Harmonization and Innovation in PhD Study Programs for Plant Health in Sustainable Agriculture

Project number: 598444-EPP-1-2018-1-HR-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP (2018-2472 / 001-001)


About project



Erasmus+ is the EU's program to support Capacity-building projects in higher education promoting cooperation and partnerships that have an impact on the modernization and internationalization of higher education institutions and systems in Partner Countries, with a special focus on Partner Countries neighboring the EU.
HarISA Project is funded by European Union and its budget correlates with proposed activities. The 29.64 % of the project is dedicated to staff cost, 24.63 % for equipment, and 40.3 % for travel cost and cost of stay and 5.43 % for subcontracting. Dissemination costs and administrative costs will be co-financed by each PI. Equipment will be purchased to equip diagnostic and training hubs at PIs facilities from partner countries. Overall, 37.11 % of the work will be carried out by teachers/trainers, 47.00 % by administrative support, 4.87 % by technicians and 11.02 % by management support.
Management days are allocated to the PC and WPLs to lead their WPs and to the partners to be represented in the MB meetings. Researcher days will be allocated for teachers working during the WP meetings and to produce intellectual outputs of the project (documents, teaching material, draft of curriculum etc…). Technical and administrative days will be used for preparation of material to be published on the web page and to carry out all administrative and financial support at 12 partners. Cost of stay and travel costs are proposed for meetings and for student (182 students) and staff (442) mobility.

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This project has the ambition of harmonizing and modernizing doctoral education at PIs and to create a network of researchers that is capable to respond to challenges related to plant health in sustanaible agriculture.Therfore, the need for highly educated professionals with deep understanding in the area of plant health is high and this is the reason why we believe that sustainability of the project will be ensured.

The most important project deliverable will be the draft of a curriculum for the International Joint PhD study program (WP2). This draft will serve as initial document for interested partners to continue and accredit the Joint International PhD study program in plant health for sustainable agriculture and to apply for a new project.

Additionally, the sustainability will be achieved by ensuring the sustainability of harmonized and improved PhD study program in plant health for sustainable agriculture (WP3) what will also be the result of the project. Developed teaching materials will be used from many partners in the project after the project will terminate.

PhD students and staff mobility proposed in the project will contribute to the better networking of teachers and PhD students (WP5). The number of dissertation under double supervision will increase. The project will help WBC partners to be more involved in EU networks and projects. The network of teachers and students will be created.

By the creation of diagnostic and training hubs (WP4) the intra-WBC networking and creation of the platform of competences will be supported.

By improving skills of teachers for preparing project application (WP5) the number of scientific project application at PIs will increase what will ensure more research topics and more PhD candidates in future. By improving mentoring skills and empowering less experienced teachers for mentoring PhD study programs in plant health will sustain in the future.


University of Zagreb

Faculty of Agriculture

Josip Juraj Strossmayer University of Osijek

Faculty of Agrobiotehnical Sciences Osijek (FAZOS)

University of Bari Aldo Moro

Agricultural University Plovdiv

Agricultural University of Athens

Agricultural University of Tirana

„F. San Noli” University of Korce

Faculty of Agriculture

University of Sarajevo

Faculty of Agriculture and Food Sciences

University of Mostar

Agricultural and food tehnology faculties

University of Belgrade

University of Novi Sad

Faculty of Agriculture

University of Montenegro

Biotehnical Faculty

Management Board

Stakeholder Board


  • 28.10.2019. 08:00 AM - 29.10.2019. 02:00 PM
  • Hotel Tulip Inn, Belgrade, Serbia

3rd meeting in Belgrade will bring together members of work packages 3, 4, 5, 6 and 8. The task of WP 3 is to identify the needs for further research topics and methodologies on plant health for sustainable agriculture in each of the sub-group and to propose possible research topics and joint mentorship. To propose student and staff mobility to WP5 in order to ensure joint mentorship and intensify scientific cooperation among the partner scientists. The task of WP 4 and WP 5 is the selection of candidates. The tasks of WP 6 are to present six-month monitoring report and to create questionnaires for students and staff. The tasks of WP 8 are monitoring project implementation and coordinate overall project activities.

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  • 10.06.2019. 09:00 AM - 11.06.2019. 04:00 PM
  • Hotel M Nikić, Podgorica, Montenegro
  • 25.02.2019. 08:00 AM - 27.02.2019. 11:00 AM
  • Svetošimunska cesta 25, Zagreb, Croatia


  • Agronomski fakultet, Svetošimunska cesta 25, Zagreb, Croatia
  • Project coordinator: Renata Bažok