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United Nations/Romania International Conference on Space Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Precision Farming

on 12 March 2019

From 6 to 10 May 2019, the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and the Government of Romania, through the Romanian Space Agency (ROSA), are jointly organising the International Conference on Space Solutions for Sustainable Agriculture and Precision Farmingin Cluj-Napoca, Romania.

The conference will be hosted by the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) in Cluj-Napoca and is supported by the Office for Soil Science and Agrochemistry (OSPA), Cluj, and the Romanian Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (SRFT).

The conference is aiming to address key issues related to the utilisation of space technologies and solutions for sustainable agriculture, addressing a number of indicators and targets under the Sustainable Development Goals framework and considering the challenges related to food security worldwide, with increasing populations and corresponding pressures on the available agricultural land.

The conference provides an opportunity to reflect on common interests in line with global agendas, identify gaps, and discuss how space technologies can contribute to improved management of agricultural resources in general, as well as specific issues such as precision farming, water availability and irrigation challenges, combating desertification, floods and drought monitoring when impacting agricultural production, or managing food-security related challenges in developing countries.

The conference programme will include a series of keynote presentations and technical sessions with sufficient time set aside for discussion. Each technical session will be followed by an open discussion focusing on specific topics of interest and providing additional opportunities for participants to voice their opinions. Participants will also be able to participate in an optional field trip, to be organised by the Local Organising Committee in conjunction with the International Conference. Furthermore, following the conference, a hands-on interactive workshop on education will be offered for interested participants.

Applicants based in Romania should apply via the ROSA Conference System, while applications outside Romania should apply here.

The application deadline for applicants seeking funding is 24 March 2019 , while the deadline for those on a self-funded basis is 31 March 2019.

More information is available on the conference webpage,  as well as on the ROSA Conference System page.

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