Digitizing agriculture: join NKJ conference at home

ICT-AGRI Conference on ICT and Robotics for a Sustainable Agriculture will be sent live!

You can have all the presentations right at your desk, just click here! It starts on friday 9.30 and ends 16.30.

With the help of digitzing we can improve, streamline and optimize food production to make it grow with decreased loss of resources. This conference in Copenhagen gathers experts from all over the world to engage in the subject.

The conference is arranged by NKJ and ICT-AGRI ERA-NET.

Follow the day here: http://ict-agri.eu/node/38778”

New exciting assignment for NKJ

NKJ will improve the knowledge about agricultural land as a carbon reservoir. The assignment was given from the Nordic ministers in agriculture and food.​

The Nordic ministers wants agriculture to help decreasing the emissions of climate gases. Therefor they want to increase the knowledge about how to best use the arable land in that purpose. They also see a need to develop models for measuring carbon in arable land. An important issue is to report and use results from research in the development of future policies for society and advice for practitioners.

NKJ got the assignment to lead the work in close cooperation with the Norwegian chairmanship. NKJ is pleased with the assignment and the work starts urgently.

The NKJ board gathered in Stockholm November 6th to discuss that assignment, but also the coming NKJ calls. Next call will be launched during the autumn and the focus will be digitalization of agriculture. More information will be found on our website, www.nordicagriresearch.org.

The two nextcoming calls was also discussed and the preliminary focuses for them is food safety and animal health.

The chairman of the NKJ board the last four years Jan Svensson, FORMAS, was thanked for his excellent work. Jan Svensson will be replaced at the end of the year by Nina Solhem Flæte from the Research Council of Norway. She comes from the Norwegian Agriculture Agency where she has been a senior advisor, and before that from Norwegian Agricultural Authority and Norwegian University of Life Sciences.

Who is your candidate for this Swedish scholarship?

If you are working in Sweden with science, technical development or enterprise in natural resources and biodiversity, you can propose someone to get a scholarship from Carl XVI Gustafs foundation for science, technic and environment.

Konung Carl XVI Gustafs 50-årsfond för vetenskap, teknik och miljö promotes research and enterprising that contributes to sustainable use of the natural resources and conservation of the biodiversity. You can propose individuals, institutions and companies in Sweden. The scholarship is not meant for already well established researchers.

Five or six scholarships of each 85 000-100 000 SEK are granted.

Call: Kungafonden 2018 utlysning

Biological plant protection doesn’t reach Swedish plant breeders

The Swedish market for biological plant protection is too small and needs national support to get access to existing products in other countries.

 

Researchers in Sweden have evaluated several biological plant protection products. They could show that the effect of the products varied – and that the harvest increased in many cases.

The use of biological plant protection increases in many countries and there are expectations that the chemical plant protection will be replaced with biological alternatives. The researchers wanted to increase accessibility for Swedish plant breeders. But they had a hard time even to get permission from the producers to include their products in the evaluation. The reason is that a small market as Sweden isn’t interesting for them.

The conclusion is that there is a need for national support to be able to provide new and environmental friendly plant protection solutions to the Swedish plant breeders.

And there is an obvious need for more alternatives. The chemical plant protection products is phased out of the EU. That means that the risk for resistance increases.

 

Read more at lantbruksforskning.se (text in Swedish)!

NKJ Announces a Call for Networking Activities

The aim of the NKJ network call is to:

  • increase North European regional synergy within agriculture and food research
  • establish better contact between the agriculture and food research communities in the Nordic countries
  • strengthen North European agriculture and food research(*) and networking.

Special scope for this call

This call has a special interest in funding networks that aim to through networking among Nordic researchers and institutions, apply for funding from larger funds like e.g. Horizon 2020 or similar activities.

Call for NKJ Networks 2017 for activities in 2017-2019

Application NKJ Networks 2017-2019

 

SNS and NKJ Matchmaking Day

Sign up for SNS and NKJ Matchmaking Day!

Date: 15th of September, 2016
Location: Vantaa, Finland
Register: Sign up before 15th of August
Sign up here: http://simplesignup.se/private_event/79496/387840286f
Registration and participation is free of charge but you will have to pay for your own travel and accommodation costs.

Why this Matchmaking Day?
The purpose of this day is to make researchers, governmental officials and industry stakeholders meet in an inspiring atmosphere. It is about networking, strengthening networks and to spark brilliant ideas for future networks and research projects that can be applied for at SNS and NKJ.

Read more:

SNS and NKJ Matchmaking Day 2016[1]

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Call for proposals on workshops, seminars or conferences

The Joint Nordic Committee of Agriculture and Food Research (NKJ) launches a call to promote Nordic research and innovation efforts in the agricultural and food sector through the support of activities such as workshops, seminars or conferences with high scientific quality assured by a scientific advisory group or equivalent.

The planned activities must be in line with the strategic goals of the NKJ as stated in the NKJ strategy 2015-2018 and the aims of the Nordic Bioeconomy Initiative 2013–2018, and clearly demonstrate Nordic added value.

Deadline for submission of applications is May 27 2016, 24:00 CET

Full call text

Call for proposals: Support to workshops/seminars/conferences: promoting nordic research and innovation within the agricultural and food sector

The Joint Nordic Committee of Agriculture and Food Research (NKJ) launches a call to promote Nordic research and innovation efforts in the agricultural and food sector through the support of activities such as workshops, seminars or conferences with high scientific quality assured by a scientific advisory group or equivalent.

The planned activities must be in line with the strategic goals of the NKJ as stated in the NKJ strategy 2015-2018 and the aims of the Nordic Bioeconomy Initiative 2013–2018, and clearly demonstrate Nordic added value.

Deadline for submission of applications is May 15 2015, 13:00 CET

Full call text