Advances and Innovations in Agricultural Engineering. The 3rd NJF - Agromek- EurAgEng joint seminar

Nov. 27 - 28, 2018 in Herning, Denmark

The workshop is arranged in the beginning of the Agromek Fair, 27th – 30th of November 2018 in Herning, Denmark, https://www.agromek.com  the largest fair of agricultural machinery in the Northern Europe. Thus, the workshop is a joint seminar together with NJF, Agromek and also the EurAgeng organization http://www.eurageng.eu/ which is represented nationally in most of our countries.

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Download book of abstract here!

The main goal is to increase and strengthen the Agricultural Engineering (AE) cooperation within research, education, companies, advisory service as well as innovation between our countries. Additionally, we offer participation with approved presentations free of charge for PhD- students (a total maximum of 10) in order to better include young upcoming AE scientists. You are all warmly welcome with a presentation from your work or as an active participant! Together we can improve the future farming in our countries!

Innovation is a key issue for future farming and in pending research, and this is a clear focus for this conference. Thus, on the first day, we will have a walk around in the innovation room, a hall where all the new innovations at the Agromek Fair are gathered. At the end of the second day, the participants will have the possibility to visit the fair on their own.

The conference will highlight the common interest of AE from researchers and manufactures and aims to improve the level of AE education and AE consultancy within the Nordic Baltic countries. Participation as well as presentations from the AE manufactures and companies are very much welcomed.

Keynote speakers

Gijs Scholman, VP Sales Lely Holding, NL
Gijs studied Animal Science at the Agricultural University Wageningen. He started his career in innovation at animal nutrition company Provimi, where he later on served in different sales and general management responsibilities. Post Cargill’s acquisition of Provimi, Gijs worked as Group Director in the Cargill Animal Nutrition division. In 2013 he left Cargill for Lely, the farming innovator, more specifically known from the Astronaut milking robot, the Vector feeding robot as well as a number of other robotic applications within the dairy and beef markets. Within Lely Gijs has a board responsibility covering all commercial areas.


Jonas Schmid, Technical Industry Manager Mobile Automation at SICK AG, DE
Jonas studied industrial engineering with focus of electrical engineering in Lörrach (Germany). During his study he worked three months in Tokyo for SICK as a strategic and technical supporter in Mobile Automation. Now he works at SICK AG with main focus on environmental sensing in outdoor automation. He started to work at SICK in summer 2014.


Jacob Lave, CEO of Future Farming, SEGES, DK
Jacob has a Masters degree in ICT and learning from AAU and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from AU in Denmark. He has worked at SEGES since 2007, with focus on training, learning and education, and since 2016 CEO of future farming at SEGES developing and pointing out global future scenarios for Danish farming in several sectors including food, energy and the pharmaceutical industry.

 Target group 

  • Engineers & industrial employees with interest within arable farming and agricultural engineering.
  • Researchers, advisors, students & farmers.
  • Exhibitors & employees from the exhibiting companies at Agromek.



Innovation and product design
Innovation processes are challenging because of demanding design requirements due to hard environmental conditions, seasonal work, user skills and ergonomic constraints. User-Centered or User-Driven innovation methods could be more used to improve the design. State of art in the Northern Europé.

Biorefinery and energy production
Reclamation of valuable products from agricultural residues such as proteins,  bioplastics, biogas, bioethanol and incineration technologies.

Robotics, sensors and Precision Agriculture
Agricultural robotics and intelligent machines. Use of laser scanners and other sensors in practical use and AE research. Imaging. State of art of precision agriculture and expected use for the next 10 years. Mission planning and route optimization. Parallel tracking and controlled traffic farming.

Data communications between agricultural systems
Open standards and interoperability for data exchange between systems like machines and management systems involving geo-spatial data infrastructures, data services accessible via standardized inter-faces and formats, web-services, ISOBUS, and development of network information model.

Farm management information systems
Data acquisition and information processing, decision support for operations optimization, data integration, distributed information management (cloud, Internet-of-things, etc.), advanced data acquisition on machines, integration with management systems.

Operation management and optimization
Resource usage, energy requirement, planning tools for machine dimensioning, scheduling and routing, planning and logistics in the supply chain, user-driven design of information’s system, information modeling, system analyses and sustainability analyses.

Indoor mechanization
Last updates within indoor mechanization with focus on usage of robotic technique.

Advisory and consulting services
Advisory service level within AE in our countries and how to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Advisory services are especially invited to contribute.

Education level within AE and our countries today. How to benefit and increase the quality in near future? Scientific people from universities and university colleges are especially invited to contribute.

Soil compaction
Soil protection and Machine Soil interaction. Modelling of soil compaction. Machinery to reduce soil compaction. Decision support systems to predict and minimize soil compaction.

Plant protection machinery
The sprayer manufacturers meet new challenges for technical developments. Advanced technical solutions are expected or hoped for but also have to be on a realistic economical level for the market-(s). The Machinery Directive and the Safe Use Directive (SUD) has put new demands and challenges on sprayer manufacturers and sprayer operators.

Sprayers with high technological performances and capacities are put on the market, with solutions to increase environmental safety, precision in application and minimizing losses as well as increased comfort for the operator. Sprayer inspection is to be implemented in all Europe on all kinds of equipment, this put demands on administration processes, testing equipment and control methods. Drift reducing technologies is introduced in many countries as a means to get plant protection products approved and to reduce sizes of buffer zones. Challenges to get them used by operators who may fear reduced efficacy of treatments.

Spray records are demanded by regulations and traceability contracts. Highly technical automatic solutions are under development

Post harvest and logistics
Handling of biomass for storage, logistics for transport of biomass from site of harvesting to storage or processing facility, technology/sensors for monitoring storage over time, type of transport, quality of stored biomass.

Ergonomics & safety
Occupational safety and health situation in farms. Ergonomics of work needs to be considered as a changing issue since agricultural work includes more and more information handling, monitoring of system performance and service. Use of external manpower and foreign workers challenge the working environment in the ever growing farms. This also has an effect on product development in agricultural engineering.

Energy efficiency
Improved energy efficiency in machinery and systems, energy efficiency measurements, effects of indirect energy inputs, farms self-supplying in energy, future technologies.

Environmental aspects and Climate neutral farming
Climate neutral farming, lowered machinery emissions, lowered system emissions, clean technologies, improved methodology for environmental evaluation.




Monday evening Accomondation at a hotel close to Billund Airport

9.00 Departure from hotel in Billund

10.00 - 11.30 Registration at the Fair and coffee

11.30 - 11.40 Introduction and welcome

11.40 - 12.00 ROBOTICS AND PRECISION FARMING WITHIN THE LELY COMPANY Keynote speaker, Gijs Scholman VP Sales Lely   Holding, NL


12.20 - 12.40 FUTURE FARMING IN A 5 TO 10 YEARS PERSPECTIVE Keynote speaker, Jacob Lave, SEGES, DK

12.40 - 13.00 Discussion

13.00 - 14.00 Lunch

14.00-17.00 Presentations

17.00-18.00 Innovation room at Agromek with info from exhibitors

18.00 - 21.00 Agromek Dinner in Herning

21.00 - 22.00 Back to hotel in Billund

8.00 Departure from hotel in Billund

09.00 - 13.00 Presentations and coffee breakes

13.00-14.00 Lunch

13.00 - 15.45 Presentations and coffee breakes

15.45-16.00 Closing session

16.00-20.00 Visit the fair on their own

20.00 Agromek closes for the day

Arrangement of shuttle bus to Billund airport
Will be arranged at different time intervals


Practical info

Practical information

Register here!

Call for papers and posters
For participation only an abstract of 1-2 pages is required. Please use
the template below. Your presentation(PDF) will be put on our webpage shortly
after the arrangement.

Download template for Presentation or Poster  (.docx)

Conference room at the Agromek Fair area

Hotel Propellen: https://www.propellen.dk/En

Hotel and special bus

Single Room

Double room

Hotel Propellen, Billund

kr. 1.156,50

 kr. 1.256,00





Seminar contact
Do not hesitate to send e-mail Nils Bjugstad, chairman of the conference: nils.bjugstad@nmbu.no

Organizing committee
Nils Bjugstad* (NO) - chairman. Faculty of Science and Technology, Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Ås

Claus Hermansen (DK). CEO for Agromek & Danish Agroindustry

Gints Birzietis*, (LV) chair of NJF Technology board, Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Engineering

Claus Sørensen (DK). President of the EurAgEng and Senior scientist at the Department of Engineering, Aarhus University

Ole Green (DK). CEO, Agro Intelligence.

Hannu Mikkola*, (FI) University of Helsinki, Department of Agricultural Sciences, Helsinki

Anders Larsolle*, (SE) Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Department of Energy and Technology, Uppsala

Kestutis Navickas*, (LT) Aleksandras Stulginskis University, Institute of Energy and Biotechnology Engineering, Kaunas

Eskil Nilsson (SE). Advisor, Visavi God Lantmannased AB

Oliver Sada*, (EST) Institute of Technology, Estonian University of Life Sciences, Tartu

Alastair James Ward*, (DK) Aarhus University, Department of engineering


Important dates

The conference will start at 12 am on the 27th and finish at 16 am on the 28th .
From 16.00 to 20.00 the Agromek Fair will be open for visits on your own.

Abstracts Submission: 26 October

Register here!

All fees are in DKK.
Invoice fee 150 DKK (not applicable for payment by credit card)

Early bid 1 May-30 Sept
NJF member               2 687,50
EurAgEng                   2 687,50
Student*                    1 850,00
Non member              3 250,00

Standard fees 1 Oct-11 Nov
NJF members              3 250,00
EurAgEng                   3 250,00
Student*                    2 350,00
Non member               3 750,00

*(does not include Agromek opening Party)