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Digitising agriculture and food value chains

Agriculture and Rural Development
Date: Friday, 17 November 2017

Venue: European Commission, Charlemagne Building  |  City: Bruxelles, Belgium

This event, which forms part of the Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge 2 InfoWeek, will present existing policy initiatives in the field of digitising European industries and building a European data economy. It will show how these initiatives can bring opportunities for agriculture, food value chains - on land and at sea - and society at large. Finally it will connect digital policy with the investment opportunities under the Horizon 2020 Work programme 2018-2020.


Watch the event live or the recordings afterwards using the following links:


  • 8:45 - High-level opening with Commissioner Phil Hogan
  • 09:30 – Plenary - Digital revolution, agriculture, food and R&I: what's going on?
  • 11:00-12:00 - Parallel session 1: Digital innovation hubs and platforms: what potential for farming, value chains and society?
  • 12:00-13:00 - Plenary session – Stakeholders panel: what are the opportunities and challenges brought by digitisation?
  • 14:00-15:30 - Parallel session 1: Digital solutions to meet future agriculture challenges
  • 16:00-16:45 - Reporting & closing session


  • 11:00-12:00 - Parallel session 2 - Improving data management from farm to fork
  • 14:00-15:30 - Digitising food research, processing and consumption


  • 14:00-15:30 - Marine data and digitisation


The objectives of the event will be:

  • to raise awareness on initiatives under the Digitial single market strategy which are relevant for agriculture and food value chains up to the citizens;
  • to link these initiatives with the ambitious research and innovation activities which will contribute to achieving the broader EU policy objectives; 
  • to raise awareness on the full span of innovative digital technologies applying to agriculture, food value chains and nutrition, taking stock on what has been supported so far and on future research needs;
  • to provide opportunities for networking to members of the science, innovation, farm, food and IT community involved in these topics, therefore contributing to high-quality proposals under the future Horizon 2020 calls.

Target audience

We expect the attendance of around 400 people including:

  • representatives of the farming and food sectors, including farm advisors;
  • representatives of the agricultural technology, food technology and digital technologies providers;
  • scientists (research institutes, innovation agencies, technology transfer offices etc.);
  • policy-makers (European Commission, European parliament, national governments, managing authorities in particular regions involved in related actitivities under the RIS3 Agri-Food platform);
  • journalists.


The European Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural development Phil Hogan will open the event.

The programme will then include:

  • a plenary session highlighting the broader Digital single market policy and major trends in the farm and food sectors;
  • two parallel sessions presenting initiatives in the field of digital innovation hubs and platforms and of data management;
  • A stakeholders panel reflecting on opportunities for the future and on major obstacles to be overcome;
  • three parallel sessions showcasing inspiring examples in the farm, food and marine domains.

The "marine digitisation" session is joint with the "Blue growth and research and innovation" event running in parallel.  

Download the full event programme.

Background documents & useful links

The event concludes a series of events organised in 2017 with a focus on farm digitisation:

  • EIP-Workshop 'Data Sharing: ensuring a fair sharing of digitisation benefits in agriculture' - 4-5 April 2017, Bratislava (SK): event page - final report
  • EIP-AGRI Seminar 'Digital Innovation Hubs: mainstreaming digital agriculture', 1-2 June, Kilkenny (IE): event page - short report - New! Full report
  • Agri-Innovation Summit 2017, 11-12 October 2017, Lisbon (PT): event website

Read the latest publications on successful EU farm digitisation projects:

Browse the relevant EU policy pages:

Practical information

This event forms part of the Horizon 2020 Societal challenge 2 InfoWeek which will take place from 14 to 17 November.

As for other events, participation is free of charge but participants are asked to make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. 

Registration for all events in the Infoweek is now closed. The event will be webstreamed and recorded (recordings availbale two years). Journalists interested in the theme are welcome to register on-site.

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All Dates

  • Friday, 17 November 2017

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