AGRICORE 6M Interim Meeting

On the 4th and 5th of March 2020, the AGRICORE project had its 6M meeting. Although the meeting was planned to take place in Parma the increasing spread of coronavirus, and according to instructions by various Governments and responsible health national authorities, the meeting was held via a teleconference. All partners participated actively presenting recent updates on work done during the first six months.

IDENER, as the coordinator of the project, started the meeting by giving a brief presentation. An introduction of the proposed initial modelling approach was done, using agent-based modelling techniques and integrating all the relevant information. Moreover, IDENER discussed the planned AGRICORE participatory research, as well as the data source index tool. Additionally, an outline of the sampling techniques to be used for the synthetic population generation was presented.

In this context, UNIPR gave an overview of all collected relevant data sources and how using the theory of ontology that can be used. Furthermore, Ayesa proposed the timeline for the creation of the data warehouses to be created implemented in the project for the research data management. The first day of the meeting was concluded with the presentations of AXIA. They introduced the IPR management actions as well as the consortium’s open access policy. Particular emphasis has been placed on communication and dissemination activities since the project provides two private baths of exploitation: handling individual exploitation plans as well as policy assessment and decision making at a higher level of the AGRICORE suite.

On March 5, Ayesa opened the meeting by presenting the platform design plan and how its users will visualize the results. Thereafter, UNIPR, IAPAS and AKD discussed in detail the literature review on relevant areas for the project highlighting the work to be undertaken. IDENER opened the discussion about the AGRICORE suite, its proposed architecture, its interface and how it can be connected with available biophysical models. In this regard, our colleague from IAPAS made a clear and detailed explanation of the potential models and platforms that could be used and linked to for including biophysical models in the project proposed platform.

Validation through case studies

The AGRICORE suite will be validated by case-specific rural case studies; each one of them was presented by the responsible partner. IDENER and CAAND gave the Spanish use case (Andalucia – Environmental impact), AUTH followed with the Greek use case (Socio-economic impacts), and UTP along with IAPAS presented the Polish (Ecosystem services). The possibilities of additional use cases for Italy and Turkey were also mentioned with the respective partners, UNIPR and AKD.