DIONE Webinar – Paving the way for advanced and modernized Common Agricultural Policy area-based monitoring

The DIONE project  team(funded by the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No.870378), invites you to participate in the webinar entitled  DIONE – Paving the way for advanced and modernized Common Agricultural Policy area-based monitoring!

The Webinar aims to bring together different actors from European Paying Agencies (both, Member States and Candidate States) as well as other relevant stakeholders attempting to foster advice, knowledge and innovation in agriculture, who are open to transform this sector and move towards a new era through the use of Earth Observation based solutions for modernizing Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) area-based monitoring. The Webinar will demonstrate how DIONE Toolbox could enhance the current operational workflows, delivering the clear economic value to key targeted customers and aiming to lower administrative and operational costs to 30% of the current ones related to CAP area-based compliance checks and assessment of respective environmental impacts.

All actors from European Paying Agencies (PAs) are invited to actively participate in the Webinar by sharing business aspects of their existing workflows and by providing their needs and recommendations on how the adoption of new solutions like DIONE Toolbox could be strengthen and lead to a more sustainable business model.

The event will take place online at the noon 12PM CET 3rd of December, 2020. Find out more and register here: https://dione-project.eu/webinar-paving-the-way-for-advanced-and-modernized-common-agricultural-policy-area-based-monitoring/

IST-Africa Week 2021 – Call for Paper – extended deadline of 18 December

Supported by the European Commission (EC) and African Union Commission (AUC), IST-Africa Week 2021 (May) is the sixteenth in an annual series of Ministerial Level Technology Research and Innovation Conferences.

IST-Africa provides a platform in Africa to strengthen technology-enabled Innovation, Science and Technology and Entrepreneurship related policy dialogues within Africa and between Africa and Europe, Global Development, Research and Innovation Cooperation and Community Building. It also provides an opportunity to identify potential partners for future research cooperation under Horizon Europe and other international funding programs. IST-Africa is a unique community that brings together cross-disciplinary stakeholders from public, private, education and research, societal sector with end user communities focused on ICT and STI Research and Innovation.

IST-Africa 2021 Call for Papers invites full papers (8 pages in length) using the paper guidelines and IST-Africa template provided at http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2021/default.asp?page=paperguidelines to be submitted online for blind peer review by an extended deadline of 18 December.

  • Thematic areas include:
  • Technology-enabled Healthcare (mHealth /eHealth)
  • Technology-enhanced Learning and eSkills
  • Technology-enabled Agriculture (mAgriculture /eAgriculture) & Environmental Sustainability
  • Energy – ICT for Power Delivery, Micro-grids
  • eInfrastructures and NRENs (National Research and Education Networks)
  • Next Generation Computing: Big Data, Cloud Computing, Future Internet, Internet of Things (IoT)
  • eGovernment and Public Service Delivery
  • Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation
  • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Collaborative Open Innovation and Technology-enabled Entrepreneurship (including Social Entrepreneurship)
  • Content Technologies: Languages; Digital Preservation
  • Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust
  • Global Development (including ICT4D)
  • Societal Implications of Technology

Please download the Call for Papers for more information. Please note only full papers are assigned for review.

Papers must present analysis of initial or final research results or a case study. General project descriptions or descriptions of proposed research are not appropriate. It is important to highlight actual or expected impact as well as the level of innovation.

It is necessary for the paper submitted to include a unique element that has not previously been published and any previous published materials to be clearly referenced (including material previously published by the authors).

Each presenter can present ONE paper in the Programme. It is necessary for papers to be physically presented during the event to ensure inclusion in the Proceedings.

Please only submit papers for review where there are authors/co-authors who will complete registration. Please do not submit multiple papers for which there is only one author who can register. Click here for more details.

If you require a short extension to finalise your full paper for submission, please contact secretariat@IST-Africa.org requesting this.

Source: http://www.ist-africa.org/Conference2021/

117th OGC Technical Committee meeting: Call for abstracts on IoT for Agriculture Session

We would like to invite you to present your technology and work in the area of IoT technologies for Agriculture at the next 117 OGC Technical meeting, which will be organized virtually. The Iot for Agriculture Session will be organized on the 7th of December 2020 at 14 00   and 16 00  of US Eastern Standard Time (EST). It means 20 00 and 22 00 of Central European Time.

For more information, please visit the following website https://portal.ogc.org/meet/.

If you are interested in being a speaker during this session, please send a message to Hana Kubíčková hana.kubickova@plan4all.eu with the names of the presenters, the title of the presentation, short abstract, and preferred session. We will inform you immediately. Please send your offer till Thursday 26th of November.

COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon 2020: Results

After more than two months of hacking, the COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon was terminated by a final presentation of results & awards ceremony. The jury members Jovana Vlaskalin (BioSense Institute), Beata Vörösová (CzechInvest), Maris Albers (University of Latvia) and Josef Hnojil (Geobusiness) announced the following winners for the COVID-19 INSPIRE hackathon:

Congratulations to all the winning teams and many thanks for excellent work to all participants! See you in next INSPIRE Hackathon!

You can check the presentation of winning solutions here:


COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 enters its final stage!

COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon 2020 aiming to develop and share agri-food economy solutions to balance the imperatives of the present with the demands of the future goes after two-month hacking into the final stage scheduled at 19th November!

Register now!

In the COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon hackers have addressed the following topics:

  • Facilitate access to data and services for an easier digital innovation in the agri-food sectors
  • Educating individuals from other sectors for being able to support agri-food businesses in the crisis
  • Forecasting of regional food supplies, deviations and/or shortages
  • Mobilising agricultural workforce for harvesting
  • Regional matching of offer and demand for fresh produce in decentralised settings


  • COVID19 and agriculture
  • Results from 13 different challenges
  • Rewards ceremony and celebration

Are you interested in results of the COVID-19 INSPIRE Hackathon? Do not hesitate to register for this final presentation of results & awards ceremony!

Register now!

Why is the traditional knowledge of African agriculture disappearing?

The young generation of smallholder farmers aren’t aware of indigenous knowledge.

Indeed, Africa farmers are mostly experiencing modern agriculture using imported inputs letting expect better productivity than in former times led by their old parents. Nevertheless African agriculture is still unproductive and the food deficit is increasing in many areas of Africa.

The indigenous knowledge in agriculture is not learned at modern schools and there is a common agreement asserting that indigenous knowledge in agriculture doesn’t matter.

The traditional languages what are the support of indigenous knowledge are also shrinking as well as indigenous knowledge mostly used in climate change resilience; in choosing right period of seeding by best weather forecasting; in mixing crops for best productivity; in storage crops during a long-run, in preparing seeds and planting required to face a long dry season and so on.

In the same few scarce seeds for feeding the population in periods of hunger as well as serving for medicines for humans and for domestic animals are disappearing due to the lack of know-how in the field, disappointed by modern technologies used in agriculture and livestock in a lot of remote rural areas of Africa.


  • Antoine Kantiza: Why is the traditional knowledge of African agriculture disappearing?
  • Didier Muyiramye: Documentation and Dissemination of African Agriculture Indigenous Knowledge: The role of digital technologies in bridguing the knowledge gaps

You will hear from 

Introduction to Business Plan: What is it, what does it it and how to care about it?

Most people want to start their business just by jumping in and doing «it». If they would dedicate some time to the planning and forming a sensible business plan, they would save both time and money. So let’s take a look at how they are formed in ESA BIC Prague.


  • What is the Business plan?
  • Lean canvas
  • TRL
  • SWAT an risks
  • Market analysis
  • Gantt chart
  • Conclusion

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SIEUSOIL Press Release

Soil health has raised the last few years a significant share of concerns. Investing in research is a key to gathering the best data and developing the best solutions for sustainable soil management.

Soils are essential for all life-sustaining processes on earth. However, they are facing several pressures and are also heavily affected by climate change and erosion.

The SIEUSOIL research project which is supported by the Research and Innovation programme HORIZON 2020, aims to develop sustainable soil management practices based on a harmonised land information system suitable for diverse climate and operation conditions along different EU and China locations.

The project activities in the first 18 months of its lifetime have been successful. Collaboration has been established with key global stakeholders, including the Food and Agriculture Organisation, the International Soil Reference and Information Centre, the Joint Research Center and the European Environment Agency.

The original plan foreseen for the Eurasian Soil Platform development has been outperformed so far. The impact of the SIEUSOIL’s results in terms of the Web Observatory platform is in some areas even greater than foreseen. The data model developed with the SIEUSOIL’s and FAO resources will not only be used for the purposes of the Eurasian soil platform. The developed data model has world-wide impact.

Earth observations-derived biophysical parameters have been made available to the pilot activities in the EU and China, while a set of biophysical quality indicators for soils and crops have been defined and their methodology established.

Accurate prediction models for soil and soil physical parameters have been validated and Management Zone Maps and variable rate fertilization maps have been obtained in certain pilot farms. Prediction of Yield Productivity Zones with satellites’ support and their evaluation using farm machinery measurements seem to have gain a huge attention in the scientific community.

Moreover, certain parameters have been selected for the Land Suitability Analysis tool and its use in the pilot areas.

The pilot-scale Decision Support System (DSS) specifications and a prototype test version have been prepared. The connections among the different components were identified, as well as the dependencies on the external sources of data.

The proposed EU mission “Caring for soil is caring for life” is key for meeting the ambitions of the “Green Deal”, notably the Farm to Fork and Biodiversity Strategy. SIEUSOIL is totally in line with this mission which is the EU’s strategic research agenda regarding soils for the years to come.


SIEUSOIL is coordinated by Professor Dimitrios Moshou (dmoshou@auth.gr) of the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki that leads the consortium of 23 partners, 16 based in Europe and 7 in China.

5G Techritory – 3rd Baltic Sea Region 5G Ecosystem Forum – European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs)


The 5G Techritory Forum 2020 will be the third-annual event bringing together the leading minds in 5G deployment in the Baltic Sea Region. The 2020 Forum is projected to assemble 800+ of the leading decisionmakers in policy, business, and infrastructure to increase collaboration and reinforce commitment to joint development.

Register HERE!

During the DAY 1 – 11th November between 10:25 – 11:10 CET, there will be a panel discussion dedicated to European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs).

This discussion will take a look at various topics connected with European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs) – what are the needs and current challenges of the digital transition and innovation, what is the expected role of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs), what are the European added value based on EDIH networking, and more. Therefore this panel will take a closer look at the digital transformation – how to make it work for people, businesses and the environment, what are the sectors and industries that will benefit from it the most and what is the expected impact of 5G on digital innovation.

Description: The need and current challenges of the digital transition and innovation. Expected role of European Digital Innovation Hubs (EDIHs). European added value based on EDIH networking. Digital transformation -how to make it work for people, businesses and the environment. Sectors and industries that will benefit the most. 5G and its expected impact on digital innovation.

Moderator: Salvis Roga, MOB, Green-Tech Cluster / Kurzemes Business Incubator (confirmed)


  • Anne-Marie Sassen, Deputy Head of Unit. DG CONNECT/A2, European Commission (confirmed)
  • Āris Dzērvāns, Deputy State Secretary on Digital Transformation, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Regional Development of the Republic of Latvia (confirmed)
  • Muhammad Ali, Senior Scientist, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland (confirmed)
  • Petr Uhlir, WIRELESSINFO, EDIH in Czech republic
  • Investment and Development Agency of Latvia (to confirm)

Register HERE!

The full agenda of the 5G Techritory Forum 2020 can be found at https://www.5gtechritory.com/updates2020/agenda

Join the session “Data Driven Innovation in the Agrifood sector: where are we?” on Thursday

This week is very important for the data & AI community in Europe, since BDVA is running the flagship event European Big Data Value Forum. The event counts on a great set of sessions and speakers. You can find more information about the event here.

Registration for this virtual event is for free and available here.

I would like to invite you to join the session “Data Driven Innovation in the Agrifood sector: where are we?” that will be held on Thursday 5 November at 14:00-15:30 CET.

The session will present some relevant data initiatives in the sector (DEMETER, NIVA, AI4EU, DataBio, DjustConnect…) including the perspective of the farmers (WFO, Coldiretti) and will discuss on how Common Data Spaces for Agriculture should look like. For this we will count on the following set of speakers:

  • Nuria Lama (Parallel session chair) European Programmes Manager, Member of the Board of Directors of BDVA, Atos Research and Innovation
  • Ana Antunes (Speaker) Agronomist, SmartRural S.L
  • Giorgio Micheletti (Speaker) Consulting Director, IDC
  • Arne Berre (Speaker) SINTEF and NorwAI
  • Ioanna Roussaki (Speaker) Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  • Panos Ilias (Speaker) IT Business Analyst – DjustConnect, ILVO
  • Sander Jenssen (Speaker) Team Lead, Wageningen Environmental Research, Team Earth informatics
  • Luisa Volpe (Speaker) Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation
  • Rita Gentili (Speaker) Coldiretti

Join this session on Thursday, contribute to the discussion and help to raise the interest of applying Data and AI technologies to the Agriculture and Food sectors.