurship and innovation in Soil Health and Food

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Currently closed for applications


- 27-30 November
- 4-6 and 11-13 December


50€ for the full course.
Waivers may apply.

Course soon available

About : Provide a strong entrepreneurship background

Over a period of 3 weeks, the programme will provide a dynamic and supportive environment for you to develop your knowledge on soil health, eco-friendly farming practices, sustainable agriculture and climate farming techniques and the merge with food health.

Advantages :

Integrating entrepreneurship training with food production innovation will enable you to create solutions to global challenges such as climate change and health. The programme has been developed and will be delivered by an outstanding collaborative group composed of European universities, institutes, food industry companies, farmers, and agri-food startups. This unique programme features teaching by highly skilled mentors in entrepreneurship in the food system from Food4Sustainability (Portugal), BGI (Portugal), Idanha-a-Nova Municipality (Portugal), Castillo del Canena (Spain), and The Grand Farm (Austria).

Career Opportunities : This programme is for you!

Training in entrepreneurship and innovation in Soil Health and Food can create career opportunities for you as a university student, early career researcher and young entrepreneur:

  1. Through the creation of start-ups based on the ideas developed during the winter school programme
  2. By boosting your chances of being employed by start-ups, SME´s and bigger companies across the sustainable food system.
  3. By improving your chances of being employed in local, national, and international activities in administration, teaching and training.
  4. By improving your chances of being employed by NGOs and media companies
  5. The training of students on sustainable and smart farming can make a difference for the current and future generations that will have a reference to follow due to this capacitation. The creation of new businesses will provide a reduction of the current sectoral unemployment but also fill a gap of sectoral innovation.

What you'll learn : Taught by academics and food industry experts

Food systems

Analyse the food system using a range of systems approaches to appraise current and future sustainability challenges. 

Implement innovative responses to address sustainability challenges in the food system.


Create opportunities for social and environmental value creation.

Mobilise resources to create sustainable value for others.

Design and implement effective actions to deliver impact.

Problem solving

Analyse relevant aspects of the problem space to inform creative thought. 

Use basic methods to generate new ideas and to assess their validity. 

Contribute to co-creation processes to develop sustainable solutions.

Critical thinking

Collect, analyse, interpret and report information to develop sustainable solutions to current and future challenges

Appraise unintended consequences of any course of action to devise ethical goals.


Appraise different strategies to deliver a food system innovation.

Demonstrate leadership towards the implementation of a food system innovation.


Devise effective communication methods that support organisational strategies.

Engage in honest and inclusive two-way communication with stakeholders about their concerns.

Adjust messaging for different audiences.

Technology management

Competently use appropriate technologies to contribute to food system innovations.

Appraise the relevance of emerging technologies in a particular work or study context.

Identify key unintended consequences of the use of emerging technologies.

Recognise the importance of IPR management.

Data management

Appraise the efficacy of different digital tools and sensing methods to acquire, manage and manipulate data.

Devise effective data management protocols.

Design effective actions to mitigate key unintended consequences of the use of information technologies.

Implement adequate data security measures.

Structure & Modules : Asynchronous and live (synchronous) interactive virtual sessions

During the weeks, the programme will take place online with a combination of asynchronous and learning resources and live (synchronous) interactive virtual sessions:

Module 1: HealthSoil4Food Kick-off; How to assess soil health in practice?
Introduction to the challenges in soil health, sustainable agriculture, and bio-based fertilizers.

  1. Soil biology & sustainable farming: Farming for the future: leveraging soil web biodiversity for sustainable agriculture
  2. NextGen of bio-based fertilizers: PGPB (plant growth promoting bacteria) – From soil health to crop yield: the potential application of biofertilizers.
  3. NextGen of bio-based fertilizers: Mycorrhizal – Unlocking the secret ingredient: arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi management for tomato, maize, and vine farming success.
  4. Regenerative soil practices: Farming smarter, not harder: reducing inputs and boosting the farm’s bottom line.

Module 2: The Soil – importance, overview of tools for soil health assessment, some policies and founding in food system.

  1. Soil health assessment: qualitative tools: Visual soil diagnosis: a window into soil health and sustainability.
  2. Soil health assessment: quantitative tools – Microbes know no boundaries: case studies of microbiome diversity across regions.
  3. Policy & Funding: The future of farming: soil law, eco-schemes, and the digital transformation.

Module 3: How is soil health connected to human health? In this module, you will learn the merge between soil and food.

  1. Soil Health and Food: From farm to fork to gut: understanding food’s role in our well-being
  2. Legumes: consumers & producers- Cultivating change: legumes as dual agents for nutrition and soil regeneration
    All programmes include the introduction of entrepreneurship; presentation of case studies and major challenges; sustainable business Models, Pitch design and training.

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