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TreeMania partners at “Baumpraxis” event

TreeMania partners at “Baumpraxis” event

Four partners from the German-Dutch INTERREG project TreeMania were part of the annual "Baumpraxis" event at Schloss Dyck in Jüchen at the end of August. The one-day seminar, which was organised by the working group "Baum im Boden", dealt this year with the topic "Wurzelraum".
Website for TreeMania project launched

Website for TreeMania project launched

In the German-Dutch INTERREG project TreeMania, led by GIQS e.V. as lead partner, many of the planned activities are in full swing. Appropriately, the lead partner has now launched the project website, which documents all activities and results.
Podcast with TreeMania partner Marcel Steegh

Podcast with TreeMania partner Marcel Steegh

Director Marcel Steegh from TreeMania partner Whysor B.V. is the latest guest on the Internet of Nature podcast, which was created as part of the Horizon2020 project Connecting Nature. In the eighth episode of the podcast, Marcel Steegh talks about his roots in tomato farming, his ever-changing relationship with nature, his career in the telecoms industry and how he found a new passion applying emerging IoT, sensor and Big Data technologies to better monitor the soil.
Burning Bernd launches burning ketchup on the market

Burning Bernd launches burning ketchup on the market

Unter Begleitung von GIQS e.V. wurde mit „Burning Bernd“ pünktlich zum Beginn der Grillsaison ein neuartiges Lebensmittelprodukt auf den Markt gebracht. Der innovative Flambier-Ketchup wurde im Rahmen des INTERREG V A-Projekts FOOD2020 in einem Innovationsprojekt mit vorgelagerter Machbarkeitsstudie entwickelt. GIQS war als FOOD2020-Regionalpartner für NRW Ansprechpartner für den Leadpartner Robert Meyer Catering GmbH aus Gronau und Smart Material Printing B.V. aus Enschede.
Jubilee: 20 years of GIQS

Jubilee: 20 years of GIQS

Die Interessengemeinschaft Grenzüberschreitende Integrierte Qualitätssicherung (GIQS) e.V. feiert in diesem Jahr ein rundes Jubiläum. Sie bestand am 28. März 2021 seit 20 Jahren. Ende 2000 war GIQS aus einer gemeinsamen Idee der Universitäten Bonn und Wageningen heraus geboren worden, die eine gemeinsame deutsch-niederländische Initiative zur Verbundforschung in der Agrar- und Ernährungswirtschaft starten wollten.
SoilMania new GIQS member

SoilMania new GIQS member

With the beginning of 2021, GIQS e.V. welcomes a new member. Since the beginning of January, the Dutch start-up SoilMania B.V. based in Beers (province of North Brabant) has been part of the GIQS network. SoilMania is an association of four entrepreneurs who are also part of the INTERREG project TreeMania supervised by GIQS as lead partner.
Shooting for final film

Shooting for final film

At the end of August, the first day of shooting for the Food Pro·tec·ts final film took place at the Klein-Altendorf research campus. Here, the project partners came together, who have developed various innovative products under the keyword "biomass use" during the four-year project period.
Cook.3D presents prototype

Cook.3D presents prototype

The final presentation of the FOOD2020 project Cook.3D took place at the end of August, directly on the diepenring canal in Groningen, in beautiful sunshine. A total of four German and Dutch partners spent a good one and a half years working on a prototype under the umbrella of the INTERREG programme.
Fine dust measurements in poultry

Fine dust measurements in poultry

Der niederländische BEL AIR-Partner DLV Advies hat Anfang 2020 im Rahmen der Aktivitäten zur Verringerung von Feinstaub- und Endotoxinemissionen eine Pilotstudie durchgeführt, bei der Feinstaub in einem Masthuhnbetrieb gemessen wurde. Mit einem neu entwickelten Sensor führte der Betrieb über vier Wochen kontinuierlich Feinstaubmessungen im Stall durch.
New trees for Krefeld

New trees for Krefeld

Kommunalbetrieb Krefeld (KBK) is participating on behalf of the city of Krefeld in the TreeMania research project funded by the European Union. KBK Executive Board member Helmut Döpcke, together with KBK Board member Mayor Frank Meyer, presented the INTERREG project, which is being implemented by twelve partners from the German-Dutch border region.
Cook.3D project presents results at conference

Cook.3D project presents results at conference

The FOOD2020 innovation project Cook.3D initiated and supervised by GIQS is in its final stages. By the end of August, the German-Dutch consortium of four partners will develop the prototype of a kitchen robot with an integrated 3D printing process for the automatic creation of individualised food products.
Drought in cities offers opportunities for the TreeMania project

Drought in cities offers opportunities for the TreeMania project

If one follows the current media coverage of the latest climate developments in the German-Dutch border region, the GIQS project TreeMania, in which sustainable methods for the breeding, planting and care of trees and shrubs in urban areas are developed with the help of digital technology, is more important than ever.
Project partners meet at project half time

Project partners meet at project half time

On the occasion of the mid-term of the BEL AIR project, representatives of all nine project partners met in mid-February 2020 in the Technology Centre Kleve to exchange information on the activities and progress made so far.
New project TreeMania approved

New project TreeMania approved

Begin December 2019, the INTERREG V A/ermn Steering Committee approved the TreeMania project with a budget of 1.5 million euros. The project is coordinated by lead partner GIQS and aims to develop innovative sustainable methods for the cultivation, planting and care of trees and shrubs in urban areas.
Event “HighTech meets Biomass” successful

Event “HighTech meets Biomass” successful

The farmer of the future is not only a producer of food and feed, but also a supplier of valuable raw materials for the chemical, construction, food and cosmetics industries. The importance of a recycling economy and the ever more efficient use of biogenic raw materials (biomass) are attracting more and more attention and offer opportunities for cooperation and application of (technological) innovations.
Cluster managers present interim results

Cluster managers present interim results

At the beginning of June, representatives of the six technology clusters of Food Pro·tec·ts and lead partner GIQS met at Wageningen University in the Netherlands to discuss and inform each other about the progress of the individual work packages.
General Meeting: GIQS Executive Board confirmed in office

General Meeting: GIQS Executive Board confirmed in office

In the presence of representatives of various member organizations and the Supervisory Board, this year's GIQS General Meeting took place at the end of May in the Technology Center Kleve. In addition to a review of 2018 and the outlook for the current fiscal year, the agenda included the elections of the Executive Board.
First results at project halftime

First results at project halftime

In the presence of representatives of the INTERREG programme and the co-financing institutions, the current project results were presented in Venlo (Netherlands) on 18 October 2018 on the occasion of the half year of Food Pro·tec·ts.
FOOD2020 enters second project phase

FOOD2020 enters second project phase

At its April meeting in Assen, the steering committee of the INTERREG V A funding programme gave the go-ahead for the second phase of the FOOD2020 project. GIQS has been one of FOOD2020's regional partners for two and a half years and will continue to be responsible for the North Rhine-Westphalian INTERREG region in the coming years.
EU financial framework: Future of INTERREG

EU financial framework: Future of INTERREG

EU Budget Commissioner Günther Oettinger presented the Commission's proposal for the EU budget 2021 to 2027 at the beginning of May. The future of the INTERREG programme, whose current funding period will last until 2020, is also linked to future budget planning.
Presentation at the Ministry of Economics NRW

Presentation at the Ministry of Economics NRW

Representatives of GIQS were invited to report on the progress of the INTERREG Food Pro·tec·ts project at the end of April during a departmental meeting at the Ministerium für Wirtschaft, Innovation, Digitalisierung und Energie (MWIDE) of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW).
Mid-Term-Meeting Food Pro·tec·ts at Rolduc Abbey

Mid-Term-Meeting Food Pro·tec·ts at Rolduc Abbey

As part of the INTERREG V A project Food Pro·tec·ts, representatives of the lead partner GIQS met with representatives of the various project clusters on 16 and 17 January 2018 for a two-day mid-term meeting at Rolduc Abbey in Kerkrade, the Netherlands. The cluster managers presented the respective interim status in their project cluster and jointly coordinated the activities in the second half of the project.
Prize for research results from the MarkiT project

Prize for research results from the MarkiT project

At the annual meeting of the American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) in Baltimore (Maryland, USA), food chemist Céline Heinemann from the University of Bonn took second place in the poster competition. With her poster "Evaluation of methods for determining cleaning performances in pig stables", she prevailed against about 30 other American doctoral students in several rounds.
Workshop on sustainable food packaging materials

Workshop on sustainable food packaging materials

Packaging materials made from renewable raw materials are an interesting and sustainable alternative to PET bottles, aluminium beverage cans or polystyrene trays. The question of what contribution the food and packaging industry can make to avoiding packaging waste is addressed in the workshop "Packaging materials from renewable raw materials for food".