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9:00 - 9:30 AM

Registration & Coffee

9.30 - 9.40 AM

Opening Speech

Mr. Georgios Kefalas
Vice Governor of Rural Development, Region of Central Macedonia

9:40 - 9:55 AM

Keynote Speech : Elvira Domingo

The role of EIT Food in transforming the agri-food sector

9:55 - 10:05 AM

Keynote Speech: Betty Alexandropoulou

Executive Director and member of the Board, Enterprise Greece (video)

10:05 - 10:50 AM

Panel Discussion: The importance of digitalization in Agriculture

  • George Profitiliotis, Foresight Expert at the UNESCO Chair on Futures Research in Greece, hosted in FORTH/PRAXI, Former National Contact Point of EIT
  • Ioannis Chaniotakis, Senior Director, Agricultural Sector Operations Development at Piraeus Bank
  • Ioannis Mavroudis, BoD Member Neuropublic/GAIA Epixeirein &
    Vice President Agro-Nutritional Partnership of The Region of Central Macedonia
  • Athanasios Gertsis, Professor at Perrotis College, American Farm School of Thessaloniki
  • Ioannis Koufoudakis, Executive Director of COGNITERA S.A.
  • Konstantinos Votis, Researcher, Information Technologies Institute, CERTH

10:50 - 11:35 AM

Panel Discussion: Smart Farming & Innovation in Agriculture

  • Georgios Kefalas, Vice Governor of Rural development, Region of Central Macedonia
  • Ilias Kalfas, Senior Researcher, The American Farm School of Thessaloniki
  • Fotis Chatzipapadopoulos, CEO Smart AgroHub
  • Vassilis Polychronos, CTO Geosense
  • Vaggelis Vasiliadis, CEO Agrostis
  • Dimitris Kouvas, CEO Scientact

11:35 – 11:50 AM

Coffee Break

11:50 – 12:00 AM

Roundtable: Food Crisis 2022: The Agrifood Sector Resilience through crises

Keynote Speech: Begoña Perez-Villarreal, EIT Food CLC South Director

12:00- 12:45 PM

Panel Discussion

  • Christiana Kalogirou, Secretary General of Agro & Food Development, tbc
  • Konstantinos Styliaras, Deputy Head, Institute of Federation of Industries of Greece (INSBE)
  • Anagnostis Argiriou, Professor of the Aegean University,Deputy Director of the Institute of Applied Biosciences (CERTH)
  • Spiridon Mamalis, President of the Geotechnical Chamber of Greece
  • Konstandinos Mattas, Professor of Agricultural Policy, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

12:45- 13:35 PM

Fireside Chat: How can the Agri-food sector of “today” meet the challenges of “tomorrow”?

  • Begoña Perez- Villarreal, EIT Food CLC South Director
  • Stamatis Aggelopoulos, Vice-Rector for Research and Lifelong Learning, International Hellenic University
  • Theodoros Tsamourtzis, Managing director of the AgroTech Export Cluster
  • Vasilis Stenos, Founder and CEO Solmeyea
  • Vaya Piteli, National Contact Point of Horizon Europe
  • Ioannis Papadimitriou, Communication director, IDGC – EITFOOD Hub Greece

13:35- 14:30 PM

Light Lunch - Networking

14:30 – 16:30 PM

Political session: An open discussion about ERIAFF approaches, priorities and future developments from the perspective of political representatives.

  • Video message from Stefania Saccardi, ERIAFF Political Coordinator and Regional Minister for Agriculture, Tuscany Region
  • Roberto Scalacci, Director for Agriculture and Rural Development, Tuscany Region
  • Georgios Kefalas, Vice Governor of Rural development, Region of Central Macedonia
  • Ilse Zaal, Minister of Provincie Noord Holland
  • Jan Nico Appelman, Minister of Provincie Flevoland
  • Carmen Gonzalez, Director of Centre for Scientific and Technological Research in Extremadura
  • Mikko Savola, South Ostrobothnia Finland, Member of the Finnish Parliament and chairman of the Regional assembly.
  • Jon Jauregui, Head of Organic Production Systems of Regional Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Sustainable Development of Andalusia
  • Ton Jonker, Director of economic affairs, Provincie Zuid-Holland
  • Vasilis Delistamatis, Vice Governor of Agriculture Economy and Veterinary Affairs of Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace.

16:30 – 18:30 PM

Projects and Good practices from ERIAFF members

  • Rural-Urban Partnerships Motivating Regional Economies (RUMORE, INTERREG EUROPE). Andreas Obersteg, Hafen City University
  • The Extremadura Agriculture and Forestry Research Systems: Regional Practices towards Climate Neutrality. Carmen Gonzalez, Director of Centre for Scientific and Technological Research in Extremadura
  • H2020 NEFERTITI Project. Supporting Demo Farms and their networking in European AKIS. Adrien Guichaoua, Project coordinator, ACTA France
  • Testing the plan for the development of a Digital Innovation Hub in the Agri-food sector, through a field research and a digital application in the rice value chain (RUMORE pilot). Dr. Dimitrios Katsantonis, ELGO – DEMETER
  • FoodPaths Horizon 2020 project. Safe and sustainable FOOD Systems PArTnersHip. Terhi Junkkari, Principal Lecturer, SeAMK Seinajoki University of Applied Sciences.
  • Internationalisation support for European companies in covid- and post-covid times. Lessons learned from FoodPackLab 2. Gawel Walczak, International Affairs Manager, Secpho
  • Innovation of the Greenportcluster in Zuid-Holland. Marga Vintges, Strategic Advisor, Municipality of Westland and Greenport West-Holland
  • EFI Bioregions Facility: Survey on the Bioeconomy Perception in European Regions. Siebe Briers, European Forest Institute
  • Blockstart (Interreg B North-West Europe). Maaike Buchner, East Netherlands Development Agency
  • The role of agriculture development agency on AKIS: INNOVAMARCHE as public innovation broker, Cristina Frittelloni, ASSAM, Marche Region

8:45 – 9:00 AM

Registration & Coffee

9.00 - 11.00 AM

Workshops 1-2-3

  • Workshop 1, Plenary meeting room: Joint Workshop of the AGROECOLOGY – PLANT BASED PROTEINS – PLANTS working groups
  • Workshop 2, Breakout room #2: Meeting of the FOOD SYSTEMS Working Group
  • Workshop 3, Breakout room #3: Meeting of the FORESTED REGIONS Working Group

11.00 - 11.30 AM

Coffee break

11.30 - 13.30 PM

Workshops 4-5-6

  • Workshop 4, Plenary meeting room:
    Joint brokerage session of the AGROECOLOGY – PLANT BASED PROTEINS – PLANTS Working Group
  • Workshop 5, Breakout room #2:
    Meeting of the SOCIAL INNOVATION Working Group
  • Workshop 6, Breakout room #3:
    Meeting of the BIOREGIONS Working group

13.30 - 14.30 PM

Light Lunch – Networking

14.30 - 17.00 PM

Plenary Meeting, Workshop 7, Free brokerage & Project Development

  • Plenary meeting room:

    Projects Ideas Pitching Session organized by the European Enterprise Network. Projects and Good practices from ERIAFF members:

         -Prepsoil Soil Health Mission HE Project. The project will set the base for a wide understanding of Soil Health needs across Europe. Irene Palomino, Fundecyt-Pctex

        - Myriad-EU H2020. The project offers new ways to assess trade-offs and synergies in economic sectors such as agriculture and the way disaster risks are managed, MYRIAD Consortium Representative

  • Workshop7, Breakout room #2:
    Meeting of the S3 HIGH TECH FARMING Partnership
  • Free brokerage and project development breakout room #3

8:30 - 9:00 AM

Registration & Coffee

9:00 – 12:00 AM

Wrap Up & Closing Remarks

  • Results and wrap-up messages from Working Groups meetings
  • Closing remarks by the Host Region and the ERIAFF Coordinator

12:00 – 12:15 PM

Coffee Break

12:15 – 16:30 PM

Study Visits

  • The American Farm School’s DEMO FARM. Organized in the frame of the H2020 NEFERTITI project, the visit includes a meeting with relevant AKIS actors and a final policy dialogue to discuss the importance of regional and national support tools.
  • Ktima Gerovassiliou (vineyard) On the slopes of Epanomi, a few kilometres from the city of Thessaloniki, a meticulously-tended vineyard surrounds the modern winery, where the renowned Ktima Gerovassiliou wines are produced. Ktima Gerovassiliou has been involved in vine cultivation and winemaking since 1981.