NitroPortugal: Strengthening Portuguese research and innovation capacities in the field of excess reactive nitrogen

  • H2020-TWINN-2015 Coordination & support action
  • International Research Project
  • 2015 to 2018

For nearly a century mankind had caused unprecedented changes to the nitrogen cycle by more than doubling the transformation of non-reactive atmospheric di-nitrogen (N2) into reactive nitrogen (Nr) forms, which cascade through the environment. From this problem, five key issues have been identified by the European Nitrogen Assessment: i) Water quality, ii) Air quality, iii) Greenhouse gases, iv) Ecosystems and biodiversity and v) Soil quality (WAGES concept).

NitroPortugal will provide training of the Portuguese partners in the five topics of the WAGES approach. It will raise the S&T staff skills and scientific productivity of the partners to create a cohesive and comprehensive knowledge working group. The Key Training Elements can be summarized as:

  • Training in key research areas of the nitrogen cycle and corresponding scientific production;
  • Training on nitrogen integration and synthesis, to build the ground for the elaboration of a Portuguese Ni-trogen Assessment, which will be addressed both as training as well as science output;
  • Training on science interface to national and international policy development, creating an interface to the UNECE-TFRN delivering substantial synergy with the twinning activity.

Funding Institution:

EU-  H2020-TWINN-2015 Coordination & support action (nr 692331)


Coordinator: Instituto Superior de Agronomia