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Dear reader,
We hope this final newsletter finds you and your beloved ones in very good health.

After a rewarding journey with VISCA project, which lasted for almost 44 months, we have achieved several outcomes and results including developing VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) which combines climate, phenology and irrigation services, testing agronomic techniques and publishing scientific articles and reports. Although VISCA project comes to an end this month, the commercialisation and exploitation actions of our DSS as well as the climate services are yet to start a new phase.

In this newsletter, we are proud to announce the results along with other important news and publications which are found in the following sections:

We would like to use this opportunity to thank you for being part of VISCA community and to wish you happy holidays and all the best for the New Year!
VISCA Consortium

Explore the Results of VISCA Project
'VISCA Project Results’ is a booklet which recaps the most important outcomes of our project. It gives an overview of VISCA, a description of VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) and the integrated climate services, the added value of these services with testimonials from the end-users. It also presents the results driven from the demonstration sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain in terms of the validation of the DSS as well as the tested agronomic techniques (crop forcing and shoot trimming). The booklet also presents an overview of the replicability and the way forward (exploitation) which will be led by METEOSIM. You may download VISCA Booklet here.
VISCA Final e-Conference and the Way Forward
On 15th December 2020, VISCA Final Conference was held virtually to present the results of the project and the way forward. The conference attracted around 60 participants with a variety of profiles: viticulturists, wine producers, scientists, agricultural communities, software providers, entrepreneurs, media, among others who connected to the e-conference from 10 countries: Belgium, France, Greece, Italy, Israel, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Tunisia and the UK. 

Besides the results of VISCA which were illustrated by different partners within the consortium, external speakers  joined the event. Representative from the European Commission (EASME)  as well as keynote speakers from the agricultural sector and other EU-funded projects and initiatives joined the event and shared their experiences & results on climate change adaptation in viticulture as well as their experience on climate services applied in different sectors.

You may download the presentations from VISCA website as well as external watch the e-conference on VISCA YouTube Channel.

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Climate Adaptation in Agriculture Session Hosted by VISCA and MED-GOLD: Success Stories, Lessons Learnt, and Remaining Challenges
On 2nd December 2020, the European Commission organised an event on ‘Climate services for a climate-resilient Europe’. The event gathered around 190 participants,  who learned about the results of a portfolio of Horizon 2020 projects, which contribute to the implementation of the European Research and Innovation Roadmap on Climate Services.

VISCA and MED-GOLD projects organised a dedicated session on agriculture, whose objectives included (a) showcasing the added value of climate services in agriculture, with a focus on the wine, olive oil and pasta industries, (b) identifying barriers for the full deployment of climate services and ways to overcome them, and (c) sharing lessons learnt and good practices. More than 60 participants joined the session where a series of talks about the experiences from both projects, were illustrated. A round table discussion involving climate service providers, users and policy-makers, on challenges, gaps and opportunities for the exploitation and replication of climate services was also organised in this session.

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VISCA Project Hosts a Successful e-Workshop in October 2020
On 29th October 2020, VISCA consortium organised an e-Workshop to present the latest release of VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) & its added value through a live demo. It also presented the preliminary results which were updated later on during the final e-conference. The e-Workshop was very interactive with regular feedback collection and Q&A sessions. It attracted around 80 participants with a variety of profiles: viticulturists, wine producers, scientists, agricultural communities, software providers, entrepreneurs, media, among others who connected to the e-Workshop from 11 countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Serbia, Spain, Tunisia and the UK. The participants contributed to the e-workshop enormously with their feedback, suggestions and inquiries. Further information is provided on VISCA website.

VISCA Monthly Stories: Reporting from the Demonstration Sites
In order to collect the validation of the DSS and the agronomic techniques from the demonstration sites, we made a series of monthly stories showcasing the predictions of VISCA DSS and actions from the fields. Read the full list of published monthly stories below:
15 VISCA Deliverables and 6 Scientific Articles Now Available for Download!
VISCA project has published 15 public deliverables as well as 6 scientific articles (most of them are in open access). You may download them below:
VISCA public deliverables:
VISCA scientific articles:
VISCA in few words…

VISCA ‘Vineyards´ Integrated Smart Climate Application’ is a research & innovation project cofunded under the Horizon 2020 programme with a total budget of 3.2M euros. The project started officially in May 2017 and it ends in December 2020. VISCA consortium is led by Meteosim and it is composed of 11 members from different fields including 3 end-users (Codorniu, Mastroberardino and Symington).

VISCA provides a Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short practices, medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. It also accounts for two agronomic techniques: crop forcing and shoot trimming, as ways to adapt for climate variability. The project was validated by real demonstrations in Italy, Portugal and Spain.

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