The event agenda's time zone is CEST.

16 May 2018
09:00 – 09:30
Registration and welcome coffee
09:30 – 10:00
Introduction to the AgriTech event
  • Marco Remaschi, Minister of Agriculture Dept Regione Toscana (Florence, Italy)
  • Antonio Raschi, President of the CNR Area of Florence and IBIMET Director
  • Roberto Pini, Director of the Institute of Applied Physics (Florence,Italy)
10:00 – 10:30
Introduction to the European Initiatives
  • Cecilia Pinto, Manager of EPRISE Project Pole Optitec (Marseille, France): Introduction to the EPRISE Project and to the objectives of the event
  • Francisco Aranda, Innovation Consultant at CARSA: Introduction to Watify
  • Marco Vieri, University of Florence (Florence, Italy): The S3 Platform on Precision Farming
10:30 – 16:00
Bilateral meetings (parallel)

Pre-arranged exploratory one-to-one meetings – based on a personalised agenda (20 min / meeting)

10:30 – 10:40
European Fundings in Agri&Food

Anna Pelagotti, Unit A4-Photonics DG CONNECT European Commission: Three more years of H2020: opportunity for AgriFood

10:40 – 11:30
Pitches (10 min) about Regional and European support strategies and Project coordinators
  • Albino CaporaleDirezione Attività Produttive Regione Toscana (Florence, Italy): Regional Funding to support SMEs growth and competitiveness
  • Elena Perla Simonetti, Regione Toscana (Florence, Italy): The success in Eranet projects
  • Guus Taminiau, Photonics NL (Amsterdam, Netherlands): Agri & Food: A High Tech sector in the Netherlands
  • Guillaume Briend, Bretagne Development Innovation (Bretagne, France): AGRETIC program in Bretagne: Digital technologies for Agriculture and AgriFood sector – Focus on Photonics innovations
  • Gianni Preve, INPHOTEC Foundation- Integrated Photonic Technologies Center (Pisa, Italy): Inphotec an open facility for the development and pilot production of integrated photonics components
11:30 – 12:30
Regional and European Project coordinators
  • Stefania Lombardo, University of Florence (Florence, Italy): SPARKLE Erasmus+KA2 Project, Sustainable Precision Agriculture: Research and Knowledge for Learning how to be an agri-Entrepreneur.
  • Giovanni Agati, CNR IFAC (Florence, Italy): SUNNIVA ERA-NET SUSFOOD Project, "Non-destructive optical tools for the in situ detection of health-beneficial phytochemicals in vegetables"
  • Marco Antoni, Daniele Sarri, Copernico srl (Montalcino-SI, Italy): Oenosmart Project
  • Gherardo Chirici, University of Florence (Florence, Italy): FreshLIFE Project “Demonstrating remote sensing integration in sustainable forest management”
  • Stefano Toffanin, CNR ISMN (Bologna, Italy): EU H2020 Project MOLOKO- Multiplex phOtonic sensor for pLasmonic-based Online detection of contaminants in milK
  • Simone Orlandini, University of Florence (Florence, Italy): Information flow for precision crop management: use case in the Tuscan regional territory
  • Valentina Raimondi, CNR IFAC (Florence, Italy): STEPHANIE Project, Space TEchnology with Photonics for market and societal challenges

12:30 – 13:30
Light Lunch
13:30 – 15:00
Technical Experts Advice Session (plenary)
  • Gerrit Polder, Wageningen University & Research (Wageningen, Netherlands): Photonics for sensing in Agro and Food
  • Roberto Cippitani, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "Rights and Science"- University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy): Ethical issues in research project concerning food and environment
  • Erik Ham, Dutch Optics Center (Delft, Netherlands): Joint innovation for next generation optical instruments
  • Jacques Cochard, Tematys (Paris, France): Photonics and Artificial Intelligence, two building blocks for a sustainable agriculture
15:00 – 15:30
Pitches (3 or 5 min) from Companies

Florian Lang, Geokestrel (Germany): First-hand information about the challanges of a German early stage SME entering the agri-culture field and to introduce new technology.

15:30 – 16:00
Experiences from Companies

Florian Lang, Geokestrel (Germany): First-hand information about the challanges of a German early stage SME entering the agri-culture field and to introduce new technology

16:00 – 17:00
Go-to-market session: Q&A with the experts
  • Valentina Colcelli, CNR IFAC (Florence, Italy): Access and Benefit-Sharing and utilization of Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture
  • Viola Pifti, Jean Monnet Centre of Excellence "Rights and Science"- University of Perugia (Perugia, Italy): Intellectual Protection for Plant Varieties. Open innovation or industrial property rights?
  • Mattia Nuti, International checks group: NEW WAY  OF THINKING ON SAFETY AND QUALITY
17:00 – 19:00
Networking activities @ Museo Stibbert
  • Aperitivo
  • Museo Stibbert Guided Tour

19:00 – 21:00
Dinner buffet @ Museo Stibbert
17 May 2018
08:45 – 09:15
Tenuta di Alberese
09:15 – 09:30
Tenuta di Alberese
Welcome by organizers and public authorities
09:30 – 11:00
Tenuta di Alberese
Plenary session – Keynotes

Eyes and touch (EO-Copernicus, remote sensing, GNSS and IoT)

  • Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of the Market Development Department European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)
  • Jerome Bequignon, Senior Program Coordinator, European Space Agency (ESA)

Mind (ICT, Big Data and DSS)

  • Fabio Slaviero, ABACO group - DSS platforms and knowledge discovery for Big Data

Intelligent arms (Robotics and Automation)

  • Marco Vieri, full professor at the Department of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Systems Management - University of Florence;
  • Paolo Dario, Director of the Center for Micro-BioRobotics of the Sant'Anna School of Advanced Studies;

Bridging competence infrastructure gaps and speeding up growth and devemopment through innovation in rural regions: The BRIDGES project. 

  • Thomas Bartzanas - Research Director, CERTH, Institute of Bio-Economy and Agritechnology

Introduction to Watify:

  • Francisco Aranda, Innovation Consultant at CARSA: Introduction to Watify
11:00 – 11:20
Tenuta di Alberese
Coffee break
11:20 – 12:00
SMEs and Startups session – Smart products and services

Pitch format (max. 3 min presentation)

12:00 – 13:30
Tenuta di Alberese
Bilateral Meetings

Pre-arranged one-to-one meetings – based on personalised agendas (20 min / meeting)

13:30 – 14:30
Tenuta di Alberese
Lunch break
14:30 – 16:00
Tenuta di Alberese
Working Groups session – Multilateral parallel meetings

The objective of the session is to identify opportunities and synergies for business cooperation along European value-chains, leading to a business idea  becoming a real inter-regional initiative with a strong European added value aspect. 

Topics for discussion

1.    Soil management and irrigation

2.    Crop protection and management

3.    Animal health and wellbeing

4.    Overall farm management

5.    Quality management for food processing and distribution

Structure of the session

  • Introduction to the dynamics (10’)
  • Discussion in groups with moderator (50’)
  • Each group for presents conclusions (25’)

Q&A and wrap-up (5’)

16:00 – 17:00
Tenuta di Alberese
Closing and Field visit – Showcasing solutions

Before finishing the registration, please consult the WATIFY Privacy Statement.