2017 EFITA Congress welcome proposals of related events such as Invited sessions to take place within the conference schedule and facilities. Not managed by EFITA, the congress proposes to external actors to organize their own session during the congress. During the conference, invited sessions will take place in parallel with regular sessions. The invited sessions topics fall within the scope of the congress.

Two invited sessions are presented below with all the information necessary to submit a communication to these sessions. If you are interested in this session, if you want to submit papers to these invited sessions please don’t hesitate to contact the persons in charge of these sessions. 


IN-OVIVE 2017 – the International Workshop on sources and data integration in agriculture, food and environment using ontologies


This workshop aims to bring together researchers and practitioners that are dealing with theoretical, methodological, experimental and application-oriented aspects of knowledge and data integration  using ontologies applied to agriculture, food and environment. It aims to serve as a discussion forum where researchers and interested experts will present the results of their work, and may establish new collaboration.

The following types of presentation are invited:
• Full papers (12 pages) reporting complete research or presenting a use case
• Short papers (6 pages) presenting ongoing or preliminary research.

The target audience is two folds:
– Knowledge engineers and computer scientist researchers wishing to present their tools and ongoing work with application in agriculture, food and environment
– Practitioners wishing to present use cases in agriculture, food and environment

Important dates :

  • Papers due: 3rd April 2017
  • Notification of acceptance: 1st May 2017

For more information and for submitting your paper to these session, follow this link.


Agrifood system : Process engineering

Promoting dialogue among experts of complex agri-food systems, Process Systems Engineering and ICT for efficient and sustainable development


“2 litres of water are often sufficient for daily drinking purposes but it takes about 3000 litres to produce the daily food needs of a person” (FAO). Furthermore, considering that humanity is expected to growth to 9 billion by 2050, in the light of climate change it is mandatory to find pathways to organize the sustainable and resilient water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem processes more efficiently. Locally specific possibilities of land, water and bio-based utilization of solar energy for sufficient amount of healthy food, associated with material and energy by-products, are determined by agriculture, aquaculture and forestry. However, the time horizon dependent, local economic effectiveness might contradict to the sustainable and resilient exploitation of these renewable global resources, resulting in social conflicts. The challenging solution of this contradiction requires a holistic and dynamic balance model based interface between the agri-food, bioresource, biomass sectors and the tools of ICT. Recently, Process Systems Engineering has opened the application of its well developed and non-conventional methodologies also for the system of water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem processes.
This special session focuses on the question of how to manage the trade-offs and to develop efficient, but sustainable and resilient solutions from the locally available natural and technological resources (i.e. from the design space). The key issue is the comprehensive consideration of all possibilities, combined with the multi-objective economic and natural evaluations of the various scenarios. This needs a “systemic but quantitative” and “simplified but multi-scale, extensible”, dynamic balance model based decision supporting methodologies.

The session is expecting contributions to the above challenges, including but not limited to:

•Analysis of the available resources in water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem networks for a given well defined territory (with optional consideration of “good practices”);

•Analysis of the possible set of alternative pathways, regarding water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem networks for a given well defined territory (with optional case studies);
• Conventional and non-conventional, dynamic balance based modeling and simulation methodologies for the analysis, planning and control of these interacting, complex networks;
• Solutions for effective utilization of available data for building more reliable dynamic balance models (case study preferred);
• Balance model based, multi-objective (multi-criteria) optimization methodologies for water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem networks with economic and natural objectives (case study preferred);
• Balance model based, multi-objective (multi-criteria) optimization methodologies, supporting consensus of actors with multiple interests in water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem networks (case study preferred).

Considering the addressed dialogue, we wait for contributions from various agriculture, aquaculture, forestry, and food industrial sectors, as well as from process systems engineering and ICT experts who have an interest in model based analysis of the water, agri-food, energy, ecosystem networks.

Submit your extended abstract on the Easychair submission page by choosing the track “Invited session: Agrifood system and process engineering”. 

For more information, contact : VARGA, Monika (Kaposvar University, Hungary – varga.monika@ke.hu) and AZZARO-PANTEL, Catherine (Ensiacet, France – catherine.azzaropantel@ensiacet.fr).