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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.

VISCA project will be presented at a dedicated stand by SEMIDE!

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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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VISCA publishes 3 reports: seasonal forecasts quality assessment, weather forecast extreme events & performance of phenological model

In VISCA, we have recently published three reports. The first 'seasonal forecasts quality assessment report (D2.1)' assesses the quality of two seasonal forecast systems (European Centre for Middlerange Weather Forecasting (ECMWF) System 4 and SEAS5), two bias correction approaches (calibration and simple bias correction) and a downscaling strategy (calibration). The results obtained show that there is some degree of predictability in the three demo-sites in different variables that can provide value beyond the customary use of climatology. Moreover, the verification / bias-correction / downscaling workflow developed in this task provides the basics of all future refinements that we will conduct during the remaining two years of the project, e. g. through the exploration of new seasonal prediction systems and/or downscaling techniques.

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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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Wine production in the Pyrenees and hungry caribous and why it matters

Have a Pint of Science!

Isadora and Dragana from Barcelona Supercomputing Centre (BSC) will talk about new trends in climate change adaptation and innovation. The Pint of Science festival aims to deliver interesting and relevant talks on the latest science and research in an accessible format to the public, mainly across bars and pubs.

Isadora will talk about how and why forecasting the weather is important. The current trend of wine production in the Pyrenees, as a consequence of global warming, is only one of the examples Isa will use to demonstrate how to adapt to climate change and the full potential of computer modelling in tackling the challenges of tomorrow’s life on Earth.

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