Project Partners


Trakya University was established on July 20, 1982. Trakya University has been serving with its 11 faculties in Edirne. Trakya University Genetics and Bioengineering Department Genetics and Bioengineering is one of the popular engineering fields representing the fastest-growing opportunities for employment and increase in the progression rate through the world in recent years. Turkey is poised to become the European Union region’s engineering and technology center, so the appropriate genetic engineers and bioengineers are needed with an increasing emphasis. So, Trakya University Faculty of Engineering Department of Genetics and Bioengineering started its program in 2014.

Project Partners:

Univerzitet Educons U Sremskoj Kamenici Privatne Ustanove – SerbiaEducons University ( is the first private University in the Province of Vojvodina, Republic of Serbia. The University is founded in 2008, in Sremska Kamenica (Serbia) and it is comprised of eleven faculties. The University is accredited to carry out scientific-research activity by the Decision of Ministry of Science and Technological Development

Joint Genomic Center Ltd. – Bulgaria Joint Genomic Center Ltd was founded in 2007 as a joint venture between Sofia University “St. Kl. Ohridski” and the Agricultural Academy of Science. Since February 2010 the JGC belonged solely to Sofia University. In November 2016 a private company (Universal Bulgarian Investments) bought 30% share of JGC. Currently JGC is managed by Prof Atanas Atanassov, who is a full member of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences.

Dimokreitio Panepistimio Thrakis – Greece JGC has interests in the following fields that are of great economic importance for the country in the short-term and long-term: JGC is involved in research on crops (wheat, maize, sunflower, etc.), grown in Bulgaria, in the region and other countries, by applying genomic approaches (DNA marker assisted selection, gene expression profiling, DNA sequencing, etc.) of immediate interest for breeding programs. Of particular interest are studies of local germplasms for identifying new alleles related to resistance to abiotic (eg. drought, frost) and biotic (eg disease, pests) stress. Another field of interest is the detailed characterization of natural bioactive compounds or their derivatives, for use in medicine and the food industry. This is a very important task since Bulgaria is characterized by rich biodiversity.

EARD Ecosystem And Agriculture R&D Cons. Ltd – TurkeyEARD is a newly founded SME that has an experienced human resource. The professional and volunteer group behind the idea of establishing EARD has been working on mainly the following areas throughout their professional and volunteer life: Nature protection and planning, science and nature awareness educational activities, plant and agricultural biotechnology.

APEC Advanced Project Education Cons. Ltd. – TurkeyAPEC is an educational enterprise that mainly focuses on 21st Century Skills Education, designing education programmes, developing occupational standards through various analysis, giving trainings and managing European Projects.
APEC has 8 staff composing of researchers, trainers and project experts.
Since 2000, APEC team has been providing trainings and educations for teaching groups and adults in variety of topics at national and international level. Also psychological counseling and rehabilitation sessions for individuals or small groups are available.

Kick off Meeting

Project No:  2019-1-TR01-KA203-075715

Place : Edirne, Turkey

Project Title: Introduction of Agroheritage Concepts into Higher Education Agenda for Raising Awareness and Capacity of Future Agriculturists for Conservation of This Heritage

Kick-off Meeting Edirne

Within the scope of Agroheritage Project, the first transnational meeting was held on 13-14 of December 2019 in Edirne, Turkey. In the meeting hosted by Trakya University (Turkey), representatives from partner organizations

  • Joint Genomic Center Ltd) JGC,
  • EARD, and
  • APEC participated.

Yıldırım Ozkaya presented Erasmus+ rules and financial administration of the project.

The two-day meeting started with the opening by the host organization, they presented the agenda of the meeting to the participants. Following the opening of the meeting the coordinator presented the tasks that have been almost finished. A Facebook Page, Instagram account dedicated to the Project has already been taken. Prof. Dr. Yalçın Kaya offered to take Linkedin account for the project and all accepted. The logo suggestions were voted and the logo of the project was decided.

Banu Avcioglu from EARD

The Coordinator talked about the visibility rules and explained Logo usage in products. Banu Avcioglu from EARD presented the project overview. Because of the delay in signing Grant Aggreement of the project we have some delays. In this meeting all partners discussed the new situation and new dates and deadlines for the tasks were set.

At the end of the meeting, the certificates of attendance were given to all participants.

Agroheritage Project

Agroheritage comprises local plant varieties and animal breeds, traditional agricultural techniques, uses and related knowledge collectively developed by farmers through ages. Although survival of these agroheritage elements safeguard the sustainability of agriculture by providing diversity and buffering diseases and climate extremes; instensive farming has resulted in loss of traditional seeds, animals and knowledge day by day. The objective of our Project is to introduce agroheritage concepts into higher education agenda as a comprehensive course curriculum with free online learning material supported by practical trainings to agricultural students. The ultimate aim is to raise the awareness and capacity of future agriculturists to lead farmers by being innovative, creative and cooperative in utilizing and conserving agroheritage.

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