STSMs accomplished in COST UAE Reference Regions

Within COST Action Urban Agriculture Europe 6 Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) in the Action's reference regions have been carried out by Early Career Researchers. The STSMs preceeded the Action's Working Group Meetings / Conferences in the respective region and were presented to all Action members on the meetings.

Mot information on Urban Agriculture in the reference regions can be foun in the book Urban Agriculture Europe.

Short descriptions of the research strategies and downloads of the achieved STSM reports can be found below in inverse chronlogical order.

2 Short Term Scientific Missions Sofia


The subject of the STSMs in the Greater Sofia Municipality is to identify and analyse the social links and the mediators between the urban communities and the urban and peri-urban agricultural producers in the reference region as a preview to preparing the Working Group Meeting to be held from 15 - 17 April, 2015 at the University of National and World Economy, Sofia.


01/03 - 27/03/2015

local host:

Dona Pickard, Bulgarian Academy of Sciences


Xavier Recasens Garcia, Barcelonatech University, Department of Agri-Food Engineering and Biotechnology

Jenny Sjöblom, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management


STSM Report Sofia
Author:Jenny Sjöblom, Xavier Recasens Garcia
File size:933,18 KB

Short Term Scientific Mission Warsaw


In the proposed time span of 22 days, the four steps as outlined on the website will be carried out. A situation analysis, stakeholder analysis and the construction of an adequate survey will lead to the major part of the mission: the interviews. A content analysis of the interview transcripts and other relevent documentation will provide the basis for an extensive description of the possibilities and constraints of UA in Warsaw.


25/02 - 18/03/2014

local host:

Prof. Dr. Barbara Szulczewska, Warsaw University of Life Sciences - Department of Landscape Architecture


Charlotte Prové, Ghent University (Belgium) - Department of Bioscience engineering

STSM report Warsaw
Author:Charlotte Prové
File size:2,68 MB

Short Term Scientific Mission Dublin region

September 2013


The subject of the STSM in the Greater Dublin Region is to work on the horticultural dimension of urban agriculture in the reference region as a preview to preparing the Working Group Meeting to be held from 11-13 September, 2013 at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, (Dublin).

Horticulture is a very significant element of agricultural production in the Greater Dublin region. However, the most recent profile of the horticultural industry dates from 2001.  The purpose of the STSM is to devise an up to date profile of horticultural activity in the peri-urban area, mapping the productive lands around the city, detailing the nature of production and its sale into local markets, estimating the value of the industry to the local economy, identifying niche industries within horticultural practice such as organic farming, and farmers markets that source produce locally, etc.


26/08 - 10/09/2013)

local host:

Prof. Mary Corcoran, National University of Ireland, Maynooth - Department of Sociology


Dr. Helene Weissinger, Universität für Bodenkultur  - Division of Viticulture and Pomology

STSM report UA in Dublin Region
Author:Helene Weissinger
File size:769,12 KB

Report of the STSM completed by Helene Weissinger on Urban Agriculture and the role of organic production in the Dublin Region

2 Short Term Scientific Missions Barcelona Metropolitan Region

february/march 2013

COST Action Urban Agriculture Europe proposes 2 Short Term Scientific Missions (STSMs) preceeding the 2nd Working Group Meeting of the Action in Castelldefels (Barcelona).

The Management Committee has entrusted the STSMs to

Giulia Giacche University of Perugia - Department of Economic and Food Sciences
Attila Toth Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra - Department of Garden and Landscape Architecture

The two STSMs have been completed successfully and found great attention from the public of the Working Group Conference held in Barcelona.

The report can be downloaded.

STSM Report UA in Barcelona metropolitan Region
Author:Giulia Giacche / Attila Toth
Published:Barcelona, 25/02-15/03/2013
File size:5,51 MB

Report of the two STSMs completed by Giulia Giacche and Attila Toth on the types of Urban Agriculture that can be found in Barcelona Metropolitan Region