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SmartAgriHubs Kick-Off Meeting

By 28th February 2019 No Comments

The SmartAgriHubs project is delighted to announce that it will host the SmartAgriHubs kick-off Conference 2019 in Prague.

The kick-off conference marks the first official meeting of the SmartAgriHubs consortium. The three-day conference will gather representatives from Digital Innovation Hubs, Innovation Experiments and Competence Centres from all over Europe. Over 164 Partners will have the opportunity to network, share their knowledge and common challenges for the first time in an interactive and dynamic event, which will also serve as an introduction to the structure and purpose of SmartAgriHubs.

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) Research Centre TSSG, is playing a central role as Regional Cluster Leader, in the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Europe.

SmartAgriHubs, a €20 million project, aims to build a pan-European network of Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) and Centres of Competence in all 28 European Member States co-ordinated through nine regional clusters. The SmartAgriHubs project is a new way for farmers, advisors and agri-tech SME’s to engage with research centres and research-active higher education institutions. As part of the project 80 new solutions will be introduced into the market.

Brian Foley, Industry Services Manager in WIT explained “Smart Agri Hub represents a unique opportunity for Irish farmers and the Irish Agriculture industry to access a wide-range of advanced ICT. These technologies have the potential to significantly enhance production efficiencies in an environmentally sustainable way. WIT, as the Regional Cluster Lead for Ireland and the UK, will play a critical role in facilitating access to Irish farmers to the Smart Agri Hub project”

The SmartAgriHubs kick-off event is organised together with the IoF2020 Partners Event. Also led by Wageningen University & Research, Iof2020 and SmartAgriHubs complement each other, since they both aim to catalyse the digitisation of the European agri-food sector. For this purpose, the programme includes a Synergy day, encompassing workshops hosted by partners from both projects as well as a field-trip to visit a farm nearby Prague where IoT technologies are applied.

We are proud to announce that the kick-off conference will welcome a diverse set of highlevel speakers including Tom Tynan from DG AGRI and other EC representatives, our guest from the U.S. and IoT specialist Wilhelmina Jewell Sparks, as well as Vit Simral from the city of Prague’s innovation department.

Alongside the main programme, the Regional Clusters and Flagship Innovation Experiments’ Exhibition will provide the unique opportunity to network with likeminded experts from research, business and technology, in an interactive and informal ambience, with the enchanting view of the city of Prague in the background.

The two events, the SmartAgriHubs Kick-off Conference and the IoF2020 Partners event will take place from 4 to 8 March in Prague.

4 – 5 March | SmartAgriHubs Kick-off Conference

6 March | Synergy Day SmartAgriHubs & IoF2020

7 – 8 March | IoF2020 Partners Event

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Project coordination

Dr. George Beers

Wageningen University & Research

Wageningen, The Netherlands

+31 70 335 8337


Project communication

M.Sc. Edwin Hecker

Schuttelaar & Partners

Brussels, Belgium

+32 2 502 2008