Partners in the SEED Project held their final partner meeting and peer review event in Ghent and Brussels on 7-9 September 2021.
The project welcomed more than 50 participants from across Europe to examine the outputs and activities of the project and help establish a plan for exploitation of the outcomes.
The exploitation plan was based on a workshop at the University of Ghent on September 8th 2021, carried out with more than 40 peer reviewers from across Europe.
The plan was developed to describe the activities that should be carried out to enhance the successful exploitation of the project results in terms of future development after the project has been completed. Exploitation planning usually involves the promotion and use of the products or processes and placing them on the market.
An introduction to the project was given by the project coordinator Altheo Valentini from Umbraflor. The partners from Belgium, Italy, Slovakia and Spain presented the impact of the project in their own institutions, regions and countries.
The Powerpoint slides are provided here.
The actions and outcomes of the SEED Project
Following this introduction, a peer review workshop activity took place where participants were invited to add their expertise to the project by answering the following four questions:
- In what areas should the SEED Project continue to make an impact?
- Who are the key stakeholders / targets to take forward the work of SEED?
- Which parts of the SEED outputs can most be used by others?
- How can we engage companies, training organisations and Ministries of education?
Based on this review an exploitation plan was presented at the final conference of SEED on September 9th 2021.
Partners in the SEED Project held their final partner meeting at the University of Ghent, Belgium on Tuesday 7th September 2021. The meeting was in a hybrid meeting format (face to face and via Zoom) due to remaining Covid travel restrictions.
The Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming – SEED project develops skills in agriculture by introducing a digital transformation in the profession.
The project facilitates the development of skills and competences to meet labour market needs and also to be more flexible in anticipating future skills’ gaps for the digital agriculture sector.
The partner meeting discussed the final actions in the project, which concludes at the end of September and dealt with final reporting for the project and remaining issues.
The partners finalised plans for the final peer-review event to be held on Wednesday 8th at ‘t Pand, an historic building in the centre of Ghent and for the final project conference at the Umbria Region office in Brussels on Thursday 9th September.
After a one-year break due to the pandemic, the Social Hackathon Umbria will celebrate its fifth anniversary with a major digital co-creation event focused on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and shared with Fertitecnica Colfiorito and FAO, the UN Food and Agriculture Organization.
#SHU2021 foresees a four-day Hackathon, Workshops, Exhibitions and Laboratories, next 1-4 July 2020 in the beautiful setting of the Colfiorito Park, a protected natural area and example of many sustainable development practices of the Umbria Region.
At the same time as the training courses, we will launch a call for ideas on four thematic areas: #zerohunger, #zerowaste, #zeroimpact and #zeroignorance.
The call is open to local Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) including NGOs, non-profit associations, and any other type of public and private organisation (including informal groups of young people under 35 years of age) that works for or supports the third sector and the society in general. Applicants can propose any sort of digital solution that is relevant to their internal and/or external needs and that respects the following selection criteria:
- social relevance: is the digital project relevant to at least one of the challenges proposed by the Social Hackathon Umbria?
- local community impact: will the digital solution have an impact on the CSO development and/or on the quality of services provided to disadvantaged target groups?
- Social Hackademy adequacy: is the project idea in line with the skills and knowledge acquired during the #hackAD training? Is it possible to develop it during the 48 hours of Hackathon?
For each area, we will select the two most relevant ideas that can be developed by teams of up to 8 members led by an experienced team manager. During the 48 hours of the hackathon, teams will be able to create a pitch, prototype or product to present in front ofan international jury for the award of a digital prize with a commercial value of €100.
Deadline to apply is Friday 4 June 2021!
“The carbon footprint of digital technologies in the AgriTech and Precision Agriculture sectors”
The European Environment Agency warns that “Europe’s environment is at a tipping point”. This event examines the situation in the agriculture sector, sharing practices as well as issues and challenges being faced. In the context of the European Green Deal and the European Commission’s ambition to adopt an EU Action Plan Towards a Zero Pollution Ambition for air, water and soil in 2021.
The webinar will introduce the SEED project which has created new qualifications and curricula incorporating digital farming and the tools and technologies for more sustainable practices. A panel of experts, that have implemented research or innovative practices in order to assess, monitor and reduce the energetic impact of digital transformation in agriculture, will present their work and discuss the zero pollution goals.
Innovation project technician
@ Innogestiona Ambiental (Spain)
The LiveAdapt Project: solutions for adaptation
to climate change of extensive livestock production
Digital innovation centre & its contribution
to climate change & zero pollution
Head of Sustainability @ Ecoinside
Sustainability in the agriculture sector
7th June 2021
11.00 AM CET
The SEED Project was disseminated at the EUROGEO 2021 Conference on April 23rd 2021. Due to the Covid pandemic the conference was held online, hosted by UNEC, Madrid, the Spanish Open University.
The conference theme Sustainable Development Goals for all, where the SDGs seek to promote a multidimensional model of development capable of guaranteeing sustainability. This involves a complex process of political and economic discussion and environmental concern with different views, which must be addressed from all areas of society.
SEED was included as part of the presentation “Geo_projects and Innivation in Education”. You can follow the presentation here below.
The European Commission announced the 2021 Forum for the Future of Agriculture (FFA) will take place in March, incorporating their annual conference on March 23rd in a virtual studio-based format.
The event will focus on ‘food system renewal’ recognising that the world must urgently deal with the implications of the Covid-19 crisis but also with the increasingly severe consequences of climate change.
With a critical role to play in the drive to sustainability, the FFA2021 will examine how the food system can and should renew in all aspects, as well as what will be needed to achieve this transition.
Under the direction of Forum Chairman and former EU Environment Commissioner Janez Potočnick, FFA2021 will bring together high-level speakers from the EU and across the globe.
Registration is free – find out more
Last Friday September the 27th, Altheo Valentini on behalf of EGInA and the SEED partnership participated in the conference “Il digitale per l’Agrifood in Umbria” (Digital technologies in the Agrifood industry in the Umbria Region). The conference was held in Perugia and it aimed at the construction of a dialogue involving all stakeholders of the sectors: agricultural companies, innovation experts, lawyers, policy makers, marketers, researchers, citizens. Among the new technologies that are having a great impact on the Agrifood industry, the speakers at the event underlined the importance of Artificial Intelligence, internet of things and blockchain. The event represented a great opportunity to introduce the SEED project and explore potential links.