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Strong presence of VISCA project at SITEVI 2019

On 26 to 28 November 2019, SITEVI, an international equipment and expertise exhibition for the vine-wine, olive, fruit-vegetable productions, took place in  Montpellier, France attracting thousands of agricultural and wine-making stakeholders. VISCA project had a dedicated stand at the event in the 'start-up village' where hundreds visited the stand and learned about the project and the proposed solutions, mainly VISCA DSS. Many visitors showed interest in weather-related services and had several discussions on climate change adaptation in vineyards and replicability in other sectors.

  For more information, check the official website of the event.

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VISCA Newsletter #2: Discover our DSS & Join us at the Stakeholders Workshop in Barcelona!

The second issue of VISCA Newsletter is very special as it presents our Decision Support System which combines climate, phenology and irrigation services with several added values aiming to support viticulturists in climate change adaptation and daily operation. We’ve also launched the registration call to join our next workshop which will take place on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona.

Check it out here and subscribe to receive the next issue of our newsletter!

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Join VISCA Stakeholders Workshop 2019 & Register now!

The 3rd VISCA Stakeholders workshop will take place on 11th December 2019 in Barcelona. The event will present VISCA DSS where participants will get a free access to the tool. The event will host interesting exchanges and roundtables with the VISCA partners, Advisory Board members and external guests about the status-quo of climate services in the agriculture sector and the replicability opportunities in other vineyards as well as in olives and cereals. Check the agenda [link] and REGISTER to join us [link] either in Barcelona or online latest by December 5th at noon!


We look forward to welcoming you in our workshop, don’t hesitate to transfer this call for registration or send us any inquiries you may have to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Presenting VISCA DSS to Vineyard Growers

On November 12th 2019, our partners made a presentation about VISCA DSS where practical information from the project was shared with vineyards growers of Raimat and Agropixel. Interesting exchanges were made with the participants and the feedback was gathered as inputs for exploitation activities.

The aim of VISCA DSS is to integrate climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change.

 

 

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VISCA at XI International Workshop on Sap Flow

The XI International Workshop on Sap Flow took place in Hyytiälä, Finland from 8th - 11th October 2019.The workshop addressed topics concerning plant - water relations and their measurement and was centred on plant water transport. VISCA project was presented in the workshop, precisely, on the topic of 'Estimating transpiration coefficients of grapevines (Vitis vinifera L.) "Tempranillo" subjected to delayed pruning' by IRTA. The poster of the event can be downloaded from here.

 

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VISCA at "POWER best practices"

VISCA has participated recentely at "POWER best practices" by sharing the project at the dedicated repository which serves as an umbrella providing an overall view to the POWER water communities with in pilot cities. Further information can be found at the POWER BEST PRACTICES website.

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New publication: Providing Innovative Solutions to Improve the Efficiency of the Agriculture Sector

Agriculture, including food-related industries and services, is one of the main economic sectors in the EU which provides over 44 million jobs (EC, 2019). The diverse climate, fertile soil, quality standards and technical expertise of the European farmers have made the EU a leading actor in this sector globally.

However, agriculture is currently facing deep economic, technological and regulatory changes where the impacts of climate change and resulting natural disasters exacerbate the challenges. That’s why the EU has been investing in diverse projects and initiatives to foster innovation and improve the efficiency of this sector.

With the support of the Common Dissemination Booster team, a new publication titled: 'Providing Innovative Solutions to Improve the Efficiency of the Agriculture Sector' presents a cluster of 4 innovative EU-funded projects VISCA, WEAM4i, OpIRIS & IRRIMAN. It briefly presents the issues and challenges as well as the results and solutions brought by these projects. You may click here to download the 2-pager.

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VISCA Project Holds a Training Session at LINKS Foundation

VISCA project - which has developed a climate service and a Decision Support System to make European wine industry resilient to climate change and to climate variability - organized a training at LINKS Foundation premises, in Torino on 4th-5th July 2019.

The main objective of the training was to show the end-users how to use the developed tool in a practical way as well as how to interpret the model outputs. The training also illustrated the ways to access to climate information while providing vineyard data by the end-users. During the training, VISCA consortium, including the 3 end-users, provided feedback and a list of improvements, they also presented, discussed and signed a protocol in order to deepen the evaluation of the DSS. Finally, different sessions about the commercial exploitation plan and the upcoming communication activities were presented and discussed.

This meeting was very useful for the consortium to share and discuss  the recent achievements and also to coordinate the efforts for facing the last challenges of the project which terminates in April 2020.

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VISCA at the 21st GiESCO International Meeting

The 21st GiESCO International Meeting took place on 23-28 June 2019 in Thessaloniki, Greece which covered the main fields in viticultural research and innovation focusing on vine ecophysiology, vineyard management, grape and wine quality, and sustainable production. A professional day was also included, with the aim to summon attendees from the private sector and strengthen the exchange of knowledge and information between researchers and end-users. VISCA project was presented by the University of Porto & SYMINGTON during this event where they presented preliminary results of the crop forcing technique which they're applying in a demonstration site in Doruo region. You may download the PowerPoint presentation from here.

 

 

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This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 730253.