Day 1 - It’s all about data! Opportunities in the agri-food value chain

Practical information


November 25th from 08:30 till 17:00


Online participation or ILVO Plant, Caritasstraat 39 in 9090 Melle (Hybrid event)


08h30  Registration and welcome coffee

09h20  Check in online participants

09h30  Welcome

09h40  Why data is the new oil and what are the opportunities (and hurdles) for the agri-food sector
  • Data and digital traceability at EIT Food - Martine van Veelen, Director EIT Food CLC West
  • Smart Sensors 4 Agri-Food: A partnership facilitating the digitalization of the agri-food industry – Veerle Rijckaert, Flanders’ FOOD
  • S3FOOD: Concrete support for SMEs to take the next step in their digital journey - Veerle De Graef, Flanders’ FOOD
  • EIP-AGRI Support Facility: Fostering innovation & knowledge flows – Margarida Ambar, EIP-AGRI
10h40  Coffee break + networking

11h00  Session 1: Data collection and data platforms for the primary sector

            Living Lab video pitches
  • Agriculture living labs at ILVO – Simon Cool, ILVO
  • Aquaculture – Agrifood Croatia 
  • COISPA Italy
           Company presentations
  • DjustConnect: Making data sharing safe and efficient, with respect for farmer and horticulturist – Bart Minne, ILVO
  • The WatchITgrow data platform and how the entire agricultural sector benefits from digitization – Jürgen Decloedt, VITO & Christophe Vermeulen, Belgapom
  • LINKDAPA: Nudging wheat farmers towards greater adoption of more sustainable farming through precision agriculture - Alistair Murdoch / Professor of Weed Science, University of Reading (UK)
  • APIC : Development of technologies based on robotization and artificial intelligence to automate, optimize and diagnose plant crops in a completely controlled environment (“plant factories”) - Frederic Lebeau, University of Liège
12h30  Lunch

13h30  Session 2: Data collection, data management and data infrastructures for the food processing industry

            Living Lab video pitches
  • ASINCAR Food 4.0 Living Lab: A multifunctional place for supporting the digital transformation of Food SMEs, Roberto Morán Ramallal, ASINCAR Agri-food Cluster of Asturias
  • The Smart FOODFACTORY: Where food meets IT - Dr. Andrea Davis & Prof. Dr.-Ing. Stefan Witte, Smart FOODFACTORY and smartFoodTechnologyOWL 
  • FoodTechBrainport: Without waste, healthy food for everyone - Dirk Van Ledden, FoodTechBrainport

           Company presentations
  • DT-OptiDry: Digital twin for optimisation of manufacturing processes in agri-food companies - Olaya Muñoz Azcarate, UPintelligence
  • BBISQCUIT: Better Biscuits using Intelligent Software and Cameras for Quality Control Using Innovative Technology – Leo Borms, La Confiance & David Verstraeten, Yazzoom
  • SAFETRACK: Demonstration of a crossover food safety and yield monitorisation platform - Alvaro Dosil, CEO, Triple Alpha
  • DigiFresh: Turning data into savings – Maarten Hertog, MeBioS, KU Leuven
14h50  Session 3: Data further downstream - at the retailer, food service and the consumer – and data in the value chain

           Living Lab video pitches
  • Smart Gastronomy lab: Living Lab dedicated to gastronomy, food trends and healthier food– Dr Dorothée Goffin, Manager SGL
  • LABe Digital Gastronomy Lab: A place for open-ended innovation in which to rethink and co-create the gastronomy of the future in digital terms. Erich Eichstetter, LABe Digital Gastronomy Lab 
  • Supermarket of the future – Andrea Pertegato, Coop Italia
  • Frami Food Lab at Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences - Karri Kallio, Markus Ojala and Ilkka Latomäki, SeAMK (Seinäjoki University of Applied Sciences, Faculty of Food and Agriculture)
           Company presentations
  • SmartWithFood: The personalised food coach – Ignace De Nollin, SmartWithFood
  • FRIENDS: Reduce Food Waste -  Food Retail Increases end of Date Sales that Reduces Food Waste - David Kat, Wasteless
  • Smart Bakery 4.0: Smart forecasts to cut bakery waste – Klaas Fuite, Bakkerij Fuite
16h10  Break + get ready for guided tour

16h30  Demo and guided tour at the living labs (choice to be indicated in registration form)
  • Food Pilot is the living lab of ILVO and Flanders' FOOD. The aim is to help companies, labs, authorities, etc. with challenges in agri-food, such as improving food products or production processes and trouble shooting. The Food Pilot has more than 50 semi-industrial production machines for testing new recipes or production techniques. In addition, several of the machines are equipped with sensors and provide the possibility to gather data on the processes and product parameters. 
  • The ILVO Living Lab Agri-food Technology helps companies and sectors with engineering agri-food processes. Mechanization and digitalization are often the key. The objective is to improve a range of processes within horticulture, arable farming, livestock farming and food processing, making them more sustainable and more efficient. During the demo, the possibilities of hyperspectral imaging and robotics for crop quality analyses and control will be demonstrated.
17h00  Network reception