Partners & Stakeholders


The partnership – led by IZSAM – is composed of three universities (University of Helsinki – Finland, University of L’Aquila – Italy, University of Life Science and Technology – Poland), a Spanish research centre (AINIA) and an Italian company specialised in new technologies applied to training and scientific communication (Ud’Anet). The expertise and complementarity of partners allows a balanced assignment of tasks and responsibilities for the achievement of the project goals.

Partner’s area

Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell’Abruzzo e Molise G. Caporale, Italy – IZSAM

Founded in 1941, IZSAM is a public institution belonging to the Italian National Health System. It provides scientific and technical support on issues of public health, animal health and welfare, food hygiene and food safety to veterinary and public health authorities in Italy and abroad, promoting the “One Health approach”.

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University of Helsinki, Finland – UH

UH is the oldest and largest institution of public academic education in Finland, an international scientific community of 40,000 students and researchers. The University’s core duties are research, teaching and their support through community relations. The University of Helsinki employs approximately 7600 people of which 60% are teachers and researchers.

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University of Life Science and Technology, Poland – UTP

UTP is a multi-profile University offering technical, agricultural, art and management study programmes. It is a strong scientific research institution in the region. In particular, the Animal Biotechnology and Genetics Department and the Technology Transfer Center contribute to the project.

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University of L’Aquila, Italy – UNIVAQ

Established in 1952, UNIVAQ is a public teaching and research institution offering a full range of academic programmes including biotechnologies, sciences, economics, engineering, education, humanities, medicine, psychology, and sport sciences.

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AINIA, Spain

AINIA is a technology centre with the legal status of a private non-profit association, created in 1987 and formed by more than 700 companies and 1200 clients mainly from the food sector, but also from environment and energy, packaging, chemical products, cosmetics, pharmaceutics and biomedicine sectors.

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Ud’Anet, Italy

Ud’Anet (University d’Annunzio New Enterprise Technology) is an Italian-based technological company established in 2005 in the framework of “Gabriele d’Annunzio” University of Chieti-Pescara. The company is oriented to didactic innovation, constantly facing new challenges and seeking new goals by means of innovative methods and ICT based tools.

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LEGO is designed to impact the labour market in the broad field of Genomics applied to food safety. Therefore, a broad range of stakeholders (IOs and NGOs, universities, National Competent Authorities, Research institutions, Technology centres, VET providers, Umbrella organisations and private companies, Federations of professionals, Consumer Organisations) is involved in all the project activities.

LEGO’s stakeholders contribute actively to the project strategies and outcomes by sharing and discussing their experiences. They are asked to debate with the project Partners about perspectives and approaches existing on the project themes. The aim is to build up new networks, to promote cooperation, and to improve mutual understanding at the European and international level. This is in turn the premise for the promotion of synergies and links between organisations with different profiles, one the ones side, and for stimulating further innovation, training, research, excellence and open and fair competitiveness, on the other.
Moreover, stakeholders are fundamental actors that LEGO wants to involve to encourage the alignment of policies, scientific researches and business practices with societal needs and expectations.

Larger dissemination of the project results, their scalability and sustainability will thus be assured by this peculiar, horizontal, inclusive and participatory approach that all LEGO partners share and believe in.