AgroForum Mare Balticum – Digital Future of the Global Agriculture

17th – 19th April 2018

Venue: Estonian University of Life Sciences (EMU); Assembly Hall, Kreutzwaldi St. 1, Tartu

Language: English and Russian are the official languages of the conference.


17. April

Arrival in Tartu

20.00  Mayors reception in Tartu Town Hall, welcome by Mayor of Tartu


18. April

Moderator: Ants-Hannes Viira, Estonian University of Life Sciences

8.30 - 9.30 Registration and welcome coffee


9.30 - 12.30 Opening plenary

Welcoming words by Prof. Mait Klaassen, the rector of EMU, and by Mr Tarmo Tamm, Estonian Minister of Rural Affairs

Keynote speeches by FAO, OECD, European Commission, CBSS, and representatives of China

Ms Yuriko Shoji, Deputy Regional Representative, Regional Office for Europe and Central Asia, FAO (confirmed)

Representative of OECD (tbc)

Mr Dušan Chrenek, Head of Unit, European Commission, DG AGRI (tbc)

Representative of International Fund for Agriculture (IFAD) (tbc)

Hubert Bittlmayer, State Secretary of the Bavarian State Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Forestry

Deputy Secretary General for Food Safety, Research and Development, 

12.30 - 13.30 Lunch

13.30 - 15.30 Thematic sessions (respective rooms), plenary continues 

Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian University

"Data-infrastructure to Support the Farm Sustainability in Agro-Food Sector" Hans Vrolijk (Wageningen University) (tbc)

"Digital data in Agriculture in Bayern" (tbc)

Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

Monitoring of antimicrobial resistance in Estonia

15.30 - 16.00 Coffee break

16.00 - 16.45 Sum-up plenary (main building assembly hall) - conclusions; reports of roundtables, chairs’ summary

16.45 - 17.30 Summarising key-note presentation "Power concentration in the global food system" Thierry Kesteloot​ (OXFAM)

19.00 - 22.00 Conference dinner 


19. April

Conference continues (EMU main building, Kreutzwaldi 1A, Tartu)

8.30 - 9.00 Registration and welcome coffee

9.00 - 11.30 Closing plenary on future visions (main building, assembly hall)


11.00-11.20 Wrap up and closing of the conference

11.20 - 12.00 Coffee break and walk to the fair.

12.00 Opening of the Agricultural fair 2018. Visit to the fair.