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 project for Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming – SEED – is drawing to a conclusion. Coordinated by UmbraFlor, the nursery of the Umbria Region, the project involves the Agricultural High school of Todi and the European Grants International Academy of Foligno, together with other partners from Spain, Belgium and Slovakia.
The initiative, which aims to develop skills and competences in the agricultural sector by introducing the concept of digital transformation, supports the development of a joint VET qualification (EQF 5) on digital agriculture.
A 100-hour training phase is scheduled to start in April, with the theoretical part taking place online and the practical part in the field at the Istituto Ciuffelli training centre. The participants have been selected among the last years’ agricultural expert graduates who have shown interest in a real opportunity for professional qualification.
The training activities will begin on 12 April with an online session; practical training sessions for small groups are then planned for 14-15-16-21-22-23 April. At the end of the month, four more online training days will be held: 26, 27, 28 and 29 April.
The lessons will continue in May with a further six days of practical training in the field (12, 13, 14 and 19, 20 and 21), to be followed by a final one at a later stage.
The training course has been developed on the basis of the Joint Curriculum developed by the project partners, as well as taking into account the new EASA / ENAC regulations that came into force in January 2021 and are still being implemented at national level, with the various modules preparatory to obtaining UAS/ENAC certificates.
The participation of the external stakeholders to the SEED project in Italy is now entering a crucial phase. Experts in digital agriculture, academics and companies have taken part in two focus groups organized on the 6th and 14th of February 2020. They have given a relevant contribution to the review of the curriculum and the competence units. Several key stakeholders such as the University of Perugia, Agricolus, CRATIA Confagricoltura, joined project partners in the two day focus groups and will also participate in in the international event planned in Pamplona, Spain from 23-27 February.
SEED partners and visiting external experts visited the Transfer of Innovation Centre INTIA (http://intisa.es) as part of the meeting held in Pamplona Spain on February 25 2020.
During the meeting, the Agroasesor agri-business advisory tool ( https://agroasesor.es/en/) was described and discussed. The tool allows the generation of data for decision making on different land parcels and agricultural plots. An App is used to establish Traceability helping farmers with crop scheduling, monitoring and strategy.
Sentinel 2 satellite functionalities have been introduced in the Agroasesor tool, with high resolution imagery and 5-day sequencing. The tools allow forecasting and modelling of crops in the hands of farmers and land managers.
A pest monitoring and warning system was then described as a decision support for crop management limiting treatments. Agrointegra was a Life project with an open platform and collaborative online tool (https://agrointegra.eu/en/).This tool is part of an advisory service offered to associate farmers, transmitting latest data to them. The Nadapta Life project eas also introduced. It created an open platform on crop risk (https://lifenadapta.navarra.es/es/) and tests risk prediction models.
The partners and experts then visited the Public University of Navarre to examine the challenges raised by Industry 4.0, where technologies manage, control and transform workplace processes.
SEED project partners and experts from across Europe meet this week in Pamplona, Spain to validate the SEED vocational training curriculum created for ‘Smart Entrepreneurial Education and training in Digital farming’. The purpose of the meeting is to validate the curriculum content, training methodology and assessment methods. As a European project it is important to identify which units can be related to EQAVET (Quality Assurance in VET training).
SEED is a two-year Key Action 3 project seeking to create a vocational qualification “digital advisor in farming”. The qualification will enable the students to be able to advise farmers about innovation and digitalisation. An in-depth analysis of more than 270 qualification profiles from the 4 partner countries (Belgium, Italy, Slovakia, Spain). Based on this research a qualification profile has been designed to focus on digitalisation and entrepreneurship.
The three core units envisaged at EQF (European Qualification Framework) level 5 are agribusiness, innovation and digital perspectives.
Four domain related competences are being evaluated, Strategic planning and sustainable management, Precision farming, Agrifood and added value services and Digital marketing and e-commerce.
All the SEED Project partners gathered at Umbraflor in the Umbria Region on 28-30 October 2018 to kickoff the new Key Action 3 VET (vocational education) Forward Looking project funded by the European Commission.
The project partners dealt with many different aspects of the project, especally considering the issues concerning the digital transformation of the rural economy.
A presentation concerning green development solutions was made by Fulvio Ananasso, President of Stati Generali dell’Innovazione, an associated partner to the project.
The SEED project aims to i) increase the employability of young people, by supporting the development of a highly skilled, qualified and mobile workforce, also thanks to transnational placement; ii) support the development of a joint VET qualification at the EU level; and iii) promote work-based learning, supported by a mobility component.
Each of the project outcomes was examined and action plans developed, including work placements and international mobility supported by the grant.