February 12, 2018

SAMS Partners

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

Leader: Stefanie Schaedlich

Wielingerstr. 52, 82340, Feldafing, Germany

Project team details

The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ, German Corporation for International Cooperation) is a German development agency that provides services in the field of international development cooperation. GIZ mainly implements technical cooperation projects of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), but also works with the private sector and other national and supranational government organizations (but usually not with NGOs) on a public benefit basis. In its activities, GIZ seeks to follow the paradigm of sustainable development, which aims at balancing economic development with social inclusion and environmental protection.

GIZ is the coordinator of the SAMS project (WP1) and also in charge of the User Centered Design Approach (WP2) as well as of Dissemination and Communication (WP7).

University of Kassel

Leader: Prof. Oliver Hensel

Nordbahnhofstraße 1a, 37213 Witzenhausen, Germany

Project team details

The University of Kassel is a young, modern and vibrant university, characterized by its openness to new ideas in every single area of its work. It has an unconventional profile with fields of expertise in nature, technology, culture and society. Questions relating to the future of our planet and our existence such as globalisation, climatechange, environmental protection as well as questions regarding the evolution of technical systems or demographic change are characteristic of our profile in both research and teaching. With more than 23,000 students and approximately 1,800 scholars, among them more than 300 professors, the University of Kassel is one of Germany’s mid-sized universities. It plays a key role in the development of the northern Hessen region, but its profile also attracts many students and scholars from across Germany and abroad. The Faculty of Organic Agricultural Science in Witzenhausen is distinct in many respects. Its alignment toward ecologically-oriented research and teaching is unique in Europe, as is the diploma course of study in ecological agriculture. Since the first professorship for ecological agriculture was established in 1981, the Faculty in Witzenhausen has been considered a pioneer in this field. Research results are implemented and tested at the Frankenhausen State Domain and the University of Kassel teaching, testing and transfer centre for ecological agricultural science and sustainable regional development, which operates according to the principles of ecological agriculture.

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies

Leader: Dr. Aleksejs Zacepins

Liela iela 2, LV-3001 Jelgava, Latvia

Project team details

Latvijas Lauksaimniecibas Universitate (LLU) is a multi-profile higher education and research institution with a solid tradition of close EU and transnational cooperation, established in 1939. University has 8 faculties: Agriculture, Veterinary Medicine, Engineering, Food Technology, Rural Engineering, Forest, Information Technologies, Economics and Social Sciences. The university is multi-profiled. Besides the traditional study fields, LLU also provides multiform unique study programs related to advanced agriculture, veterinary medicine, food production, forestry and landscape architecture.

LLU has experience in management and implementation of various EU programme research, development, education and innovation projects. It is one of the most active organizations in terms of EC contribution granted to the FP7 research projects. During 2000-2016 LLU signed 55 agreements for ESF, 9 for ERDF, 41 for LLP (Erasmus, Grundtvig, Leonardo da Vinci, KA4, etc.), 30 for NordPlus, 1 for Tempus, 1 for Youth in Action programme, 12 for the European Territorial Cooperation programme. Local, regional and international cooperation is established with universities, scientific institutes, centres of technology transfer and SMEs since LLU is a member of different regional and international co-operation networks. The international cooperation is based on 80 cooperation agreements signed together with 21 European higher and vocational education institutions. Thus LLU has profound experience with remarkable results in implementing research, development, communication and innovation projects.

Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies is in charge of the WP 4 – the heart of the project – the Decision Support System and connected Services.

University of GRAZ

Leader: Dr. Robert Brodschneider

Universitatsplatz 3, 8010, Graz, Austria

Project team details

The University of Graz, which was founded in 1585, is Austria’s second oldest university and one of the largest in the country. Many excellent scientists, amongst them six Nobel laureates, have taught and researched here. With 32,500 students and 4,300 employees the University of Graz contributes significantly to the vibrating life of the Styrian capital. Its location in Europe encourages a lively scientific, economic and cultural exchange with South-East Europe, from which not only the city benefits, but also its educational institutions.
The Institute of Biology from the University of Graz has a long history of publishing research papers on basic research in various topics, including ecology, physiology and behavioral studies of the honey bee and other social insects. The experts have also experiences in surveillance (of honey bee colony mortality) including citizen science.

The University of Graz is in charge of WP 5 – the Api Management.

Universitas Padjadjaran

Leader: Dr. Dwi Purnomo

Jalan Raya Bandung Sumedang km.21, Jatinangor, 45363, Sumedang, Indonesia

Project team details

As one of the largest universities in Indonesia, Universitas Padjadjaran (Unpad) offers a wide range of learning opportunities with renowned professors from multifarious expertise. Unpad dedicates itself to promote science, technology, health, economy, law, culture, arts and public welfare. These are represented by various faculties in Unpad, which sustainably put most efforts to enhance their abilities in developing Unpad and Indonesia with their own expertises. Unpad is equipped with knowledge which is relevant to the development and globally competitive. Based on the vision of Unpad to become a leading University in providing world class education by 2026, Unpad confidently collaborates with more than 100 academic institutions from more than 20 countries around the world and gains extensive knowledge through these links.

The expertise of the Universitas Padjadjaran mainly flows into WP 2 (UCD).

CV. Primary Indonesia

Leader: Adityo Pratomo

Jl. Safir Raya Z18 No. 5 Permata – Cimahi, Cimahi, Indonesia

Project team details

Commanditaire Vennootschap (CV.) Primary Indonesia is a company that runs its mainly business in Consulting and Training in area of Management, Engineering, Agrotechnology and other Applied Science. As a CV (Commanditaire Vennootschap), it is a business entity but without its own legal rights. Legal rights are represented by group of people called “Managing Partners”. Having run Consulting services since 2011, CV. Primary Indonesia has gained so many experiences in tackling industrial issues including Research and Development of Technology products. The method used are Design Thinking (adapted from IDEO) as Human Centered Design Process to generate designed solution that meet user requirement and SCRUMBAN (SCRUM + KANBAN) to follow up designed solution in order to produce functional prototype and ultimately product release. Therefore, CV. Primary Indonesia can be match with some proposal tasks especially regarding Technology Products Development from ideation to its release.

The expertise of the CV. Primary Indonesia mainly flows into WP 2 (UCD), WP 3 (Hive designs) and WP 4 (DSS).

Oromia Agricultural Research Institute Holeta Bee Research Centre

Leader: Kibebew Wakjira

Ambo Road, Holeta, Ethiopia

Project team details

Holeta Bee Research Centre (HBRC) is a pioneer research center that is mandated to conduct research in apiculture and related fields. HBRC as a full-fledged research center engaged in bee breeding, bee management, bee products, bee forage and biology of local honeybees, bee health, bee research-extension and socioeconomics. The center promotes approved technologies and knowledge to the end users and is also responsible for conducting training of beekeepers, development agents and beekeeping technicians assist apiculture extension and development, assists higher learning institutions in lecturing apiculture courses and supervising and examining postgraduate students, for improving beekeeping techniques and systems and coordinate national apiculture research. HBRC is also mandated to coordinate apiculture research programs at national level.

The Holeta Bee research Centre is in charge of the WP 6 Transferability Studies and Partnerships.


Leader: Markos Lemma

Bole, Qelebet Menged, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia

Project team details

iceaddis is an innovation hub and co-creation space that facilitates the transformation of technological innovations and creative projects into viable, sustainable, and impactful realities. We provide young entrepreneurs and creatives, local and visiting with professional support and consultancy.

By promoting and providing a platform for the invention and development of affordable and viable technological solutions to local challenges, we engage with government organizations, NGOs, and the private sector. Our focus ranges from incubating tech oriented startups to consulting local and international clients on IT solutions, business development, and the tech ecosystem in Ethiopia. Using the startup model and community engagement model, together with our clients we identify and fill the gaps in their value chain. as well as tackling local social issues in creative, experimental, and interdisciplinary ways.

The expertise of the iceaddis mainly flows into WP 2 (UCD) and WP 4 (DSS).