As we advance towards climate-resilient agriculture, our partners have actively participated in various conferences and events. These gatherings offer valuable opportunities to share knowledge and insights into carbon farming innovations and promote the goals and vision of the Carbonica Excellence Hub.
Explore our partners’ initiatives and learn about the different events that they participated in, contributing to the broader conversation on sustainable and resilient agriculture and carbon farming innovation.
Carbonica Excellence Hub at Synergy Days 2023
The Synergy Days Conference took place on the 4th and 5th of October in Thessaloniki. It was a significant and worthwhile event, establishing a fertile environment for future synergies, collaborations, and connections. Two workshops organized by FSH and i-BEC, namely “A Field Diagnostic Toolbox for Carbon Farming Service” and “Theory and Practice of Climate Smart Farming: Mind the Gap”, attracted the intense interest of other projects and participants
On 6 November, our Coordinator, G. Chatzikostas, introduced Carbonica Excellence Hub to an esteemed audience at the European Committee of the Regions in the “EU Soil Day 2023” framework.
In addition, our project manager, G. Papapostolou, presented the goal and vision of Carbonica at the “EIT Food Start-Up Awareness Event” in North Macedonia on December 4th and 5th.
He also actively participated in the panel discussion titled: “Zeroing in: strategies and synergies for a carbon-neutral food ecosystem”, at AgriFood Forum 2023 in Lithuania. The event was tailored for aspiring entrepreneurs, early-stage agri-food startups, Agricultural Faculty or Faculty of Technology and Metallurgy students, and individuals passionate about agrifood innovation.
The interBalkan Environment Center (i-BEC) had the opportunity to present two papers on the framework of the 18th International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, in Athens, on 30 August 2023. The first is titled “Improving farming practices to reduce carbon footprint towards climate change mitigation” and presented by Chantzi Paraskevi at the “Carbon market” session focusing on quantifying the carbon footprint of alternative water management practices. The second one is titled “Boosting climate resilience and reducing agricultural carbon footprint using LCA methodology” and it was presented by Giortsou Maria at the session “Life cycle analysis (LCA)” focusing on LCA methodologies to evaluate the impact of farm practices on carbon footprint.
On 28-29 September 2023, in the “Food & farming systems at a crossroad of green, digital & climate transition”, at the European Parliament Office in Athens, Greece, Prof. Zalidis (AUTH – Scientific Director i-BEC, and Coordinator of Carbonica) presented the Carbonica Hub of Excellence and highlighted the role of Excellence Hub in developing and promoting practices and technologies in regenerative agriculture, as well as ecosystem management strategies that contribute to reducing carbon emissions and enhancing carbon sequestration, in the context of climate change.
In addition, Prof. Zalidis successfully spotlighted what Carbonica is at the “The States General for Soil Health – 2nd edition”, hosted at the Rimini Exhibition Center, on 9 November 2023. His compelling presentation on Carbonica delved into the crucial requirements for cost-effective methodologies in carbon farming and certified MRV processes.
The i-BEC team, in collaboration with the ena-Development Consultants, organized a successful event on Carbon Farming, held on Friday, November 29th, 2023, on the topic “Carbon Farming Opportunities, and Prospects in the Region of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace”. A diverse audience, including agronomists, consultants, government agents, landowners, researchers, and freelancers representing the quadruple helix, indicated the broad interest and involvement in the topic. They were informed on carbon accounting and the opportunities presented for implementing carbon farming practices that are timely and crucial for sustainable agriculture.
On 6 November 2023, MIchalakis Christoforou and researchers from the Carbonica EU project of the Cyprus University of Technology, participated in the 2nd Pancyprian Conference, “Rural Development: From Research to Practice”. The Conference was organized in collaboration with the Department of Agriculture of the National Agricultural Network, the Agricultural Research Institute, and the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence.
On December 19, 2023, Prof. Diofantos Hadjimitsis, from the Cyprus University of Technology had the opportunity to introduce the CARBONICA Excellence Hub to the first-year Lyceum students at Ayiou Neophytou Lyceum in Pafos, Cyprus.
In the framework of the 2nd Teaming Club Conference, which was held at InnoRenew CoE, Izola, in Slovenia, on September 2023, Ms. Eleni Loulli, (Ph.D.), and Researcher of the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (EcoE), presented the CARBONICA Excellence Hub and elaborated on the goals of the Carmonica Consortium aiming at connecting the carbon farming innovation ecosystems of Greece, North Macedonia, and Cyprus through the establishment of the CARBONICA Excellence Hub.
Eleni Loulli, researcher at the ERATOSTHENES Centre of Excellence (ECoE), recently had the opportunity to present the CARBONICA Excellence Hub. Her insightful introduction occurred during the information meeting for the GOOD project held on Tuesday, 28 November 2023, at the prestigious Cyprus University of Technology (CUT).
University Goce Delcev (UGD)
In the “Days of Young Researchers” workshop framework, at the Faculty of Agriculture, introduction lectures were given by Prof. Biljana Balabanova and Prof. Verica Ilieva. The audience was informed about the main goals of the project, with an emphasis on piloting and researching innovation strategies and technologies. Furthermore, the representatives of AgFutura introduced the current situation and launched the pilot research fieldwork.
Carbonica EU, represented by our Scientific Coordinator, Prof. George Zalidis, (i-BEC), and our partners Prof. Verica Ilieva, University Goce Delcev, and Mr. Blagoja Mukanov, National Supervisor of the Innovation Ecosystem,for North Macedonia from AgFutura Technologies, had the opportunity to participate in the regional event “Digital Technologies in Sustainable Food Systems” in Skopje, North Macedonia, organized by Green Growth Platform and AgFutura Technologies.
As our partners engage with a variety of different audiences, each event became a valuable chance for knowledge exchange and collaboration. Their efforts reflect the commitment of Carbonica Excellence Hub to fostering sustainable agriculture practices and Carbon Farming Innovation.