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A day in the Life of a SoftGrip scientist

Softgrip A Day In The Life

Science Week, aka The Festival of Farming and Food, is hosted by Teagasc every November. In 2021, the event took place between the 7th and 14th of November. As part of this festival, the future of agriculture, sustainability, nutrition, and novelties in horticulture were discussed and visually demonstrated.

During this celebratory week, the SoftGrip project got to be in the spotlight with the help of Andrea Uccello, a research officer working at Teagasc with experience in forestry, environmental microbiology and the mushroom industry. Being part of the SoftGrip team, Andrea was the ideal person to offer a visual journey into the world of mushrooms with “A day in the life of a scientist”. The video gives a very comprehensive view of the current state of the mushroom industry and addresses the need for a “helping hand” that can take on the laborious task of mushroom picking. So, the SoftGrip solution is to teach robotic gripping hands to efficiently and effectively harvest mushrooms!

Be sure to check out the video to learn more about the beautiful process of mushroom growing and how robotics can be a key factor in turning mushroom farming into a more sustainable and economically viable industry for large farms and small growers alike.

Stay tuned for more videos with more insights about mushrooms and our SoftGrip robotic grippers!

More information on Science Week:

Here’s the actual video, courtesy of Andrea Uccello from Teagasc.





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Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
V.Le R. Piaggio, 34
56025 Pontedera,


Project Management

Project Coordinator
Matteo Cianchetti
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Project Manager
Martina Maselli
Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA), The BioRobotics Institute

Dissemination & Exploitation Manager
Marianna Vari
Twi Ellas Astiki Mi Kerdoskopiki Etaireia

Project Info

Starting date: January 2021
Duration: 36 months
Funding: ~ 3 M€
Coordinator: Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna (SSSA),
The BioRobotics Institute
Partners: 6 from 5 EU countries

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This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement N° 101017054