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TIME SCALE involves eight consortium partners from six European countries:

NTNU Social Research

Dr. Ann-Iren Kittang Jost
Dragvoll allè 38B NO-7491 Trondheim, Norway
Phone: +47 73 59 01 72

NTNU Social Research, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (project coordinator)

NTNU Social Research is a non-profit research company owned by Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). The institute has an interdisciplinary staff of approximately 100 scientists and engineers with background in technology, the humanities, social and natural science. As one of NTNU Social Research's six departments, Centre for Interdisciplinary Research in Space (CIRiS) promotes and performs research and development for exploitation and exploration of space. The department has established a strategic platform for exploitation of synergies between space and land-based bioproduction systems such as greenhouse industry and aquaculture. CIRiS runs the Norwegian User Support and Operations Centre (N-USOC), one of several control centers for European Space Agency’s payloads and science operations on the International Space Station, including responsibility for the European Modular Cultivation System.


Dr. Roy O'Mahony
2 Park Place, Cork, Ireland
Phone: +44 203 287 4204


CleanGrow was founded in Ireland in 2009 to develop and manufacture multi-ion measuring equipment for a multitude of applications and industries including horticulture, aquaculture, laboratories, and oil and gas industries. The company is developing and commercializing solid state sensors that offer a change in how ions can be measured and in what situations sensors can be used. Its portable multi-ion measurement system is unique in the world and has brought the ability to measure up to six ions simultaneously and instantly to users to whom such measurement was previously unattainable. CleanGrow has customers in every continent and its technology has been shortlisted for numerous innovation awards including at HortiFair in the Netherlands and Analytica, Munich. The company is an Enterprise Ireland HPSU client, with offices in the UK and USA.

DTM Technologies

Davide Santachiara
Via Tacito 65, 41123 Modena MO, Italy
Phone: +39 059 847 337

DTM Technologies, R&D department

DTM Technologies is an SME specializing in high performance-engineering. The company offers mechanical design and analysis as well as testing and integration facilities. DTM is certified according to ISO 9001 and EN 9100 (aerospace) standard. DTM specialties include i) mechanical and thermal design, ii) advanced technologies especially using composite materials, iii) stress, thermal and fluid dynamics analysis, iv) experimental and integration activities, and v) testing, qualification and certification.

Ghent University

Prof. Dominique Van Der Straeten
KL Ledeganckstraat 35, 9000 Gent, Belgium
Phone: +32 9 264 5185

Ghent University, Department of Physiology

Ghent University in Belgium is one of the major universities in the Dutch-speaking region of Europe. The university offers high-quality, research-based education to over 30,000 students. With a view to cooperation in research and scientific service, numerous top-level research groups, centers and institutes have been founded over the years. Several of them are renowned worldwide, in various scientific disciplines such as biotechnology, aquaculture, microelectronics and psychology. At the Laboratory of Functional Plant Biology, sustainable and nutritious plant production is a central theme. Research is conducted towards a triple goal: i) Understanding plant growth in both normal and adverse conditions, ii) developing tools for plant health monitoring allowing the fine-tuning of stress control, and iii) biofortification of staple crops to eradicate micronutrient deficiencies.


Dr. Joeri Vercammen
Avenue Jean-Etienne Lenoir, 1348 Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium
Phone: +32 10 450 025


Interscience (located in The Netherlands and Belgium) is a leading supplier of chromatography and mass spectrometry instrumentation for laboratories in the Benelux countries. Founded in 1975, the company currently employs 75 people with a large diversity in specialties and competences. Interscience is an independent SME with short lines of communication, and a recognized brand with a popular set of products and services. Throughout the years, Interscience has partnered with numerous research-driven laboratories in a mutual search for new and innovative analytical solutions. A substantial part of the business consists of designing and building tailor-made analysis systems. Standard devices are adjusted or entirely new technology is developed for complex and demanding applications. These systems are built in-house and delivered worldwide through a network of distributors and OEMs. Interscience recognized the huge potential of SIFT-MS already in 2006, and has invested largely in dedicated research, hardware and people with respect to the SIFT-MS technique. As a result, they are the most successful distributor of SIFT-MS instruments in the world with more than 25 instruments installed in the Benelux alone. Recently, Interscience and Syft Technologies, the New Zealand manufacturer of the Voice200 SIFT-MS instrument, established a new partnership called Syft-Europe, further strengthening the relationship between both companies. As a result, Interscience is now responsible for the entire European SIFT-MS market.


Dr. Bjarte G.B. Solheim
Fantoftvegen 38, NO-5072 Bergen, Norway
Phone: +47 941 53 734


Prototech provides technology development, engineering, product design and manufacturing services covering a broad spectrum of areas including space applications, new energy systems, offshore technology as well as industrial and consumer products. Prototech is located in Bergen, Norway. It was originally established as a separate entity, spun off from the Mechanical Section of the Christian Michelsen Institute (CMI) and is based on an engineering and technology tradition dating back to 1930 when CMI was established as a non-profit R&D institute. Prototech is today a part of the Christian Michelsen Research (CMR).

University of Stuttgart

Dr. Stefan Belz
Pfaffenwaldring 29, 70569 Stuttgart, Germany
Phone: +49 711 685 60361

University of Stuttgart, Institute of Space Systems (IRS)

The University of Stuttgart in Germany has a worldwide reputation for excellence in the fields of mobile and information technology, production, process engineering as well as in life sciences. The university was founded in 1829, and is today a modern, achievement-orientated institution with a comprehensive range of subjects and a focus on technical and physical disciplines. The Institute of Space Systems (IRS) is one of 14 institutes belonging to the Faculty of Aerospace and Geodesy and is located within the Space Center Baden-Württemberg. It is the largest space research center of a university in Europe, with e.g. approximately 60 PhD students. IRS offers new state-of-the-art lab facilities and performs R&D-activities within the fields of astronautics, space stations, airborne/infrared astronomy, space systems (small satellites) as well as space transportation technology (electric propulsion, reentry). The more than 1,500 students enrolled in the faculty receive their education in the fields of space systems and their application by means of over 50 lecture courses.

Wageningen University

Prof. Leo Marcelis
Droevendaalsesteeg 4, 6708 Wageningen, The Netherlands
Phone: +31 317 485 675

Wageningen University, Department of Plant Science

Wageningen University is a part of Wageningen UR (University & Research centre), and the only university in the Netherlands to focus specifically on the theme ‘healthy food and living environment’. The research and education are based on a fundamental scientific approach and accordingly strongly geared toward application in practice. This is achieved through close collaboration between different fields of expertise including both natural and social sciences. The chair group Horticultural Production Chains, part of the Plant Sciences Group, is the only academic group focused on horticulture in the Netherlands and holds a strong position in horticultural research and education. Their research and education focuses on physiology of production and product quality in horticulture. In particular they are working on a full control of plant growth and development in greenhouses and growth chambers. The chair group consists of 9 permanent staff members, about 20 PhD candidates and postdocs and a number of guest researchers.