AgroParisTech is a higher education and research institute (“Grande Ecole”) aiming at addressing some of the main global challenges of the 21st century : feeding a growing population while sustainably managing territories, preserving natural resources, supporting innovation and integrating the bioeconomy.
The AgroParisTech Foundation spreads out seeds and fertilises the AgroParisTech’s breeding ground. The Foundation brings a financial and skills sponsorship to projects through three programs: Learn!, Take on !, Undertake !
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports the Learners' program through attractivity grants for international students, mobility grants for French government grant holders as well as emergency grants.
CentraleSupélec, a Public Institution of a scientific, cultural and professional nature, was created by the merging of École Centrale Paris and Supélec in January 2015.
Today, CentraleSupélec consists of 3 campuses in France. It has 4,300 students, 3,200 being engineering students and includes 16 laboratories or research teams.
CentraleSupélec is a reference centre in the field of engineering sciences and systems and a leading School in higher education and research, ranked among the best institutions in the world. CentraleSupélec is a founding member of Paris-Saclay University and chairs the École Centrale Group.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports the « Sebastienne Guyot » grants, aiming at supporting female students in their engineering degrees at CentraleSupelec.
They target motivated candidates facing financial difficulties and provide them with the best conditions possible to succeed in their studies.
The mission of the Fondation ULB is to support innovative research projects at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) and to help researchers at the forefront of their discipline to achieve significant scientific progress.
SENSE Foundation Brussels supports the research project CLEAN: while the world reliance on combustion is set to continue, to satisfy our energy needs, we need to advance combustion science to develop new technologies that can handle CO2-neutral fuels efficiently, and without producing pollutants. Some examples of new combustion technologies have been proposed recently, and implemented in some practical devices. However, these low-emissions combustion regimes are very complex and very difficult to predict, making impossible to transpose solutions from one industrial configuration to another.
CLEAN aims to combine the most recent advances in computer science and high performance computing, to decode the complexity of turbulent reacting flows and develop new models that can be used, with confidence, to develop fuel-flexible, efficient and clean combustion technologies.
PermaFungi is a pioneer project of underground urban agriculture and circular economy founded in Brussels in 2014. This social cooperative recycles coffee grounds waste into different up-cycled products: oyster mushrooms, innovative organic material and compost.
PermaFungi’s global mission is to make our cities more resilient while creating meaningful jobs for low skilled people, promoting local economy and becoming independent from fossil energy sources.
SENSE Foundation Brussels’ grant would enable Permafungi to improve its production rooms’ layout to ensure financial autonomy. Thanks to production’s capacity increase, Permafungi’s goal is to demonstrate that Brussels’ existing model can operate on its own income, without compromising on social or environmental impact, while operating on a participatory governance model.
The Urban Ecology Centre aims to increase Brussels’ resilience by boosting its social innovations, setting up and facilitating complex partnerships with a diversity of stakeholders (citizens, administrations, private individuals...) through numerous transformative projects in Brussels: soil decontamination, circularisation of urban green waste, participatory fruit tree planting. The Urban Ecology Centre is also active in the field of continuing education through debates, radio broadcasts, guided botanical walks, etc.
SENSE Foundation Brussels could support the citizen nursery (Pépinière citoyenne), a participatory project that aims to link Brussels inhabitants with fruit trees. This project connects, massive fruit trees’ planting in Brussels together with training for the management of fruit trees and shrubs.
The NGO Autre Terre aims to contribute at improving the quality of life of disadvantaged populations all over the world, through the development of social and solidarity economy initiatives in the areas of agroecology and waste management. And to develop, promote and exchange around the values and practices of the social and solidarity economy.
SENSE Foundation Brussels could support a project led by Autre Terre and its local partner, Le Baobab, to support 4,000 vulnerable producers in Burkina Faso in their fight against climate change through the creation and protection of protected natural areas, reforestation, restoration of degraded land and the technical training of 4000 producers.
SOS Faim acts as an incubator for sustainable agricultural projects. Promoting an agroecological transition and strengthening the economic and food autonomy of the rural world. Together with their partners they are building a more sustainable future where people globally, participate in a healthy and virtuous food system.
With the support of SENSE Foundation Brussels, SOS Faim supports the energy and ecological autonomy of rural families in Burkina Faso, thanks to the construction of nearly 200 biodigesters, technical devices using the natural fermentation process to transform animal excrements or other organic residues into biogas. This biogas replaces wood for cooking food and can also be used for lighting. The collected compost is used as natural fertilizer, with a double benefit: it’s free and allows for better crop yields.
There are many benefits to the use of biodigesters:
- Clean energy for cooking (smokeless) and lighting
- A natural compost that restores, preserves the soil and improves agricultural production;
- A reduction in the negative impact of the use of wood on the environment and on human health
The MARE Foundation protects marine ecosystems through social and political changes, promotes sustainable exploitation of the coastal and marine resources and raises public awareness on environmental matters. As part of its activities, the Foundation carries out projects on sustainable fisheries, wreck management, and marine litter as well as other topics related to marine environment, education and raising society's environmental awareness.
SENSE Foundation Brussels support will help reduce the possibility of ecological disaster in the Gdansk Bay through the preparation of an environmentally safe oil recovery plan for the Franken shipwreck The Franken which may still contain up to 1.5 million litters oil, is considered to pose the biggest ecological threat in the region and was thus chosen as a model case for the pilot project.