KATANA and Agrolink Flanders present the Agriculture 4.0 – Feeding the next generation Conference, May 11, 2017, bringing together high profile guests to discuss how technology will affect the agricultural businesses, research and Food 2030.

The agricultural sector is facing major challenges in terms of food security, climate change, water scarcity and energy demand. Exponentially advancing digital technologies have the potential to disrupt today’s agriculture. However, a smooth transition towards the digitized agriculture requires concerted actions between stakeholders and an integrated approach.

This one-day event will bring together entrepreneurs, investors, and industry experts from around Europe, featuring presentations, panel discussions, and networking opportunities, and will be an important occasion for all the stakeholders to meet, explore recent developments and future prospects in the digitization of agriculture. The focus is on discussing the socio-economic impacts and the impact on agricultural research and Food 2030.


Thu, May 11, 2017
9:00 AM – 5:15 PM CEST


Kortenberglaan 71, 1000 .
Brussels, Belgium

9:00 – 9:10Welcome: Guido Van Huylenbroeck, President Agrolink Flanders
9:10 -11:30Session 1: How will future farming look like?: Chair: Monica Höfte, Agrolink Flanders, UGent
9:10 – 9:25Agriculture 4.0: future farming technologies: Jürgen Vangeyte, Scientific Director AgroTech, Agrolink Flanders, Flanders research institute for agriculture, fisheries and food – ILVO
9:20 – 9:40Funding opportunities for smart farming and new technologies: Ana Cuadrado-Galvan, DG Agriculture & Rural Development
9:40 – 10:00How Farm Management Systems will look in the future: Matija Zulj, CEO, Agrivi
Coffee & Tea
10:30 – 10:50Main principles underpinning the collection, use and exchange of agricultural data: Daniel Azevedo, Senior Policy Adviser, Copa Gogeca
10:50 – 11:10Small farms, Big Data: the Almería Cluster: Cynthia Giagnocavo, ICA European Board of Cooperative Research, Cátedra COEXPHAL, University of Almeria
11:10 – 11:30National 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 – 12:30Panel discussion: Socio-economic implications of disruptive technologies in future farming Moderator: Jacques Van Outryve (Agricultural journalist, Boerenbond) Panelists: Sjaak Wolfert (WUR), Jurrien Roossien (TP Organics), Fabio Boscaleri (Tuscany Region), Louis Mahy (DG Agriculture & Rural Development), Mia De Meulemeester (Agrolink Flanders, Inagro)
Networking lunch
13:20 – 15:40Session 2: Innovation in digitization of agriculture: Chair: Wouter Saeys, Agrolink Flanders, KU Leuven
13:20 – 13:40Impact of Ag Tech in startups ecosystem and people’s lives: Joao Igor, Cofounder, Cool Farm
13:40 – 14:00Surfing on the Innovation hype curve: Time to explore business models for agtech technologies on the innovation trigger: Grigoris Chatzikostas, Head of Business Development Department, BioSense
14:00 – 14:20Digital management of poultry farms: Kristof Mertens, Managing Director, Porphyrio
14:20 – 14:40Developing 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, Scientific Project Coordinator, Wageningen University & Research
15:00 – 15:20 Precision soil and crop management: Abdul Mouazen, full Professor, Agrolink Flanders, Ghent University
15:20 – 15:30StartUp Europe Awards for Agritech: Juan Manual Revuelta, General Director, Finnova
15:30 – 15:50Food 2030: Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer, Senior Policy Advisor, DG Research & Innovation
Coffee & Tea
16:15 -17:15Panel discussion: How should agricultural research institutions cope with Agriculture 4.0? Moderator: Greet Riebbels (Head of Dpt. Communications, ILVO) Panelists: Vesna Bengin (Vice Director for Science, Biosense), Pascal Bergeret (President, EURAGRI), Hans-Joerg Lutzeyer (DG Research & Innovation), Raf De Vis (Agrolink Flanders, Director PSKW)
17:15 – 17:20Closure Sylvia Burssens,(coordinator Agrolink Flanders) & Grigoris Chatzikostas, (Head of Business Development Department, Biosense)

This event is co-hosted by KATANA, an EU-wide agribusiness accelerator, and Agrolink Flanders, a knowledge platform of 18 research institutions and practice centres active in primary production.

Note: Registration is free, but obligatory if you want to take part! Registration deadline: Saturday 6 May 2017.

Get connected: #AgTech2017

We look forward to seeing you in Brussels!

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