On the 25th of October 2018, the DataBio project held an interactive session with Greek stakeholders, organized by DataBio partner GAIA Epicheirein and supported by NEUROPUBLIC. The session was collocated with the 5th Panhellenic Congress on the Development of Greek Agriculture, titled “Digitization: The Future of European Agriculture“, which was organized by GAIA Epicheirein at Heraklion, Crete. The DataBio session took place by the end of the Congress, ensuring the participation of the Congress audience along with other selected participants.
Dr. Vassilis Protonotarios, Outreach & Networking Manager of NEUROPUBLIC, started the DataBio session with a presentation of the project, focusing on its aims, objectives, expected outcomes and ongoing activities. Next to that, a presentation of the smart farming pilots of the project in Greece allowed the participants to get practical information on the crops and locations in Greece where the pilots take place, as well as the expected benefits from each pilot – also mentioning the role of technology and data in each case.
The pilots on olive trees and grapes were of special interest to the participants, as both are among the main crops of Crete.
The session concluded with a discussion on various aspects of the project between DataBio members and the audience. The participants expressed their interest in smart farming and the benefits that they can reap through its adoption, with some of them even expressing their interest in participating in the pilots. Face to face discussions also took place at the DataBio booth with individual participants after the end of the sessions.