Preserving, Restoring and Managing Colombian Biodiversity Through Responsible Innovation

Lead Research Organisation: Earlham Institute
Department Name: Research Faculty

Abstract

The proposal targets the country of Colombia, at a very important time in history following the peace agreement between the government and the FARC. Colombia is one of the 17 countries considered as "megadiverse" by United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). Colombia's biodiversity is not only important for the country's natural heritage and the preservation of unique species in the world, it is also essential for the improvement of human welfare, social equality and economic development.

The proposal has been built on a foundation of existing research activities, with the involvement of additional stakeholders, business, government, and third sector organisations, promoting cross-disciplinary expertise to tackle three developmental challenges, and ensuring that impact extents beyond the length of the project.

Our short-term goals are to build research capacity, partnerships and knowledge, with the longer-term goals of stimulating economic and social growth around biodiversity. We have established an alliance of institutions in the UK and Colombia in order to (1) gather information on changes in distribution, diversity, and conservation status of the natural diversity of Colombia, (2) characterise and manage agricultural genetic biodiversity to make breeding and farming more efficient, and (3) assess the challenges and impacts associated with the biodiversity challenges outlined in the other two work programmes to develop key relevant policies and programmes.

In addition we will build research capability by developing researchers' skills, as well their access to research information and resources through group meetings, workshops, networking events and training courses, that will be delivered in collaboration with Colombian partners and in alignment with the activities of the proposal. We will also improve the technological self-sufficiency of the Colombian research community by facilitating the adoption of innovative technologies. Furthermore, we will ensure we raise awareness of the challenges among the public and inform them of how our outcomes are likely to benefit them. Our proposal on Colombian Biodiversity is timely and will allow the targeted country to reach higher scientific level in the proposed activities as well as applying science to inform decision-making and business investments in sustainable agriculture. Ultimately its outcomes will contribute to a long lasting impact by promoting peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development, provide access to justice for all and build effective, accountable and inclusive institutions at all levels (UN SDG 16).

Planned Impact

At this very important time in Colombian post conflict history, we propose an innovative development strategy to deliver a multidisciplinary and integrated approach, which connects academic, public and private institutions in the UK and Colombia around key biodiversity issues. Our short-term goal is to build research capacity, partnerships and knowledge, with a longer-term goal of stimulating economic and social growth around biodiversity.

The proposal brings together an alliance of complementary skills from a wide range of project partners to understand the mutual impacts of bio-diverse ecosystems and sustainable agricultural productivity. The three main overarching programmes of the proposal are:
1. Natural diversity of organisms and ecosystems in Colombia through characterisation and management of genetic diversity of species, as well as understanding of changes in biodiversity distribution, and conservation status with the long term goal of preventing biodiversity loss.
2. Agricultural diversity of crop species in Colombia through characterising and management of genetic diversity with the long term goal of accelerating breeding and making farming practices more efficient.
3. Socio-economics assessment of the challenges and impacts associated with the biodiversity development opportunities outlined above with the long term goal of developing key relevant policies and programmes.

In order to maximise the impact of our proposal, for each of the described programmes above we will:
1. Support new and ongoing research activities focused on characterising natural and agricultural genetic diversity with the goal of preventing biodiversity loss, improving food security and renewable supplies of plant materials.
2. Create technical training opportunities for all career levels across all three proposed objectives, with emphasis on developing skills of young researchers and facilitating exchanges between UK and Colombia.
3. Assess the value and impact of biodiversity and assist government agencies in incorporating the information into key relevant policies and programmes.
4. Engage with civil organisation and key stakeholders to inform the public about biodiversity and the government on how it might support this engagement in the future.

Organisations

Publications

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Title 'Strengths and potential of microbial ecology in Colombia' event videos 
Description Video summary of the 'Strengths and potential of microbial ecology in Colombia' event held in Bogota. The videos include a summary of the event and interviews from some of the participants in the event. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The videos showcase the importance of scientific meetings between scientists with similar interests. This meeting concentrated the researchers fields and expertise with a vision towards what the field will need in the future to continue to succeed. 
 
Title Digital homeschooling resources for children their teachers and families 
Description A portfolio of digital resources to enhance children´s knowledge of Colombia´s biodiversity was developed under GROW Colombia´s public engagement research and in collaboration with several partners belonging to GROW Colombia´s public engagement network. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The portfolio of digital learning resources for school children has help them, and their teachers and families, to come in contact with and learn about Colombia´s biodiversity in playful and enjoyable ways. 
URL https://aprendiendoalairelibre.org/recursos/
 
Title GROW Colombia Postcards 
Description Twelve postcards with an engaging picture in one side and an accessible text to disseminate the project research. Postcards were written by the researcher delivering each research line and copyedited to a common style. 
Type Of Art Creative Writing 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact The postcards have been reprinted twice and are regularly used in events and meetings with stakeholders. 
 
Title Humming for Change - Living Maps of Colombia 
Description A video was made of the environmental education campaign that was lead by the UK Embassy in collaboration with GROW Colombia and other partners to motivate Colombia youth to take action in climate change and nature protection. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2021 
Impact The video was showed cased in COP 26. in Nov. 2021, Glasgow. I reached out to Colombian youth and educators. 
URL https://www.growcolombia.org/blog/humming-for-change/
 
Title Outdoor classroom day video 
Description A video capturing the work that GROW Colombia and its partner United Way (formerly called Dividendo por Colombia) carried out in the frame of the Outdoor Classroom Day global campaign which aimed to highlight the importance of biodiversity amongst school children. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Helped to reach over 200 school teachers and 19,000 school kids. 
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1H60tJ5pcujt76-wx1FIDtLREjp4ro0Xt/view?usp=sharing
 
Title Public engagement GROW Colombia workshop video 
Description It is a short video capturing the results of GROW Colombia´s public engagement workshop that was held in Colombia with the purpose to establish a network of public engagement institutions. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact A network of public engagement institutions was established and future work is currently being planned with some of these actors. 
URL https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Bl1_dfuPEboqIdhqfeoAQfu3LvapGDB0/view?usp=sharing
 
Title Science media workshop short film 
Description This short film captures the capacity building work that GROW and its partners SciDev.Net implemented with natural scientists and science journalists in Colombia. 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Several articles where written about the project´s research and about scientific research about side the project´s scope. A network with local journalists was established, and the project was invited to participate in science media events. 
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hW7UgRk3TCs
 
Title Videos from the training "workshop methods and tools for biodiversity and ecosystem services valuation and management" 
Description We developed 8 videos from each of the talks presented during the training workshop (Sep 2019). This is going to be a training material available for participants and non participants. The videos have spanish and english translation. The video topics are: environmental and ecological economics, natural capital and ecosystems services, economic valuation (price vs. value), economic valuation in Colombia, cost-benefit analysis in the real world, policy of environmental decision making (the balance sheet approach), pricing methods and production function, revealed preference methods, state preference methods (contingent valuation and choice experiments). 
Type Of Art Film/Video/Animation 
Year Produced 2020 
Impact The videos and all the workshop materials will be available online for any person interested in the basics of economic valuation of biodiversity and ecosystem services, and different tools and methods. 
 
Description The project is split into three programmes; Natural Diversity, Agricultural Diversity and Socioeconomics of Biodiversity underpinned by an extensive public engagement programme and a communication and policy impact strategy.
Achievements include;
Policy Impact: Mision de Sabios, Colombian EBP, COP26, Eden Colombia, Doing Science in Colombia.
Public Engagement: Cheltenham Science Festival, UN Live, Scientific creative writing programme, NHM/Eden events, Andean Bear festival, Living Maps of Colombia environmental education programme.
Research and publications: Various areas of the research have provided key data, recommendations and research for prominent articles and publications, including scientific journals, media articles, socio economic reports.
Cacao: Almost 2,000 candidate genes for disease resistance and 500 for cadmium metabolism for wild cacao relatives were found, contributing to improving cacao crops.
Andean bear: An assessment of the conservation status and historic changes in Andean bear populations was carried out to inform Andean bear conservation strategies.
Tropical pastures, sugarcane and plantains: Genetic resources for these cash crops were built by genetically analysing various varieties of tropical pastures.
Mixed pasture systems: Remote sensing monitoring of multi-species pasture systems showed greater biomass production, quicker recovery of soil health parameters (soil aggregation) and an increase in richness and diversity of pollinators.
Socioeconomics of biodiversity: Reports on natural capital, sustainable cattle ranching and deforestation, sustainable cacao farming and market, and bioeconomic strategies were produced to promote recommendations for policy formulation.
Peace with Nature workshops organised for ex-combatants, provided training in biodiversity and conservation science. Participants enhanced skills and knowledge on inventories of biodiversity to be able to apply their skills to ecotourism initiatives, like creating new nature trails, and becoming citizen scientists. The multidisciplinary team facilitating the workshops guided over 100 former soldiers through brainstorming sessions, combining their lived knowledge of the jungle with the rigors of the scientific method. The programme empowers ex-combatants with knowledge of biodiversity to be incorporated into activities allowing them to reintegrate into Colombian society.
The project created a strong network of Colombian scientists, policy makers, journalists, and other stakeholders focussed on biodiversity and sustainability in Colombia who will take forward findings, recommendations and training of this project into future research and endeavours.
The project built long lasting trusted partnerships with Colombian stakeholders at national and regional levels. Such trust has been pivotal to the co-development of capacity building objectives, and the successful generation of equitable outcomes. The training of early career stage Colombian scientists will have a long-term beneficial impact through the establishment of new skills and importantly through the consolidation of collaborative working.
The project achieved planned deliverables, exceeding the original proposal objectives in areas, especially capacity building events where over 30 activities run throughout the project. Attended by over 1,200 participants, the project team strived to ensure an equitable gender split in attendance. 16 public engagement events delivered were estimated to have reached an audience of over 408,000. The real number of the reach of GROW Colombia will be much higher given post event access to online recordings and information via the GROW website and other social media.
Exploitation Route Members of BRIDGE global network will use GROW's research to formulate impactful projects contributing to preserving Colombia's biodiversity, enhancing its sustainable and equitable economic development.
C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a computing infrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data. C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of such a research in Colombia.
Led by the GROW PI and Colombian partners, Colombia joined the Earth Biogenome Project in 2019. EBP-Colombia is a partnership committed to research in the service of sustainable, environmentally-focused strategies to develop Colombia's bioeconomy. It will address the many social and economic challenges.
Research outcomes from the Bioeconomy Cluster, of which GROW was a partner, are being taken forward to obtain resources to implement bioeconomy projects in various regions of Colombia.
GROW partner, Eden Project is using GROW's engagement networks for the Eden Colombia initiative. Announced by the Colombian government at COP26, it aims to create an Eden Project in Colombia that positions the country internationally for tourism and serves as a regional catalyst for sustaining peace, promoting biodiversity conservation and developing a sustainable bioeconomy.
GROW Colombia's Peace with Nature programme is being taken forward by Sydney University in alliance with the British government.
Sectors Agriculture, Food and Drink,Communities and Social Services/Policy,Education,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

URL https://www.growcolombia.org/
 
Description Engaging Policymakers: The project directly engages the Government of Colombia. The Vice Minister of Tourism is a member of our Strategic Advisory Board (SAB) and we have representation from the newly formed Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation (Minciencias) on both our SAB and our Executive Steering Committee. We also have MOUs with government research institutes AGROSAVIA and SINCHI. The GROW PI, was a member of the Mision Internacional de Sabios, a group of international experts responsible for developing policy recommendations on Colombia's bioeconomy, biotechnology and environment to inform policymakers and government agencies. In 2020 Minciencias incorporated these recommendations in Colombia's national strategy for bioeconomy. The recommendations played a crucial role in defining strategic areas and key sectors for Colombia's bioeconomy. Moreover, Minciencias supported and framed the Earth Biogenome Project (EBP) Colombia within its national bioeconomy strategy. EBP Colombia was founded and launched in 2020 by GROW's PI and several other project Co Is. EBP Colombia aims to boost Colombia's bioeconomy by generating knowledge on its biodiversity through the application of state of the art genetic sequencing techniques. Additionally, in 2020 GROW Colombia engaged with the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development, impacting its long-term environmental research plans. The UK Embassy invited GROW to participate in a series of workshops led by the Ministry to provide input to shape its National Strategic Environmental Research Plan (PENIA). The plan will direct environmental research in Colombia for the next ten years (2020 to 2030). As part of GROW´s February 2021 SAB meeting, the Tourism Vice-Minister presented the Colombian Government's new Conservation-Oriented Tourism Policy. Close interaction and collaboration with this Vice-Ministry and with the National Natural Parks agency allows for impact inducing policy-research synergies. We have introduced GROW to leading members of the Colombian Congress in preparation for advocating policy recommendations based on GROW research findings. In the UK a senior official from the Department for International Trade is a member of our SAB. We work closely with BEIS and FCO officials to ensure GROW's achievements benefit the GCRF's impact and the UK's diplomatic work with Colombia. We also work with Parliamentarians, including the UK Trade Envoy to Colombia, to ensure GROW is profiled in relevant parliamentary interventions and in bilateral discussions with their Colombian counterparts. In 2018 the UK Government invited GROW's PI to be one of four people to brief President Duque on policy priorities during his visit to London to agree the UK-Col Partnership for Sustainable Growth. In July 2020 the Colombian Government's Environment Minister met with the GROW PI and British Embassy staff to discuss policy drivers to develop the bioeconomy and achieve sustainable growth. The Colombian Government's strategy for COP26 was also discussed. The GROW PI presented policy recommendations and GROW's research activities. In November 2021 GROW participated in COP 26, showcasing attendees its Living Maps campaign. The campaign encourages youth participation to take action to mitigate climate change. Engaging Farmers/Producers: GROW is engaged in a wide variety of research projects to strengthen the capacity of farmers and producers and improve the sustainability of Colombian agriculture. Our forage breeding research aims to improve the sustainability and value of forage varieties by identifying traits that make them more palatable and resistant to pests, climate change and cadmium uptake from the soil. The results of this research will enable farmers to improve productivity, sustainability, resilience and nutritional quality of forages, and to cultivate land that was previously considered too contaminated. GROW is also assessing the efficacy of planting native shrubs and trees within multi species grazing pastures to bring a range of potential benefits such as improved soil health, enhanced biodiversity and greenhouse gas emission reductions in livestock farming. We are reaching Colombian farming communities through our partnership with CIAT. GROW's research into sugarcane and cocoa diversity is engaging farmers and producers via trade associations and Colombian research institutes. The objective of our research is to accelerate the improvement of farming important cash crops like sugarcane and cocoa to enable more sustainable practices, increased productivity and resilience to threats such as climate change and disease. Soil health is another important component of GROW's agricultural research. The project aims to discover more about the diversity of microorganisms in soil that support ecosystem functions and how they are impacted by human activities. GROW workshops engaging 50 microbiologists and agri-policy specialists resulted in the formation of the Colombian Microbial Ecology Group. This Group will analyse Colombia's capacity to understand where improvements can be made to soil microbial ecology data and drive progress within the agriculture industry. Discussions with the Agricultural Ministry have taken place in 2020 to explore how to best present and incorporate GROW research with the Ministry led working tables on agricultural value chains and sustainable cattle ranching. Engaging Ex-combatants: GROW's research and capacity building work with ex-combatants forms a crucial aspect of the project at a critical time in Colombia's development towards peace and stability. Led by the University of Sydney, this work, entitled Peace with Nature, aims to empower former members of the FARC-EP to become conservationists in order to improve their livelihoods and help their reincorporation into Colombian society. A series of workshops, involving more than 50 ex-combatants, has been held across Colombia and has been endorsed by the United Nations as part of the implementation of the peace process. This project has equipped ex-combatants of FARC-EP with fundamental skills and knowledge to understand, survey and protect biodiversity, and identify and explore the sustainable business opportunities (e.g. ecotourism) to improve and sustain their livelihoods in the process of reincorporation. Public and Community Engagement: Since its establishment GROW has engaged at least 400,000 members of the public in terms of activities and publications, in both the UK and Colombia. This includes raising awareness through community engagement in research activities and their benefits and impacts. We have produced tailored materials through our partners' professional communications teams and specialist commissions. Following the Science and Media Engagement Training in 2019 GROW achieved excellent exposure in both print, online and social media in Colombia. The GROW website was created by a specialist Colombian media company following a competitive tender process and is fully available in Spanish and English. In November 2021, during COP 26, GROW's book "The Threads that Bind us: Colombian Stories Spun from Science and Nature" was launched to provoke interest amongst the general public in Colombia's biodiversity. Together with the Colombian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the Universidad de los Andes the book was converted into audiobooks that have been viewed by more than 10,300 persons.
First Year Of Impact 2017
Sector Agriculture, Food and Drink,Education,Environment,Leisure Activities, including Sports, Recreation and Tourism,Government, Democracy and Justice,Manufacturing, including Industrial Biotechology,Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections
Impact Types Cultural,Societal,Economic,Policy & public services

 
Description Chair GCRF CABANA's advisory board
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact Chair of the board (JDV). Advising CABANA's executive team on recommendations to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme. CABANA is a capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America by an international consortium of ten organisations. CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
URL http://cabana.online
 
Description Dasgupta review on the Economics of Biodiversity - call for evidence
Geographic Reach Multiple continents/international 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Development of technical baselines for the policy of sustainable cattle production in Colombia
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact This policy proposal for the transition to sustainable livestock raises to a national scope, given the wide coverage of livestock activity throughout the national territory. In coherence with the agricultural policy, referring to all the dimensions of sustainability, from an integral vision, it implies the development of the activity with a value chain approach applied to the set of processes that are developed around bovine livestock: Bos taurus and Bos indicus; and it has been formulated with a time horizon of 30 years, which is why it should be considered as a supported State policy as a programmatic document of the agricultural sector with intersectoral alliances; and legislative developments that ensure its long-term vision, in the face of the challenges involved in the reversal of the economic and socio-environmental impacts that have led to the unsustainability of historical livestock processes.
URL https://cgspace.cgiar.org/handle/10568/103242
 
Description GCRF CABANA's advisory board
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
Impact Advising CABANA's executive team on recommendations to accelerate the implementation of data-driven biology in the region by creating a sustainable capacity-building programme. CABANA is a capacity strengthening project for bioinformatics in Latin America by an international consortium of ten organisations. CABANA is funded by the Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF).
URL http://cabana.online
 
Description Interview with ICAI for UK funding evaluation
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Contribution to a national consultation/review
 
Description Participation in International Mision de Sabios
Geographic Reach National 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
URL https://minciencias.gov.co/mision_sabios
 
Description Pre-Meeting with Mark Menzies MP, UK Trade Envoy to Latin America and Chair of APPG Latin America, and BEIS/FO official.
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Presentation to All Party Parliamentary Latin America Group and All Party Parliamentary Colombia Group
Geographic Reach South America 
Policy Influence Type Participation in a guidance/advisory committee
 
Description Developing capabilities in high performance digital infrastructure for data intensive scientific innovation in Colombia
Amount £29,500 (GBP)
Funding ID IAPP18-19\294 
Organisation Royal Academy of Engineering 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 05/2019 
End 12/2020
 
Description Leverage Yellow Common Bean Native Variety Liborino as a bioproduct for the sustainable and peaceful socioeconomic development of the rural communities in Colombia
Amount £49,852 (GBP)
Funding ID 527023146 
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2020 
End 10/2021
 
Description Meeting policy challenges for a responsible biodiversity based bio-economy in Colombia
Amount £126,874 (GBP)
Funding ID EP/T025026/1 
Organisation Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 06/2020 
End 05/2021
 
Description Newton-Paulet Fund - Peru - Researcher Links 2018
Amount £36,725 (GBP)
Funding ID 2018-RLWK10-10508 
Organisation British Council 
Sector Charity/Non Profit
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2019 
End 12/2019
 
Description RCUK-CIAT Newton Fund: Exploiting biodiversity in Brachiaria/Panicum tropical forage grasses using genetics to improve livelihoods and sustainability
Amount £150,692 (GBP)
Funding ID BB/R022828/1 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 04/2018 
End 03/2019
 
Description Safeguarding UK's best-loved fruit: immunity diversity in banana cultivars
Amount £100,000 (GBP)
Funding ID 2586708 
Organisation Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 09/2021 
End 09/2025
 
Description Use of legumes in meadows as a sustainable alternative for the management of pastures dedicated to dairy production in the department of Cundinamarca (Uso de leguminosas en praderas como alternativa sostenible de manejo de pasturas dedicadas a la producci
Amount $ 0 (COP)
Funding ID Convocatoria 802 Colciencias Colombia Bio 
Organisation Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias) 
Sector Public
Country Colombia
Start  
 
Title Environmental valuation studies in Colombia (3.0 v) 
Description This is a review of some economic valuation studies and manuals mainly form Universidad de los Andes, and also from some other colombian organizations. It covers 1999 to 2019. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This database was used for the training workshop held in Bogotá during 2019 on economic valuation tools. It will also be used as a reference database to use the benefit transfer methodology. 
 
Title Extended cost-benefit analysis for jatropha, spread sheet 
Description The tabs in this work book can be used to simulate the investment of implementing and maintenance of one hectare of Jatropha for 10 years. The first tab allows to input initial data like jatropha prices, production, unitary prices for inputs and quantities of pesticides, insecticides, labour quantities and costs. The Financial Analysis tab, shows the cash flow and some financial indicators (internal rate of return - IRR, net present value - NPV) associated to different discount rates. The Economic Analysis tab, includes externalities (CO2) and correction factors for market failures. The tabs NVP and Graphs, show the difference between economic and financial analysis. The tab NPV verify is an example that show the difference between generating NPV manually vs the Excel formula. Finally, the sensitivity analysis shows the changes of the indicators when changing some variable. They become critical if changes in these variables (positive or negative), generate largest impacts on the financial or economic indicators. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This CBA spread sheet was used by the participants of the economic valuation tools workshop held in Bogotá during 2019. 
 
Title PRJNA513453 Transcriptomic sequencing of 104 Brachiaria spp and Megathyrsus maximus tropical forages accessions representative of the global diversity 
Description RNA-seq on accessions from four Brachiaria species and Panicum maximus with accessions from CIAT (Cali, Colombia) to cover the different levels of ploidy and diversity 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact This dataset represent 90% of the genemic data available for this species. 
URL https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bioproject/PRJNA513453
 
Title Sustainable Cattle Ranching Economic Assessment Tool v.1.10. 
Description The tool is developed in a worksheet support and is based on an extended cost-benefit analysis (CBA) that compares the implementation of different forms of SCR to the current extensive cattle ranching systems (Business as Usual, BAU). It allows to contrast costs and benefits of implementing SCR strategies vis-à-vis BAU. The tool evaluates SCR implementation strategies for a single prototype farm and performs calculations of the net present value (NPV) of cattle ranching systems over a 20 years period. The tool reports farm-level costs and benefits by calculating financial indicators (e.g. revenues from production, production costs, gross margin, enterprise profit) and extended economic benefits produced by ecosystem services enhancement that result from cattle ranching activities. 
Type Of Material Data handling & control 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact The tool was presented to cattle ranching stakeholders and practitioners in Colombia with the objective of using it for socio-economic analysis and for further implementation/development. 
 
Title Sustainable cacao consumption choice experiment 
Description Choice experiment dataset collecting data from online survey about sustainable cacao consumption. A random sample from the general population in Colombia (N=600) and the United Kingdom (N=604) answered to an anonymised online survey questionnaire collecting information about chocolate products consumption, preferences, and attitudes. The survey questionnaire was administered by a professional survey company between September and October 2020. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact GROW Colombia's socioeconomic team uses the dataset for further research and analysis on the sustainability of the Colombian cacao sector. 
 
Title Tissue samples collected for genomic sequencing in Lizama, Colombia, to date, and their current genomic characterisation 
Description Dataset contains details on 53 fishes collected from the Lizama area in Colombia and selected for a pilot experiment on species sequencing using third-generation-sequencing approaches. Data include species, biological replicate number, date and site of collection, tissue type, preservation medium, and their current link and genomic characterisation on NCBI 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The dataset provides an indication of the studies novelty, how much it will contribute to the field of genomics, specifically the Earth Biogenome Project, as well as online genomic reference databases. In addition, researching the current genomic characterisation facilitates the future exploration of effective mtDNA regions for eDNA applications, and where the current gaps lie 
 
Title Whole genome assembly and gene annotation of a diploid genotype of Brachiaria ruziziensis (syn. Urochloa ruziziensis) 
Description In this work, we have presented a comprehensive analysis of the molecular mechanism linked to aluminium tolerance in Brachiaria species. By assembling and annotating a diploid genotype of B. ruziziensis we have developed the capability for genomic-based studies of desirable phenotypic traits. Using this resource, we have identified three QTLs associated to root architecture and vigour during Al 3+ stress in a hybrid population from a high and low tolerant accession. We have also identified a number of genes and molecular responses that impact on different aspects of signalling, cell-wall composition and active transports as a response to aluminium stress. Brachiaria tolerance appears to build in the same genes than in rice. However, we found that external mechanisms such as sequestration of Al 3+ common in other grasses might be not that important in Brachiaria. Also, contrasting regulation in the same genotype after 8 or 72 hours of Al 3+ stress of numerous genes involved in RNA translation can explain the different levels of tolerance among different Brachiaria species. The newly annotated draft genome represents an important base upon which study other aspects of Brachiaria biology. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2020 
Provided To Others? Yes  
URL https://zenodo.org/record/3703092
 
Title Whole genome sequencing of 150 common bean landraces from South America 
Description 150 common bean landraces were obtained from international genebanks, grow and DNA extracted. Samples were sequenced using Illumina short-read technology to a coverage of approx. 20X per sample. Data is being deposited in genomic repositories, namely EBI's nt archive. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2021 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact This dataset is being analysed by both teams in the UK and Colombia using different approaches (diversity analysis, phenotype-genotype association and genotype-environment association) to clarify several hypothesis regarding the adaptation of common bean to future climatic scenarios. 
 
Title Whole-genome resequencing of 220 sugarcane accessions representative of the global diversity 
Description Whole-genome resequencing of 220 sugarcane accessions representative of the global diversity. The dataset includes 15 S. officinarum, 7 S. barberi from 3 subspecies, 5 S. sinense from 2 subspecies, 1 S. spontaneum, and 3 Erianthus genotypes. These include 2 samples from Papua New Guinea and 1 from India, hypothetical centers of origin of the species. The dataset also includes 189 sugarcane hybrids from breeding programmes in 15 countries: Australia, Barbados, Brazil, Colombia, India, Indonesia, Mauritius, Mexico, Argentina, Peru, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, South Africa, USA and Venezuela. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? Yes  
Impact 57 samples sequenced to a coverage of ~10X for genome composition analysis. All 220 samples sequenced to a coverage of ~2X for population structure analysis. The data has been shared with the Colombian sugarcane breeding institute, that is making (confidential) use of the data for breeding. 
 
Description Aberystwyth University - IBERS, in temperate and tropical forages 
Organisation University of Wales
Department Institute of Biological Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Genetic map integration with genome assemblies. SNP and diversity calling in natural and induced populations of forages.
Collaborator Contribution Genetic map assembly and validation. Genotyping-by-synthesis (GBS) library preparation and sequencing for diversity analysis. Gene and transcriptomic analysis.
Impact Chromosome-scale genome references for Trifolium pratense, Lolium perenne and Brachiaria ruziziensis.
Start Year 2014
 
Description Agrosavia-Earlham Institute MoU 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Genomic approaches to access the crop diversity at the Colombian National Germplasm collection hosted by Agrosavia/Corpoica
Collaborator Contribution Making available genetic resources and evaluation trials
Impact Two pilot projects on Musa accessions and legume forages to identify genome-wide trait-SNP associations for molecular breeding.
Start Year 2019
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Department Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias)
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation BRIDGE Colombia
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Colombian Sugarcane Research Center
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation CorpoGen
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation EAFIT University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation El Bosque University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Guillermo Pilleres Botanical Garden
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation ICESI University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Industrial University of Santander
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Institute for Marine and Coastal Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation National Research Center for Coffee
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation National University of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Pontifical Xavierian University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation The Eden Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University College London
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of Antioquia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of Sheffield
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of Sydney
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of the Amazon
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Network 
Organisation World Wide Fund for Nature
Department Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute founded the BRIDGE Colombia network of Colombia, British and International organisations following the success of an IAA funded workshop around Colombian Biodiversity. The development of the BRIDGE day 2017 and 2018. In 2018 it was decide that GROW and BRIDGE would aligned with some projects of the Newton Caldas programme
Collaborator Contribution The network is a multidisciplinary network of researchers and organisations with an interest in preserving Colombian biodiversity and promoting the sustainable use of natural resources. Each network partner has contributed to ongoing discussions about current and future research proposals and ideas.
Impact Disciplines involved: biological sciences, agricultural sciences, ecology, microbiology, economics, social sciences, political sciences
Start Year 2017
 
Description BiG data Analytics for a sustainable, competitive and inclusive Cacao value chain in Colombia 
Organisation CasaLuker
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have agreed on a proposal led by Earlham Institute, a research institution in the UK, to explore the commercial potential by building a data platform and using it in pilot feasibility projects. The length of the project is 18 months. There are two additional academic partners involved in the project, the University of Reading in the UK and the University of Los Andes (UniAndes) in Bogota, Colombia. Their expertise is key to achieve the objectives of the project in specific tasks that are not covered by the industrial partners. The costs of the three non-industrial partners does not exceed 50 % of the total project, and will mainly be used to cover the salary costs of developing the platform (EI), collecting data for cadmium tolerance (Reading), and economic modelling (UniAndes). Three industrial partners (business) from Colombia, with expertise in different stages of the cocoa value chain, are involved in the proposal. Their combined budget is 50 % of the total project. Fromnativo is a SME, while Fedecacao and Casa Luker are large companies and will fund half of their total project costs as required by the guidelines. All the activities by the industrial partners fall into the "Fundamental Research" category within Innovate UK guidelines. Approximately 70 % will be spend overseas for field work and to cover the time allocated by the experts in the cocoa value chain. A detailed breakdown of the roles and times is provided in the finance forms. The development of the data platform and modelling tools, as well as the pilot studies using them, are specialized and labour intensive. As result, most of the R&D funding by Innovate UK will cover salary costs. 2/3rds of the budget allocated overseas will be used by the industrial partners (business). The project involves field work in the study areas of Arauca, and travel and subsistence for that are requested by all the partners.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the impact that GROW has, we have agreed on a new proposal and a collaborative agreement to work with Cacao.
Impact We have written a proposal and signed an agreement to work together.
Start Year 2018
 
Description BiG data Analytics for a sustainable, competitive and inclusive Cacao value chain in Colombia 
Organisation Fedecacao
Country Colombia 
Sector Learned Society 
PI Contribution We have agreed on a proposal led by Earlham Institute, a research institution in the UK, to explore the commercial potential by building a data platform and using it in pilot feasibility projects. The length of the project is 18 months. There are two additional academic partners involved in the project, the University of Reading in the UK and the University of Los Andes (UniAndes) in Bogota, Colombia. Their expertise is key to achieve the objectives of the project in specific tasks that are not covered by the industrial partners. The costs of the three non-industrial partners does not exceed 50 % of the total project, and will mainly be used to cover the salary costs of developing the platform (EI), collecting data for cadmium tolerance (Reading), and economic modelling (UniAndes). Three industrial partners (business) from Colombia, with expertise in different stages of the cocoa value chain, are involved in the proposal. Their combined budget is 50 % of the total project. Fromnativo is a SME, while Fedecacao and Casa Luker are large companies and will fund half of their total project costs as required by the guidelines. All the activities by the industrial partners fall into the "Fundamental Research" category within Innovate UK guidelines. Approximately 70 % will be spend overseas for field work and to cover the time allocated by the experts in the cocoa value chain. A detailed breakdown of the roles and times is provided in the finance forms. The development of the data platform and modelling tools, as well as the pilot studies using them, are specialized and labour intensive. As result, most of the R&D funding by Innovate UK will cover salary costs. 2/3rds of the budget allocated overseas will be used by the industrial partners (business). The project involves field work in the study areas of Arauca, and travel and subsistence for that are requested by all the partners.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the impact that GROW has, we have agreed on a new proposal and a collaborative agreement to work with Cacao.
Impact We have written a proposal and signed an agreement to work together.
Start Year 2018
 
Description BiG data Analytics for a sustainable, competitive and inclusive Cacao value chain in Colombia 
Organisation Fromnativo
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution We have agreed on a proposal led by Earlham Institute, a research institution in the UK, to explore the commercial potential by building a data platform and using it in pilot feasibility projects. The length of the project is 18 months. There are two additional academic partners involved in the project, the University of Reading in the UK and the University of Los Andes (UniAndes) in Bogota, Colombia. Their expertise is key to achieve the objectives of the project in specific tasks that are not covered by the industrial partners. The costs of the three non-industrial partners does not exceed 50 % of the total project, and will mainly be used to cover the salary costs of developing the platform (EI), collecting data for cadmium tolerance (Reading), and economic modelling (UniAndes). Three industrial partners (business) from Colombia, with expertise in different stages of the cocoa value chain, are involved in the proposal. Their combined budget is 50 % of the total project. Fromnativo is a SME, while Fedecacao and Casa Luker are large companies and will fund half of their total project costs as required by the guidelines. All the activities by the industrial partners fall into the "Fundamental Research" category within Innovate UK guidelines. Approximately 70 % will be spend overseas for field work and to cover the time allocated by the experts in the cocoa value chain. A detailed breakdown of the roles and times is provided in the finance forms. The development of the data platform and modelling tools, as well as the pilot studies using them, are specialized and labour intensive. As result, most of the R&D funding by Innovate UK will cover salary costs. 2/3rds of the budget allocated overseas will be used by the industrial partners (business). The project involves field work in the study areas of Arauca, and travel and subsistence for that are requested by all the partners.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the impact that GROW has, we have agreed on a new proposal and a collaborative agreement to work with Cacao.
Impact We have written a proposal and signed an agreement to work together.
Start Year 2018
 
Description BiG data Analytics for a sustainable, competitive and inclusive Cacao value chain in Colombia 
Organisation University of Reading
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have agreed on a proposal led by Earlham Institute, a research institution in the UK, to explore the commercial potential by building a data platform and using it in pilot feasibility projects. The length of the project is 18 months. There are two additional academic partners involved in the project, the University of Reading in the UK and the University of Los Andes (UniAndes) in Bogota, Colombia. Their expertise is key to achieve the objectives of the project in specific tasks that are not covered by the industrial partners. The costs of the three non-industrial partners does not exceed 50 % of the total project, and will mainly be used to cover the salary costs of developing the platform (EI), collecting data for cadmium tolerance (Reading), and economic modelling (UniAndes). Three industrial partners (business) from Colombia, with expertise in different stages of the cocoa value chain, are involved in the proposal. Their combined budget is 50 % of the total project. Fromnativo is a SME, while Fedecacao and Casa Luker are large companies and will fund half of their total project costs as required by the guidelines. All the activities by the industrial partners fall into the "Fundamental Research" category within Innovate UK guidelines. Approximately 70 % will be spend overseas for field work and to cover the time allocated by the experts in the cocoa value chain. A detailed breakdown of the roles and times is provided in the finance forms. The development of the data platform and modelling tools, as well as the pilot studies using them, are specialized and labour intensive. As result, most of the R&D funding by Innovate UK will cover salary costs. 2/3rds of the budget allocated overseas will be used by the industrial partners (business). The project involves field work in the study areas of Arauca, and travel and subsistence for that are requested by all the partners.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the impact that GROW has, we have agreed on a new proposal and a collaborative agreement to work with Cacao.
Impact We have written a proposal and signed an agreement to work together.
Start Year 2018
 
Description BiG data Analytics for a sustainable, competitive and inclusive Cacao value chain in Colombia 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We have agreed on a proposal led by Earlham Institute, a research institution in the UK, to explore the commercial potential by building a data platform and using it in pilot feasibility projects. The length of the project is 18 months. There are two additional academic partners involved in the project, the University of Reading in the UK and the University of Los Andes (UniAndes) in Bogota, Colombia. Their expertise is key to achieve the objectives of the project in specific tasks that are not covered by the industrial partners. The costs of the three non-industrial partners does not exceed 50 % of the total project, and will mainly be used to cover the salary costs of developing the platform (EI), collecting data for cadmium tolerance (Reading), and economic modelling (UniAndes). Three industrial partners (business) from Colombia, with expertise in different stages of the cocoa value chain, are involved in the proposal. Their combined budget is 50 % of the total project. Fromnativo is a SME, while Fedecacao and Casa Luker are large companies and will fund half of their total project costs as required by the guidelines. All the activities by the industrial partners fall into the "Fundamental Research" category within Innovate UK guidelines. Approximately 70 % will be spend overseas for field work and to cover the time allocated by the experts in the cocoa value chain. A detailed breakdown of the roles and times is provided in the finance forms. The development of the data platform and modelling tools, as well as the pilot studies using them, are specialized and labour intensive. As result, most of the R&D funding by Innovate UK will cover salary costs. 2/3rds of the budget allocated overseas will be used by the industrial partners (business). The project involves field work in the study areas of Arauca, and travel and subsistence for that are requested by all the partners.
Collaborator Contribution As part of the impact that GROW has, we have agreed on a new proposal and a collaborative agreement to work with Cacao.
Impact We have written a proposal and signed an agreement to work together.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Catholic University of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Center for Bioinformatics and Computational Biology of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Colombian Sugarcane Research Center
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation CorpoGen
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation EAFIT University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation EAFIT University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Jorge Tadeo Lozano University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation National University of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation Saint Thomas Aquinas University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation The National Academic Network of Advanced Technology
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation University of Antioquia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description C3Biodiversidad: Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium for Biodiversity (Consorcio Colombiano de Ciberinfraestructura para la Biodiversidad) 
Organisation University of the Llanos
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution C3Biodiversidad was created in a visionary workshop in Bogota from 26th to 28th June organised by GROW by a panel of experts from the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) system of Colombia, with the assistance of a panel of independent international experts . C3Biodiversidad is open to any stakeholder interested in the development of a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution C3Biodiversidad aims to develop a scientific cyberinfrastructure in Colombia for the analysis of scientific data, especially biological, genomic and socioeconomic data. The objectives of C3Biodiversidad are: Growth skills in data analysis in Colombia, accelerate data-oriented research in Colombia, facilitate data-supported decision-making, secure the engagement of diverse stakeholders in the previous objectives.
Impact The Colombian Consortium of Cyberinfrastructure for Biodiversity aims to produce the following products for dissemination: A statement about its objectives and constitution, a strategy or white paper for the dissemination of the conclusions of the workshop in policy-making institutions, especially in Colombia and the United Kingdom, instruments for the coordination of the consortium using social networks (Slack, WhatsApp, Twitter @C3Biodiversidad, etc.), an informative note for dissemination in the national media, especially from Colombia and the United Kingdom, and an article in an international scientific journal.
Start Year 2018
 
Description CABI - GROW Colombia 
Organisation Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia is bringing their expertise on running capacity-building activities and sharing scientific information for media. Knowledge of cacao relative wild species in Colombia and market chain of previum cacao
Collaborator Contribution CABI is sharing knowledge and expertise on science communications, access and benefits sharing. Shared knowledge on trade & commodities on numerous coffee and cocoa projects, including cocoa activities in Peru, Ecuador, Trinidad & Tobago & Colombia.
Impact -Science and media engagement workshop with PARAGUAS project (University of Loughborough)
Start Year 2018
 
Description CIAT-Earlham Institute metagenomics 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Collaboration to analyse 18 metagenomes from a BNI (biological nitrification inhibition) experiment carried out by CIAT.
Collaborator Contribution CIAT collected the soil samples from the experimental plots on site and performed DNA extractions.
Impact Collaboration between Cenicaña and CIAT to achieve soil DNA extraction protocols.
Start Year 2019
 
Description CacaoBio-Caqueta - GROW Colombia 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how diversity can help with disease resistance in cacao species and includes participants from Universidad del Rosario, Agrosavia and Universidad de los Andes. This aligns well with the expedition planned by Colciencias (MinCiencias) as part of the Colombia Bio programme, which will document the diversity of cacao species in different regions. The GROW project will document the expedition as part of a public engagement and dissemination effort. The proposed project aims to characterise genomic data for representatives of Colombian species of Theobroma and Herrania -this will be facilitated by the data already generated for cacao (200 genomes in a paper by Motamayor) that will make genome assembly easier-; and population genetic analysis of the two most important cacao phytopathogens, Phytophthora and Moniliophthora roreri. The data may also be used to understand evolutionary processes, specifically mode of speciation in rain forests. From the pathogens side, despite their importance, cacao diseases have not been extensively studied in Colombia. Fungi present in related plant species may constitute the diversity reservoir of pathogens for this important crop. The study of the plant diseases can help in the design of diagnostic tools and of appropriate control strategies. The Natural Diversity Programme of GROW will explore the diversity of cacao and its wild relatives. Agrosavia led and organized the logistics of the first phase of the CacaoBio Expedition in Caquetá region. Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve researchers to aid in the fied part. From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (9 Theobroma and 4 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve researchers to aid in the fied part. Universidad del Rosario served as the advisor for the Expedition. Colciencias (MinCiencias) was the funding agency for this Expedition. The preliminary results of the expedition to explore the diversity of caco and its wild relatives are now being processed. The second phase will start later this year and will explore the Choco region with particular focus on contact with local communities. A documentary about the cacao expeditions will be made in October and November 2018. NHM will be leading any work on the project that requires the recovery and analysis of genome sequencing data from museum, herbarium or other archival collections, where DNA quality and quantity is likely to be impaired due to storage. These samples will enable us to better estimate genome diversity across a wider distribution than would be available from modern sampling alone, and also changes in diversity through time. We will be delivering training on the use of ancient DNA in biodiversity research both in the UK and in Colombia. We have now recruited a postdoctoral research who will be helping to deliver on the research and training components of the NHM project. His expertise is in genome data analysis, particularly through the use of chromosome painting approaches. As such, our current focus in this research objective is to identify.
Impact From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (9 Theobroma and 4 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). This project has multidisciplinary expertise from Colombia and the UK. So far, samples of wild relatives of Cacao have been collected in Caqueta, Colombia. The samples are currently being processed. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085. Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Start Year 2018
 
Description CacaoBio-Caqueta - GROW Colombia 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how diversity can help with disease resistance in cacao species and includes participants from Universidad del Rosario, Agrosavia and Universidad de los Andes. This aligns well with the expedition planned by Colciencias (MinCiencias) as part of the Colombia Bio programme, which will document the diversity of cacao species in different regions. The GROW project will document the expedition as part of a public engagement and dissemination effort. The proposed project aims to characterise genomic data for representatives of Colombian species of Theobroma and Herrania -this will be facilitated by the data already generated for cacao (200 genomes in a paper by Motamayor) that will make genome assembly easier-; and population genetic analysis of the two most important cacao phytopathogens, Phytophthora and Moniliophthora roreri. The data may also be used to understand evolutionary processes, specifically mode of speciation in rain forests. From the pathogens side, despite their importance, cacao diseases have not been extensively studied in Colombia. Fungi present in related plant species may constitute the diversity reservoir of pathogens for this important crop. The study of the plant diseases can help in the design of diagnostic tools and of appropriate control strategies. The Natural Diversity Programme of GROW will explore the diversity of cacao and its wild relatives. Agrosavia led and organized the logistics of the first phase of the CacaoBio Expedition in Caquetá region. Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve researchers to aid in the fied part. From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (9 Theobroma and 4 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve researchers to aid in the fied part. Universidad del Rosario served as the advisor for the Expedition. Colciencias (MinCiencias) was the funding agency for this Expedition. The preliminary results of the expedition to explore the diversity of caco and its wild relatives are now being processed. The second phase will start later this year and will explore the Choco region with particular focus on contact with local communities. A documentary about the cacao expeditions will be made in October and November 2018. NHM will be leading any work on the project that requires the recovery and analysis of genome sequencing data from museum, herbarium or other archival collections, where DNA quality and quantity is likely to be impaired due to storage. These samples will enable us to better estimate genome diversity across a wider distribution than would be available from modern sampling alone, and also changes in diversity through time. We will be delivering training on the use of ancient DNA in biodiversity research both in the UK and in Colombia. We have now recruited a postdoctoral research who will be helping to deliver on the research and training components of the NHM project. His expertise is in genome data analysis, particularly through the use of chromosome painting approaches. As such, our current focus in this research objective is to identify.
Impact From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (9 Theobroma and 4 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). This project has multidisciplinary expertise from Colombia and the UK. So far, samples of wild relatives of Cacao have been collected in Caqueta, Colombia. The samples are currently being processed. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085. Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Start Year 2018
 
Description CacaoBio-Chocó - GROW Colombia 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how diversity can help with disease resistance in cacao species and includes participants from Universidad del Rosario, Agrosavia and Universidad de los Andes. This aligns well with the expedition planned by Colciencias (MinCiencias) as part of the Colombia Bio programme, which will document the diversity of cacao species in different regions. The proposed project aims to characterise genomic data for representatives of Colombian species of Theobroma and Herrania -this will be facilitated by the data already generated for cacao (200 genomes in a paper by Motamayor) that will make genome assembly easier-; and population genetic analysis of the two most important cacao phytopathogens, Phytophthora and Moniliophthora roreri. The project also aims to identify genes associated with cadmium metabolism, a heavy metal that can be toxic for humans. The data may also be used to understand evolutionary processes, specifically mode of speciation in rain forests. From the pathogens side, despite their importance, cacao diseases have not been extensively studied in Colombia. Fungi present in related plant species may constitute the diversity reservoir of pathogens for this important crop. The study of the plant diseases can help in the design of diagnostic tools and of appropriate control strategies. The Natural Diversity Programme of GROW will explore the diversity of cacao and its wild relatives. Universidad de los Andes led and organized the logistics of the second phase of the CacaoBio Expedition in Chocó region. Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Uniandes also coordinated a capacity-building activity for local growers, as part of the Expedition. From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Illumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description A manuscript about participatory action research in Chocó region is in preparation regarding cadmium presence in soils.
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Universidad del Rosario served as the advisor for the Expedition. Colciencias (MinCiencias) was the funding agency for this Expedition. Agrosavia has a map of heavy metal soil distribution in Colombia that will share with Universidad de los Andes.
Impact From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Ilumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. This project has multidisciplinary expertise from Colombia and the UK. As a first outcome, Universidad de Los Andes facilitated the interaction with local communities and growers in Chocó region. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Start Year 2018
 
Description CacaoBio-Chocó - GROW Colombia 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how diversity can help with disease resistance in cacao species and includes participants from Universidad del Rosario, Agrosavia and Universidad de los Andes. This aligns well with the expedition planned by Colciencias (MinCiencias) as part of the Colombia Bio programme, which will document the diversity of cacao species in different regions. The proposed project aims to characterise genomic data for representatives of Colombian species of Theobroma and Herrania -this will be facilitated by the data already generated for cacao (200 genomes in a paper by Motamayor) that will make genome assembly easier-; and population genetic analysis of the two most important cacao phytopathogens, Phytophthora and Moniliophthora roreri. The project also aims to identify genes associated with cadmium metabolism, a heavy metal that can be toxic for humans. The data may also be used to understand evolutionary processes, specifically mode of speciation in rain forests. From the pathogens side, despite their importance, cacao diseases have not been extensively studied in Colombia. Fungi present in related plant species may constitute the diversity reservoir of pathogens for this important crop. The study of the plant diseases can help in the design of diagnostic tools and of appropriate control strategies. The Natural Diversity Programme of GROW will explore the diversity of cacao and its wild relatives. Universidad de los Andes led and organized the logistics of the second phase of the CacaoBio Expedition in Chocó region. Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Uniandes also coordinated a capacity-building activity for local growers, as part of the Expedition. From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Illumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description A manuscript about participatory action research in Chocó region is in preparation regarding cadmium presence in soils.
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Universidad del Rosario served as the advisor for the Expedition. Colciencias (MinCiencias) was the funding agency for this Expedition. Agrosavia has a map of heavy metal soil distribution in Colombia that will share with Universidad de los Andes.
Impact From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Ilumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. This project has multidisciplinary expertise from Colombia and the UK. As a first outcome, Universidad de Los Andes facilitated the interaction with local communities and growers in Chocó region. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Start Year 2018
 
Description CacaoBio-Chocó - GROW Colombia 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how diversity can help with disease resistance in cacao species and includes participants from Universidad del Rosario, Agrosavia and Universidad de los Andes. This aligns well with the expedition planned by Colciencias (MinCiencias) as part of the Colombia Bio programme, which will document the diversity of cacao species in different regions. The proposed project aims to characterise genomic data for representatives of Colombian species of Theobroma and Herrania -this will be facilitated by the data already generated for cacao (200 genomes in a paper by Motamayor) that will make genome assembly easier-; and population genetic analysis of the two most important cacao phytopathogens, Phytophthora and Moniliophthora roreri. The project also aims to identify genes associated with cadmium metabolism, a heavy metal that can be toxic for humans. The data may also be used to understand evolutionary processes, specifically mode of speciation in rain forests. From the pathogens side, despite their importance, cacao diseases have not been extensively studied in Colombia. Fungi present in related plant species may constitute the diversity reservoir of pathogens for this important crop. The study of the plant diseases can help in the design of diagnostic tools and of appropriate control strategies. The Natural Diversity Programme of GROW will explore the diversity of cacao and its wild relatives. Universidad de los Andes led and organized the logistics of the second phase of the CacaoBio Expedition in Chocó region. Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Uniandes also coordinated a capacity-building activity for local growers, as part of the Expedition. From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Illumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description A manuscript about participatory action research in Chocó region is in preparation regarding cadmium presence in soils.
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes and Agrosavia sent twelve reserachers to aid in the fied part. Universidad del Rosario served as the advisor for the Expedition. Colciencias (MinCiencias) was the funding agency for this Expedition. Agrosavia has a map of heavy metal soil distribution in Colombia that will share with Universidad de los Andes.
Impact From the collected samples, a total of 13 samples (7 Theobroma and 6 Herrania) will be used to complement the characterization of T. cacao wild relatives (GROW-Cacao Collaboration). One sample was sent for Ilumina whole-genome-sequencing to Novogene USA. This project has multidisciplinary expertise from Colombia and the UK. As a first outcome, Universidad de Los Andes facilitated the interaction with local communities and growers in Chocó region. From this Expedition, 100 samples have been cataloged and entered into Uniandes Herbaria (ANDES) collection. One manuscript published: Gonzalez-Orozco et al, 2020. Exploring the diversity and distribution of crop wild relatives of cacao (Theobroma cacao L.) in Colombia. Genet. Resour. Crop Ev. 67:2071-2085 Dataset of samples available online: https://www.gbif.org/dataset/8183e6f8-b995-4266-b9bb-96fb784d353d#description
Start Year 2018
 
Description Cattle ranching evaluation in Cauca (Unicauca) 
Organisation University of Cauca
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution We are training teachers and researchers from Unicauca on economic valuation tools. We are also identifying with them ways in which the database that they have (209) producers in total can be enhanced and linked to other GIS environmental information.
Collaborator Contribution They shared with us socioeconomic information for 209 farms in two municipalities in Cauca departamento. They also shared soil data for 16 selected farms. We are also developing with them a joint proposal to continue the analysis of pastures enhancement in Cauca departamento and development of extended cost benefit analysis, that includes environmental valuation of externalities.
Impact This is a multi-disciplinary collaboration that involves, agronomists, economists and environmental specialist. We will be presenting shortly a funding proposal to continue the activities developed by CIAT and Unicauca during 2017 to 2019. We are also developing a cost benefit analysis with the existing information on pastures enhancement.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Cenicafé-Earlham Institute MoU 
Organisation National Research Center for Coffee
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Genome assembly and annotation of Mycena citricolor. Phylogenetic relationship to other Mycena species. Secretome analysis using predicted proteome to look for candidate virulence factors.
Collaborator Contribution Cenicafé contributed with PacBio and Ilumina sequencing and RNA seq for 3 tissues of the strain. We have plans for a second project to determine plant-pathogen interactions.
Impact At the end of 2020 we began to plan the second part to the collaboration.
Start Year 2020
 
Description CoForLife: GROW Colombia (CIAT)/IBERS - Advancing sustainable forage-based livestock production systems in Colombia 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Department Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution CIAT contributes to this project by establishing and maintaining the field trials, managing animal grazing and in situ measurements. Other activities include: i) Monitoring forage productivity and its sensitivity to environmental triggers using multi-source remote-sensing data, ii) Estimating variability of soil-based GHG emission factors, and iii) Socio-economic modelling of forages under different climate change and management scenarios
Collaborator Contribution IBERS and UK partners contribute by i) Linking forage productivity to animal nutrition and productivity, and ii) Transition, agricultural intensification and behaviours towards increased use of technology in current practices
Impact No outputs yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration Catapult Satellite Applications - GROW Colombia 
Organisation Satellite Applications Catapult
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia team brings expertise on wild relatives of cocoa species in Colombia. Knowledge of pest and cadmium resistance biological information of cocoa species. intellectual input and expertise on market chains around cocoa, and the willingness to pay of Colombian and British consumers for Colombian premium cocoa
Collaborator Contribution Catapult SA is leading the COLCO project (Colombian cocoa control system) funded by Innovated UK and Newton Fund. Their contributions is the knowledge of the delivery of monitoring and quality assessment capabilities across the value chain and supply chain of cocoa that set an underpinning infrastructure for more reliable and efficient production and more competitive business models.
Impact The collaboration is framed by the following interests - Commercialisation/ business models in Colombia - COLCO expansion and linkages to on-going work in GROW Colombia in regards to cadmium - Exploring other supply chain collaborative projects (e.g. Coffee ) - Market research on premium cocoa market in UK and Colombia
Start Year 2019
 
Description Collaboration between Minciencias (formerly Colciencias) and GROW Partners including Earlham Institute 
Organisation Minciencias
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Minciencias (previously called Colciencias until Dec 2019) is the Colombian Government Science ministry. We have contributed to discussions on priorities for science research in Colombia, in particular via our PI's contribution to the Mission de Sabios which reported to the Colombian government. We also jointly organised the C3 Cyberinfrastructure workshop in 2018.
Collaborator Contribution Minciencias (previously called Colciencias until Dec 2019) is the Colombian Government Science ministry. They have funded, separately from our grant, expeditions within Colombia relating to biodiversity sampling - Colombia BIO and Cacao BIO. Such activities complement our activities and they have shared some of their samples with us. We also jointly organised the C3 Cyberinfrastructure workshop in 2018.
Impact C3 Cyberinfrastructure workshop - jointly organised between Colciencias (now Minciencias) and Earlham Institute / GROW Colombia Mission de Sabios report on science policy priorities for Colombia
Start Year 2017
 
Description Comunitarian Tourim evaluation in Puerto Nariño (Colombian Amazon) 
Organisation Military University Nueva Granada
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Building the evaluation proposal for an internal call, accepted to be developed during 2020. Discussion on the economic analysis methodologies and alternatives.
Collaborator Contribution Expertise exchange, access to local communities, access to information on ecotourism routs, support with university students to apply surveys. Money to develop workshops with local communities. Access to water quality data and governance analisis.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Earlham Institute - AGROSAVIA Collaboration - GWAS in the Colombian native Musa diversity 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Earlham will sequence the genome of 183 Musa accessions from the Colombian collection from M. balbisiana, M. acuminata and their hybrids.
Collaborator Contribution AGROSAVIA holds the living collection of M. balbisiana, M. acuminata and their hybrids at Cali.
Impact Not yet.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW Colombia - IPBES Collaboration 
Organisation Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services
Country Germany 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia PI and the chair of IPBES met in March 2020 to explore areas of collaboration at an international and national level
Collaborator Contribution The expertise of GROW Colombia and the results of the national IPBES assessment are working together to bring their expertise and results to raise awareness about biodiversity and sustainable development in Colombia.
Impact IPBES national assessment will participate in a scientific symposium organized by GROW Colombia at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Tropical Biology and Conservation (ATBC2020) in July 2020 in Cartagena, Colombia.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and 12Tree Finance 
Organisation 12Tree Finance GmbH
Country Germany 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia´s socioeconomic team to work with 12Tree Finance to develop research on sustainable cacao farming and stakeholders' engagement.
Collaborator Contribution 12Tree Finance has an established network of cacao producers and stakeholders in Colombia and provided GROW Colombia's socioeconomic team with cacao supply side information for analysis.
Impact Not yet.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GROW Colombia and Cali Chamber of Commerce 
Organisation Cali Chamber of Commerce
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Federica Di Palma held a presentation on the Mision de Sabios and the work the mission carried out with the bioeconomy. GROW included facilitated the inclusion of the Cali Chamber of commerce in the GCRF cluster call.
Collaborator Contribution The Cali Chamber of Commerce brought together several actors working in the bio economy bio technology sector to meet with GROW. The Chamber of Commerce is a key partner as they facilitate contacts with these actors.
Impact Joint application to the GCRF Cluster call.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and Canadian Embassy in Colombia 
Organisation Government of Canada
Department Embassy of Canada to Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution GROW´s socio-economic programme met with the Canadian Embassy´s in Colombia Deputy Director and Development Officer to seek collaboration opportunities in cacao research. GROW can offer research information on cacao market demand and cacao production to complement the embassy´s cacao programme.
Collaborator Contribution The Canadian Embassy can provide insight to GROW Colombia on cacao production as the embassy, through on of its operators, works directly with cacao producers in several regions in Colombia.
Impact Meetings and exchange of documents so far.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and Choco4Peace 
Organisation Choco4Peace
Country Canada 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia´s socioeconomic team to work with Choco4Peace to develop research on sustainable cacao farming and stakeholders' engagement.
Collaborator Contribution Choco4Peace has an established network of cacao producers and stakeholders in Colombia and will provide GROW Colombia's team with cacao supply side information and engagement opportunities.
Impact Not yet.
Start Year 2021
 
Description GROW Colombia and Fundación Cerros de Bogotá 
Organisation Fundación Cerros de Bogotá
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia's public engagement research team, lead by Dr. Juliet Rose from Eden Project, has guided the collaboration with Fundación Cerros de Bogotá. This collaboration aims to develop capacities amongst teachers and youth workers to guide students (8 to 12 year olds) in the production of living maps. Living maps serve as a tool for children to explore their surroundings and gives them a voice in development processes.
Collaborator Contribution Fundación Cerros de Bogotá has led the living maps capacity building events with teachers and youth workers. They have also produced a video directed to teachers and youth workers on how to produce living maps with their students as well as complementary guide.
Impact Outputs: Training workshops, video and complementary guide on how to produce living maps. The collaboration is multi-disciplinary as it involves school teachers, biologists and landscape architects and urban planners.
Start Year 2020
 
Description GROW Colombia and INVEMAR 
Organisation Institute for Marine and Coastal Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW has supported the definition of joint scientific collaboration projects and has facilitated seeking for funds.
Collaborator Contribution INVEMAR has supported the definition of joint collaboration projects and has provided logistical support to GROW Colombia.
Impact INVEMAR UK visit in December 2018 Scientific collaboration projects have been jointly defined and funds have been sought e.g. GCRF network call 2019 INVEMAR hosted GROW Colombia team visit to INVEMAR facilities in May 2019 INVEMAR has agreed to host GROW Colombia's Annual Meeting in 2020 INVEMAR researcher started PhD at University of East Anglia (GROW Colombia partner)
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW Colombia and Manglar TV 
Organisation Manglar TV
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia's communications team, lead by Mrs Saskia Hervey, and its public engagement research team, lead by Dr. Juliet Rose, have guided Manglar TV in the production of communications and social media campaigns as well as in the development of documentary video's on GROW Colombia's work.
Collaborator Contribution Manglar TV has collaborated in structuring and implementing social media campaigns on GROW Colombia and it has collaborated in the development of documentary videos on GROW's research and capacity building activities.
Impact Outputs: Social media strategy and implementation, and documentary videos. This collaboration includes the participation of communication and public engagement professionals, visual anthropologists and biologists.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and Medellin Botanical Garden 
Organisation Medellin Botanical Garden
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia's public engagement research team, led by Dr. Juliet Rose, has collaborated with the Medellin Botanical Garden to develop online home learning resources on Colombia's biodiversity for school children.
Collaborator Contribution The Medellin Botanical Garden has contributed with information to develop the resources.
Impact Outputs: home learning resources for school children on biodiversity Multi-disciplinary team: educators and biologists have developed the resources
Start Year 2020
 
Description GROW Colombia and National Planning Department 
Organisation Government of Colombia
Department National Planning Department, Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Within Federica Di Palma's role as a member of the Mision de Sabios, scientific advise for the development of the bioeconomy was provided to the National Planning Department.
Collaborator Contribution The National Planning Department provide in sights on their plans to promote the bioeconomy. The also provided policy briefs and reports.
Impact Bases for Mision de Sabios recommendations to Colombian Government on the bioeconomy.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and Newton-Caldas Fund winners 
Organisation Newton Fund
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution During the Integration workshop between the UK and Colombian organization involved in the Netwon-Caldas funding that took place in Colombia in October 2018, Federica Di Palma PI from GROW facilitated the integration between the Colombian and British institutions.
Collaborator Contribution During the integration workshop from the Newton-Caldas winners it was agreed that GROW Colombia and the Newton Caldas winners will unite efforts to develop capacity building activities and research activities. NERC and the Newton-Caldas supported the development of the BRIDGE day in 2018.
Impact Development of the BRIDGE day in 2018 Scientific and media engamenet training in Colombia with the PARAGUAS project ( Loughborough University) Newton-Caldas
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW Colombia and SINCHI Institute 
Organisation Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Worked in joint research projects as well as in organising research events.
Collaborator Contribution Worked in joint research projects as well as in organising research events.
Impact Avoided deforestation and restoration models for Caqueta region in the Colombian Amazon Jointly organised GROW Colombia's Annual Meeting
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) 
Organisation Bioversity International
Country Italy 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia PI and the Director General of Bioversity International/CIAT met in September 2019 to explore areas of collaboration at an international and national level
Collaborator Contribution GROW Colombia and Bioversity International/CIAT will work together to bring their expertise and results to raise awareness about biodiversity and sustainable development in Colombia.
Impact No current outputs except for initial meetings on future collaboration opportunities.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and The Alliance of Bioversity International and the International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia PI and the Director General of Bioversity International/CIAT met in September 2019 to explore areas of collaboration at an international and national level
Collaborator Contribution GROW Colombia and Bioversity International/CIAT will work together to bring their expertise and results to raise awareness about biodiversity and sustainable development in Colombia.
Impact No current outputs except for initial meetings on future collaboration opportunities.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia and UK Embassy in Colombia 
Organisation British Embassy Bogota
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Provision of scientific content and advise to the UK Embassy as a basis on which to influence policy making in the UK and Colombia. A platform for the UK Embassy on which to build collaborative partnerships and a showcase example for the Embassy to strengthen the nexus between science and policy making.
Collaborator Contribution In general, the UK Embassy provides GROW Colombia with fundamental institutional, political, and logistical guidance and advise in both the UK and Colombia. Specifically, the UK embassy had provided advise for these events/activities: - Meeting with Head of Science and Technology to provide advise on GROW's May 2019 Colombian meetings. - Meeting with Head of Science and Technology and other members of the Embassy to obtain advise on FARC ex combatants. - Meeting with UK Ambassador to Colombia to seek advise and inform on progress in the Mision de Sabios. - Meeting with Head of Science and Technology to provide advise on GROW's Sept 2019 Colombian meetings. - Meeting with Senior Economic Counsellor & Head of Science and Technology to provide discuss progress on GROW's Sept. 2019 meetings and the Mision de sabios. - Attendance of Senior Economic Counsellor & Science and Technology team to GROW Colombia's Annual Meeting in Colombia, 2019 - Meeting with Head of Science and Technology team and other UK Embassy teams to explore different UK funds (Prosperity fund, UK Pact, Conflict, Stability and Security), 2019
Impact GROW Colombia project kick off, 2017 Doing Science in Colombia, 2017, 2019 GROW Colombia annual meetings, 2018, 2019 Amazon ecotourism visit, 2018 Joint implementation of Environmental International Fair (FIMA), 2018 Queen's Birthday party, 2019 Federica Di Palma's appointment to the Mision de Sabios on science, technology, innovation and education, 2019 Project trainings and other events, 2017, 2018, 2019
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia and United Way Colombia (Dividendo x Colombia) 
Organisation The United Way
Department Columbia
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution GROW Colombia brought expertise in engagement activities to the partnership as well as scientific content and knowledge to create engagement materials and to engage with school children and their teachers.
Collaborator Contribution United Way Colombia (formerly Dividendo por Colombia) provided the platform to engage with children, this is their contact network as well as the actual schools, social IT networks, and trainers.
Impact The Outdoor Classroom Day activity was a concrete outcome of this collaboration. The Outdoor Classroom day is a global campaign that aims to get kids, for one day, out of their classrooms and learn in different ways in contact with nature. In Colombia, various schools engaged in Outdoor Day Colombia learnt about biodiversity and its importance. GROW Colombia provided the science and with the help of United Way it was translated to reach school children and their teachers.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Aberystwyth University
Department Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Administrative Department of Science, Technology and Innovation (Colciencias)
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation CGIAR
Department International Center for Tropical Agriculture
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Colombian Sugarcane Research Center
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation CorpoGen
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation EAFIT University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation National University of Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation The Eden Project
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation University of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation University of Sydney
Department Faculty of Veterinary Science
Country Australia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia partnerships 
Organisation Zoological Society of East Anglia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of each of our partners to develop a series of research projects and goals to help understand Colombian biodiversity and develop recommendations for the continued preservation and sustainable use of natural products
Impact Further funding: RCUK-GROW programme BB/P028098/1; Multidisciplinary programme involving biological sciences, agricultural sciences, economics, social sciences, political science
Start Year 2017
 
Description GROW Colombia, PARAGUAS project and CABI/SciDev.Net 
Organisation Centre for Agriculture and Bioscience International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The PARAGUAS project, which is a Newton-Caldas fund winner, and the GROW Colombia, and CABI/SciDev.Net are working together to run a Media and Science engagement training. British, European and Colombian journalists to participate in this training. Researchers from the different research programmes were invited to participate.
Collaborator Contribution The PARAGUAS project lead the digital storytelling thread of the programme.CABI/SciDev.Net developed the content of the training.
Impact We developed the Science and media engagement workshop. It was successful in promoting awareness o how UK-Aid-funded science is supporting peace prosperity and livelihoods. More than 60 Colombian and international journalists, researchers and students attended the event. Through the event, we have built a network of journalists and international media contacts interested in publishing stories about GROW Colombia and our activities. We expect to increase the science reportage coverage on Colombia and strengthen the capacity of researchers to communicate their findings. Of the 13 articles produced after the workshop, six were by Colombian media outlets and sources, five were UK based, and another two were by US media outlets. The articles had a combined reach of 6,044,388 Given the success of this workshop, UKRI expressed its interest to run a similar workshop for the other 36 GROW projects, based on the programme that was designed for this workshop.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW Colombia, PARAGUAS project and CABI/SciDev.Net 
Organisation Loughborough University
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The PARAGUAS project, which is a Newton-Caldas fund winner, and the GROW Colombia, and CABI/SciDev.Net are working together to run a Media and Science engagement training. British, European and Colombian journalists to participate in this training. Researchers from the different research programmes were invited to participate.
Collaborator Contribution The PARAGUAS project lead the digital storytelling thread of the programme.CABI/SciDev.Net developed the content of the training.
Impact We developed the Science and media engagement workshop. It was successful in promoting awareness o how UK-Aid-funded science is supporting peace prosperity and livelihoods. More than 60 Colombian and international journalists, researchers and students attended the event. Through the event, we have built a network of journalists and international media contacts interested in publishing stories about GROW Colombia and our activities. We expect to increase the science reportage coverage on Colombia and strengthen the capacity of researchers to communicate their findings. Of the 13 articles produced after the workshop, six were by Colombian media outlets and sources, five were UK based, and another two were by US media outlets. The articles had a combined reach of 6,044,388 Given the success of this workshop, UKRI expressed its interest to run a similar workshop for the other 36 GROW projects, based on the programme that was designed for this workshop.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW Memorandum of Understanding with Amazon Institute for Scientific Research (SINCHI) 
Organisation Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution The Institute brought together partners from Colombia and the UK with an interest in Amazon biodiversity to develop and collaborate on research ideas and proposals relating to understanding the preserving Colombian Biodiversity. An overarching memorandum of understanding has been agreed and signed in January 2019 (the BRIDGE Colombia resolutions was signed by SINCHI in December 2018) to cover ongoing collaborations.
Collaborator Contribution The partnership is multidisciplinary, calling on the expertise of SINCHIS's research groups on biodiversity characterization and conservation, sustainable use of timber and non-timber forest products, and socioeconomic analysis of sustainable production activities within the Amazon biome. Also, SINCHI participated as a key player on analysing deforestation and its casuses using different prediction models. Through this partnership we will be able to access socioeconomic data, biological data and access to Sinchis laboratory facilities not only in Bogotá, but also in several municipalities along the Colombian Amazone biome.
Impact Access to socioeconomic databases for agricultural producer in diferent states throughout the Amazon biome.
Start Year 2018
 
Description GROW-Cacao Collaboration 
Organisation Colombian Agricultural Research Corporation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how natural diversity of cacao and its wild related species can help with disease resistance and heavy metal translocation. The proposed project will reconstruct the phylogeny of the T. cacao and its wild relatives, identify novel sources of resistance to important cacao phytopathogens, such as Phytophthora, Moniliophthora roreri and M. perniciosa, and identify genes involved in cadmium translocation, a heavy metal toxic to humans. To this end, the research team will assess existing tissue and herbarium collections of Theobroma cacao and wild related species, as well as new materials collected in CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó Expeditions. The project includes participants from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. GROW funded a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes, who will carry out the research component of this project, as well as capacity building activities. The research team carried out a worldwide collection and herbarium database search to identify the most suitable collections to sample the desired species. Nine collections were selected and sampled in Colombia, the US, Netherlands and UK. In Colombia, a total of 107 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 67 at Herbario Nacional Colombiano, 14 at Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital and 26 at Uniandes (samples from CacaoBio Expeditions). In addition, four criopreserved samples from the tissue collection from Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt were collected and a sample from a living specimen from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis. In the US herbaria, a total of 167 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 99 at the Field Museum, and 68 at New York Botanical Garden. In Netherlands, one herbarium sample was collected at Naturalis, and one herbarium sample at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in UK. Overall, we collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genera Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Several attempts have been made to obtain high molecular weigth DNA of Herrania sp. Initially, we aimed at collecting a living specimen of H. nyecterodendron for whole genome sequencing analyses at RBGE. However, this was not possible due to covid pandemic. Then, we sampled tissue of Herrania purpurea in Chocó region, however when we extracted the DNA was degraded. Lastly, we collaborated with Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis to locate a living specimen of H. purpurea in Colombian territory. This sample was used for DNA extraction and sent to University of Georgia for PacBio whole-genome sequencing. A total of 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens were performed, 107 in Colombia and 145 in the US. The team optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence, and thus we obtained a good DNA quality and concentration from the majority of the samples. Quality control was performed for all samples. We also standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WRKY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation.From these, the five WRKY regions were used to reconstruct the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Whole genome sequencing of 10 samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) were carried out using Ilumina pair-end sequencing. Reads were mapped to the T. cacao Matina reference genome and variants of interest were identified in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance. We are currently working on a manuscript including all these results, sequences generated from this project will be available on Genbank. The postdoctoral researcher of the project, Ana Bossa (Uniandes) along with Prof. James Richardson (U. Rosario) collaborated with a group of young researchers to develop a Workshop in genomics of non-model plants and wild relatives of economically important plants. The team included Maria Fernanda Torres (University of Gothenburg), Natalia Contreras (RBGE), Ana Maria Bedoya (U. Washington ) and Eugenio Valderrama (Cornell). They submitted a proposal to the STEM Action grant (Society for Science) which was not funded.
Collaborator Contribution Partners: Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Agrosavia, Universidad del Rosario, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Earlham Institute (EI). Several meetings were conducted between Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Earlham Institute to the approach within this project, such as selection of barcodes, sequencing technologies, and analyses approaches of wild T. cacao related species. Universidad de los Andes provided the extracted DNA from T. cacao wild relatives and bioinformatics training to the postdoctoral researcher for the proposed analyses. Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped locating the samples and establishing contacts with collections of T. cacao and wild related species around the world and will contribute with their knowledge about Theobromeae phylogeny. Earlham Institute participated with discussions about the methodology for the project. Collaborators: Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL), Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC), Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt, Field Museum, New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Naturalis, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and and Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB). Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) provided 67 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 31 Herrania sp. and 31 Theobroma sp.). Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC) provided 14 tissue samples (2 Guazuma sp, 4 Herrania sp. and 7 Theobroma sp.). Humboldt Institute provided four cryopreserved tissue samples (1 Guazuma sp, 2 Herrania sp. and 1 Theobroma sp.), as well as lab reagents to perform DNA extractions. Field Museum hosted the postdoctoral researcher for two weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 99 tissue samples (41 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 44 Theobroma sp.). NYBG hosted the postdoctoral researcher and a RBGE-PhD student for three weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 68 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 49 Theobroma sp.). NYBG also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from 145 samples in their lab. Naturalis provided one tissue sample from one Herrania umbratica and shipped it to RBGE. CIAT helped with shipment of USA-extracted DNA to Uniandes and hosted postdoctoral researcher for one week. CIAT also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from four samples (Humboldt) in their lab. Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB) performed a field trip to collect a living specimen of Herrania purpurea and then donated a sample for DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing. All these collaborations are supported by donation documents, MTAs and national permits in compliance with Nagoya protocol.
Impact Consolidation of partnership between GROW Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. Collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genus Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence. Performed 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens. Standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WKRY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation. Reconstructed the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Performed whole genome sequencing of ten samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) and identified variants of interest in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW-Cacao Collaboration 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how natural diversity of cacao and its wild related species can help with disease resistance and heavy metal translocation. The proposed project will reconstruct the phylogeny of the T. cacao and its wild relatives, identify novel sources of resistance to important cacao phytopathogens, such as Phytophthora, Moniliophthora roreri and M. perniciosa, and identify genes involved in cadmium translocation, a heavy metal toxic to humans. To this end, the research team will assess existing tissue and herbarium collections of Theobroma cacao and wild related species, as well as new materials collected in CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó Expeditions. The project includes participants from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. GROW funded a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes, who will carry out the research component of this project, as well as capacity building activities. The research team carried out a worldwide collection and herbarium database search to identify the most suitable collections to sample the desired species. Nine collections were selected and sampled in Colombia, the US, Netherlands and UK. In Colombia, a total of 107 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 67 at Herbario Nacional Colombiano, 14 at Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital and 26 at Uniandes (samples from CacaoBio Expeditions). In addition, four criopreserved samples from the tissue collection from Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt were collected and a sample from a living specimen from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis. In the US herbaria, a total of 167 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 99 at the Field Museum, and 68 at New York Botanical Garden. In Netherlands, one herbarium sample was collected at Naturalis, and one herbarium sample at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in UK. Overall, we collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genera Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Several attempts have been made to obtain high molecular weigth DNA of Herrania sp. Initially, we aimed at collecting a living specimen of H. nyecterodendron for whole genome sequencing analyses at RBGE. However, this was not possible due to covid pandemic. Then, we sampled tissue of Herrania purpurea in Chocó region, however when we extracted the DNA was degraded. Lastly, we collaborated with Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis to locate a living specimen of H. purpurea in Colombian territory. This sample was used for DNA extraction and sent to University of Georgia for PacBio whole-genome sequencing. A total of 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens were performed, 107 in Colombia and 145 in the US. The team optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence, and thus we obtained a good DNA quality and concentration from the majority of the samples. Quality control was performed for all samples. We also standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WRKY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation.From these, the five WRKY regions were used to reconstruct the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Whole genome sequencing of 10 samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) were carried out using Ilumina pair-end sequencing. Reads were mapped to the T. cacao Matina reference genome and variants of interest were identified in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance. We are currently working on a manuscript including all these results, sequences generated from this project will be available on Genbank. The postdoctoral researcher of the project, Ana Bossa (Uniandes) along with Prof. James Richardson (U. Rosario) collaborated with a group of young researchers to develop a Workshop in genomics of non-model plants and wild relatives of economically important plants. The team included Maria Fernanda Torres (University of Gothenburg), Natalia Contreras (RBGE), Ana Maria Bedoya (U. Washington ) and Eugenio Valderrama (Cornell). They submitted a proposal to the STEM Action grant (Society for Science) which was not funded.
Collaborator Contribution Partners: Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Agrosavia, Universidad del Rosario, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Earlham Institute (EI). Several meetings were conducted between Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Earlham Institute to the approach within this project, such as selection of barcodes, sequencing technologies, and analyses approaches of wild T. cacao related species. Universidad de los Andes provided the extracted DNA from T. cacao wild relatives and bioinformatics training to the postdoctoral researcher for the proposed analyses. Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped locating the samples and establishing contacts with collections of T. cacao and wild related species around the world and will contribute with their knowledge about Theobromeae phylogeny. Earlham Institute participated with discussions about the methodology for the project. Collaborators: Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL), Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC), Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt, Field Museum, New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Naturalis, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and and Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB). Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) provided 67 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 31 Herrania sp. and 31 Theobroma sp.). Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC) provided 14 tissue samples (2 Guazuma sp, 4 Herrania sp. and 7 Theobroma sp.). Humboldt Institute provided four cryopreserved tissue samples (1 Guazuma sp, 2 Herrania sp. and 1 Theobroma sp.), as well as lab reagents to perform DNA extractions. Field Museum hosted the postdoctoral researcher for two weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 99 tissue samples (41 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 44 Theobroma sp.). NYBG hosted the postdoctoral researcher and a RBGE-PhD student for three weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 68 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 49 Theobroma sp.). NYBG also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from 145 samples in their lab. Naturalis provided one tissue sample from one Herrania umbratica and shipped it to RBGE. CIAT helped with shipment of USA-extracted DNA to Uniandes and hosted postdoctoral researcher for one week. CIAT also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from four samples (Humboldt) in their lab. Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB) performed a field trip to collect a living specimen of Herrania purpurea and then donated a sample for DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing. All these collaborations are supported by donation documents, MTAs and national permits in compliance with Nagoya protocol.
Impact Consolidation of partnership between GROW Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. Collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genus Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence. Performed 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens. Standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WKRY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation. Reconstructed the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Performed whole genome sequencing of ten samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) and identified variants of interest in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW-Cacao Collaboration 
Organisation Earlham Institute
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how natural diversity of cacao and its wild related species can help with disease resistance and heavy metal translocation. The proposed project will reconstruct the phylogeny of the T. cacao and its wild relatives, identify novel sources of resistance to important cacao phytopathogens, such as Phytophthora, Moniliophthora roreri and M. perniciosa, and identify genes involved in cadmium translocation, a heavy metal toxic to humans. To this end, the research team will assess existing tissue and herbarium collections of Theobroma cacao and wild related species, as well as new materials collected in CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó Expeditions. The project includes participants from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. GROW funded a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes, who will carry out the research component of this project, as well as capacity building activities. The research team carried out a worldwide collection and herbarium database search to identify the most suitable collections to sample the desired species. Nine collections were selected and sampled in Colombia, the US, Netherlands and UK. In Colombia, a total of 107 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 67 at Herbario Nacional Colombiano, 14 at Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital and 26 at Uniandes (samples from CacaoBio Expeditions). In addition, four criopreserved samples from the tissue collection from Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt were collected and a sample from a living specimen from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis. In the US herbaria, a total of 167 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 99 at the Field Museum, and 68 at New York Botanical Garden. In Netherlands, one herbarium sample was collected at Naturalis, and one herbarium sample at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in UK. Overall, we collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genera Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Several attempts have been made to obtain high molecular weigth DNA of Herrania sp. Initially, we aimed at collecting a living specimen of H. nyecterodendron for whole genome sequencing analyses at RBGE. However, this was not possible due to covid pandemic. Then, we sampled tissue of Herrania purpurea in Chocó region, however when we extracted the DNA was degraded. Lastly, we collaborated with Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis to locate a living specimen of H. purpurea in Colombian territory. This sample was used for DNA extraction and sent to University of Georgia for PacBio whole-genome sequencing. A total of 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens were performed, 107 in Colombia and 145 in the US. The team optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence, and thus we obtained a good DNA quality and concentration from the majority of the samples. Quality control was performed for all samples. We also standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WRKY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation.From these, the five WRKY regions were used to reconstruct the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Whole genome sequencing of 10 samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) were carried out using Ilumina pair-end sequencing. Reads were mapped to the T. cacao Matina reference genome and variants of interest were identified in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance. We are currently working on a manuscript including all these results, sequences generated from this project will be available on Genbank. The postdoctoral researcher of the project, Ana Bossa (Uniandes) along with Prof. James Richardson (U. Rosario) collaborated with a group of young researchers to develop a Workshop in genomics of non-model plants and wild relatives of economically important plants. The team included Maria Fernanda Torres (University of Gothenburg), Natalia Contreras (RBGE), Ana Maria Bedoya (U. Washington ) and Eugenio Valderrama (Cornell). They submitted a proposal to the STEM Action grant (Society for Science) which was not funded.
Collaborator Contribution Partners: Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Agrosavia, Universidad del Rosario, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Earlham Institute (EI). Several meetings were conducted between Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Earlham Institute to the approach within this project, such as selection of barcodes, sequencing technologies, and analyses approaches of wild T. cacao related species. Universidad de los Andes provided the extracted DNA from T. cacao wild relatives and bioinformatics training to the postdoctoral researcher for the proposed analyses. Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped locating the samples and establishing contacts with collections of T. cacao and wild related species around the world and will contribute with their knowledge about Theobromeae phylogeny. Earlham Institute participated with discussions about the methodology for the project. Collaborators: Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL), Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC), Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt, Field Museum, New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Naturalis, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and and Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB). Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) provided 67 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 31 Herrania sp. and 31 Theobroma sp.). Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC) provided 14 tissue samples (2 Guazuma sp, 4 Herrania sp. and 7 Theobroma sp.). Humboldt Institute provided four cryopreserved tissue samples (1 Guazuma sp, 2 Herrania sp. and 1 Theobroma sp.), as well as lab reagents to perform DNA extractions. Field Museum hosted the postdoctoral researcher for two weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 99 tissue samples (41 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 44 Theobroma sp.). NYBG hosted the postdoctoral researcher and a RBGE-PhD student for three weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 68 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 49 Theobroma sp.). NYBG also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from 145 samples in their lab. Naturalis provided one tissue sample from one Herrania umbratica and shipped it to RBGE. CIAT helped with shipment of USA-extracted DNA to Uniandes and hosted postdoctoral researcher for one week. CIAT also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from four samples (Humboldt) in their lab. Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB) performed a field trip to collect a living specimen of Herrania purpurea and then donated a sample for DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing. All these collaborations are supported by donation documents, MTAs and national permits in compliance with Nagoya protocol.
Impact Consolidation of partnership between GROW Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. Collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genus Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence. Performed 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens. Standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WKRY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation. Reconstructed the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Performed whole genome sequencing of ten samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) and identified variants of interest in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW-Cacao Collaboration 
Organisation Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE)
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how natural diversity of cacao and its wild related species can help with disease resistance and heavy metal translocation. The proposed project will reconstruct the phylogeny of the T. cacao and its wild relatives, identify novel sources of resistance to important cacao phytopathogens, such as Phytophthora, Moniliophthora roreri and M. perniciosa, and identify genes involved in cadmium translocation, a heavy metal toxic to humans. To this end, the research team will assess existing tissue and herbarium collections of Theobroma cacao and wild related species, as well as new materials collected in CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó Expeditions. The project includes participants from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. GROW funded a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes, who will carry out the research component of this project, as well as capacity building activities. The research team carried out a worldwide collection and herbarium database search to identify the most suitable collections to sample the desired species. Nine collections were selected and sampled in Colombia, the US, Netherlands and UK. In Colombia, a total of 107 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 67 at Herbario Nacional Colombiano, 14 at Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital and 26 at Uniandes (samples from CacaoBio Expeditions). In addition, four criopreserved samples from the tissue collection from Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt were collected and a sample from a living specimen from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis. In the US herbaria, a total of 167 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 99 at the Field Museum, and 68 at New York Botanical Garden. In Netherlands, one herbarium sample was collected at Naturalis, and one herbarium sample at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in UK. Overall, we collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genera Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Several attempts have been made to obtain high molecular weigth DNA of Herrania sp. Initially, we aimed at collecting a living specimen of H. nyecterodendron for whole genome sequencing analyses at RBGE. However, this was not possible due to covid pandemic. Then, we sampled tissue of Herrania purpurea in Chocó region, however when we extracted the DNA was degraded. Lastly, we collaborated with Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis to locate a living specimen of H. purpurea in Colombian territory. This sample was used for DNA extraction and sent to University of Georgia for PacBio whole-genome sequencing. A total of 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens were performed, 107 in Colombia and 145 in the US. The team optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence, and thus we obtained a good DNA quality and concentration from the majority of the samples. Quality control was performed for all samples. We also standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WRKY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation.From these, the five WRKY regions were used to reconstruct the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Whole genome sequencing of 10 samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) were carried out using Ilumina pair-end sequencing. Reads were mapped to the T. cacao Matina reference genome and variants of interest were identified in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance. We are currently working on a manuscript including all these results, sequences generated from this project will be available on Genbank. The postdoctoral researcher of the project, Ana Bossa (Uniandes) along with Prof. James Richardson (U. Rosario) collaborated with a group of young researchers to develop a Workshop in genomics of non-model plants and wild relatives of economically important plants. The team included Maria Fernanda Torres (University of Gothenburg), Natalia Contreras (RBGE), Ana Maria Bedoya (U. Washington ) and Eugenio Valderrama (Cornell). They submitted a proposal to the STEM Action grant (Society for Science) which was not funded.
Collaborator Contribution Partners: Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Agrosavia, Universidad del Rosario, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Earlham Institute (EI). Several meetings were conducted between Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Earlham Institute to the approach within this project, such as selection of barcodes, sequencing technologies, and analyses approaches of wild T. cacao related species. Universidad de los Andes provided the extracted DNA from T. cacao wild relatives and bioinformatics training to the postdoctoral researcher for the proposed analyses. Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped locating the samples and establishing contacts with collections of T. cacao and wild related species around the world and will contribute with their knowledge about Theobromeae phylogeny. Earlham Institute participated with discussions about the methodology for the project. Collaborators: Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL), Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC), Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt, Field Museum, New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Naturalis, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and and Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB). Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) provided 67 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 31 Herrania sp. and 31 Theobroma sp.). Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC) provided 14 tissue samples (2 Guazuma sp, 4 Herrania sp. and 7 Theobroma sp.). Humboldt Institute provided four cryopreserved tissue samples (1 Guazuma sp, 2 Herrania sp. and 1 Theobroma sp.), as well as lab reagents to perform DNA extractions. Field Museum hosted the postdoctoral researcher for two weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 99 tissue samples (41 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 44 Theobroma sp.). NYBG hosted the postdoctoral researcher and a RBGE-PhD student for three weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 68 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 49 Theobroma sp.). NYBG also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from 145 samples in their lab. Naturalis provided one tissue sample from one Herrania umbratica and shipped it to RBGE. CIAT helped with shipment of USA-extracted DNA to Uniandes and hosted postdoctoral researcher for one week. CIAT also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from four samples (Humboldt) in their lab. Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB) performed a field trip to collect a living specimen of Herrania purpurea and then donated a sample for DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing. All these collaborations are supported by donation documents, MTAs and national permits in compliance with Nagoya protocol.
Impact Consolidation of partnership between GROW Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. Collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genus Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence. Performed 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens. Standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WKRY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation. Reconstructed the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Performed whole genome sequencing of ten samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) and identified variants of interest in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance.
Start Year 2019
 
Description GROW-Cacao Collaboration 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The project aims at understanding how natural diversity of cacao and its wild related species can help with disease resistance and heavy metal translocation. The proposed project will reconstruct the phylogeny of the T. cacao and its wild relatives, identify novel sources of resistance to important cacao phytopathogens, such as Phytophthora, Moniliophthora roreri and M. perniciosa, and identify genes involved in cadmium translocation, a heavy metal toxic to humans. To this end, the research team will assess existing tissue and herbarium collections of Theobroma cacao and wild related species, as well as new materials collected in CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó Expeditions. The project includes participants from Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. GROW funded a postdoctoral researcher at Universidad de los Andes, who will carry out the research component of this project, as well as capacity building activities. The research team carried out a worldwide collection and herbarium database search to identify the most suitable collections to sample the desired species. Nine collections were selected and sampled in Colombia, the US, Netherlands and UK. In Colombia, a total of 107 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 67 at Herbario Nacional Colombiano, 14 at Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital and 26 at Uniandes (samples from CacaoBio Expeditions). In addition, four criopreserved samples from the tissue collection from Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt were collected and a sample from a living specimen from Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis. In the US herbaria, a total of 167 herbarium tissue samples were collected, 99 at the Field Museum, and 68 at New York Botanical Garden. In Netherlands, one herbarium sample was collected at Naturalis, and one herbarium sample at Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh in UK. Overall, we collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genera Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Several attempts have been made to obtain high molecular weigth DNA of Herrania sp. Initially, we aimed at collecting a living specimen of H. nyecterodendron for whole genome sequencing analyses at RBGE. However, this was not possible due to covid pandemic. Then, we sampled tissue of Herrania purpurea in Chocó region, however when we extracted the DNA was degraded. Lastly, we collaborated with Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis to locate a living specimen of H. purpurea in Colombian territory. This sample was used for DNA extraction and sent to University of Georgia for PacBio whole-genome sequencing. A total of 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens were performed, 107 in Colombia and 145 in the US. The team optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence, and thus we obtained a good DNA quality and concentration from the majority of the samples. Quality control was performed for all samples. We also standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WRKY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation.From these, the five WRKY regions were used to reconstruct the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Whole genome sequencing of 10 samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) were carried out using Ilumina pair-end sequencing. Reads were mapped to the T. cacao Matina reference genome and variants of interest were identified in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance. We are currently working on a manuscript including all these results, sequences generated from this project will be available on Genbank. The postdoctoral researcher of the project, Ana Bossa (Uniandes) along with Prof. James Richardson (U. Rosario) collaborated with a group of young researchers to develop a Workshop in genomics of non-model plants and wild relatives of economically important plants. The team included Maria Fernanda Torres (University of Gothenburg), Natalia Contreras (RBGE), Ana Maria Bedoya (U. Washington ) and Eugenio Valderrama (Cornell). They submitted a proposal to the STEM Action grant (Society for Science) which was not funded.
Collaborator Contribution Partners: Universidad de los Andes (Uniandes), Agrosavia, Universidad del Rosario, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh (RBGE) and Earlham Institute (EI). Several meetings were conducted between Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario and Earlham Institute to the approach within this project, such as selection of barcodes, sequencing technologies, and analyses approaches of wild T. cacao related species. Universidad de los Andes provided the extracted DNA from T. cacao wild relatives and bioinformatics training to the postdoctoral researcher for the proposed analyses. Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh helped locating the samples and establishing contacts with collections of T. cacao and wild related species around the world and will contribute with their knowledge about Theobromeae phylogeny. Earlham Institute participated with discussions about the methodology for the project. Collaborators: Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL), Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC), Instituto de Investigaciones Alexander von Humboldt, Field Museum, New York Botanical Garden (NYBG), Naturalis, International Center for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) and and Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB). Herbario Nacional Colombiano (COL) provided 67 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 31 Herrania sp. and 31 Theobroma sp.). Herbario Forestal Universidad Distrital (UDBC) provided 14 tissue samples (2 Guazuma sp, 4 Herrania sp. and 7 Theobroma sp.). Humboldt Institute provided four cryopreserved tissue samples (1 Guazuma sp, 2 Herrania sp. and 1 Theobroma sp.), as well as lab reagents to perform DNA extractions. Field Museum hosted the postdoctoral researcher for two weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 99 tissue samples (41 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 44 Theobroma sp.). NYBG hosted the postdoctoral researcher and a RBGE-PhD student for three weeks, allowed to select best specimens for collection and provided 68 tissue samples (5 Guazuma sp, 14 Herrania sp. and 49 Theobroma sp.). NYBG also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from 145 samples in their lab. Naturalis provided one tissue sample from one Herrania umbratica and shipped it to RBGE. CIAT helped with shipment of USA-extracted DNA to Uniandes and hosted postdoctoral researcher for one week. CIAT also provided DNA extraction materials and reagents to perform DNA extractions from four samples (Humboldt) in their lab. Jardín Botánico de Bogotá José Celestino Mutis (JBB) performed a field trip to collect a living specimen of Herrania purpurea and then donated a sample for DNA extraction and whole genome sequencing. All these collaborations are supported by donation documents, MTAs and national permits in compliance with Nagoya protocol.
Impact Consolidation of partnership between GROW Colombia, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Rosario/Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and Earlham Institute. Collected a total of 281 samples from 45 species from 22 countries, representing at least one specimen for each species of the genus Theobroma, Herrania, Guazuma and Glossostemon. Optimized a CTAB-based DNA extraction protocol for herbarium specimens with high polyphenol presence. Performed 252 DNA extractions from collected specimens. Standardized PCR conditions to amplify ten genetic regions (WKRY03, WRKY11, WRKY12, WRKY13, WRKY14, Vicilin, Trypsin, trnH-psbA, ndhF and trnL) in order to assess genetic variation. Reconstructed the phylogeny of T. cacao and its wild relatives. Performed whole genome sequencing of ten samples (4 Theobroma, 4 Herrania, 2 Guazuma) and identified variants of interest in genes associated with cadmium metabolism and pathogen resistance.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Genome 10K Consortium 
Organisation University of California, Davis
Department UC Davis Genome Cente
Country United States 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution The G10K consortium is an international consortium of tissue curators, biologists, conservationists, genome scientists, computer scientists, outreach educators, and more. Federica Di Palma is a council member of the Consortium and has provided advice to the current ongoing projects. Organised meetings and contributed talks to several workshops and meetings.
Collaborator Contribution The G10K leadership and community of scientists built an infrastructure from sample collection to genome sequencing, assembly, annotation, alignments, public data releases, and analyses for publications.
Impact Collaboration is multidisciplinaryand includes tissue curators, biologists, conservationists, genome scientists, computer scientists, outreach educators, and more from different countries. Outputs include press releases, workshops, meetings, publications.
Start Year 2011
 
Description Heirs of tradition: Capacity building for the youth in Colombia towards generational relief in the dairy sector 
Organisation Productos Naturales De La Sabana SAS trading as Alquería
Country Colombia 
Sector Private 
PI Contribution CIAT (GROW member institute) is contributing to train more than 35 young farmers in good management practices (grazing plans, forage conservation, water management) to improve productivity and sustainability of dairy farms. Four training sessions are planned.
Collaborator Contribution Our partner (Alqueria, among the largest dairy companies in Colombia) is hosting and training for free more than 35 young farmers from all over the country in the facilities of SENA (national technical school) close to Bogotá. Such training go beyond focusing merely on technical issues such as quality monitoring and establishing cold chains, and centered on generating direct relationships with the producers, facilitating the analysis of their farms, and conveying essential knowledge to help them be more competitive. Talks are given on the sale of milk, its composition, the legislation that regulates its price, among other subjects.
Impact To date, only one out of four training sessions have been dictated by CIAT, the other three will take place during the rest of 2020
Start Year 2019
 
Description National Research Center for Coffee CENICAFE MoU 
Organisation National Research Center for Coffee
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution We analysed dataset facilitated by the the National Research Center for Cofee as part of our project to to characterize the genomic architecture of the causal agent of the American Leaf Spot in coffee, Mycena citricolor.
Collaborator Contribution The National Research Center for Coffee provided Pacbio sequencing for our project. They also developed an infection assay coffee-Mycena to provide samples for our projects.
Impact Characterization of infection and candidate virulence factors involved in the coffee-Mycena that can be exploited for the marker-assisted selection of coffee varieties.
Start Year 2020
 
Description Peace with Nature workshops on biodiversity and development 
Organisation Government of Colombia
Department Embassy of Colombia
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Discussions and advice regarding the development of an strategy to work with ex-combatants to train them in biodiversity techniques and bioexpeditions.
Collaborator Contribution Guidance from the Colombian government on what institution should be engaged to align government peace proposals and project objectives with ex combatant groups, and build capacity on new productive alternatives after the conflict in Colombia.
Impact Better coordination and planning for the implementation of activities to build capacity for the ex-combatant group.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Recoms doctoral student for communitarian ecotourism (RV) 
Organisation Marie Sklodowska-Curie Actions
Country Global 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution We will provide training and access to data and local communities throughout Colombia. This communities are actually or in the future working on ecotourism. We will also contribute with the intellectual input of the socio economic program team to built surveys and define methodological approach using environmental economics. We will also provide contact with other partners like locals universities to help in the application of surveys. GROW also pay for travel costs while traveling to and in Colombia.
Collaborator Contribution RECOMS is a Marie Sklodowska Curie (MSCA) Innovative Training Network funded by the European Commission.They will provide time of the PhD student to attend different meetings in Colombia, as well as to visit some of the local communities. Also the student will participate actively in the definition of survey tools and methodological discussions, that are contributions from his work.
Impact Not yet
Start Year 2019
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation BirdLife International
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation British Embassy Bogota
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation National Natural Parks of Colombia
Department Amacayacu National Park
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation Omacha Foundation
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation University of Surrey
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description Skill-share trip to the Colombian Amazon and working group establishment on ecotourism 
Organisation World Wide Fund for Nature
Country Switzerland 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution During September 10 to 13 we had a skill-share trip to Leticia and Puerto Nariño in the Colombian Amazon, to collaborate on ecotourism promotion as a sustainable biodiversity use activity. Most important contributions relate with participating in two workshops on ecotourism models between Colombian and UK organizations. We made a presentation on the importance of starting form biological information as a base for Conservation Action Planning, and then, how this information is matched to a particular budgeting process. In addition, we presented the three main programs of GROW (natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socioeconomic programe) and start a discussion on possible collaboration to promote the implementation of the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area management plan. We proposed a new collaboration to promote ecotourism based on the GROW Colombia project and the BRIDGE working group, as a first platform to star a collaboration agreement with participating organizations. In particular two important remarks interested the participating organizations: a) DNA analysis of river dolphins using Earlham capabilities and b) socioeconomic analysis of supply and demand for ecotourism and policy recommendation. We proposed to continue activities under GROW project and also under the framework of the Technical Assistance Programme of the International Climate Fund of the UK.
Collaborator Contribution Participants like Amacayacu National Park and Canaloa Reserve shared their local experience on ecotourism, and community engagement. Fundación Omacha and WWF Colombia, presented their work to establish the Tarapoto Lakes RAMSAR area, and discussed the importance of implementing its management plan, including ecotourism activities. UK embassy presented some of their work on science and technology and on environmental issues. Among other, they talk about GROW Colombia project. Birdlife and Parades talk about the importance of birdwatching for ecotourism and how can their organizations help to promote this activity in the region. University of Surrey and del Rosario University presented some possible analysis over the ecotourism supply chain and its relation with Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).
Impact There is a press release form the UK embassy, taking about some of the outcomes of the skill-share trip. This was a collaborative effort with participating organizations and their communications offices. The press release can be found in: https://www.gov.uk/government/news/british-and-colombian-delegation-visit-the-amazonia-for-an-exchange-on-sustainable-tourism. Small diary on the activities and results of GROW project researcher's participation. It will be published by mid October. We are organizing a series of meetings to formilize identified collaborations and possibly establishing a collaboration agreement.
Start Year 2018
 
Description The 200 mammals project: sequencing genomes by a novel cost-effective method, yielding a high resolution annotation of the human genome. 
Organisation Broad Institute
Country United States 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Part of the consortium which is analysing the data.
Collaborator Contribution Proposal submitted to NHGRI and funded
Impact In combination with the ~50 already existing high quality placental mammalian assemblies, the project produced the sequence of one placental mammal per family for a total of 150 species. The new assembly method: DISCOVAR de novo, was used to allow the production of a good quality novel genome assembly using only a single sequencing library type.
Start Year 2016
 
Description Universidad de Los Andes and Alexander Von Humboldt Institute 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As part of the research objective 1 from the Natural Diversity programme, Universidad de los Andes is working with the Natural History Museum in London and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia, we will contribute to the conservation of Andean bear, a vulnerable species, by identifying the factors involved in its population decline - helping to promote the country's breathtaking biodiversity while making a positive economic and social impact on local communities.
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes will share with Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute 20 samples of Andean bear feces from previous projects in order to contribute to their analyses.
Impact Signed MTA between Universidad de los Andes and Alexander Von Humboldt Institute for sharing Andean bear feces samples. Humboldt Institute received 20 samples of Andean bear feces. DNA extractions were performed and the quality of the isolated DNA was examined. In average, DNA concentration was calculated, at Humboldt's laboratory, as 11.5 ng/ul per sample. Samples were included in the export permit granted by the ministry of environment of Colombia and sent to Earlham Institute in October 2020. The molecular lab at Earlham Institute checked DNA quality and quantity and the average DNA concentration per sample was 6.3 ng/ul. Samples will be sent for sequencing in 2021.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Universidad de Los Andes and Alexander Von Humboldt Institute 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution As part of the research objective 1 from the Natural Diversity programme, Universidad de los Andes is working with the Natural History Museum in London and the Humboldt Institute in Colombia, we will contribute to the conservation of Andean bear, a vulnerable species, by identifying the factors involved in its population decline - helping to promote the country's breathtaking biodiversity while making a positive economic and social impact on local communities.
Collaborator Contribution Universidad de los Andes will share with Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute 20 samples of Andean bear feces from previous projects in order to contribute to their analyses.
Impact Signed MTA between Universidad de los Andes and Alexander Von Humboldt Institute for sharing Andean bear feces samples. Humboldt Institute received 20 samples of Andean bear feces. DNA extractions were performed and the quality of the isolated DNA was examined. In average, DNA concentration was calculated, at Humboldt's laboratory, as 11.5 ng/ul per sample. Samples were included in the export permit granted by the ministry of environment of Colombia and sent to Earlham Institute in October 2020. The molecular lab at Earlham Institute checked DNA quality and quantity and the average DNA concentration per sample was 6.3 ng/ul. Samples will be sent for sequencing in 2021.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Universidad de los Andes collaboration agreement with Sinchi Amazon Institute for Scientific Research 
Organisation Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research
Country Colombia 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution An agreement with the Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research was signed for the taxonomic identification of the Theobroma and Herrania herbarium samples from the CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó expeditions from ColombiaBio Project (MinCiencias). This samples will be used for crop-wild relative genomic studies.
Collaborator Contribution Sinchi performed the identification/confirmation of 43 herbarium samples that will be included in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Universidad de los Andes.
Impact Performed the identification/confirmation of 43 herbarium samples that will be included in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Universidad de los Andes.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Universidad de los Andes collaboration agreement with Sinchi Amazon Institute for Scientific Research 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution An agreement with the Sinchi Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research was signed for the taxonomic identification of the Theobroma and Herrania herbarium samples from the CacaoBio-Caquetá and CacaoBio-Chocó expeditions from ColombiaBio Project (MinCiencias). This samples will be used for crop-wild relative genomic studies.
Collaborator Contribution Sinchi performed the identification/confirmation of 43 herbarium samples that will be included in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Universidad de los Andes.
Impact Performed the identification/confirmation of 43 herbarium samples that will be included in the Herbarium of the Natural History Museum of Universidad de los Andes.
Start Year 2019
 
Description University of Los Andes, Universy del Rosario and Earlham Institute (RAEng partnership) 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is a consortium to promote capacity building in data science in Colombia. Funding was awarded by the Newton Fund - Royal Academy of Eng.
Collaborator Contribution This is a consortium to promote capacity building in data science in Colombia. Funding was awarded by the Newton Fund - Royal Academy of Eng.
Impact two training workshops held at Uniandes campus in 2019 one Data Science summer school in 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description University of Los Andes, Universy del Rosario and Earlham Institute (RAEng partnership) 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution This is a consortium to promote capacity building in data science in Colombia. Funding was awarded by the Newton Fund - Royal Academy of Eng.
Collaborator Contribution This is a consortium to promote capacity building in data science in Colombia. Funding was awarded by the Newton Fund - Royal Academy of Eng.
Impact two training workshops held at Uniandes campus in 2019 one Data Science summer school in 2020
Start Year 2020
 
Description Visiting Researcher at Instituto Alexander von Humboldt - JC Chacon-Duque 
Organisation Alexander von Humboldt Biological Resources Research Institute
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution Juan Camilo Chacon-Duque, current GROW Colombia's Postdoctoral Researcher at the NHM, has been appointed as Visiting Researcher at Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, under the supervision of Mailyn González. At the moment, Camilo is supporting Mailyn's team in the making of some research proposals, bringing the expertise he's is developing at the NHM in the use of DNA from museum collections and genomics tools for studies of population genomics and evolution.
Collaborator Contribution Mailyn, as a Co-PI of the project is providing constant support and advice to the existing research collaborations between the NHM and her institute. Mailyn's team member, Paola Pulido-Santacruz, has been supporting all the sampling of museum collections' specimens, including the applications for all required permits for exporting the samples out of Colombia.
Impact All the available Andean bear specimens in Colombian museum collections were sampled and gathered in the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, which acted as a representative for all the collections in order to obtain all the permits required to get the samples out of Colombia and into the United Kingdom. This required a considerable amount of work from both collaborating institutions. Having Camilo as visiting researcher has facilitated the interaction and the bureaucracy between institutions.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Visiting Researcher at Instituto Alexander von Humboldt - JC Chacon-Duque 
Organisation Natural History Museum
Country United Kingdom 
Sector Public 
PI Contribution Juan Camilo Chacon-Duque, current GROW Colombia's Postdoctoral Researcher at the NHM, has been appointed as Visiting Researcher at Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, under the supervision of Mailyn González. At the moment, Camilo is supporting Mailyn's team in the making of some research proposals, bringing the expertise he's is developing at the NHM in the use of DNA from museum collections and genomics tools for studies of population genomics and evolution.
Collaborator Contribution Mailyn, as a Co-PI of the project is providing constant support and advice to the existing research collaborations between the NHM and her institute. Mailyn's team member, Paola Pulido-Santacruz, has been supporting all the sampling of museum collections' specimens, including the applications for all required permits for exporting the samples out of Colombia.
Impact All the available Andean bear specimens in Colombian museum collections were sampled and gathered in the Instituto Alexander von Humboldt, which acted as a representative for all the collections in order to obtain all the permits required to get the samples out of Colombia and into the United Kingdom. This required a considerable amount of work from both collaborating institutions. Having Camilo as visiting researcher has facilitated the interaction and the bureaucracy between institutions.
Start Year 2019
 
Description Visiting researcher at Cenicaña (Dr Nasmille L Larke-Mejia) 
Organisation Centro de Investigación de la Caña de Azúcar de Colombia
Country Colombia 
Sector Charity/Non Profit 
PI Contribution As a postdoctoral researcher for the GROW Colombia project, I will be analysing the sequence data of the experiment. This collaboration began in 2019 with the planning of the experiment, the fieldwork was done in 2020 and we will analyse the sequence in 2021.
Collaborator Contribution Our Colombian collaborators have engaged and contributed to the experimental plan, search for the appropriate sampling sites, search of other national collaborators to work with to achieve the objectives of the project. Because of COVID we were not able to travel to Colombia to do some of the field work in April and September 2020. Our collaborators have been proactive in looking for solutions, looking for people inside the organization that could do all the sampling and doing the essential lab work and DNA extractions.
Impact Application for further funding with the Newton Fund (unsuccessful)
Start Year 2019
 
Description cybercolombia.org 
Organisation Del Rosario University
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cybercolombia is a partnership for capacity building that resulted from activities initially supported in a project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Collaborator Contribution Cybercolombia is a vibrant cross-sectorial community that facilitates the critical skills, strategic planning and partnerships needed to maintain a high-performance digital infrastructure for the scientific analysis of large datasets in Colombia and Latin America.
Impact Six workshops about high-performance computing and a series of monthly seminars.
Start Year 2020
 
Description cybercolombia.org 
Organisation University of the Andes
Country Colombia 
Sector Academic/University 
PI Contribution Cybercolombia is a partnership for capacity building that resulted from activities initially supported in a project funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering.
Collaborator Contribution Cybercolombia is a vibrant cross-sectorial community that facilitates the critical skills, strategic planning and partnerships needed to maintain a high-performance digital infrastructure for the scientific analysis of large datasets in Colombia and Latin America.
Impact Six workshops about high-performance computing and a series of monthly seminars.
Start Year 2020
 
Title BRIDGE Colombia website 
Description It is a website showcasing the work of and general information on BRIDGE Colombia network. The website also includes information on the Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium (C3), which span off from BRIDGE Colombia. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact Sending relevant information on events and training. Spinning off the C3 (Colombian Cyberinfrastructure Consortium). 
URL http://www.bridgecolombia.org/
 
Title GROW Colombia website 
Description It is the project's website, fit both computer and mobile phone version. It includes basic details on the GROW Colombia project such as organisation and research, capacity building and engagement activities. Plus news and publications. 
Type Of Technology Webtool/Application 
Year Produced 2019 
Impact Project advocacy and engagement with different audiences. 
URL http://www.growcolombia.org
 
Description Genomics and Museum collections: Using NGS data from degraded material for conservation, evolutionary and ecological research 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Natural history collections are an invaluable source of information. Museum specimens provide a window to the past, and collections of specimens provide a record that can span temporal and geographical ranges of both within and between species diversity. Recent advances in Next-Generation Sequencing (NGS) technologies have provided a means to generate genome-wide datasets from degraded DNA samples. With the purpose of highlight how these advances are transforming the way we can analyse the genomics of museum collections, a one-day seminar was delivered in three Colombian cities (Bogota, Cali and Medellin) on separate dates.

A total of five speakers were invited (including three members of GROW Colombia), and all of them are experts in applying NGS technologies to analyse genome-wide DNA from degraded samples. Their speciality fields include plant, insect and mammalian paleogenomics as well as human DNA. They outlined the methods involved and discussed a range of questions that can be addressed using ancient DNA datasets, including fields like evolution, ecology and conservation biology. In Bogota (day 1) we also had a discussion panel including local researchers, aiming to contextualise the discussed topics and the opportunities and challenges of this kind of research in Colombia.

The talks were attended by professors, researchers, postgraduate and undergraduate students, museum curators and staff, and some other members of the academic community. They had the opportunity to interact with the speakers and to share ideas and information.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/genomics-and-museum-collections
 
Description Grow Colombia - Explorando nuestra biodiversidad País at FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As members of the BRIDGE Colombia network, Earlham Institute (Wilfred Haerty) presented the interest of genomics for conservation, why is it important to study non-human genomes and how can we use novel technologies for the survey of diversity in Colombia both in term of population survey but also in term of pathogen monitoring or for species recognition in the context of animal trafficking. Humboldt Institute (Mailyn Gonzalez) focused her presentation on the issue of the conservation of the Andean bear, for which little is known in term of population structuration and what should be the unit of conservation and area to prioritize. Humboldt also presented work done with the Natural History Museum London on the bird diversity but also on the ongoing work with Colombian authorities to train officers in the use of sequence data for species recognition.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Growing Research Capacity in Colombia: A Shared Vision on Protecting Biodiversity to Achieve Sustainability and Peace 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Colombia is one of 17 countries considered "megadiverse" by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The national catalogue of biodiversity includes up to 55 thousand species of animals and plants, 3652 of them endemic, representing around 10% of all known species on earth. Following the peace agreement in Colombia in November 2016, we now have an opportunity to study the country's staggeringly rich native biodiversity. In a GROW Colombia Research Councils UK (RCUK) Global Challenges Research Fund (GCRF) international collaborative project, UK and Colombian institutions are working together in this multidisciplinary programme. Our aims include strengthening Colombian research capacity in the biological sciences, computational biology and socio-economics to develop robust coordinated activities under a shared vision centred on biodiversity as a means to achieve sustainability and peace. The project has natural diversity, agricultural diversity and socio-economics of biodiversity research programmes, and a broad set of activities focussed on enhancing research capability by improving researcher skills, as well their access to research information and resources. Our integrated program will also allow researchers to play a more regular and effective role in policy-making. The GROW Colombia project relies on the complementary expertise and strengths of an alliance which is equipped to develop robust coordinated solutions around biodiversity, with implications for its preservation, global health and development. Here we describe the project, its three programmes, partners, progress and expected outcomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.intlpag.org/2019/
 
Description 'Doing Science in Colombia' 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Earlham Institute's work in Colombia celebrated at science and diplomatic event
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/articles/doing-science-colombia
 
Description 'Soil health for the future' blog for the Society for Applied Microbiology 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact Blog written for the 'Plant microbe interactions' conference organized by the Society for Applied Microbiology.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://sfam.org.uk/resource/soil-health-for-the-future.html
 
Description 'Strengths and potential of microbial ecology in Colombia' in Bogota 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 25 participants, more than 50% were principal investigators, from 9 public and private organizations around Colombia attended this workshop in Bogota. The events began with presentations from principal investigators to generate context and inspire future collaborations between institutions. At the end of the day the group participated from a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in which there was a discussion on the future of microbial ecology in Colombia. A delegate package with a CV summary, research abstract and contact details of attendants was handed to each person to encourage future communication and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Strengths and potential of microbial ecology in Colombia' in Cali 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 22 participants, more than 50% were principal investigators, from 11 public and private organizations around Colombia attended this workshop in Cali. The event began with presentations from principal investigators to generate context and inspire future collaborations between institutions. At the end of the day the group participated from a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis in which there was a discussion on the future of microbial ecology in Colombia. A delegate package with a CV summary, research abstract and contact details of attendants was handed to each person to encourage future communication and events.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description 'Using poo to save the Andean bear in Colombia' blog for the GROW Colombia website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog written for the GROW Colombia website, organized and edited by Saskia Hervey - Public Affairs Adviser - Earlham Institute
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.growcolombia.org/blog/using-poo-to-save-the-andean-bear-in-colombia/
 
Description 9th meeting of the International Society for Biomolecular Archaeology (ISBA9) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JC Chacon Duque presented a poster, titled: "Using museum specimens to assess the genomic impact of recent population decline on Andean bears".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://isba9.sciencesconf.org/
 
Description A formal meeting between Universidad de Los Andes, GROW-Colombia and Catapult 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Martha Lucía Cepeda (Universidad de Los Andes), met with with Mark Jarman (Colco Cacao programme at Catapult) and Juan Azcárate (GROW-Colombia) at The UK Embassy in Bogotá, Colombia (Luis Calzadilla) in order to discuss common grounds and linkages between the Colco programme and GROW Colombia. We will generate collaborations between GROW-Colombia and Colco programme (Catapult) for integrating technology solutions for the monitoring of cacao diseases and heavy metal management. These collaborations are pending further funding calls from both UK and Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description ANDEAN BEAR GENETIC MONITORING 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In 2020, National Natural Parks of Colombia and the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance offered a virtual workshop to strengthen and improve the capacities of design, survey and analysis of information to monitor the occupation of the Andean Bear in Colombia. In the framework of this workshop, Humboldt Institute participated as special guests to give a module on genetic monitoring for the conservation of the Andean Bear in Colombia. The presentations of the module were in charge of the researcher of the genetics team: Paola Pulido-Santacruz. 160 people participated in the workshop and 142 certificates were delivered (to people who completed the tests). The participants were associated with 15 different institutions: Natural National Parks, the Andean Bear Conservation Alliance, Cortolima, University of Santa Rosa de Cabal - UNISARC, Humboldt Institute, Cali Zoo Foundation, Fundetrópico Foundation, Forest University, Tremarctos Foundation, Corponariño, Universidad del Tolima, CVC, WCS and Parque Ukumari. Many of the participants are linked to the monitoring processes of Andean bear in Colombia that is currently coordinated by National Natural Parks of Colombia. The objectives of the genetic monitoring module were focused on: (i) presenting generalities about genetic monitoring of biodiversity, (ii) understanding the characteristics of non-invasive genetic sampling, (iii) reviewing the basic concepts of DNA, genetic diversity , causes of genetic diversity, how genetic diversity increases or decreases in wild populations, and (iv) present the workflow in genetic monitoring for the conservation of the Andean Bear in Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description APPLICATIONS OF DNA BARCODING FOR WILDLIFE TRADE MANAGEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Researchers from Instituto Humboldt lead a five-days hands-on training workshop, from February 17 to 21st 2020, on the APPLICATIONS OF DNA BARCODING FOR WILDLIFE TRADE MANAGEMENT IN LATIN AMERICA. The workshop was run at the Centre for Tropical Agriculture (CIAT) in Palmira, Valle del Cauca (30 min away from Cali city). The molecular biology laboratory of the Humboldt Institute is based in CIAT since 1998. This workshop brought together 17 people (9 males and 8 females) from across Colombia and the region (Peru, Bolivia, Costa Rica and Mexico), interested in DNA technology for wildlife conservation.

Workshop Objectives:
To train public servants and researchers from Latin America that can promote the generation and use of DNA barcoding with a particular focus on threatened species (plants, insects and vertebrates), early detection of invasive alien species, and identification of pests in agricultural systems.
To build a strategy within members of the national Colombian network on DNA barcoding to improve the status of biodiversity by recording and safeguarding genetic diversity.
To plan and review for the effective delivery of GTI-DNA-tech training in Latin America and contribute to the global community to share the DNA barcode libraries of the species of the region.
To bring together environmental and scientific governmental agencies in Latin America to consolidate proposals that seek to implement DNA barcoding in Biodiversity management.
To propose a pilot project to tackle a group of species that are hard to identify and that are regularly trafficked in the region.

Workshop Outcomes:
The overall feeling during the training and the follow up discussions was that DNA barcoding is a cost-effective tool to improve biodiversity knowledge and manage it. All the institutions that attended the workshop have different missions and strengths and each one could identify the activities into which they can contribute to this initiative at national and regional scales. One of the major outcomes was to better understand what happens with an specimen once that it is rescued from illegal trade; what are the institutions in charge of its relocation and associated information, and what are the needs from these institutions to prevent and combat this phenomenon. There was a lot of internal discussions where different parties realized the need to increase communication and collaboration, both among institutions in Colombia, as well as among environmental agencies from Latin America.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://spark.adobe.com/page/asLgFF00FoeaR/
 
Description Access and Benefits Sharing in Latin America 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact 12 representatives from research groups from Chile, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and México meet at UCL ti discuss there are three main themes to be covered in the context of access and be, broadly based on science, outreach and policy. During this meeting, the Nagoya Protocol and its implementation were presented as well as the visions for implementing equitable access and benefit-sharing in different countries in Latin America. There was a discussion about the economic and Intellectual Property framework for A&B and lessons learned from these case studies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description American Phytopathological Meeting (APS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The American Phytopathological Society Meetings are annual conferences where plant pathologist from all around the world share their current work and explore networking opportunities. We presented a poster on our current results and planned activities of our project and attended conferences of current research in different plant -pathogen interactions. This participation was valuable given that one of the objectives of our project is to identify regions related to resistance to pathogens in cacao's wild relatives.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://apsnet.confex.com/apsnet/2020/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/17083
 
Description Ancient Biomolecules of Plants, Animals and Microbes 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JC Chacon-Duque (GROW Colombia postdoctoral researcher, NHM) presented a poster in the conference, titled "Using museum specimens to assess the genomic impact of recent population decline on Andean bears"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://coursesandconferences.wellcomeconnectingscience.org/event/ancient-biomolecules-of-plants-ani...
 
Description Andean bear carnival 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GROW Colombia supported drafting the academic agenda of the Andean bear carnival and several GROW Colombia researchers participated giving talks. The purpose was for GROW Colombia to support the Andean Bear Sanctuary and to disseminate its research on the Andean bear amongst the general public. 2,457 persons connected via the Bear Sanctuary's webpage to the carnival. Prof Martha Vives and Prof. Alejandro Reyes (Uniandes) gave a talk about the study of Andean bear diet in the Paramo region through the study of their feces.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://santuarioosodeanteojos.org/carnaval/
 
Description Article featuring genomic work on Andean bear museum collections on NHM's website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An article named "Using genomic research to save the elusive Andean bear" was published in early 2020 in the Natural History Museum's website. It featured our work on genomics and museum collections in the Andean bear research project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nhm.ac.uk/discover/using-genomic-research-to-save-the-elusive-andean-bear.html
 
Description Article featuring the Andean bear project in a Colombian newspaper 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact JC Chacon-Duque and another GROW member were interviewed for a news article in El Tiempo, one of the most read newspapers in Colombia. They explained all the science behind the Andean bear project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.eltiempo.com/vida/medio-ambiente/el-megaplan-para-salvar-el-oso-andino-de-su-extincion-37...
 
Description BEIS and UK embassy dialog for information exchange on future funding for Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During 2019 several we had several meeting with BEIS personal at the UK embassy in Bogotá to discuss information related to income and costs for cacao, coffee, cattle ranching and ecotourism activities in Colombia. This information was used to develop new funding calls from BEIS, focused on sustainable production. We made several information exchanges, in particular local information from local partners and public information from national government agencies.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BEIS and UK embassy partnership for making economic analysis of forest investment in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the UK embassy in Colombia are structurating an investment to promote sustainable production activities and reduce deforestation. One key aspect is developing different economic models that show implementation costs, as well as associated incomes from the different produtive systems put in place in high deforstation areas, that corresponde to agricultural frontier expansion areas. The objective of this dialgue and exchange is to help BESIS and UK define cash flows and cost/benefit analysis for different sustaianble production systems (i.e: agroforesty systems with cacao, rubber, coffee; silvopastoral systems; ecotourism). Until today we have generated an information exchange and discussion, based on GROW's socioeconomic staff analysis (UEA) and also on some GROW partners experience and results like SINCHI. As an outcome we can say that 3 key staff (1 in UK embassy and 2 from BEIS) are using high quality and first hand information to build the investment case to be presented for approval. The expected output is that the especific investment will be put in place by OCtober 2019, with nearly 50 million pounds. The impacts will be measured in terms of hectares and farmers that will be beneficiaries of this investment line.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description BRIDGE Colombia Fima 2018 promo video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact BRIDGE Colombia Fima 2018 promo video
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7fI6mcLjN8
 
Description BRIDGE Network day 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The BRIDGE Day 2018 event was held on the 11th of October 2018 in Bogota, Colombia. It was led by Federica Di Palma, BRIDGE Colombia network's founder and Earlham Institute's Director of Science, together with the Natural Environment Research Council from the United Kingdom (NERC-UK) and Colciencias from Colombia.
The purpose of the event was to consolidate and expand BRIDGE Colombia as an international global impact network, a network that aims to facilitate crucial dialogue and
collaborative partnerships between academia, government organizations, NGOs, businesses, communities and decision-makers, and to promote biodiversity conservation and sustainable economic growth in Colombia.
To reach this purpose, several presentations on new research and conservation initiatives, economic funds, sustainable business, and conserved biodiversity collections were given by the government, NGOs, the private sector and academic institutions to BRIDGE delegates, winners of the Newton-Caldas Fund and the general public. A panel session was also held where presenters discussed several issues and answered questions from the public. Finally, participants were placed in working groups to address three questions related to identifying biodiversity priorities, discussing how the international network could address these priorities across disciplines and linking to industry, and how the network could keep up with on-going changes within the territories of Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.bridgecolombia.org/2018/10/10/bridging-colombia-uk/
 
Description Biodiversity Genomics 2021 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact JC Chacon-Duque gave a talked titled: "Museum specimens reveal the genomic impact of recent population decline on Andean bears".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.darwintreeoflife.org/news_item/biodiversity-genomics-2021-sequencing-genomes-across-the-...
 
Description Biodiversity is key to economic development in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release announcing publication of two GROW Colombia socio-economics reports about Colombia's bio-economy
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.uea.ac.uk/news/-/article/biodiversity-key-to-economic-development-in-colombia
 
Description Biological collections visit - Andean bear 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact In Feb 2019, Camilo Chacón-Duque, Paola Pulido-Santacruz, and Juan Azcárate visited nine museum collections throughout Colombia with the purpose of finding useful specimens for genomic analyses, surveying the existence and state of preservation of such specimens. The institutions visited were: Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Pontificia Universidad Javeriana, Universidad de La Salle, Instituto Tecnologico Metropolitano, Univesidad de Caldas, Universidad del Valle, Univesidad del Cauca and Universidad de Narino. Previously, on Oct 2018, Selina Brace and Ian Barnes had visited Instituto Alexander von Humboldt's mammals collection for the same purpose. Discussion meetings were held with curators, researchers, undergraduate and postgraduate students from several targeted biological collections in Colombia. The discussion meeting served to promote research linked to the diversity of the Colombian Andean bear.

We gathered additional data that was not available through online resources. A total of 34 Andean bear specimens were identified as useful and selected for sampling. The sampling took place in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Blog: A move to improve pasture management and cut down greenhouse gases from cattle 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The project called "Towards climate-smart forage-based diets for Colombian livestock," led by Dr. Jon Moorby from IBERS-Aberystwyth University, seeks to identify animal diets that improve animal production whilst reducing GHG emissions from livestock. To do this, forage samples will be collected in experimental fields at CIAT headquarters, located in Palmira (Colombia), considering different cultivars, climate conditions, and plant growth stages. The idea is to have the best nutritional quality indicators that improve yields and thus, generate less GHG emissions from animal rumination and manure.
This is a collaborative work where the CIAT Tropical Forages Program provides not only the materials to be evaluated, but also technical assistance on best agronomic management practices, physiological evaluation and testing at CIAT's Nutritional Quality Labs. Also, the colleagues from IBERS- Bangor University will assess the samples as well.
A second project, called "Advancing sustainable forage-based livestock production systems using multi-source remote sensing and social science approaches," is led by Dr. Brian Barrett from the University of Glasgow. Its goal is to keep a track record of forage availability, productivity, and estimate the main elements of forage quality throughout the seasons by using remote sensing techniques, such as satellite images and drones. This project brings together cross-disciplinary perspectives and methodologies to develop remote sensing (RS)-based approaches for forage monitoring and management at local and regional levels.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://blog.ciat.cgiar.org/move-to-improve-pasture-management-and-cut-greenhouse-gases-from-cattle/
 
Description Building a path towards the 2030, Sustainable Development Goals 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact At FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) Federica di Palma participated at e International Congress of Environment in the opening session focussed on discussing the major challenges and opportunities towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals. Other organisations participating in the panel were: UNDP, European Union and Colombian National Army Aviation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description COP 26 stand 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Through our partner Eden Project, GROW Colombia could showcase its research and community engagement results in Eden Project's COP 26 stand. The stand received thousands of visitors during the two week's duration of the event. The stands received an estimated 1,000 visitors a day for a total of 14,000 visitors.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.edenproject.com/mission/about-our-mission/our-mission-sustainability/eden-at-cop26-act-n...
 
Description Cacaobio expedition and cacao producers workshop and survey 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We developed a workshop with cacao producers in March 2019, during the Cacao bio expedition to Choco departamento. The workshop objective was to train local cocoa producers on cacao management and business records. We also developed a survey to identify main agricultural producers characteristics. This activity was jointly developed with Agrosavia. In total 25 participants attended the workshop and the field trip to have hands on experience cacao management recommendations.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Cadmium in Colombian Cocoa: Research, Challenges and Mitigation Strategies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This event was organized by SwissContact to bring together industry and academia interested in cadmium presence in cacao beans. It was a three-day virtual meeting where Uniandes, Colombian government and industry shared their current projects on cacao and cadmium research. We presented the current results on CacaoBio Expeditions and GROW-Cacao project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Canning House Sustainable Agribusiness and Innovation online event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Canning House's Sustainable Development series of events and conferences focuses on the themes of the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals and the aims of the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in a Latin American context.
Canning House created a Sustainable Development Series to take place in the months leading up to COP26. Their Sustainable Development Series began on 6th October 2020 with a webinar on Adaptation and Resilience. Following this introductory session, they covered key infrastructure areas in the Sustainable Cities & Water event in December, and then re-worked the renewables conference to focus on The Energy Transition back in March. The Agribusiness & Innovation conference followed their flagship Biodiversity event, organised in partnership with ECLAC, the ILO, the UN and The Dasgupta Review.

Panel session with panelists discussing the different areas in which innovation is at the heart of agribusiness, including production of biofuels, developments in agri-tech, and how digitalization is improving sustainability. The panel was followed by a presentation by Prof Federica Di Palma on relationship between agribusiness, biodiversity, and bioeconomics.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.canninghouse.org/events/sustainable-agribusiness-and-innovation
 
Description Capacity building for public engagement planning 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact First planning meeting with science and cultural communicators to start to design capcity building content for workshops in November
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Challenges of Environmental Management in the Territory (Blanca Huertas from NHM), at FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the BRIDGE Colombia network, Blanca Huertas from the NHM participated in the discussion Advances in Environmental Management and its course to continue strengthening environmental sustainability. The discussion focused on alternative tools for decision making to guide a sustainable development model, looking at the perspective from other initiatives outside the country.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Colombia's ex-guerillas learn biodiversity and business models 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article from Cosmos presents how ex-combatants have been trained on business models for ecotourism
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://cosmosmagazine.com/society/colombia-s-ex-guerillas-learn-biodiversity-and-business-models
 
Description ColombiaBIO Expedición Cacao - Una experiencia del consorcio BRIDGE, at the FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Partners of the BRIDGE Colombia network who are part of the Cacao ColombiaBIO expedition commented on the nature of this expedition and the role that plays each one of the institutions. The following partners participated in the discussion panel: Carolina Gonzalez (Agrosavia), James Richardson (Universidad del Rosario), Carlos E. Gonzalez (Agrosavia), Henry Alterio (Head of Colombia-BIO), Martha Cepeda and Martha Vives (Universidad de los Andes).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Colombian Research in the UK 6th Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact GROW PI Prof Federica Di Palma invited to give the opening lecture at this event including a Q&A session following the talk.
Other speakers and participants included represenatatives from Colombian Embassy and Deputy Director of Colciencias.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://researchcolombiauk.wixsite.com/2019annualsummit/event-details/colombian-research-in-the-uk-6...
 
Description Colombian biodiversity: an alternative resource for a sustainable bioeconomy in an era of opportunity (Blanca Huertas from NHM) at FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact As part of the BRIDGE Colombia network, Blanca Huertas from NHM presented from a different perspective how biodiversity can contribute as an alternative resource to sustainability. She presented several international examples of how biodiversity has added value that can contribute to the economy and the development of a territory. Through some initiatives with Colombian biodiversity, she also highlighted the potential and opportunities that exist for Colombia and in a unique opportunity of strategic alliances with the United Kingdom and its institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Colombian research in the UK 6th Annual Summit - University College London 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact JC Chacon-Duque was invited as speaker for the panel "Biosciencies and Networks Colombia - UK" in the event "Colombian research in the UK - 6th Annual Summit"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://researchcolombiauk.wixsite.com/2019annualsummit/event-details/colombian-research-in-the-uk-6t...
 
Description Conozca las tres especies de cerdos criollos 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This article published at La Patria newspaper form Manizales was a result fo the Science and media engagement workshop that took place in Bogotá in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.lapatria.com/ciencias/conozca-las-tres-especies-de-cerdos-criollos-439406
 
Description Consultation with local communities on the ecotourism routes for ATICOYA indigeous preserve and Tarapoto Lakes Ramsar area 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact During the first week of October 2021 we visited Puerto Nariño, in the Colombian Amazon, to make a presentation of the proposal fo three ecotourism circuits in the ATICOYA indigenous preserve and in the Tarapoto Lakes Ramsar area. This meeting was done with 22 representatives (curacas) from the different communities of the ATICOYA association. This gathering is called the WONE congress, and they meet periodically to discuss different matters associated with the communities problems. We developed a tool to receive feedback from the representatives and discussed future alternatives to continue the work during 2022. We also established contact with the new representative of ATICOYA, that was elected during the congress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Darwin Tree of Life Project (UK) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Press release detailing the institutes involvement (partner) in the project which will create a new foundation for biology to drive solutions for preserving biodiversity and sustaining human societies. The institute is likely to be involved in the sampling and sequencing of protists (single-celled eukaryotes - organisms with a nucleus) and the analysis of vertebrate genomes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description De los fusiles al turismo ecológico, con la ayuda de Australia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An article and audio interview to showcase the Peace with Nature workshops from GROW Colombia was available at the SBS Spanish Radio. This report was focused on Spanish speaking audience living in Australia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.sbs.com.au/language/english/audio/de-los-fusiles-al-turismo-ecologico-con-la-ayuda-de-au...
 
Description Describing biodiversity for tourist clients 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Given that a group of 10 excombatants who are part of a tourism of nature and adventure in the Meta province were visiting Brisbane for an international competition of rafting, we took this an opportunity listen to their feedback as part of the co-design process in relation to the proposed thematic and methodology for the Montanita workshop (July 2019). In addition, I gave them a mini-workshop in a zoo about biodiversity and how this can be described and presented to tourists as well as the importance of Indigenous knowledge to assess biodiversity, which can be applied for their ecotourism initiative in the Miravalle.

Organisations involved:

GROW Colombia/University of Sydney organisers of the workshop for excombatants
Ecomun- supporting organisation
ETCR Mirravalle and members of a local community- Participants
Mission of verification ONU- facilitators and accompanying organisation
University of Queensland- Organisers of the overall event while excombatants were in Brisbane.

Outcomes of the workshop:

-Feedback by excombantants on the methodology and content of the GROW Colombia workshop in Montanita (July 2019). The feedback they provided was crucial to modify some of the methodology and structure of the workshop that was planning at the time for July 2019 in Montanita.
-showcased how biodiversity in particular animals can be presented and describe to tourists.
-showcased how Indigenous knowledge is important to understand and assess biodiversity.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Dialogo industria-academia (Industry-academia dialogue) Bogota 2019 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact "Dialogo Industria-academia (Industry-academia dialogue)" was a workshop to promote partnerships between industry, University and Government, using the "triple helix model", in the areas of big data and bio-economy in Colombia. The event was held at Universidad de Los Andes campus and facilitated by trained facilitators from the Earlham Institute. The event included 16 participants from industry and Governmental institutions and 16 participants from Universities. During two days, they analysed the challenges and opportunities for the "big data" sector in Colombia and the tentative role of this sector in the socio-economic growth of Colombia. The 32 participants were selected from 123 applicants. The event included opportunities for "speed networking" between industry and Universities, and group activities to discuss the priorities for the data-driven innovation and economic growth.

"Dialogo Industria-academia (Industry-academia dialogue)". The workshop included two plenary speakers from the "Mision de Sabios", which is a panel of experts reporting to the President of Colombia about Science and Innovation policy. This event allowed us, participants and facilitators to engage with policymakers. The main objective of this event aligns with our aim to build partnerships between industry and academia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Doing Science with Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Around 200 individuals with an interest in organising joint scientific activities between the UK and Colombia attended a morning of lectures and discussion at the NHM.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Doing Science with Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A talk on GROW's public engagement activities was given in the Natural History Museum in London in the frame of the Doing Science with Colombia event. The purpose of the talk was to give an overview of what had been achieved by engaging the public both in the UK and Colombia with GROW's scientific results. The talk was delivered at the NHM and reach out to an international public via the web.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2022
 
Description Doing Science with Colombia 2019 - Natural History Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact In 2017, an event called Doing Science with Colombia was held at the NHM, as a way to raise awareness of the important milestones that the bilateral science and innovation relationship between the UK and Colombia was achieving. In October 2019, a second edition of this event took place in the same institution. The event programme was focused on issues such as the current state of scientific collaboration, the sustainability of research and innovation projects and the future of bilateral relationship from different perspectives. It also provided space for networking with a range of organisations involved in this bilateral collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.earlham.ac.uk/doing-science-colombia-2019
 
Description Earth Biogenome Project Colombia (EBP Colombia) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Nearly 100 persons attended the launch of Earth Biogenome Project Colombia, the Colombian national chapter of Earth Biogenome Project a global initiative to sequence the live on Earth.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8H3uiH7Vslw&t=1680s
 
Description Eden Festival of Discovery - Panel 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The Festival of Discovery runs from 11th to 13th November 2021. The Festival of Discovery is all about exploring what a better future might look like for individuals and communities, under this year's theme - Together for our Planet. Coinciding with the end of COP26, we'll be debating ideas for a more sustainable future, connecting with people from across the UK through lively discussions, sharing top tips and activities you can do at home, and inspiring stories covering topics from community action, connection to nature, and growing, to wellbeing, resilience and much more!

Life without coffee or chocolate - live panel discussion
Why Colombian megadiversity holds the key to a more sustainable future.
In this session we will discuss why Colombia is so important to the rest of the world, the challenges it face and how these can be addressed and how COP26 and COP15 can drive meaningful change in one of the world's most biodiverse countries.
Purpose of the event;
1. to profile the impact and legacy of the GROW Colombia collaboration
2. to take stock of the outcomes of COP26 and what they mean for Colombia's future
3. to look ahead to COP15 in April 2022 with some advocacy messages to provide continuity between these global governance events.

The event was a large public engagement event aimed at audiences to bring science and the theme of biodiversity to a wider audience.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://thefestivalofdiscovery.com/
 
Description Eden survey: consumer's preferences for chocolate attributes 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact The study aims to assess the role that different characteristics (known as "attributes") of chocolate products play (e.g. price, labelling) in explaining consumer preferences and market demand. Observation of current market conditions reveals that it is difficult to disentangle the role of individual chocolate characteristics as they are frequently bundled, e.g. more expensive bars are also fair trade. As a consequence, marketing research has developed methodologies, which through direct survey, can statistically identify and estimate the role of each characteristic in explaining consumer demand. The importance of each characteristic of market products is a crucial piece of information in
marketing, as producers can tailor their production to specific market segments. However, as the production of some chocolate varieties may also be linked to externalities in production (e.g. unfair working conditions, high reliance on pesticides and fertilizers), both private producers and government policymakers can benefit from improved market surveys, which more accurately reveal consumer preferences. The survey aims to disentangle the significance of the main features of chocolate-based products as revealed by ah-hoc surveys to better inform private and public decision-makers in Colombia. The questionnaire includes a few sections aimed at eliciting, current consumption habits,
preferences for cacao attributes and WTP for 'improved' cacao products. The improved production process is generically explained by reference to an agroforestry production system, which enhances ecosystem services such as biodiversity and reduces negative environmental externalities. The survey collected the responses from Eden visitors who might well be more environmentally aware than average and represent a niche market in the UK. More than 300 responses were collected in Eden around the Easter break and Summer break. Results show that there is Willingness to pay of £2.30 more for Agroforestry production, of this £1.20 is for Socially Responsible Cacao. Average monthly expenditure on cacao i is £9.3 (st.dev 4.4), and 10% of the sample spend more than £25 per month. Most consumed products are chocolate bars: 78% for personally consumed and 56% other family's members.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Effective writing skills training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Postdoctoral researchers and Co-Is from Colombia and the UK (12 in total) joined the training session. The content course inlclude the following topics: 1) What the customer/audience said vs what the customer /audience meant, 2) Market, Message and Medium - focusing on who, what and how, 3) Planning a response - what to consider, and 4) Writing the response - what to remember, what to watch for.

As result of this training, postdocs increased their ability to communicate to a broader audience and learned tips to make efficient writting. There is an interest to run a cousre on scientific writing.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description El oso escondido en Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Undergraduate students
Results and Impact This article was published at Universidad del Norte in Colombia. It is an output of the Science and Media engagement workshop that took place in May 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.uninorte.edu.co/web/grupo-prensa/noticia?articleId=14405917&groupId=73923
 
Description Engagement - European Researchers Night - LATES at Natural History Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Activity at the European Researchers Night - LATES at Natural History Museum
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Environmental research for decision making 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of the FIMA (International Environment Trade Fair in Bogota) and the International Environmental Congress, Federica di Palma participated in the panel Environmental Research for Decision Making. She presented how the Earlham Institute and the GROW Colombia project pursue a closer interaction with policy makers and some challenges and opportunities in this regards. Other organizations participating in the panel were: European Union, INVEMAR (Marine and Coastal Research Institute "José Benito Vives de Andréis"), SINCHI (Amazonic Institute of Scientific Research), IIAP (John von Neumann Environmental Research Institute of the Pacific ) and IDEAM (The Institute of Hydrology, Meteorology and Environmental Studies) .
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description European Researchers' Night at Natural History Museum 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GROW Colombia exhibited its Andean bear research at the Natural History Museum for the annual European Researchers' Night. The Museum opened to the public in the evening and about 4,000 people visited. Staff from GROW Colombia presented the research to small groups of the public throughout the evening. Members of the public were engaged and supportive of our aims and activities to contribute to conserving Andean bears in Colombia. They liked hearing about the species of Paddington Bear in the setting of the first Paddington movie.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/archive/visit/evening-events/world-wild-webs.html
 
Description Event - DNA Detectives 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Activity at the Eden project
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Evolutionary genomics course 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose fo the course was to train practitioners and university students on evolutionary genomics techniques and tools during one week´s time.
The workshop promoted the growth of evolutionary biology as a scientific discipline in Colombia and other Latin American countries. Working with national and international partners, this intensive workshop provided basic training in genomic approaches to answer evolutionary questions applied to conservation biology.

24 students from different Colombian institutions participated (National University of Bogotá, Universidad de los Andes, Universidad del Cauca, Universidad de Caldas, Universidad de Antioquia, Universidad Javeriana de Cali, Universidad del Rosario, Universidad de Quindío, Industrial University of Santander, University of Nariño, Alexander von Humboldt Institute, Industrial University of Santander, University of Sucre, Universidad del Valle). The students' academic training was 6 PhD's, 9 MSc, 7 Bachelors, 2 undergraduates. In total, among the students, there were 9 men and 16 women. The teachers were Dr. Marcela Uliano-Silva A, Darwin Tree of Life Project, UK; Dr. Angela P. Fuentes-Pardo, Leif Andersson Lab, Uppsala University; Dr. Iker Irisarri, Dept. Biodiversity and Evolutionary Biology, National Museum of Natural Sciences in Madrid; Dr. Gonzalo García, Earlham Institute; Renée Fonseca, Fulbright Research Scholar, Universidad del Valle; Dr. Jorge Alexander Duitama, Dept. of System Engineering and Computing, Universidad de los Andes; Dr. Andrew J. Crawford, Dept. of Biological Sciences, Universidad de los Andes.

At the end of the workshop, a research proposal was prepared and many positive comments were received that allowed the construction of a robust scientific document for the application of international funding in genomics, evolution, and conservation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Expert dialogue with Colombian cacao sector stakeholders and actors 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact GROW Colombia's socioeconomic team presented to Colombian cacao sector stakeholders and organisations (Minagricultura, Minambiente, Fedecacao, CGIAR, etc.) preliminary results from the sustainable cacao production and consumption research. The objective of the expert dialogue was to gather information and feedback about the GROW's team research and to discuss opportunities for further collaboration.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Expert meetings to define key ecotourism birds for Caldas and Risaralda within the design of a PES for birdwatching 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We generated three expert meeting to identify key birds in order to promote birdwatching activities within Risaralda and Caldas departamentos study areas, located near Tatamá and Nevados National Parks. The objective of the workshops was to gather a series of experts on ornithology and birdwatching, ranging from Universities, NGOs, civil servants from National Parks and other relevant organizations, to prioritize key open and close spaces birds. We also generated a classification of different variables that are key in identifying biological corridors to increase key conservation birds' habitats. In the three workshop we engaged with nearly 30 experts (10 in each session). This results were used to generate the first biological corridors proposals and continue with the identification of opportunity costs and the development of a payment for environmental services scheme in the two study areas.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Exploring & Understanding Colombian Bio Resources UK Launch Event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to present an Introduction to the GCRF Growing Research Capability award: Preserving, restoring and managing Colombian Biodiversity through Responsible Innovation (GROW-Colombia)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Fedegan GROW presentation for sustainable cattle ranching. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GROW personnel made a presentation to FEDEGAN and the Sustainable Cattle Ranching Project to identify ways to share information on cattle ranching, based on the GEF funded project they were implementing. A total of 5 people attender the presentation and we identify ways to access the database. A formal solicitation was presented by GROW. We will be waiting for a formal answer from FEDEGAN/Sustainable cattle ranching project. A conversation needs to be done with the World Bank officer also.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Financial mechanism implementaion challenges of the Decree 1007/2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation was given within the workshop "financial mechanisms for strategic ecosystems conservation". The objective was to present some recommendations for the implementation of the Payment for Environmental Services National Policy, after the new regulations established by the decree 1008/2018. Recomendation were presented for the four environmental services recognized by the government: greenhouse gas emissions reduction, biodiversity conservation, cultural and spiritual services, water provision (quantity and quality). Some recommendations were related to defintion of the service, strategic areas' definition, financial and operative mechanisms, PES agreements, registry, monitoring and followup. Officials from local and regional levels (1 municipality and on state) declared their interes on incorporating some of the recomendations in different PES projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Flying the flag for UK research in Colombia - News 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The participation of the GROW project at the International Environmental Fair in Bogotá was showcased in the Earlham´s website and media
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/newsroom/flying-flag-uk-science-colombia
 
Description Former guerrillas becoming conservationists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact this article at the University of Sydney´s website presents the Peace with nature workshops and how they have helped to provide new opportunities for ex-combatants.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2019/08/13/former-guerrilla-fighters-becoming-citizen-scient...
 
Description GROW Amazon Adventures: River Dolphin Diary 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This press releas was published after the travel to the Amazon on September 2018. The objective of the press release was to get people to know some of the activities developed during the exchange to foster sustainable ecotourism and scientific research. In addition we made visible different threats to pink river dolphin, which is a charismatic species associated to the new RAMSAR area, Tarapoto Lakes.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/articles/grow-amazon-adventures-river-dolphin-diary
 
Description GROW Annual Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The purpose of the GROW Colombia Annual Meeting was for project researchers to share research advances and plan for the upcoming years. The meeting help to strengthen the project's research groups and build capacity among researchers.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://growcolombia.org/capacity-building/
 
Description GROW Colombia Blog 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Regular (fortnightly) GROW Colombia blog on the GROW Colombia website profiling research, activities, relevant external events, GROW Colombia's partner organisations, collaborators and the people associated with the GROW Colombia project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://www.growcolombia.org/blog
 
Description GROW Colombia Public Engagement at the Eden Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Talked to parents and children about where sugar comes from, the sugarcane plant and processing to produce a variety of end products. They had the opportunity to have a close look at the sugarcane plant including viewing a cross section of the sugarcane stem under the microscope and looking at mature plants in the Rainforest Biome. They experienced the taste, smell and feel of a wide range of sugars including Panela.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.growcolombia.org
 
Description GROW Colombia Public Engagement at the Eden Project 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact We developed content and facilitated public engagement experiences as part of the Eden Project's Easter, Summer and Christmas programmes attended by 285,869 visitors. The intended purpose of this engagement was to raise awareness of the programme and its work, trial different narratives and techniques that relate to the scientific research, and build the capacity and confidence of our GROW researchers to talk about their activities with a diversity of individuals and families.

As a result of undertaking this activity we developed a bank of resources and approaches that we can use to the support the programme going forwards and increased our understanding of which subjects, issues and opportunities resonated most with the general public. We developed an understanding of the assumptions we are making in helping people to understand the science and impact of the GROW programme and adapted our approaches accordingly. In collaboration with the Natural History Museum we have developed a range of facilitated experiences and conversations, visual interpretation within larger exhibitions, provided content for self led trails, and created a growing collection of public engagement resources e.g. postcards, games, posters, banners, and arts and educational materials.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.growcolombia.org
 
Description GROW Colombia and WWF collaboration 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Third sector organisations
Results and Impact in 2018 Members from WWF-Colombia, WWF-UK, and GROW Colombia met to identify potential areas of collaboration. It was agreed that the programme Herencia Colombia led by WWF- Colombia would participate as a speaker on the BRIDGE day 2018. WWF-Colombia delegates participants joined the GROW annual meeting in Cali in 2018. In 2020, specific areas of collaborations were identified as the Andean bear, cocoa, sustainable cattle ranching. It was agreed that GROW and WWF in UK and Colombia will work together on policy advocacy, and join forces to participate in international biodiversity and climate change events in 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2020
 
Description GROW Colombia exhibited alongside BBC at Natural History Museum Lates event 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact GROW Colombia was invited to exhibit alongside the South America film crew from the BBC's flagship series Seven Worlds, One Planet. The event was on a Friday evening at the Natural History Museum and pulled in around 4,000 members of the public. GROW staff were stationed in the same room as the film crew from the South America episode. TV screens showed the footage of the Andean bears featured in the episode and GROW staff explained how our research is contributing to conservation srategies to ensure the survival of this iconic species.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/lates.html?gclid=EAIaIQobChMI4dWL3Nv75wIVBLTtCh3AuA5oEAAYASAAEgL5dvD_Bw...
 
Description GROW Colombia website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The activity relates to the creation of a GROW Colombia project website. The purpose of creating a project website was to explain what the project is about and to disseminate scientific and capacity building results to different targeted audiences (researchers, funders, future funders, media, policy makers and general public).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.growcolombia.org
 
Description GROW Colombia zone at EI Inside 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On May 21st, 2019, 151 members of the public attended the Open day of Earlham Institute (EI Inside). On the first floor, the visitors were invited to experience the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia to discover all about our important work as part of the GROW project. We showed them the plants we are working on, specifically chocolate, plantains and sugarcane.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/open-day-2019
 
Description GROW Colombia zone at EI Inside 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact On May 21st, 2019, 151 members of the public attended the Open day of Earlham Institute (EI Inside). On the first floor, the visitors were invited to a whistlestop tour through the sights, smells and sounds of Colombia to discover all about our important work as part of the GROW project.
Our friends and colleagues from the UEA joined the EI team, who were able to tell about their exciting work in socioeconomics, while EI staff filled in on the work we're doing in understanding and conserving Colombia's unique flora and fauna, as well as helping to establish a supercomputing infrastructure in the country to enable and drive big data-driven research. A series od experiences and posters were presented to the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/open-day-2019
 
Description GROW-Cacao video 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A short video about GROW-cacao project was developed with Manglar TV, aimed at reaching the general public in Colombia and UK. The intented purpose is to create awareness about the importance of Cololombian cacao and its sustainable cultivation as well as incentivate an identity of Colombian cacao.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020,2021
 
Description Healthy soil is important, but what does it look like? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Without healthy soils, we'd have precious little food to eat. But this fundamental resource is being eroded by climate change and overuse of agrichemicals. Under severe threat are the communities of microbes which live in and around crops, helping them to thrive, yet we still know precious little about what our treatment of soils is doing to those microorganisms. GROW Colombia's Dr Nasmille Larke-Mejía, is using metagenomics to find out what makes soil healthy and how this can drive sustainable agriculture.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.earlham.ac.uk/articles/healthy-soil-important-what-does-it-look
 
Description How does this "orphan crop" tolerate toxic aluminium? 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Blog post for the general public about our research in Brachiaria in general, and focused one of our recent projects.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.earlham.ac.uk/newsroom/how-does-orphan-crop-tolerate-toxic-aluminium
 
Description How to communicate science on climate change? ¿Cómo comunicar la ciencia del cambio climático? 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact De Vega J,Arango J,Fog L,Calzadilla L; Virtual Press Conference. British Council Colombia. Bogota, 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description INVEMAR to Earlham Institute (The Marine and Coastal Research Institute - "José Benito Vives de Andréis") 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an open day or visit at my research institution
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The Director of INVEMAR (Spanish for The Marine and Coastal Research Institute - "José Benito Vives de Andréis") was invited to present the work that this reserach institute does in Colombia. It was possible to establish some ideas for further collaboration between EI, GROW, BRIDGE and INVEMAR
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Inirida working group for the development of an ecotourism and sustainable production network proposal 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Grow participated in the meeting of the competitivity round table of Guainía departamento. We presented the GROW Colombia project and the draft lines of the ecotourism and sustainable production round table, that will be connected to the Inirida RAMSAR area. We had a meeting with producers' association from the RAMSAR area, with civil servants from the local environmental authority (CDA), personnel from local hotels, personel from local private preserves, cattle ranching producers association, tour operators, people from the National Apprentice Service (SENA), the Villavicencio Chamber of Commerce and Uniminuto. In total we contacted more than 20 people to talk about their views on the establishment of the network and to discuss about possible funding.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Integrating omic-based technologies for the valorisation of Peruvian crop biodiversity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This three-day workshop aimed to understand the potential application of high-throughput "omics-technologies" for the characterization and valuation of the genetic biodiversity of Peruvian crop in a more holistic and integrated approach.
The workshop convened UK and Peruvian leading researchers and early-career researchers, with the aim of outlining the best strategies to integrate omic approaches in the research of Peruvian crop biodiversity. This contributed to developing resilience in local agriculture under the context of climate change and the current demand for healthier foods and natural compounds.
Developed in collaboration with Universidad Catolica de Santa María, this workshop has been granted by the Newton-Paulet fund under the program "Researcher Links - Workshop Grants - Talleres 2018-01". This grant is the result of an agreement between the British Council and the Consejo Nacional de Ciencia Tecnologia e Innovacion (CONCYTEC) from Peru.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description International Bird Fair in Cali Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact GROW Colombia participated in the International Bird Fair in Cali Colombia with the intention to create a network for the project's ecotourism research stream and to test ecotourism demand and offer surveys. Several tourism operators and community members, offering ecotourism services, were contacted. Several research institutions were also contacted e.g. Humboldt Institute and Panthera.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://colombiabirdfair.com/
 
Description Interview for International media (UK Reuters): FEATURE-Fighting global warming, one cow belch at a time 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact According to calculations by some experts, this puts the livestock sector on par with transport. The U.N.'s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says transport is responsible for 14 percent of emissions. In view of this, Scientists of different countries were interviewed, who were working on ways to reduce those emissions, including by breeding animals that burp less, adjusting their diets so they produce less methane and planting trees in pastures.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://uk.reuters.com/article/global-livestock-emissions/feature-fighting-global-warming-one-cow-be...
 
Description Interview for national News: Three Colombians will have an important task to face climate change. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact The evaluation of the impacts of global warming and the construction of a guide that will define what the world should do to continue facing it, will be in the hands and minds of three Colombian researchers, who together with 718 other scientists from 90 countries, were appointed by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC). These three Colombian Scientists were interviewed by the national newspaper "El colombiano".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.elcolombiano.com/colombia/colombianos-a-evaluar-el-clima-HX8707898
 
Description Interview in Colombian national TV: Management of fertilizer in the cattle production farm 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact An interview was given by Mr. Daniel Villegas, research assistant of the Grow project to "La finca de hoy" ("The farm of today"). A TV program brodcasted daily in the most important TV channel of Colombia (Caracol TV). The theme of the interview was management of fertilizer (specifically Nitrogen) and the effect on emissions of GHG. In YouTube, the video (In spanish) has 4250 views by february 2020. Such interview correspond to the first seven minutes of the video.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m_iDkKaCrc
 
Description KTN Agri-tech mission in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact Attended and contributed to Agri-tech Catalyst Colombia organised by the agri tech KTN and innovate UK. Talked and participated in workshops across Colombia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Key aspects to build financial mechanisms for conservation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation was given within the workshop "financial mechanisms for strategic ecosystems conservation". The objective was to show policy makers and professional practitioners how to analyze supply and demand of ecosystem services, in terms of financial resources, as well as to introduce the importance of ecosystem services valuation as a tool for assessment for proyect benefits. We also introduces 5 case studies from 5 payment for ecosystem services projects in Colombia, and a stated prefereces exercice to identify Willingnes to Pay for an environmental project in UK. We impacted participants (nearly 50) by introducing the financial mechanisms discussion for conservation as well as to introduce the importance of economic valuation as a decision making tool for conservation projects. Some local government official were interested in introducing economic valuation techniques to some environmental projects they are formulating, in particular Payment for Ecosystem Services (PES) project, related with water provision and biodiversity conservation (ecotourism).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description La última oportunidad para salvar al oso de anteojos 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article at El Espectador explained the research that GROW Project is doing in order to conserve the Andean bear in Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.elespectador.com/noticias/medio-ambiente/la-ultima-oportunidad-para-salvar-al-oso-de-ant...
 
Description Lanzan iniciativa para salvar al oso andino en Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This note on Anadolu Agency presents the work that Earlham Institute and Humboldt are doing on the Andean bear in Colombia
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.aa.com.tr/es/mundo/lanzan-iniciativa-para-salvar-el-oso-andino-en-colombia/1492619
 
Description Latin American Journalists and Communication Officers' Meeting 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The GROW Colombia team presented research advances to journalist and communication officers for Colombia and other Latin American countries with the purpose to spark interest in GROW's research and for this audience group to write about the project.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://acpc.com.co/encuentro-latinoamericano-de-periodistas-y-comunicadores-de-ciencia/
 
Description Launch event for UK-Colombia Partnership for Sustainable Growth 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact PI of GROW Colombia invited to reception for launch of new policy to guide investment and collaboration between UK and Colombia. Speakers included President of Colombia, UK Science Minister and Colombian Ambassador. Audience included commercial organisations interested in UK-Colombia trade.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.gov.uk/government/news/uk-and-colombia-mark-new-climate-partnership-with-85-million-inve...
 
Description Leaflet Investing in global research partnerships from UKRI and GCRF 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact As part of the UKRI's International Development Research portfolio, this booklet is intended as a snapshot to showcase the breadth, depth and innovative research fund through GCRF and the Newton Fund. The booklet is for UK and International audiences new to UKRI, GCRF and Newton,as well as for members of the public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Learning Outside the Classroom Day 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Together with United Way (former Dividendo por Colombia) GROW participated in the global campaign Learning Outside of the Classroom Day with the purpose of translating science on biodiversity to school children. Class material were created using GROW's research themes and brought to different schools around Colombia as a tool for school children to interact with and appreciate nature outside of their classrooms.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://aprendiendoalairelibre.org/
 
Description Living Maps of Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact Living Maps of Colombia is an environmental and climate change advocacy initiative aiming to transform the lives and communities of young people in vulnerable urban areas in Colombia. Specifically, the initiative articulates connections between vulnerable school children and their surrounding environments. It demonstrates the value that these children place on nature, and allows them to understand their role as change agents in its transformation. Living Maps uses a creative approach based on flow learning, emotional mapping, and place phenomenology, awakening children's interest, focusing their attention, and connecting their emotions with nature. 56 school teachers from 38 schools in Bogotá, Medellín and Cali have been trained in the approach. 13 school teachers have applied it together with 390 students. Moreover, three workshops have taken place to document the Living Maps experience and showcase its results to Colombian and global decision makers at COP 26 in Glasgow, Nov. 2021.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
URL https://www.growcolombia.org/blog/living-maps-of-colombia-giving-youth-a-voice-in-global-environment...
 
Description Living maps workshops 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Local
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact 27 teachers from different schools attended a pilot and and a virtual workshop on how to teach school children to design living maps. The intended purpose was to provide tools to teachers and school children so that they could become more aware of their immediate surroundings and nature, and with through which they could become involved in its development.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Local Environmental Authority of Risaralda (CARDER) involvement on ecotourism promotion and PES design in Tatamá National Park 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We held a meeting to identify actions developed by CARDER on ecotourism, green markets and available information (GIS, landscape management tools costs). We also presented preliminary results on the study area and the expected outputs of the PES in Tatamá National Park, to promote birdwatching inside and outside the park. We had 9 participants (1 from GROW, 3 from National Parks, and 5 from CARDER). Carder will be actively participating in the design of the PES scheme and will possible be part of the proposed fund to administrate PES money and follow up activities.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Los osos de anteojos encontraron su guardián 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact This article at Las dods orillas presented the work that GROW Colombia is doing on the Andean bear.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.las2orillas.co/los-osos-de-anteojos-encontraron-su-guardian/
 
Description Making meetings work training 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Colombian and British posdoctoral research assistants, Co-Is, and the management team of GROW, as well as BRIDGE Colombia partners joined this training course (12 in total). Given the pandemic, virtual meetings and capacity building course have increased, as a response to this, the training provided the participants with the opportunity to interact with and influence other people in face to face and virtual environments. Partcipants learned the best practice elements of participating and/or running a meeting. This training session looked at the dynamics of conversations and managing discussions to promote successful outcomes.

As a result, maximising paticipants' own contribution and encouraging participation in others ensured meetings are productive, and helped them build their confidence and take control.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Measuring Impact of Research and Innovation for Global Challenges 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) hosted a two-day workshop in Panama City. The workshop programme, designed in collaboration with USAID, brought together leading experts, researchers, funders and policy makers to share best practices and understanding on how to increase the impact of research and innovation programmes that aim to tackle global challenges. The PI of GROW Colombia participated in the whole programme and an alliance with CABI/Scidev.net to run a science and media workshop was consolidated as an outcome of this meeting.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Media Interview on the NPR media organization 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact NPR's Dan Charles traveled to South America to see how changes in livestock production might happen and interview Jacobo Arango in the Patia Valley, in the department of Cauca.
There, Nohely Angulo, a local farmer, gave them his impression about the adoption of new improved forages, that allowed him to feed four or even six cows on the land that used to support just one. J. Arango had the opportunity to explain that there is no need to cut the forest, specially the amazon, to raise cattle, since new technologies are available, that increase productivity of livestock systems in a sustainable way with nature.
This story was titled "Fighting Global Warming Requires Changes In How Cows Are Fed" and played/published in the 'Morning edition' program of NPR, on March 13rd of 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.npr.org/2019/03/13/702908768/fighting-global-warming-requires-changes-in-how-cows-are-fe...
 
Description Media coverage at FIMA (International Environmental Fair in Bogota) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The United Kingdom was the guest of honour of the main fair for the environmental sector of Colombia, FIMA 2018. The Economic Diplomacy team brought an important delegation
of scientific and environmental experts who participated in the academic agenda, including Federica Di Palma, Science Director of the Earlham Institute, the media coverage on the work done by GROW Colombia was very extensive
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Media publication in Geographical: From conflict to conservation: Colombia's ex-combatants are being enrolled as forest guardians 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media publication in Geographical: From conflict to conservation: Colombia's ex-combatants are being enrolled as forest guardians
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL http://geographical.co.uk/geopolitics/geopolitics/item/3863-from-conflict-to-conservation-colombia-s...
 
Description Media publication in iNaturalist: In Colombia, Former Guerillas Use iNaturalist to Record Biodiversity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Media publication in iNaturalist: In Colombia, Former Guerillas Use iNaturalist to Record Biodiversity
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.inaturalist.org/blog/43191-in-colombia-former-guerillas-use-inaturalist-to-record-biodiv...
 
Description Media publication: A conservation scientist enlists Colombia's ex-guerrillas in a new cause: preserving their country's biodiversity 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview published in the prestigious Science magazine. "A conservation scientist enlists Colombia's ex-guerrillas in a new cause: preserving their country's biodiversity"
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sciencemag.org/news/2020/07/conservation-scientist-enlists-colombia-s-ex-guerrillas-new-...
 
Description Media publication: Conflict to conservation: how guerrilla fighters became environmentalists 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Article published in Sydney Alumni Magazine
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.sydney.edu.au/news-opinion/news/2020/04/17/conflict-to-conservation-how-guerrilla-fighte...
 
Description Meeting at British Embassy in Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact An engagement activity organized by the Ambassador of the UK in Colombia was organized to strengthen the collaboration between the UK Embassy, UK-Colombian research programmes currently developed in Colombia and Colciencias.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2008
 
Description Meeting to define the operational alternatives for a Landtrust to promote birdwatching activities in Caldas and Risaralda 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact We held two dialogue meetings to identify the most important characteristics that a possible Land Trust can have in order to administrate payment for ecosystem services schemes in neighboring areas of Tatamá and Nevados National Parks in Risaralda and Caldas departamentos in Colombia. Both meetings had participation from National Parks personal and a local NGO, that is generating a Trust for the Chinchiná river basin. Based on these meetings we identified the possibility of generating a new administrative figure or nesting it into existing organizations like Pactos Por la Cuenca (Trust for the Chinchiná river basin), or within the local environmental authorities or within the Gobernaciones.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2021
 
Description Meeting with BEIS International Climate Finance policy team 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This meeting covered the synergies and remits between the GROW Colombia project and the UK's International Climate Finance initiative. Useful information was exchanged and has since been followed up to mutual advantage.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Baroness Hooper, Honorary President of the APPG for Latin America and President of the Anglo Latin American Foundation 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact I was invited to meet with Lady Hooper and other members of the All Party Parliamentary Latin America Group. At the meeting in the House of Lords I gave them an overview of the GROW-Colombia project; its objectives and opportunities for engagement with policy makers and the private sector. We discussed the upcoming presidential election and how the UK based Parliamentarians could support the GROW Colombia project for GROW during the political turnover in Colombia.

I also attended an meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Human Rights Group where Environmental rights defenders from Colombia (Forest Peoples Programme) presented to Parliamentarians about the post conflict era in Colombia and the ongoing challenges faced by indigenous people.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Colombian Embassy 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with Colombian Embassy to discuss measures to bring GROW Colombia's science and policy research to the Colombian Government's attention. Discussion included the idea of a second Doing Science in Colombia event to consider the funding future of science collaborations between UK and Colombia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Director of Canning House 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Industry/Business
Results and Impact This meeting provided on overview of the GROW Colombia project and the PI's role on the Mision Internacionale de Sabios. Canning House holds regular conference events to inform businesses of opportunities and the commercial context for trade and investment decisions in Latin America. Plans to offer the PI key note speaking opporutnities were discussed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Meeting with Government Office for Science 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting with three members of the Government Office for Science Team at IBERS, Aberystwyth on agricultural productivity gaps in grassland science. The following topics were discussed: Upland grasslands; Plant breeding; Farming extension; and International grasslands research which included Colombia as an example of the potential for impact internationally to for example increase stocking density and reduce greenhouse gas emissions, both targets of the Colombian Government. This raised awareness of issues in grassland and upland agriculture in the UK and internationally, and has identified specific areas for future policy engagement.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Norman Lamb MP, Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This was a first meeting in an ongoing series of meetings with Norman Lamb MP, given his Norfolk constituency interest and his position as Chair of the House of Commons Science and Technology Committee.  Earlham Institute is cultivating a long-lasting and mutually supportive relationship with Norman Lamb..
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Meeting with Pactos por la Cuenca for ecotourism (bird watching) activities development 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Meeting to identify possible collaboration and put in place a PES to promote bird watching activities in the Chinchiná river basin (in the coffee growing area of Colombia). The lead institution will be Pactos por la Cuenca, as the coordinator of a multi purpose water fund. We set up a working plan for 2020 and identify possible funding from PACTOS to develop a methodology similar to the one implemented in Tatamá National Park. The interest area will be Nevados National Park and the buffer zone within the river basin. There will be a next meeting in Manizales, to establish a working group with the participation of the funding organizations, the local environmental authority and civil servants from Nevados National Park.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with UK Trade Envoy to Colombia 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact The UK Trade Envoy, also a Member of Parliament and Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Latin America Group, was given a presentation on the scope and policy influencing potential of GROW Colombia. In the same meeting an invitation was issued to the MP to visit one of the research projects on his next government sponsored visit to Colombia. The MP accepted the invitation and visited the Andean bear research project. A few months later he requested a briefing from GROW Colombia to enable him to speak in a parliamentary debate about deforestation in the Amazon. His speech covered many aspects of GROW's work and was favourably noted by the Government of Colombia and it gave helpful diplomatic context to the Joint Declaration on investment to tackle deforestation between the UK, Colombia, Norway and Germany at the Madrid Climate COP in December 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.reuters.com/article/us-colombia-forests-climate-trfn/colombias-amazon-forest-gets-boost-...
 
Description Meeting with local governments to discuss ecotourism in Amazonas state. 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We establish a working group during the Tourism Fair in Bogotá, to support the development of the Ecotourism project in Puerto Nariño (Colombia Amazon) with Military University, Leticia Municipality, Puerto Nariño Municipality, Amazonas state civil servants in charge of tourism and the civil servants from the vice ministry of tourism. In total, the working group will start with 10 participants from the organizations mentioned above. The working group will start to review the draft municipal and departmental development plans, on ecotourism. This plans must be approved by May 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Meeting with senior member of House of Lords 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact This meeting provided an update on the GROW Colombia's project to this senior member of the House of Lords. There was a wider discussion about the implications of bilateral science collaborations for UK foreign policy in the Latin America region. A few months later this peer was the official representative of the UK Government at the inauguration of the President of Argentina.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Microbial collections workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The microbial collections workshop took place to exchange knowledge on microbial collections´ management.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.growcolombia.org/capacity-building/
 
Description Ministry of Agriculture: cattle ranching and cacao productive chains 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact We establish a first dialogue on the activities developed by the ministry on sustainable cattle ranching, cacao production and information on prices and costs for agriculture products. We identify future collaborations and participation of GROW on the national cattle ranching round table, and contact and participation with the cacao productive chain members (chocolate companies and cacao producers association) to advance on primario information for cacao production.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description Mision de Sabios presentation in Medellin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact GROW PI and senior Sabios member gave a presentation to various actors from Medellin (private sector, academy) working or interested on the bioeconomy. The impact of the workshop was collaboration with some actors to jointly apply for funds (GCRF cluster call).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description NERC GCRF Workshop Sustainable Development Goal Interactions: The role of environmental science 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Policymakers/politicians
Results and Impact Federica Di Palma gave an elevator pitch talk is "Reclaiming land lost to violence for the security of Colombian economy and society".
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description NHM Nature Live: A tale of a Spectacled bear 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Juan Camilo Chacon-Duque was invited to lead a public engagement activity at the Natural History Museum. He talked to a general audience, mostly of NHM visitors, about the Andean bear project, the science behind it, the significance of work with museum collections and the involvement of the different collaborating institutions.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
 
Description NHM's Nature Live (online) - The Spectacled bear 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Media (as a channel to the public)
Results and Impact Post-doctoral researcher J. Camilo Chacon-Duque engaged with Cristina Torrente (Science communicator, NHM) in a conversation aimed at describing the way we are using specimens from museum collections and genomics to study the genetic history of the Andean bear and supporting its conservation. The event was live-streamed through YouTube with interaction with the public and is publicly available in the NHM's YouTube channel.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2020
URL https://www.nhm.ac.uk/events/nature-live-online-the-spectacled-bear.html
 
Description News article 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact A British and Colombian delegation have visited the Amazonia for an exchange on sustainable tourism. The delegation identified opportunities to stop deforestation, improve tourism practices and increase scientific research.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/newsroom/amazon-expedition-grow-colombia-tourism
 
Description News article: Director of Science Federica Di Palma appointed to Colombia's "International Mission of Experts" 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Article published on Earlham Institute website, under the news section, aimed at the public and anyone with an interest in science policy in Colombia and the region.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL http://www.earlham.ac.uk/newsroom/director-science-federica-di-palma-appointed-colombia-internationa...
 
Description News piece in Eden Project Magazine 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
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