LOESS – for better soil health

Increasing knowledge and understanding about the importance of soil health

LOESS is an EU project aimed at increasing public interest and knowledge about the importance of soil health.  Public & Science) Sweden will be coordinating the development and testing of innovative educational materials aimed at school pupils, students and the general public, through dialogue and co-creation with a wide range of stakeholders. The three-year project runs between 1 June 2023 – 31 May 2026.

Lillholm School in Skärholmen participated in VA’s citizen science project, the Teabag Experiment, on soil health. Photo: Lena Söderström/VA

The LOESS project “Literacy boost through and Operational Educational Ecosystem of Societal actors on Soil health” is being carried out by 20 partner organisations in 15 European countries. It is funded by the European Commission under the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal for Europe’, which aims to lead the transition towards healthy soils by 2030.

Healthy soils provide us with many essential ecosystem services. Soil filters and absorbs water, which reduces the risk of flooding and drought. It also produces food, biomass and sequesters large amounts of carbon. Through its ability to both act as a carbon sink and absorb water, soil plays a crucial role in regulating the climate.

However, today’s industrial agricultural methods have led to major problems, including erosion, drought, retention and reduced soil productivity. Monoculture, decreased soil organic matter and over intensive farming pose a serious threat to biodiversity. To reverse this trend, increased awareness of the importance of soil health is required i.e. having soils in good chemical, biological and physical balance.

LOESS project activities

  • Mapping of existing soil-related materials and educational programmes and identification of educational needs.
  • Engagement and connection of relevant stakeholders in Communities of Practice in participating countries.
  • Co-creation and piloting of courses, modules, materials and learning tools for soil education.
  • Hands-on activities related to soil education through Community Engaged Research and Learning, augmented reality and crowd mapping.
  • The development of a European Atlas of soil education and training.
  • Campaigns and dissemination activities aimed at schools, universities and members of the public.

Public & Science Sweden is leading the establishment of the Communities of Practices, the development and testing of educational materials and courses, as well as campaigns aimed at the general public.

Project Partners

Associated Partners

If you are interested in finding out more about the project and joining the Swedish Community of Practice, please get in touch with Maria Jacobson at Public & Science Sweden.

Further information

Read more about the project at https://loess-project.eu/

Follow the LOESS project at LinkedIn,  X (Twitter) and on FlickR.

The LOESS project is financed by the EU’s research and innovation programme Horizon Europe GA No. 101112707

Read the latest from the project

What teaching materials on soil health are needed? Teachers invited to share their views!

Healthy soils provide us with many essential ecosystem services. The soil purifies and absorbs water, reducing the risks of floods and droughts. It also produces food, biomass, and sequesters large… Läs mer


2024-06-18 |


2024-06-20 |


EU-projekt, LOESS, News articles, Public Engagement

European voices on soil health education – Christina Berneheim, Svensk Kolinlagring

Interview with Christina Berneheim, a consultant on regenerative agriculture at Svensk Kolinlagring, who is a member of the Swedish LOESS Community of Practice. (mer …) Läs mer


2024-05-03 |


2024-06-11 |


EU-projekt, LOESS, News articles, Public Engagement

Boosting literacy on soil health across Europe: Live Kick-off meeting of the LOESS project 

The 20 partners participating in the Horizon Europe project LOESS gathered in Bonn to kick-off the development and campaigning of educational offers and continuous training programmes addressing multiple actors, stakeholders… Läs mer


2023-08-04 |


2023-08-08 |


Activity summaries, LOESS

LOESS: A new Horizon project to boost literacy on soil health across Europe

The Horizon Europe project LOESS: ‘Literacy boost through an Operational Educational Ecosystem of Societal actors on Soil health’ officially started in June 2023. Under the EU Mission ‘A Soil Deal… Läs mer


2023-06-19 |


2024-06-04 |


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Public & Science Sweden

Areas of interest


Maria Jacobson

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Helen Garrison

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