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AGRICULTURE 4.0 Feeding the next generation

The agricultural sector is facing major challenges in terms of food security, climate change, water scarcity and energy demand. Upcoming digital and exponential technologies have the potential to disrupt today’s agriculture. This transformation will require concerted actions with an integrated systems approach to smoothly guide the transition to a digitized agriculture. The aim of Agriculture 4.0, Feeding the next generation, is to explore recent developments and future prospects in digitization of agriculture and to discuss socio-economic impacts as well as the impact on agricultural research and Food 2030 through bringing key actors together.

Press release Agriculture 4.0 conference

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Agriculture 4.0 is a co-organisation of Agrolink Flanders and KATANA.


9:00 - 9:10 Welcome: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, President Agrolink Flanders
9:10 -11:30 Session 1: How will future farming look like?
Chair: Patrick Van Damme, full Professor, Agrolink Flanders, UGent
9:10 - 9:25 Agriculture 4.0: future farming technologies
                        Jürgen Vangeyte, Scientific Director AgroTech, Agrolink Flanders,
                        Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food - ILVO

9:25 - 9:40 Funding opportunities for smart farming and new technologies Ana Cuadrado-Galvan, Research Programme Officer, DG Agriculture & Rural Development
9:40 - 10:00 How Farm Management Systems will look in the future
Matija Zulj, CEO, Agrivi

Coffee & Tea

10:30 – 10:50 Main principles underpinning the collection, use and exchange of
agricultural data
Daniel Azevedo, Senior Policy Adviser, Copa Gogeca
10:50 - 11:10 Small farms, Big Data: the Almería Cluster
Cynthia Giagnocavo, ICA European Board of Cooperative Research,
                        Cátedra COEXPHAL University of Almeria

11:10 - 11:30 National e-agriculture strategy as a tool towards bridging the digital
divide in rural Europe and Central Asia

Nevena Alexandrova, Agricultural Research and Biotechnology Officer,
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

11:30 – 12:30 Panel discussion: Socio-economic implications of disruptive
technologies in future farming

Moderator: Jacques Van Outryve (Agricultural journalist, Boerenbond) Panelists: Sjaak Wolfert (Scientific Project Coordinator, WUR),
Jurrien Roossien (IT-Manager DO-IT, TP Organics),
Fabio Boscaleri (Policy Officer, Tuscany Region),
Louis Mahy (DG Agriculture & Rural Development),
Mia De Meulemeester (CEO Inagro, Agrolink Flanders)

Networking lunch

13:20 – 15:40 Session 2: Innovation in digitization of agriculture
Chair: Wouter Saeys, assistant Professor, Agrolink Flanders, KU Leuven

13:20 - 13:40 Impact of Ag Tech in startups ecosystem and people’s lives
Joao Igor, Cofounder, Cool Farm
13:40 - 14:00 Surfing on the Innovation hype curve: Time to explore business
models for agtech technologies on the innovation trigger

Grigoris Chatzikostas, Head of Business Development Department,

14:00 - 14:20 Digital management of poultry farms
Kristof Mertens, Managing Director, Porphyrio
14:20 - 14:40 Developing precision livestock farming tools
Daniel Berckmans, full Professor, Agrolink Flanders, M3-BIORES, KU Leuven
14:40 - 15:00 The Internet of Food and Farm 2020
Sjaak Wolfert, Scienitific Project Coordinator, Wageningen University & Research
15:00 - 15:20 Precision soil and crop management
Abdul Mouazen, full Professor, Agrolink Flanders, Ghent University

Coffee & Tea

15:50 - 16:10 Food 2030
Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer, Senior Policy Advisor, DG Research & Innovation

16:10 -17:10 Panel discussion: How should agricultural research institutions cope with
Agriculture 4.0?

Moderator: Greet Riebbels (Communication Manager, ILVO) Panelists: Vesna Bengin (Vice Director for Science, Biosense),
Pascal Bergeret (President, EURAGRI),
Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer (Senior Policy Advisor, DG Research & Innovation),
Raf De Vis (Director PSKW, Agrolink Flanders),
Juan Manuel Revuelta, (General Director, Finnova Foundation)
17:10 - 17:15 Closure: Sylvia Burssens, coordinator Agrolink Flanders
& Grigoris Chatzikostas, Head of Business Development Department, Biosense

Practical information

Organising Committee