Ingemar Pongratz är forskare med lång erfarenhet av offentlig finansiering och EU finansiering. Ingemar Pongratz har erfarenhet av att planera, adminstrera rapportera och kommunicera EU projekt och EU finansierad forskning. Ingemar Pongratz har framgångsrikt skrivit EU projekt ansökningar som har sammanlagt resulterat i över 500 Millioner SEK för organizationer och företag som har utnyttjat Pongratz Consulting tjänster.
Ingemar Pongratz tog emot Communication Star priset 2011, för bästa EU-projekt kommunikation insats. Ingemar Pongratz har även skrivit Pathfinder ansölan som valdes ut som ett av finalisterna till Descartes Priset för bästa EU forsknings sammarbets projekt. Ingemar Pongratz har organiserat flera möten, workshops och EU Parlamentsdebatter inom ämnet toxikology och har sammarbetat med organizationer som WWF och OECD.
Ingemar Pongratz är även aktiv som förskare och arbetar med att lansera Fenix Scientific som skall arbeta med nya behandlings metoder för autoimmuna sjukdomar.
Ingemar Pongratz har publicerat över 40 vetenskapliga artiklar och har handlett 14 doktorander och Post-docs under sin tid som forskare, då han var verskam inom molekylär biology, molekylär toxikologi och molekylär nutrition.
Ingemar Pongratz is a consultant with a long proven record of EU project development, project coordination and EU Communication.
Previous project experience include FP6 instruments such as STREPS, Integrated projects and Network of Excellence, FP7 collaborative projects and Marie Curie networks and programmes. Ingemar Pongratz has successfully secured over 50 Million EUR (500 Million SEK) to Pongratz Consulting clients and organizations in several EU funded activities.
All projects included consortia development, proposal administration and planning, negotiation, coordination, planning of communication activities within the consortium and with project stakeholders.
In addition Ingemar Pongratz has long track record in EU project Communication and has collaborated with several organizations to communicate EU funded research results to the general public and consumers. Ingemar Pongratz has also organized several workshops, seminars and EU Parliament debates. For this wok Ingemar Pongratz received the Communication Star Prize from the European Commission in 2011. Ingemar Pongratz has also a strong background in research has a degree in Biochemistry and a PhD in Molecular Biology and has provided seminal research findings in the area of molecular toxicology and molecular nutrition. Ingemar Pongratz has 40+ scientific papers in peer reviewed scientific journals, several book chapters and is Editor of one book, which highlights the effects of Chemical Contaminants in Food.
Ingemar Pongratz has successfully supervised several postdoctoral researchers and several Ph D students, all the way to Thesis defence.
Innovation in the agricultural sector
Innovation in the agricultural sector
By Ingemar Pongratz
Agia Marina Crete by Ingemar Pongratz
The future of the agricultural sector in Europe is currently under intense discussion. The important role of agriculture in climate change is clear. Several EU estimates show that agricultural activities represent around 30% of the total production of greenhouse gas emissions. Furthermore, the ongoing corona virus pandemic has shown that there are major vulnerabilities in the food supply chain which could lead to food shortages for consumers.
In addition, the EU has launched the European Green Deal. The EU Green Deal aims to transform the European Society and reduce greenhouse gas emission and transform the European continent to a carbon neutral continent by 2050. In fact, the European Commission has proposed for example that the forest area in Europe needs to increase with at least 10% to meet the climate goals and bind CO2. This change would reduce the surface of land use for agriculture. This change would lead to reduced food (or feed) production which has to be replaced through other means.
These and other developments lead to a requirement to transform European agriculture in the future. Clearly, new solutions are required to meet the challenges that the EU agricultural sector are facing in the near future. New research and innovation will be key to identify new product and services to support EU agriculture and mitigate climate change.
The new European Research Horizon Europe will contribute with part of the necessary funds to drive the transformation of EU agriculture and improve for example soil health, reduce the use of antibiotics and pesticides and increase organic farming.
Interestingly, the European agricultural innovation strategy is different to the US strategy. In the US, genetic modification of crops is a key element for agriculture in the future. In Europe, consumers are very negative towards genetically modified food or feed products and several EU Member States have introduced bans on Gene Modified Organisms (GMO).
There is thus a concern that European agricultural researchers and European farmers will not be able to meet the competition from the US and form other regions which use GMO in agriculture. GMO technology aims to develop new organism with inherent resistance towards for example pesticides. GMO crops that are resistant to specific pesticides would be able to survive pesticide exposure. However, pesticide use is associated with considerable health and environmental risks.
European researchers should therefore develop new agricultural strategies that use less pesticide for food or feed production. GMO research is definitively not the only way to increase and improve food and feed production. Letavis AB has for example developed new innovative strategies that bypass the requirement for pesticides and improve plant growth considerably. Other seed treatment strategies lead to increased production as well. GMO may be a scientifically popular strategy but there are alternatives. European agriculture could take advantage of consumer sentiment regarding GMO and develop new innovative strategies to support agriculture and reach international leadership in this scientific field.
European farmers would then be able to increase production without harming the climate and the environment. This is a key marketing among consumers and would improve the ability of EU agriculture in the market.
Ingemar Pongratz is a researcher and entrepreneur. Ingemar Pongratz has established Fenix Scientific AB / Pongratz Consulting to support universities and enterprises to apply for EU project funding from public schemes. Ingemar Pongratz is also cofounder of Letavis AB, a company that develops new products for the agricultural sector. Please use the online contact form if you wish to contact us and discuss proposal preparation or other collaborations.
Crete 2020 by Ingemar Pongratz