The aim of the project is to build a Center of Excellent Research within the Faculty of Forestry and Wood Sciences (FFWS) of the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (CULS), which will be led by excellent scientists from the USA, Europe and the Czech Republic. It will examine the scientific issues at the global level. EVA4.0 consists of a 50-member team and budget of the project is 14 mil. €. Project is supported by European Regional Development fund.
The main output of the project will be a new research center dealing with issues of forestry and timber industry related to global change and the 4th industrial revolution. The project is coordinated by the dean of the faculty prof. Marek Turčáni.
The research activities are based on the experiences of the faculty and its scientific staff acquired during realization of former projects. The existing scientific and research teams are complemented by foreign excellent scientists conducting major research programs of the project. Number of foreign postdocs create important part of project research teams. The scientific coordinator is Andrew Liebhold, the specialist in invasive dynamics and the spread of invasive species to new territories.
Important project feature is foreign supervision. Foreign Experts on project themes visit EVA research center regularly. Their consultation influence the project's research direction. Most important experts are part External Advisory Board. The body that influences the overall running of the project. Project themes or programs are:
- Programme 1: Organisms in relation to Global Change (GC);
- Programme 2: Production and disturbation regimes of forest ecosystems under GC and Industry 4.0;
- Programme 3: New bio-based materials and technologies with respect to GC trends and the fourth industrial revolution.
Programs are further divided in subprograms.
Programme 1: Effect of electromagnetic fields (EMF) on biology, ecology, and wellbeing of organisms; Nutrient recycling in tropical forests: Termite hologenomes and the functional significance of their members; Study of insect and fungi dynamics and tree species interaction.
Programme 2: Acquisition of productive, ecological, environmental and sociological data in forest environment by high-tech tools; Forest dynamics models and global change research; Effects of the disturbance regime on forest ecosystem fiction in the context of climate change; Models of decision support as a preparation to Global Change and Industry 4.0.
Programme 3: Novel wood-based materials, as related to GC and Industry 4.0; Research of Horizontally Controlled Process Model in Relation to GC and Industry 4.0.
New research facilities are important part of the project. New laboratories with excellent equipment are in the process of building. New facilities creates suitable conditions for assigned tasks. Potential of FFWS for further development is supported also by new Pavilion of Wood Sciences, laboratories built within another faculty project EXTEMIT-K and Hi-tech Pavilion currently under construction.