Connectivity of green and blue infrastructures: living veins for biodiverse and healthy cities

BIOVEINS is a research project funded by BiodivERsA, a European H2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme, Grant Number H2020 BiodivERsA32015104.


BIOVEINS partners include:



BiodivERsA is a network of national and regional funding organisations promoting pan-European research on biodiversity and ecosystem services, and offering innovative opportunities for the conservation and sustainable management of biodiversity. BiodivERsA is funded under the Horizon 2020 ERA-NET COFUND scheme


University of Lisbon, Portugal

According to its mission statement, "As an institution of education and science committed to the progress of society, Universidade de Lisboa is based on the creation, transfer and social and economic reinforcement of knowledge and culture" with values of "Intellectual freedom and respect for ethics; Societal innovation and development; Democratic participation; Social and environmental responsibility."


University of Antwerp, Belgium

According to its mission statement, The University of Antwerp is "a young, dynamic and forward-thinking university. It integrates the assets of its historic roots with its ambition to contribute positively to society. The University of Antwerp develops, provides access to and disseminates scientific knowledge through research, teaching and service to society. It carries out these tasks in a spirit of academic freedom and responsibility. The University of Antwerp stimulates public debate and greatly values its staff and students' service to society... The University of Antwerp is active in a global environment. It stimulates its staff and students international orientation. The University of Antwerp is committed to the development of its city and region..."


Poznan University of Life Sciences, Poland

According to is mission statement, "In its long-term vision, the Poznań University of Life Sciences emphasizes in particular its intent to educate and undertake scientific research, addressing today’s needs of the country and of the Greater Poland region. The main strategic assumptions place special emphasis on the University’s commitment to be:
a strong life sciences center, an attractive place for acquiring knowledge which stands out for its high quality education, a highly regarded R&D partner, an efficiently managed academic institution, a research center featuring state-of-the-art teaching and scientific facilities, a university which respects its tradition and history while enjoying recognition and appreciation from the society...The University’s scientific achievements are disseminated on a national and international basis while underpinning the transfer of knowledge to socio-economic practices and contributing to the establishment of relationships with the industry."


Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia

According to its mission statement "The University creates and shares knowledge to the promotors of bio-economy for the best of Nature and Man." Its core values are "Reliability, Academic freedom, Openness, Creativity, Estonian language and culture."


Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL, Switzerland

The mission of WSL is "Research for People and the Environment: WSL explores the dynamics of the terrestrial environment, and the use and protection of natural habitats and cultural landscapes.
WSL monitors forests, landscapes, biodiversity, natural hazards, and snow and ice.
WSL develops sustainable solutions for socially relevant issues - together with its partners from science and society"


Paris Sud University, Orsay, France

According to their website, the University "[b]y fostering industrial collaboration.. strives to translate the discoveries of its researchers into valued sources of innovation and new jobs, but also to promote the employability of its students. It also develops many activities to disseminate scientific and technical culture, artistic culture and actions at the crossroads of both worlds, with a special focus on the development of the triad “Science-Culture-Society”. All of these actions address the community – both staff and students – but also the general public and school audiences."


National Institute of Agricultural Research, France

According to its website, "INRA is Europe’s top agricultural research institute and the world’s number two centre for the agricultural sciences. Its scientists are working towards solutions for society’s major challenges. Our job: to explore, understand, experiment and think ahead. Our goal: to give people freedom of choice and the ability to innovate
Our specialties: Food, nutrition, agriculture and the environment. Our focal issues: Competitiveness, regional land use, health, sustainable development and bioeconomy"