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AgroEco2020: AnaEE Webinar and insights on agro-ecosystems sustainability in Lithuania

2 December 2020 - 3 December 2020
On 2-3rd December, 2020 was held the 3rd International Scientific Conference AgroEco2020: "Agroecosystem Sustainability: Links between Carbon Sequestration, Food Security and Climate Change" organized by Vytautas Magnus University (VMU) Agriculture Academy, Faculty of Agronomy, in coordination with AnaEE. The conference was attended by about 200 participants from various countries: France, Poland, Latvia, Estonia, the Netherlands, Belgium, Hungary, India, Denmark and others.

The conference AgroEco2020 was opened by the VMU Agriculture Academy Dean of Agronomy Faculty prof. Aušra Blinstrubienė. Vice-President of Lithuanian Academy of Sciences prof. Zenonas Dabkevičius welcomed all participants of the conference. The topics of the conference are closely related to the European Commission's Mission area "Soil Health and Food". The conference was attended by the Chairman of the Mission Board "Soil Health and Food" prof. Cees Veerman. He presented the Mission and the Board's activities in plenary session. He has a wide experience as he is a former Dutch Minister of Agriculture, a professor at Wageningen University & Research, and also he is a farmer.  Assoc. prof. dr. Zita Kriaučiūnienė from VMU Agriculture Academy, Faculty of Agronomy, Institute of Agroecosystems and Soil Sciences is also a member of Mission Soil Health and Food Board.

The second plenary presentation was about the research infrastructure AnaEE (Analysis and Experimentation on Ecosystems), presented by Michel Boer, AnaEE Director General. This conference was the occasion for AnaEE to develop and strenghten its links with VMU Academy of Agriculture and the Lithuanian Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Center (LAMMC).  Later in the conference was presented BIOEAST initiative, in which the VMU Academy of Agriculture and its researchers are already participating as partners together with other Central and Eastern European countries, on common agro-ecological problems and insights into sustainable farming. Prof. Abdul M. Mouazen from the University of Ghent (Belgium) presented research on precision agriculture. Active cooperation with this professor has been going on for several years and in 2021 a joint international project will be launched. The famous researcher of allelopathy research prof. Inderjit from the University of Delhi (India) gave a presentation about weeds in agroecosystems. Professors from Poland presented two more plenary presentations: prof. Ewelina Hallmann on bioactive food components, and prof. Renata Marks-Bielska on the circular bioeconomy in the food chain.

For the rest of the day, oral presentations were presented in three parallel sections. A total of 31 oral presentations were made on the following topics: soil health and carbon sequestration for sustainability; soil and crop management to reduce chemicals in agriculture; biodiversity, crop and product diversification; precision agriculture and digital technologies; food quality and safety; the role of the circular bioeconomy in climate change mitigation.

The second day of the conference was dedicated to the presentation of AnaEE research infrastructure and its services.

This first AnaEE event was the occasion to share an overview of the services currently under development. Web services such as the AnaEE website, the proposal portal and SEISM application were presented as well as funding opportunities. The representatives of Services Centers gave out presentations about the missions and stages of development of the Data and Modelling Center, the Technological Center and the Interface and Synthesis Center. It was also the opportunity to show the role of AnaEE in ENVRIFair; as an exemple, AnaEE Denmark presented its method for the FAIRification of data acquired at Danish platforms. These presentations were followed by a focus on the unique features of Ecotron in AnaEE, and of the FATI-Platform in Belgium. Finally, the collaborative approach in Finland was presented, with a national infrastructure that manages together the three local nodes of AnaEE, ICOS and eLTER. Our Lithuanian partners, prof. Algirdas Augustaitis, prof. Arvydas Povilaitis, prof. Vaclovas Bogužas, assoc. prof. Zita Kriaučiūnienė presented agro-, forest- and aquatic ecosystem research infrastructures, laboratory equipment and research and project activities in VMU Agriculture Academy, and the director of LAMMC dr. Gintaras Brazauskas in the Lithuanian Agriculture and Forestry Sciences Center.

AnaEE warmly thanks the Lithuanian organizers for organizing this conference, and thanks all participants to this very successful event !

Download the conference poster presentations and the conference abstract book.
Download the AnaEE day presentations.

Mis à jour le 10 December 2020