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Guidelines for oral and poster presentations

Each participant can choose to participate in the Congress either with an oral or a poster presentation and indicate it when filling the registration form.

For oral presentations each participant will have 15 minutes (inc questions) planned in the Congress program and 30 minutes will be planned for the keynote speakers of each parallel section. It is suggested to prepare a PowerPoint (or similar) presentation, we do not require to send in the presentation prior the Congress, but we would wish to kindly ask all participants to upload and check their presentations before the beginning of the parallel section in which the participant is presenting.

For poster presentations we suggest to prepare posters in a portrait orientation, size A0 (841×1189 mm). The posters will be displayed on the poster stands and we will provide help and materials for putting the posters on the stands.


The Congress will be held at the main building of the University of Latvia,  Raina Blvd.19, Riga, LV-1586

The Opening dinner will be held at the Riga Latvian Society House, Merķeļa Street 13, Riga, LV-1050 and the Gala dinner will be held at the Rundale Palace, which is located outside Riga, in Pilsrundale, Rundales pagasts, Rundales novads, LV-3921 (the transport to Rundale will be provided by Congress organizers)

Parallel plenary sessions

Tuesday June 16
Integrated pest and weed managementChair:
Animal welfare andprotectionChair:
Precision Technologies and Livestock FarmingChair:
17.00-18.00 Poster display
17.00-18.00 NJF members meeting

Ceremonial Opening dinner in the Riga Latvian Society House

Wednesday June 17
Sustainable soil management Chair:Keynote: Water resource management Chair:
Alternative energy
12.00-13.00 Lunch
13.00-15.00 Organic production
Quality and safety in the food chain
Agricultural landscapes
15.00-17.00 Poster display
16.00-24.00 Excursion and Gala dinner in the Rundale Palace
Thursday June 18
Agriculture in globalised markets
Entrepreneurship and Rural Development
Trends in horticulture
10.30-12.00 Closing ceremony
12.00-13.00 Lunch

Post Congress program

  • Trip to Jelgava
  • Excursion “Jelgava through centuries”
  • Theatrical reception at the Kurzeme duke palace.

Keynote speakers

Svein-SkoienSvein Skøien

  • Position: President of the NJF
  • Presenting in the plenary section

Svein Skøien was elected president of the NJF in 2011. He has also been a member of the Assembly of delegates and the board of NJF since 1999 as the chairman of the Norwegian Association of NJF and as section leader. He was born in 1956 and graduated from the Agricultural University of Norway (University of Life Sciences) in 1982 with a master in soil science. Since then he has worked in the fields of agronomy, soil science, information and administration in various positions: he worked as a researcher, associate professor, extension expert and director of information at the university. He have had positions as a consultant for the Farmers’ union, text book author and editor, head of a municipal department of agriculture and researcher at the Norwegian Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Research. At present he works as a senior advisor at the County administration Østfold, south of Oslo. His main tasks are agronomy, environmental measures in agriculture and water quality management.


Irina_PilvereProfessor Irina Pilvere

  • Position: rector of the Latvia University of Agriculture
  • Title of the presentation: Bioeconomy development possibilities in Latvia
  • Presenting in the plenary section

Irina Pilvere was elected a rector of the Latvia University of Agriculture in 2014, she is born in 1956 and defended her PhD in economics in 2001 in the specialty agrarian economics. Her main directions of scientific interests are EU Common Agricultural Policy and its support instruments, bioeconomy, agrarian economy, rural and food processing development, finances and investments. For many years she has worked for the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture and she was a founder and a head of the Rural Support Service in Latvia. I.Pilvere is a head of the Bioeconomy Association in Latvia. She has been working in projects on agrarian economy, has lead projects about the EU common agricultural policy for agricultural and rural development, land use, sustainable use of agriculture resources, development tendencies of deer breeding sector in Latvia etc.

I.Pilvere is a Corresponding Member of the Latvian Academy of Science and a True Member of the Latvian Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science.

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Sirpa Kurppa

  • Position: Research professor at the Natural Resources Institute Finland, New business opportunities, Resource smart circular economy
  • Title of the presentation: Added value of Nordic-Baltic biobased products and services – could that be worth for regional branding?
  • Presenting in the plenary section

Sirpa Kurppa is a specialist in the ecology of food production systems. She is the former chairperson of NJF, from the years 1999-2003. She has wide-ranging international science experience accumulated over more than 30 years and has provided expert input into EU rural foresight studies and into the work of the Committee for the Future of the Finnish Parliament, the Finnish National Food Strategy and the Strategy for Sustainable Consumption and Production. Recently she was a member of a group preparing a proposal on green growth for the Finnish Parliament and participated in the work for the Finnish strategy for bioeconomy, and in June 2013 she was nominated as a member in EU Bioeconomy Panel. Recently she was nominated to a member of the National Nutrition Council. She has extensive experience in leading research groups and a research unit responsible for research on sustainable production and consumption, and steering interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary collaboration among researchers, enterprises and other stakeholders. With her colleagues she is working for ecodesign of food products and environmental awareness of the food chain among stakeholders and consumers. She has worked in food education, with special focus on the importance of self-efficacy in choices though a food system. Practical tools for sustainable food choice are being developed in her projects. With broad institutional collaboration, she is surveying food consumption societal structures to establish appropriate steering mechanisms for sustainability and to design food services with regard to their equity aspect. She has spent some time as a guest researcher in Scotland, the USA, Canada and New Zealand.


Rogier-SchulteDr. Rogier Schulte

  • Position: Leader in Translational Research on Sustainable Food Production, Teagasc
  • Title of the presentation: Making the most of our land: matching supply and demand of soil functions across spatial scales
  • Presenting in the plenary section

Dr Rogier Schulte is Leader in Translational Research on Sustainable Food Production at Teagasc, the Agriculture and Food Development Authority of Ireland. That means that he is responsible for bringing together all the knowledge on sustainable agricultural production, and to ‘translate’ this into practical and policy advice. In this capacity, he works closely with colleagues and policy makers in Ireland and the European Commission and provides scientific advice to national and European policy formation on the agricultural environment. He manages the 22-partner LANDMARK (LAND Management: Assessment, Research, Knowledge base) consortium on Functional Land Management, funded by Horizon 2020. Rogier chairs the Agricultural Greenhouse Gas Working Group, as well as the FAO Livestock Environmental Assessment and Performance (LEAP) Partnership, and is a regular invitee to EU Foresight Studies. He is also Secretary of the Teagasc International Food Security Committee and coordinates a programme on Sustainable Food Production in Ethiopia.


Zinta-GaileProfessor Zinta Gaile

  • Position: dean of the Faculty of Agriculture of the Latvia University of Agriculture
  • Title of the presentation: Higher Agricultural Education Around the Baltic See: Problems and Solutions
  • Presenting in the plenary section

Zinta Gaile was born in 1958 in Auce, Latvia. Childhood and adolescence years were spent around Research and Study farm „Vecauce” of LLU affecting her choice of professional and scientific life. Zinta Gaile graduated Latvia Academy of Agriculture (1981) obtaining professional qualification of agronomist, nowadays being considered equal to Mg. agr. degree. She obtained Dr. agr. degree in 1998, defending Theses about breeder seed production of spring barley. Later she investigated different aspects of growing technology of field crops, as maize, lucerne, potato, wheat, barley, rye, and during last decade also oil-seed rape. At the same time she organized activities in field crops research in “Vecauce” being its vice director in scientific work (1998-2009). Since 2010 prof. Zinta Gaile is the dean of Faculty of Agriculture of Latvia University of Agriculture, and her range of interests includes examination of higher education in agriculture in different countries.


Frederic-StoddardDr. Frederick Stoddard

  • Position: Principal Investigator, Department of Agricultural Sciences, University of Helsinki
  • Title of the presentation: Grain legumes for protein and environmental benefits in the Nordic-Baltic region
  • Presenting in the parallel section Crop Science and Production

Fred Stoddard grew up in Canada and the USA, and has spent his adult life in the UK, Australia and Finland. His work focuses on grain legumes, their breeding, genetics, agronomy, quality for food and feed, and environmental impacts. He was a work package leader in the FP7 project Legume Futures, a member of the consortium that provided the European Parliament with “The environmental role of protein crops in the new Common Agricultural Policy”, and chair of the European Innovation Platform’s Focus Group on Protein Crops. His international collaborations on faba bean have contributed to a dense map of the faba bean genome, with SNP markers close to important traits including vicine-convicine content and stomatal response to water deficit. He is a member of the executive committee of the International Legume Society.

Anne-Kristin-LoesDr. Anne-Kristin Løes

  • Position: Senior researcher, Department of Organic Food and Farming, Bioforsk
  • Title of the presentation: Organic agriculture in the Nordic-Baltic region – what is achieved, and what is challenging a further growth
  • Presenting in the parallel section Organic Production

Anne-Kristin Løes (born 1961) grew up on a traditional Norwegian farm, graduated in soil science (MSc) in 1986 and completed a Dr. Scientiarum degree in plant nutrition and soil fertility in 2003, both at the Agricultural University of Norway (now NMBU). Employed by Bioforsk, she has been working with organic farming systems since 1988 focussing on nutrient supply and uptake, manuring and soil fertility. Anne-Kristin Løes has worked with long-term farm level case studies and research administration. She has lead research projects about farmers’ motivation for organic farming, and innovative ways to increase the consumption of organic food in public serving outlets for youth (iPOPY). Current research focus on the impact of anaerobic digestion on manure quality and soil fertility, and the utilisation of food co-streams for fertilisers, bioenergy, and feed and food components. Løes is an active member of the Nordic Association of Agricultural Scientists (NJF), and has organised several NJF seminars on organic farming systems. She is also the national editor of the digital archive Organic e-prints, and the vice president of IFOAR, the International Society of Organic Agriculture Research.


Per KudskProfessor Per Kudsk

  • Position: Head of the Crop Health Section and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University, Denmark
  • Presenting in the parallel section Integrated Pest and Weed Management

Per Kudsk is Professor, Head of the Crop Health Section and Deputy Head of Department at the Department of Agroecology at Aarhus University in Denmark. He has been involved in research on various aspects of weed management. In recent years he has become increasingly involved in research activities focusing on Integrated Pest Management. He has been involved in several national and international research projects in the EU, Africa and Bolivia. He has supervised 7 PhD students. In 2012 he chaired the Scientific Committee of the International Weed Science Congress in China. He represents Denmark on the European Plant Protection Council (EPPO) Working Party on Plant Protection Products and is the official Danish member of the OECD Expert Group on IPM. He served as President of the European Weed Research Society from 2008 to 2009. He is a member of the editorial boards of the international journals Weed Research and Pest Management Science. He was a member of the Danish Agricultural and Veterinary Research Council (1999-2005) and Danish Strategic Research Council (2011 to 2014). He has authored or co-authored 60 papers published in peer-reviewed articles and as book chapters and is co-editor of one book. He has been invited speaker at 19 international conferences and published in total 82 conference presentations and has authored or co-authored more than 200 papers in Danish. In 2014 he was appointed Honorary Member of the Weed Science Society of America.


Laila-IkaseDr. Laila Ikase

  • Position: Senior researcher at Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing
  • Title of the presentation: Results of fruit breeding in Baltic and Nordic states
  • Presenting in the parallel section Trends in Horticulture

Senior researcher at Latvia State Institute of Fruit-Growing (LSIFG) – apple breeding, variety testing, research of apple and diploid plum genetic resources. Author and co-author of 9 apple cultivars and 2 diploid plum cultivars.
Graduated University of Latvia, Faculty of Biology, in 1982. The same year started work at Dobele Laboratory od Horticulture (now LSIFG). Completed PhD studies at the Latvia Institute of Agriculture and Agricultural Economy with the defense of the PhD thesis ”Prunus cerasifera and its interspecific hybrids as a new source of genes for plum breeding in Latvia” defended at the University of Latvia, 1993.
In September-October 1998, 1999, 2000 worked as a visiting scientist at Balsgard – Department of Horticultural Plant Breeding of the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (project “Characterization of fruit plant genetic resources in Sweden and Latvia: Malus sp.”). Member of ECPGR Malus/Pyrus working group and EUFRIN pome fruit variety testing group.


Baiba_RivzaProfessor Baiba Rivza

  • Position: President of the Latvia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences
  • Title of the presentation: Rural Space Cohesion Challenges in the Baltic States
  • Presenting in the parallel section Sustainable Rural and Territorial Development

Baiba Rivza is a Full Member of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (1999- ), Chair of the division of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences of the Latvian Academy of Sciences (2006- ), Foreign Member of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry and Academia dei Georgofili. President of the Latvia Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Sciences (2000- ), Chair of the Council of Higher Education (1996-2006), Chair of the Latvia University Professors Association (2011- ), Professor of Economics of Latvia University of Agriculture, Member of the Latvia Parliament (2006-2010), Ex-minister of the Ministry of Education and Science of Latvia (2006-2007), President of the Union of European Academies for Science Applied to Agriculture, Food and Nature (2008-2010).
Directions of scientific activity: economic analysis of regions, support politics and good practice of entrepreneurship in rural areas and regions (mentoring, microcredit), market research.


Inga-CiprovicaProfessor Inga Ciprovica

  • Position: Dean of the Faculty of Food Technology of the Latvia University of Agriculture
  • Title of the presentation: The impact of raw milk quality on Latvian dairy products production
  • Presenting in the parallel section Quality of Milk Meat and Fur

Prof. I.Ciprovica has obtained professional education in food technology (dairy technology) at Latvia University of Agriculture, Latvia. She has studied raw milk microflora, and its influence on dairy products production quality and shelf-life. Her research has focused on 1) diversity of raw milk microflora, especially non-starter lactic acid bacteria representatives, their role in maintenance of cheese quality and maturation process; 2) potential of exopolysaccharide producing lactic acid bacteria  in fermented dairy products stability and functionality; 3) studies of milk composition, its influence on rennetability of Latvian cows’ milk. Professor I.Ciprovica is a member of the scientific committees of international scientific conferences – Research for Rural Development and Baltic conference on Food Science and Technology (FoodBalt) and also an editorial board member of scientific journals and proceedings.


Jyrki NiemiProfessor Jyrki Niemi

  • Position: Head of the Policy and Market research group at the Natural Resources Institute Finland
  • Title of the presentation: Policy dimensions of sustainable growth in agriculture and food production
  • Presenting in the parallel section Bioeconomy

Prof Jyrki Niemi has over 20 years of professional experience in economic research dealing with agricultural policies and trade policies in Finland and the EU. He has also developed an extensive experience in the field of supply chain dynamics and price formation in the food markets. Economic modelling of the food chain from primary production to the consumer has formed an important part of his research. His modelling experience covers partial equilibrium models and econometric methods. He has been involved in a large number of policy evaluation assignments, providing research-based policy advice for the decision-makers. Currently, Niemi is heading the Policy and Market research group at the Natural Resources Institute Finland.


Ruth C NewberryDr. Ruth Newberry

  • Position: Associate Professor of the Department of Animal and Aquacultural Sciences of the Norwegian University of Life Sciences
  • Title of the presentation: Recognizing how animals are feeling
  • Presenting in the parallel section Animal Welfare and Protection of Animal Helth

Ruth Newberry received her BSc in Biology and PhD in Agriculture from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, where she investigated the social development of pigs in a semi-natural environment, the “Edinburgh Pig Park.”
She conducted research on poultry behaviour and welfare at the Pacific Agri-Food Research Centre in British Columbia, Canada before moving to Washington State University in 1996. She is now at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. Her current research is focussed on environmental enrichment, social behaviour, and assessment of affective states. She also teaches courses on applied ethology and animal welfare. She has served as President of the International Society for Applied Ethology, Secretary of the Canadian Expert Committee on Farm Animal Behaviour and Welfare, member of the Federation of Animal Science Societies Committee on Animal Care, Use and Standards, and Chair of the Poultry Science Association’s Animal Care Committee. She is a member of the United Egg Producers Scientific Advisory Committee on Animal Welfare and the Scientific Committee for the Certified Humane program, and is a recipient of the Poultry Science Association’s Poultry Welfare Research Award and the International Society for Applied Ethology’s Creativity Award.


kalahar1resizedProf. John K. Schueller

  • Position: Professor of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, Affiliate Professor of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, and Director of the Center for Manufacturing Innovation, University of Florida
  • Title of the presentation: Modern and Smart Farming Technologies
  • Presenting in the parallel section Modern and Smart Farming Technologies

John K. Schueller was raised on dairy, grain, and vegetable farm in the north central USA. He currently teaches and conducts research in machine design, automation, manufacturing, and agricultural machinery. He previously was employed by a lawn and garden equipment manufacturer, Purdue University, Texas A&M, Caterpillar, and Kyoto University. Prof. Schueller recently completed two terms as chair of the Equipment Engineering for Plant Production section of the International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering. He is a Fellow of ASABE and SAE, a member of the management committee of the Club of Bologna, the only non-European Founder Member of EurAgEng, and editor-in-chief of Computers and Electronics in Agriculture. Prof. Schueller has worked on agricultural automation and precision agriculture for over thirty-five years.


Markku Yli_HallaProfessor Markku Yli-Halla

  • Position: professor of environmental soil science at the University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Title of the presentation: Efficient utilization of native nutrient sources
  • Presenting in the parallel section Sustainable soil and water management

Markku Yli-Halla is a professor of environmental soil science at the University of Helsinki, Finland. Before his present appointment, his major positions included service as an agricultural fertilizer researcher at Kemira Oy and as a senior researcher at MTT Agrifood Research Finland, Jokioinen. The most important topics of his research have been soil phosphorus, soil classification, acid sulfate soils and various soil fertility issues. Recently he participated in the compilation of soil database for Finland according to the WRB classification system. Currently he is involved e.g. in projects on the use of dredged sediment of constructed agricultural wetlands and on the remediation of off-site environmental effects of cultivated acid sulfate soils by elevation of groundwater level.


Anders_LarssonDr. Anders Larsson

  • Position: Dr and Landscape Architect at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management
  • Title of the presentation: Urban sprawl and its effects on agricultural land and future societal Consequences
  • Presenting in the parallel section Landscape architecture and planning

Anders Larsson, Dr and Landscape Architect at the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Alnarp, Department of Landscape Architecture, Planning and Management, took his PhD in 2004 on the subject “Landscape Planning by Agricultural Policies”. Large scale planning, how urban planning meets the agricultural landscape, and also infrastructure planning has since then been major topics of his research and teaching. Anders also works within the strategic SLU Research Platform “Future Urban Sustainable Environments”, where a systems perspective on the urban-rural interaction is one important perspective. Urban sprawl and its effects on agricultural land and future societal consequences is a topic which has attained a lot of interest lately. Since 2014, Anders is also a member of The Royal Swedish Academy of Agriculture and Forestry.


Dr. Rimvydas Vasaitis

  • Position: Associate Professor of the Department of Forest Mycology and Pathology, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences
  • Title of the presentation: European ash and elm devastated by alien invasive pathogens: Perspectives?
  • Presenting in the parallel section Forestry

Rimvys Vasaitis is specialized in forest health and protection, silviculture, biodiversity and conservation. He has defended his PhD ,,Wound decay in stands of spruce, associated with logging damage and bark stripping’’ in Forest Protection in the St.Petersburg Forestry University (1989) and the second PhD ,,Ecology of fungi colonizing wounds of spruce with emphasis on Stereum sanguinolentum” in Forest Pathology in the Swedish Agricultural University (SLU) (1998). Currently he is an associate professor and a forest pathologist in Sweden (SLU). Previous appointments of Mr Vasaitis:
1986-1989: PhD student, St.Petersburg Forestry University, Russia.
1989-2001: researcher & associate professor, Lithuanian Forest Research Institute & Lithuanian Agricultural University.
Since 1999: post-doc, researcher & current appointment (SLU).


Eelke Wielinga

  • Position: consultant at ZLTO (Southern Farmers Organisation in the Netherlands)
  • Title of the presentation: Innovation Emerges From Partnership
  • Presenting in the parallel section Evidence base on the impact of innovation partnership

Eelke Wielinga is researcher, facilitator, trainer and owner of LINK Consult, specialised in Leadership, Innovation, Networks and Knowledge. At present he is engaged as in-house consultant at ZLTO (Southern Farmers Organisation in the Netherlands) for “AgriSpin”: an EU funded project for strengthening support systems for innovations in agriculture in Europe.

He worked in development projects Benin and the Philippines. As officer at the Ministry of Agriculture in the Netherlands he witnessed from nearby the privatisation of the public extension service, upon which he made a PhD study on the changing role of government in the Dutch agricultural knowledge system in the period 1945 – 1999. He defended his thesis “Networks as Living Tissue” at Wageningen University in 2001.

As associated researcher at the Agricultural Economics Institute (part of Wageningen University and Research) he was involved in a series of research projects on innovations at farm level. Here, his network theory got hands and feet in the “FAN Approach” (Free Actors in Networks), with practical tools for networkers stimulating innovation through partnerships. (