Key Deliverables

To achieve the intended Scientific Objectives, this COST Action will provide the 9 explicit Deliverables

D1: Harmonized definition of Biochar types based on material properties, on feedstock and production process and intended use (report).

D2: Standardized protocols for characterizing relevant properties, functions and risks of Biochar use in soils (report).

D3: Organization of annual European Biochar meetings, including the meeting of the target WGs (workshop).

D4: EU internet knowledge and communication platform for timely and state of the art knowledge transfer for users, decision-makers, stakeholders and        the public (website).

D5: Publication of the Action's results in an annual newsletter (newsletter).

D6: Publication of the Action's results in peer-reviewed Biochar reviews or synthesis papers (publication).

D7: Organization of Summer Schools and practical training courses for students, end-users and stakeholders (Summer School).

D8: Creation of an annually provided "Biochar award" for the most outstanding and innovative contribution to the field of Biochar R&D, the "black-is-green gold prize" in three categories: a) Scientific contribution, b) Technology innovation, c) new ideas for public knowledge transfer.
The award may consist of a small money prize (more or less symbolic) but a prize that consists of "naturals" contributed beforehand by all participants: A load of the best manufactured Biochar substrates, Biochar-producing cooking stoves, special services that the respective groups can offer. Such a prize would even promote the interaction among participants (Award).

D9: Organization of public-educational ring trials ("easy take away experiments") to spread latest biochar knowledge in the respective contributing country (a) among students (=future young scientists) in cooperation between universities and higher educational schools, and, as a multiplicator (b) among an interested public, performed by the students who communicate their results via the EU COST Biochar web site, via modern social networks and to the public media when presenting their results on public event days (open-door school days, street of experiments festivals, "city of young researchers" or equivalent).
The aim is to multiply the state-of-the art Biochar knowledge to the wider public, to familiarize students with the global C cycle and the importance of soils at an early stage and to get them in touch with science and technology before they decide on their future life path.