Greetings from Thessaloniki!

The second of our intensive courses is underway! Hosted by Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece, participating students will learn all about Smart Farming from professors representing our partner institutions.

The second intensive course of our Erasmus Plus KA2 Smart Farming project is currently underway at Perrotis College in Thessaloniki, Greece.

Nearly 40 students representing each partner university will join ten days of intensive courses on different topics in Smart Farming. The number of student participants in nearly doubled from last year’s intensive course in Skara, Sweden.

The first order of business was the program introduction and student presentations. Each group of students prepared a presentation explaining the state of Smart Farming (Precision Agriculture) in their home country. This learning-by-teaching method gives students the chance to  build their own expertise and share the knowledge they’ve gained while learning about differences in the other students’ countries.

The students also completed our Smart Farming e-learning module as a prerequisite to the intensive course. This preparation ensures that students have the necessary foundation on which to build their skills during the short but rich program.

The intensive course includes 70 hours of courses, visits, and seminars on the following subjects:

  • Geomatics/Geographical Information Systems – Avraam Mavridis, Perrotis College and Jose Aranha, UTAD
  • Data Analysis and Modeling – Benjamin Dumont, Gembloux AgroBio Tech (University of Gembloux)
  • Sensors Technology – Bo Stenberg and Johanna Wetterlind, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences; Laura Alakukku, University of Helsinki
  • Automation and Mechanics – Antti Lajunen, University of Helsinki; Benoit Mercatoris, Gembloux AgroBio Tech (University of Liège)
  • Robotics – Lars Grimstad and Mikkel Danielsen, NMBU

Following the intensive, students will work in transnational teams to complete a group project on a subject covered during the course. This work allows the students to consolidate the knowledge acquired during the course and strengthen international cooperation.

The final assignment of the Smart Farming module is a job shadowing experience. Students spend a minimum of one week in a partner company, research institute or laboratory learning about the Smart Farming industry.

Stay tuned for more photos and results of this second intensive week of our Smart Farming program!