Privacy and the EU General Data Protection Regulation

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), issued by the EU, came into force on April 2018. It protects privacy by preventing personal data being processed without consent of the person in question. GDPR also has consequences for the SoilCare project, since in the project personal data is being collected and processed in SoilCare research.


Personal data collection takes place in more cases than is visible on first sight. Examples of collecting personal data are:

  • Farmers are participating in a stakeholder meeting and their opinion is recorded, together with their name;
  • Policy makers are filling out a survey issued by SoilCare researchers; opinions are recorded together with names of policy makers;
  • People (general public) that visit a demonstration site are being photographed and these photo's are used for SoilCare promotional purposes; peoples faces are recongniseably recorded and linked to the event, pictures are published on the SoilCare website;
  • Field data are being used and the GPS coordinates are recorded; GPS coordinates can be traced back to land owners. 

In all of the above cases personal data can be traced back to persons, in most of the above cases people need to give consent for their personal data to be used for the SoilCare project. In order for their personal data to be used and published in some way, they need to consent Rules for how different cases must be trated and wether or not consent forms need to be filled out or not, are described in the SoilCare GDPR document mentioned above.

Consent forms for personal use or group use are made available for download below. When filling out consent forms, there is a SoilCare copy and a personal copy for the person filling out the form. In the case of the group form, one representative of the group gets a copy of the consent form.


SoilCare GDPR document v1.0
SoilCare consent form personal use
SoilCare consent form group use (up to 24 people)


EU GDPR document (Regulation (EU) 2016/679)Regulation (EU) 2016/679) (link to EU website where different language versions can be downloaded)
Taking photos at community events (source:
GDPR: What rsearchers need to know? (source: Lancaster university UK)
Google search "GDPR in research projects" (source:





The aim of the DIVERFARMING project is to  develop and test different diversified cropping systems (rotations, multiple cropping and intercrops for food, feed and industrial products) under low-input practices, for conventional and organic systems for field case studies to increase land productivity and crops quality, and reduce machinery, fertilisers, pesticides, energy and water demands.





The overall goal of DiverIMPACTS - Diversification through Rotation, Intercropping, Multiple Cropping, Promoted with Actors and value-Chains towards Sustainability - is to achieve the full potential of diversification of cropping systems for improved productivity, delivery of ecosystem services and resource-efficient and sustainable value chains.

DiverIMPACTS has 34 partners and is coordinated by INRA, the French National Institute for Agricultural Research. CRA-W, Belgium, acts as deputy coordinator.





 The four year Horizon 2020-funded DIVERSify project (2017-2021) aims to optimise the performance of crop species mixtures or ‘plant teams’ to improve yield stability, reduce pest and disease damage, and enhance stress resilience in agricultural systems. It focuses on improving the productivity and sustainability of European agriculture using an approach that has global relevance, learning from the experience of international researchers and stakeholders.




Increasingly, soil is recognized as a non-renewable resource because, once degraded, the restoration of its productivity is an extremely slow process. Given the importance of soils for crop and livestock production as well as for providing wider ecosystem services for local and global societies, maintaining the land in good condition is of vital importance. To manage the use of agricultural soils well, decision-makers need science-based, easy to apply and cost-effective tools to assess soil quality and function.

The most important aims the iSqaper project will work on are to: Integrate existing soil quality related information; Synthesize the evidence for agricultural management effects provided by long-term field trials; Derive and identify innovative soil quality indicators that can be integrated into an easy-to-use interactive soil quality assessment tool; Develop, with input from a variety of stakeholders, a multilingual Soil Quality Application (SQAPP) for in-field soil quality assessment and monitoring; Test, refine, and roll out SQAPP across Europe and China as a new standard for holistic assessment of agricultural soil quality; Use a trans-disciplinary, multi-actor approach to validate and support SQAPP.




 LANDMARK is a European Research Project on the sustainable management of land and soil in Europe. The questions that LANDMARK aims to address are: “How can we make the most of our land? How can we ensure that our soils deliver on the many expectations we have of our land?”

LANDMARK is a pan-European multi-actor consortium of 22 partner institutes from 14 EU countries plus Switzerland, China and Brazil. These include universities, applied research institutes, Chambers of Agriculture, an SME and the European Commission that will develop a coherent framework for soil management aimed at sustainable food production across Europe. Landmark is led by Wageningen University and Research (WUR) and is supported by a series of organizations being part of our Stakeholder Steering Committee ( FAO, COPA-COGECA, EFI, EUFRAS, DG-AGRI, DG-ENV, EMBRAPA, EFSA, EEA, EIONET, etc.)



The goal of LEGVALUE is to pave the road to develop sustainable and competitive legume-based farming systems and agri-feed and food chains in the EU. To this end, the project will assess both the economic and environmental benefits for the EU agro industry to widely produce and use legumes in a sustainable manner. Using a list of 20 value chains reflecting the market diversity, and a list of 20 farm networks covering the diversity of grain legumes and fodder legumes species.

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The RECARE project which finished in 2018 brought together a multidisciplinary team of 27 different organisations to find ways of assessing the current threats to soils and finding innovative solutions to prevent further soil degradation across Europe.

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 SmartSOIL (Sustainable farm Management Aimed at Reducing Threats to SOILs under climate change) was a research project in the European Commission Seventh Framework Programme (2011-2015).The projectidentified and developed options to increase C stocks and optimise C use (flows) whilst maintaining sustainable SOC stocks.



 The goal of SolACE - Solutions for improving Agroecosystem and Crop Efficiency for water and nutrient use - is to help European agriculture face major challenges, notably increased rainfall variability and reduced use of N and P fertilizers.

NOTE: you are requested to pay before the meeting using the internet link under '10.' of this page, but first arrange your travel and reserve your hotel. 

1. Dates

Tuesday, April 2nd – Thursday April 4th 2019. On Friday  April 5th, there will be an optional excursion to the study site.

2. Location

Almería, Spain 

3. Venue

Campus of the University of Almería, Carretera de Sacramento, s/n, La Cañada de San Urbano Almería, Andalusia (Spain).

4. Stay

The participants are requested to book their own hotel room.
The organizers have reached an agreement with several establishments. A limited number of rooms are initially available. So, book in advance.

Hotel options are:

  • Gran Hotel (53€ per night single room; 70€ double. Breakfast included; Record locator: 1441). Please note that when taking advantage of the discount (resulting in a single room price of €53 of double room price of € 70,  you should book by e-mail or by phone ONLY and mention Record Locator 1441, DO NOT book through the hotel website. 
    For hotel information, check here: (not for booking)
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: +34 950 96 19 96
  • Residencia Civitas offers rooms in a brand-new students’ Residence (32.5 € per night single room, 47€ double. Breakfast included; Promocode: SOILCARE).
    Book here:
    Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Phone: +34 950 88 81 32.

    Many more hotels are available, however, in the city.

5. Food

Lunches will be at the venue and are included in the meeting costs. On Tuesday, there will be a joint dinner sponsored by the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence (ceiA3) and on Thursday the official joint meeting dinner. Persons with allergies or special food wishes are asked to inform Julian by writing to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and make note of their specific food requirements on the registration page.

Almería has this year been awarded the title of Spanish Capital of Gastronomy. There is a great variety of restaurants that offer excellent food. Almería “tapas” (free small portions of food offered with beer and wine) are very famous and many small bars are all around the city. Late dinner having some beers in a terrace is a common way to spend warm spring nights for locals. Most restaurants open at 1:30 pm for lunch and 9 pm for dinner. Fast food restaurants are often open before and later.

On Thursday 4th, after the meeting and before official dinner, there will be a possibility for visiting Old city. A guide will accompany participants. Cost of the visit is included in the meeting fee.

6. Travelling

International travel options
Recommended airport: Almería (LEI) 10 minutes distant from the University of Almería. Luggage Service will be available at the Campus. For more info about flights:
You can also fly to Málaga International Airport (AGP) and then by highway reach Almería (2 h trip). Bus info at:
A different option is to fly to Alicante Airport (ALC; less companies do this airport) and then by road to Almería (almost 3h, 300 km distant)

Local travel
A shuttle service will be provided to and from Campus. Shuttle will pick attendants from Hotels 20-30 minutes before the start of the meeting each day. If you do not want to take the shuttle, you can take a taxi. This should cost no more than 20 €. Buses are available too.

7. Local Money

Local currency is Euro (€).
ATMs are at the airport, at the Campus and in the city.
It is possible to pay with credit card in most of the places in Spain (only buses require cash).

8. Local Weather

Located in the southeast of the peninsula, Almería is the Spanish province with the highest number of sunshine hours (circa 3000) and clear days (more than 300) per year. Almeria’s weather is subtropical, Mediterranean, mild and dry. Annual average temperature is 18º/19ºC. In April temperatures are warm with maximum reaching 21ºC or even more and minimum about 12ºC. Usually it’s pretty dry but sometimes light showers can occur.
Recommended clothing: lightweight.

9. Excursion

There is an optional excursion on Friday April 5th.
The excursion is a one-day trip to the Soil Care field sites in Almería, located in Tabernas (olive tree crop) and Aguamarga (stone fruit crops). Buses will leave from Hotels above cited. Lunch with local food will be provided. Return is scheduled by 6 p.m approximately.
Please bring sturdy shoes and comfortable clothing

10. Meeting costs

There will be a fee to cover the costs of meeting room, coffee breaks, lunches, and 1 joint dinner (the second one will be sponsored by University of Almería). The fee for the 3-day meeting is € 260. The fee has been established for covering full program. This means that everybody will need to pay this amount, also if they join only part of the meeting.
UAL allows paying both with credit card and with cash in €. Details on payment procedure is descibed below. Receipts are issued after using the payment module.
Excursion is going to be free of charge, thanks to sponsoring by the Agrifood Campus of International Excellence.

Electronic payment
All meeting participants are requested to pay before attending the meeting.

Electronic payment is facilitated using the SIP electronic payment link below. After clicking the link, a new SIP payment window will open.
In the payment window you will need to fill out your name and passport number for identification. After selecting the SoilCare event (only option possible), you can either select electronic payment using a credit card or bank payment using a payment document.

Cash or bank card payment at a local bank
You can use the payment voucher/document generated within the SIP payment window to pay for the meeting in a bank in Almeria, either by cash or bank card. There is a bank office available on the Almeria campus.

Credit card payment
If you have selected credit card payment, you are taken to a credit card payment module, where you enter your name and credit card number. Be aware that you will be asked to verify your credit card payment using an electronic verification (e-Code) or another verification method. VISA (ICS cards) has an e-Code generator inside the ICS cards App on iPhone and Android phones. Different credit cards may use another verification method.

If you have requested an invoice, you will also need to fill out your personal and company data in a separate window. The Invoice can either be sent to your postal address by regular mail or by e-mail, or you can download your invoice upon request.

The SIP payment module can be found HERE (a new window will open)

11. Registration

Registration for the meeting is obligatory. You are asked to register after you have arranged your travel and have made a hotel reservation, since these details are asked in the registration form.

12. Contact

The meeting is organized and hosted by the University of Almería.
For practical questions contact: Julián Cuevas (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; tel. +34 600766462), Virginia Pinillos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and/or Yolanda Cantón (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

WENR is responsible for the daily program of the meetings: Rudi Hessel (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel +31 317 486530), Erik van den Elsen (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., tel +31 317 486533).

A number of videos have been produced to promote the SoilCare project, and also informational videos for project members are available.
The list below gives an overview of the available videos in different categories:


Introducing the SoilCare Study Sites



France video frontcover



Diverse cover crops, early sown wheat and direct maize sowing in France

A diverse range of cover and companion crop mixes with early sown wheat (in August rather than November) and direct drilling of maize are all being trialled to improve soil health at the French study site.


Norway video frontcover


Cover crops for carbon & compaction in Norway

In Norway with the short growing season, it is difficult to get a cover crop established. Find out how the study site here is trying to establish them.



DenmarkSS Video


Soil improving cropping systems in Denmark

In one of the msot intensively farmed parts of the world, the Denmark study site is trialling cover crops to add nutrients between wheat, OSR, bean and / or fodder crops. They are also trialling a new robotic weeder by AgriIntelli.



Germany Study Site experiment video 



Cover crop termination with Glyphosate - effects on microorganisms in Germany

In Germany, the termination of cover crops using the controversial product Glyphosate is being monitored for its effects on the microbial soil populations and the wider soil health. 


Romania Study Site experiment video



Tillage experiments in Romania

Compaction is an issue in the Romanian study site, where several mechanical methods of alleviation are being trialled alongside break crops that are deep rooting to help aerate soils and improve structure and organic matter.



Norway video frontcover




Compaction alleviation experiments in the UK

UK arable soils are also experiencing compaction from intensive farming, therefore the study site is looking at ploughing with low-disturbance sub-soiling, mycorhizzae inoculations to help cover crops grow as well as deep roooting grasses.



Norway video frontcover



Fertiliser and cover crop experiments in Hungary

Farmers are trialling verious cover crops to improve soil health and long-term field experiments in Hungary are experimenting with organic and mineral fertilisers.



Sweden Study Site experiment video



Sub-soil loosening experiments in Sweden

As with some of the other study sites, Sweden has compacted soils and is therefore looking into using sub-soiling to aerate and enhance soil structure.



Poland Study Site experiment video



Precision applications of liming and cover crop experiments in Poland

In Poland, the use of nutirent mapping systems are being trialled for farmers to apply lime in the field areas most needed, whilst cover crops are also being trialled to increase soil health more broadly.



Italy Study Site experiment video



Increasing soil organic matter and cover crops experiments in Italy

In Italy, low soil health and high compaction rates are being addressed by adding organic matter and trialling a range of cover crops.



Greece Study Site experiment video



Increasing soil organic matter and cover crops experiments in Greece

In order to address soil erosion, cover crops and minimum tillage practices are being trialled in the Greek study site.


Introducing the SoilCare Farmers

Spanish Study Site experiment video                     

Spanish study site organic olive farmer on his SICS experience


Organic olive farmer Rafael talks passionately about his family farm and the benefits for him in trialling SICS with the support of researchers on the SoilCare team.