On Thursday, January 14th, 2016, Waterford Institute of Technology’s Telecommunications, Software and Systems Group (TSSG) with their Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) CONNECT Center partners organised a workshop in Brussels with major leaders in policy, industry and academia to explore and discuss “Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture”.
The EU Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development, Mr. Phil Hogan, was keynote speaker at the event.
Waterford Institute of Technology’s President, Prof. Willie Donnelly, and Prof. Linda Doyle of Trinity College Dublin and CONNECT also spoke at the event.
The afternoon was organised as a platform for networking and dissemination of H2020 successes and opportunities from National Contact Points, Project Officers, industry and other interested parties who want to get involved in EU research & innovation.
Horizon 2020’s multi-actor and innovation focus requires research institutions, industry and society to come together in new ways. In supporting the drive towards smart farming as an important contributor to feeding growing populations and in line with the overall CAP objectives, “Europe’s Opportunity in Digital Agriculture” specifically aligns with long-term strategic objectives for EU rural development policy from 2014-2020.
The key strategy of the event was the bringing together of stakeholders from both the Agricultural and ICT industries, where common opportunities could be identified and the potential captured as a national strategy geared towards developing an export focused Digital Agriculture industry. Having the opportunity to network with relevant industry players academics, thought leaders and policy makers indeed made this a very worthwhile and successful workshop.