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MED-AGRI

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  • Location: Avignon, France
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Organised by the agricultural professionals via the Regional Chamber of Agriculture in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur and a multi-sector committee, the new MED'Agri trade show is entirely dedicated to the production agricultural and the agri-technology.

There will be a lot of showcase of innovative techniques. MED'Agri is aimed at professionals of all the agricultural production sectors and farmers and in particular those represented in the South of the France: market gardening, arboriculture, viticulture, olive growing, breeding and also horticulture, beekeeping, truffle, aromatic and fragrant plants, etc. For more information, check the official website.

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1st International Conference on Urban Agriculture and City Sustainability

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  • Location: New Forest, UK
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The aim of the Conference is to review and discuss ways in which urban agriculture can contribute to achieving sustainable cities.

As urban populations continue to increase it is essential to consider ways of reducing their impact in terms of use of natural resources, waste production and climate change.

The increasing number of people in cities requires new strategies to supply the necessary food with limited provision of land and decreasing resources. This will become more challenging unless innovative solutions for growing and distributing food in urban environments are considered.

The scale of modern food production has created and exacerbated many vulnerabilities and the feeding of cities is now infinitely more complex. As such the food system cannot be considered secure, ethical or sustainable.

In the last few years, there has been a rapid expansion in initiatives and projects exploring innovative methods and processes for sustainable food production. The majority of these projects are focused on providing alternative models that shift the power back from the global food system to communities and farmers improving social cohesion, health and wellbeing. It is therefore not surprising that more people are looking towards urban farming initiatives as a potential solution.

These initiatives have demonstrated that urban agriculture has the potential to transform our living environment towards ecologically sustainable and healthy cities. Urban agriculture can also contribute to energy, natural resources, land and water savings, ecological diversity and urban management cost reductions.

The impact urban agriculture can have on the shape and form of our cities has never been fully addressed. How cities embed these new approaches and initiatives, as part of new urban developments and a city regeneration strategy is critical.

The Urban Agriculture conference will address these challenges and search for new solutions. For more information, check the official website.

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IX International Agriculture Symposium "AGROSYM 2018"

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  • Location: Bosnia and Herzegovina
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AGROSYM is, since nine years, an annual platform for international scientific discussion on agriculture, food, rural development, environment and forestry.

AGROSYM represents a good opportunity to exchange ideas, to strengthen existing and to create new academic networks, and to foster dialogue between the academia, public institutions, the private sector and civil society organizations on the recent global and regional trends in the agro-food sector. AGROSYM covers the following thematic areas: plant production, plant protection and food safety, organic agriculture, environment protection and natural resources management, animal husbandry, rural development and agro-economy, and forestry and agroforestry. Multidisciplinary results reported during AGROSYM will contribute to the dissemination of knowledge and good practices to all actors of the agro-food chain (e.g. farmers, extension agents, researchers, policy makers) as well as the general public about the importance of agriculture and food science, one of the most important strategic areas of many national research strategies. For more information, check the official website.

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International Congress on Grapevine and Wine Sciences

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  • Location: La Rioja, Spain
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The Conference is an important interdisciplinary platform for the presentation of new advances and research results in the fields of science and management of climate change.

Topics of interest include: Global carbon and other biogeochemical cycles and feedbacks, Future global climate: scenario-based projections and near-term information, Polar climate, Paleoclimate, The Earth’s energy budget, climate feedbacks, and climate sensitivity, Weather and climate extreme events in a changing climate, Linking global to regional climate change, Mitigation pathways compatible with near- to long-term goals, Demand, services and social aspects of mitigation, National and sub-national policies and institutions, Innovation, technology development and transfer, Emissions trends and drivers, Climate change in the Italian Mountains and the Mediterranean Region (NextData project), Climate services: role, application, value, challenges and opportunities for market development and Challenges for climate change adaptation in the post Paris world. VISCA project will be part of this event and presented by IRTA. For more information, check the official website.

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VISCA at the Global Innovation Camp!

VISCA was selected among the winners in the International Call for Solutions on innovation in the agrifood sector: Global Innovation Camp and  Made in Puglia Conference.

The call selected 10 ideas or projects – including VISCA - gathered in Bari & Foggia (Italy) from 7th to 10th May 2018. The winners had several training sessions and they will have the access to an acceleration or incubation process for the duration of 3 months in the selected partners’ organisations.  For more information, check the official website: link.

 

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Upcoming Technical Meeting of VISCA Project

Organised by the project coordinator METEOSIM (MET) and Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC), VISCA project consortium will hold a technical meeting on 5th-6th April 2018 at BSC premises to discuss the progress of the project and its planned activities for the coming months especially the actions related to the integration of models into the platform.

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VISCA holds its 1st joint General Meeting and Stakeholders Workshop, November 13-15th 2017, Portugal

VISCA ‘Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application’ is to hold its 1st General meeting on November 13th 2017 followed by the 1st Stakeholders Workshop on November 14th and 15th 2017 in Portugal.

The 1st General meeting will take place in Symington Family Estates main office, who are part of the consortium, located in Vila Noca de Gaia, Portugal. VISCA partners will present the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during its first 6 months. The occurred and expected risks and challenges as well as the next planned activities for the coming period will be illustrated by each Work package coordinator.

On the following couple of days, VISCA 1st Stakeholder Workshop will gather members from the project advisory board (PAB) of the project and other invited end-users in Quinta do Bomfim, Pinhao, Portugal. During the first day, an introduction of the project, consortium and the PAB members will start-off the workshop. Then, a brainstorming session and a series of questions on how climate change is affecting the different sectors of agriculture including vineyards will be organised. This brainstorming session aims to gather more insights of the needs of the end-users and related stakeholders. The first workshop day will be concluded with a field visit in the Bomfim vistor center. On the second day of the workshop, participants will have a training session on the primary mock-ups of the VISCA tool and a virtual guide through its main functionalities. Feedback from the participants will be collected to make improvements in the tool.

VISCA will provide a Climate Service (CS) and Decision Support System (DSS) that integrate climate, agricultural and end-users specifications in order to design medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. The project is validated by real demonstrations with end-users on three demo sites in Spain, Italy and Portugal. VISCA started officially in May 2017 for a period of 3 years. It is led by Meteosim and it is composed of 11 members from different fields including end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington).

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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.