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Synergy Days conference

Every year, the SmartAgriHubs community organises the Synergy Days conference to bring together actors in the European agri-food field. It serves as a great opportunity to exchange ideas and connect with colleagues and innovative projects all over Europe. As you and your organisation are an essential part of this European agri-food ecosystem, we would like to invite you to join this year’s edition of Synergy Days, taking place on 14-15 October in Barcelona, Spain.

2024 Joint International Green ERA-Hub Call Now Open!

We are pleased to communicate the Green ERA-Hub (GEH) Call is now open. The Green ERA-Hub (GEH) is a Coordination and Support Action of the European Commission under the Horizon Europe Framework Programme. 

Call topics:

Update: ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2024 Joint Call

We are pleased to share with you that the 2024 Joint Call on "Towards transformation of agri-food systems for the benefit of planetary health, consumers, and other stakeholders along the food value chain using data-based systems and ICT technologies" has successfully passed the initial stage with 42 pre-registered proposals invited to submit full proposals, and the applicants are now actively working on their submissions.


The scientific scope of the call addresses collaborative projects in 4 research topics:

Call for Expressions of Interest to Participate in the SCAR-Engage Programme

The Standing Committee on Agricultural Research (SCAR) is a European committee comprising over 35 countries in the area of agriculture, fisheries, food systems, forestry, and the wider bioeconomy.

DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 is Now Open!

Are you a SME, a startup, or a researcher working on innovative data-driven solutions in food tracking, targeted nutrition, or consumers' food choices? If so, you're in for a treat because the #DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 is now open!


The Opportunity:

The DRG4FOOD Open Call #1 offers up to 300,000 euros in equity-free funding!


Who Should Apply?

MANUFUTURE AET conference “Agricultural Engineering Community - Achieving Visions with Horizon Europe


On 10th November 2024 the MANUFUTURE AET (subplatform on Agricultural Engineering Technologies), ICT-AGRI-FOOD and CAPIGI foundation have organised a face-to-face conference and workshop with their partners in Hannover/Germany. Agricultural machine manufacturing community and stakeholders have met and discussed opportunities of Horizon Europe for the community. The event took place a few days before AGRITECHNICA, with many exciting speeches on various topics. 


Fruit sunburn and heat predicition in canopies workshop

Sheet 2019 cofunded Project is organising a stakeholders workshop on the 7th of July

Short talks on:

  • heat waves projections
  • sunburn physiology on apple and grapevine
  • point cloud temperature distribution
  • fruit detection with RGBD imaging
  • canopy and fruit temperature distribution models warning IoT solution (mobile APP)



ERA-Net SusCrop video contest

The ERA- Net SusCrop is launching a video contest to actively involve EVERYBODY from across the world to reflect, communicate and inspire on ‘what sustainable crop production means to you?’
The competition is open to EVERYBODY and is supposed to activate multiple groups: school children, students, scientists, farmers/farmer-groups, and any person/group of random enthusiasts, artists (film, circus, music, digital/installation art, …), architects, social media/communication workers, etc.

Experimentation Fields Conference

On 27 and 28 April 2023, the Experimentation Fields Conference will take place in Berlin, organized by the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture (BMEL) and the Federal Agency for Agriculture and Food (BLE). At the Experimentation Fields Conference, the digital experimentation fields will present themselves and their results.

Space Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture

On 25 January 2023, the European Space Agency (ESA), alongside the German Aerospace Centre (DLR) and the German Federal Office for Agriculture and Food (BLE) organised an event to bring together the space and agri-food sectors with the aim of tackling joint challenges and to draw up a shared roadmap. Without action, these challenges can only get worse.

ICT-AGRI-FOOD call "More transparent agri-food systems for consumers and other stakeholders along the food value chain based on ICT-technologies”

The ERA-NET ICT-AGRI-FOOD 2022 Joint Call for research proposals was closed on 26 September 2022. A total number of 17 proposals has been submitted.

The submitted full-proposals have focused on the following three thematic areas:


ICT-AGRI-FOOD’s 2022 Joint Call !

More transparent agri-food systems for consumers and other stakeholders along the food value chain based on ICT technologies


A Call Announcement and supporting documents with further information of the Call can be found under "2022 Joint Call

EFFoST Seminar Series:

Sustainable Food Systems: Connecting Expertise in Academia and Industry

This seminar series organized by the EFFoST Working Group on Sustainable Food Systems aims to provide detailed insights into various facets of sustainability in the food sector. The seminars will include expert talks, practical indications from industry professionals, as well as short presentations from selected early-stage researchers.

International exhibition of solutions and technologies for efficient and sustainable agriculture

SIMA 2022, an international forum due to take place from 6 to 10 November 2022 in Paris Nord Villepinte, and will celebrate its centenary. With attendees from all areas of the profession, the trade fair will cement its position as a leader in the sector with a new approach, extended content and enhanced showcasing of innovations across the agricultural sector.

Transforming food systems by connecting science, policy and society

The European Commission (EC) established a High-Level Expert Group (HLEG) to assess the needs and options for strengthening the sciencepolicy interface (SPI) for improved food systems governance.