On February 21, 2019, the second transnational meeting of the Erasmus+ KA2 Smart Farming program has been held at the Viikki Campus of Helsingin Yliopisto (University of Helsinki, Finland).

Fourteen professors coming from the 7 partners of the program were reunited in Finland to discuss this year’s program, from the e-learning refresher to the next intensive program. The work included finalizing the list of participating students and defining the directive line of the Master level open online course, to be delivered to the public on Autumn 2020.

This transnational meeting was the starting point of Year 2 of the program, which officially began on March 4, 2019 with two opening activities.

Firstly, the e-learning platform was launched. Hosted by Universidade de Trás-os-Montes e Alto Douro (Vila Real, Portugal), this program will teach students about basics of crop physiology and soil science, precision agriculture in general, geomatics, sensors technology, data analysis, automation and robotics.

Secondly, the preparatory project giving the students the chance to gather information about the status of the use of technology in agriculture in their home country.

With these project underway, all things are ready to achieve this year’s program.

Forty-two (42) students are participating in the program this year. With twenty-two (22) participants last year, there is a considerable increase in student interest for this year.

After these two opening activities, teachers, students and professional partners will be reunited in Thessaloniki (Greece), on the Perrotis College American Farm School campus, from June 10 to June 21, for about seventy (70) hours of intensive classes in sensors, data analysis, geographical information systems, automation and robotics. Compared to Skara (SLU, Sweden) last year, it will be an opportunity to discover another type of agriculture, in the South part of Europe, and, of course, to discover other technologies used in Smart Farming.

At the end of the intensive week, students will have to perform two (2) more activities: one transnational project–with groups composed of a mix of students coming from the different partner institutions–and a job shadowing to discover smart farming within companies working in this domain.

See you in Thessaloniki!

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