Online Intensive Course

Due to the ongoing public health situation, the third and final intensive program (IP), originally planned to take place in Gembloux, Belgium, is now happening online!

Starting this Monday, June 15, students from each of our seven partner universities have been joining our daily online courses mixing lectures, software exercises, group presentations, virtual room discussions and more.

To begin, students will present their preparatory projects, completed in groups of students from each partner university. Then online courses and presentations will be led my professors from partner universities. See the detailed content below to see each partner university’s specialisation.

Intensive Program Content

Sensors Technology

  • Crops and Weather Sensors: Athanasios Gertsis – Perrotis College, Greece
  • Applications of Sensors in a Precision Agriculture Context – Johanna Wetterlind and Bo Stenberg – SLU, Sweden
  • Some Finnish examples of using sensors, connection of knowledge to make decisions: Laura Alakukku – University of Helsinki, Finland

Geomatics – GIS

Students will gain practical experience using QGIS software.

  • GIS, use of local aerial images: José Aranha – UTAD, Portugal
  • GIS: Avraam Mavridis – Perrotis College, Greece
  • Drone flights and image manipulation: José Martinho – UTAD, Portugal

Data Analysis – Modeling

Students will gain practical experience using R and Octave software.

  • Crop Modeling and Nitrogen Management: Benjamin Dumont – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium
  • Kriging: Gilles Colinet – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium
  • Zone Management: Gilles Colinet and Benjamin Dumont – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium

Automation & Mechanics

Students will gain practical experience using Octave software.

  • Automation: Antti Lajunen – University of Helsinki, Finland and Benoit Mercatoris – Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, Belgium


  • Robots in Agriculture and Mini-Project: Lars Grimstad and Mikkel Danielsen – NMBU, Norway

It’s a new and strange format that we’re all getting used to, but since technology is the core of Smart Farming so participating in the IP virtually does not affect the technical skills developed by our students. We’re grateful to all our partners and students for their flexibility, dedication, and patience as we adapt the courses for a new learning model.