Mrs. Lise Lykke Steffensen

Mrs. Lise Lykke Steffensen

CEO/Direktør for NordGen

Lise Lykke Steffensen is the Executive Director of the Nordic Genetic Resources Center – NordGen. NordGen is responsible for conservation and facilitation of the use of genetic resources. One of the tasks of NordGen is to manage and operates the Svalbard Global Seed Vault. Lise Lykke Steffensen has a long professional career within agriculture and life sciences in both public organizations and private industries., Lise Lykke Steffensen has managed innovation, global business areas and worked with business developments and market developments on executive level.  She has more than 20 years of experiences with genetic resources on both national, regional and international level. She has been involved with the Svalbard Global Seed Vault right from the beginning of the first planning.

Mr. Aurélien Susnjara

Mr. Aurélien Susnjara

Research Analyst at Ellen Macarthur Foundation

Aurélien hails from Lyon in France where he completed his master’s degree in mechanical engineering. Following a year of travelling around Europe and South America he moved to Paris to study for an advanced master in Transports & Sustainable Development from the Ponts & Chaussées, the Mines de Paris and Polytechnique. During his internship at Renault, Aurélien came two months in the Foundation to work on the metrics for the automotive industry. He enjoyed so much his time at the Ellen Macarthur Foundation on the Isle of Wight that he decided to come back.

Henrik Lynge Jacobsen

Henrik Lynge Jacobsen


Henrik Lynge Jacobsen is the Chief Commercial Officer of the Danish Agro development company; AGROINTELLI.

Henrik Lynge originally initiated Kongkilde Strategic Development platform in 2013 from which, AGROINTELLI became a spin out company from in 2015. Henrik Lynge joined AGROINTELLI March 2017, but has + 15 years of industrial experience from globally operating companies within the agricultural sphere, working with product management, R&D, Strategic business development and executive management.

Mr. Vincent Massot

Mr. Vincent Massot

Bretagne Loire University

Mr. Vincent MASSOT, from Bretagne Loire University, is member of the French National contact Point Bio : he will participate in PIC meeting as the reference person for the Societal Challenge 2 on « Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine and maritime and inland water research ans the bioeconomy » and on KET Biotechnology on Industrial leadership.

27th September, 2017

The first day of the PIC Meeting starts with a plenary welcome speech at “Edifici CEDICO” at the Agrofood Technological park of Lleida.The morning session will be focused on a general view of the European Programs on Agriculture, farm and Plant Innovation. Mrs. Lise Lykke Steffense, CEO/Direktor for NordGen will introduce the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, is a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago.Mr. Aurélien Susnjara , Research Analyst at Ellen Macarthur Foundation,  will  introduce the new concept of CIRCULAR ECONOMY in the Agriculture to the audience.In the morning, we would give some time to cluster and SME participants to put forward their proposals and recent works that might  of the other participants with the aim to identify future cooperation Projects among them. In between, there will be  be a refreshing networking break to start  meeting the people.

In the afternoon, the participants will be split into three key relevant workshops where they will explore and learn about the mainstream in different topics. There are three different themes throughout the afternoon workshops. Discover what is the most interesting for you!

  • “Crop Management” is a holistic approach for sustainable agriculture. It considers the situation across the whole farm, including socio-economic and environmental factors, to deliver the most suitable and safe approach for long-term benefit.
  • “Digitizing the Agri-food sector”. Digital technologies are one of the most important recent innovations for all actors in the agri-food value chain and advances in precision agriculture. Indeed, they are already helping to address the global challenge of raising agricultural productivity in a more sustainable manner. Digital technologies have immense potential to support many elements of the rural economy from food supply chain management to innovative new business models.
  • Innovative Technology for Genetics and Breeding”. The art and science of plant breeding is directed to one of humanity’s greatest challenges: the need to feed, clothe, and nourish a growing world population in the face of climate extremes, decreased water availability, demands for renewable energy, and the imperative for environmental stewardship. Innovation is critically important to continued progress in providing food and nutritional security to humankind in the decades ahead. Therefore an increasing prosperity will require genetic improvements in our crops at twice the current rate of improvement globally.
  • “Interclustering cooperation”. Development and structuration of partnerships between European clusters around the PIC through European programs such as INTERREG, COSME to learn more about the fields of expertise of these stakeholders including alternative inputs to conventional agriculture and precision agriculture, to define a common action program.

We will end the day with the Welcome Dinner reception at the restaurant “EL MIRADOR” (just across the street of the Fira de Lleida).

“Innovative technology for Genetics and breeding” WorkShop

PhD Pere Arús is agricultural engineer (University of València) and PhD in Genetics (University of California, Davis), having spent most of his scientific career as a researcher of IRTA, and currently conducting his work at the Centre for Research in Agricultural Genomics (CRAG). His areas of expertise are population genetics, crop evolution, and plant breeding, where he has specialized on the use of molecular markers and other genomics tools in plant genetics and breeding. He is mainly interested in peach, strawberry and melon, where he works on the genetics of fruit quality and disease resistance. He has published more than 200 scientific and vulgarization papers (120 SCI papers, WoS h index =44), and has participated on 32 public research projects (seven international) and 15 contracts with companies. He has had various management-related activities at IRTA: head of the Plant Genetics Department (1988-2009), director of the Center of Cabrils (2007-2009) and Chief Scientist (2009-2015). He is one of the initiators of CRAG being currently its deputy director.

“Crop Management” WorkShop

PhD Jaume Casadesús is graduated in Biology (Universitat de Barcelona, 1990), PhD in Biology (Universitat de Barcelona, 1995) and Computer Engineer (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, 2007). Worked as a qualified technician for support to research in the Experimental Fields of Universitat de Barcelona (1996-2000) and researcher at IRTA since 2001. Specialized in the development of ICT solutions for scientific-technical applications in the agricultural and environmental areas. For instance, simulation of radionuclide transfer from contaminated soils to the food chain (1995-2001); monitoring CO2 and H2O fluxes in forest ecosystems (1999-2001); algorithms for climate and fertigation control in greenhouses (2001-2006); proximal remote sensing tools for selection of cereal varieties (1998-2014). Since 2007, dedicated to the development and analysis of algorithms for irrigation control based on sensors and simulations. According to Web of Science (August 2017), he has published 38 articles which received 829 citations, with an h-index of 15.

“Digitazing Agri-Food Sector” WorkShop

Mr. Xavier Domingo is Manager of applied Artificial Intelligence Research Line at the Smart Management Systems R&D Group. He is Computer Engineer by Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and Advanced Studies Diploma (DEA) in Artificial Intelligence by Universitat de Lleida (UdL).
His expertise includes Data Science techniques applied to hybrid IoT/BigData architectures, including smart management platforms supported with Industry 4.0 technologies, predictive maintenance, machine learning, resource optimisation and planning, machinery control and monitoring, and traceability, applied to manufacturing industry, and other sectors like logistics, environmental, water transport and distribution, and functional feeding, with more than 15 years of experience in software platforms and solutions.
He also collaborates as a partial time professor at Informatics and Industrial Engineering Department (DIEI) at Universitat de Lleida, where he is involved in teaching matters related with advanced software architectures, and as a senior advisor at industry companies related with workflow management platforms, logistics optimization, fleet management and personal and fleet security systems.
He has been involved in several European research projects (FP7, H2020) like SIM4NEXUS, WIDEST, and WatERP, national projects (Retos, PID, CENIT), like iCoder, Interacciona, SOM and Henufood, among others.

Mr. Josep Pijuan is an Advanced Researcher at Smart Management Systems Unit. He holds a Technical Engineer in Computer Science by Universitat Rovira i Virgili (URV) and Master Degree in Information and Security Engineering in the same university. He has been software engineer for 6 years in an Automotive Technological Centre, and he has collaborated with URV research groups (ITAKA, AGA) to create Multi Criteria Decision Aid Systems for sludge management from sewage treatment plants. Currently, he is working in technical management and ICT research on projects about efficient resource management, predictive maintenance, interoperability, data analytics and IoT applied to agriculture and other domains.
He has been involved in several European research projects (FP7, H2020, Life+, Manunet) like WatERP, Furnit-Saver, Optician2020, IES, Cutrob+ among other national and private projects.

28th September, 2017

On the  second day of the PIC Meeting 2017, we will move to Fira de Lleida, in the Pavillon 4, where the BtoB session will take place. This initiative is launched within the framework of the Agricultural Machinery Trade Show and EUROFRUIT. PIC Meeting 2017 looks for synergies that can be made between SMEs, Clusters and research Centers, and team up to form future strategic cooperations, and recurring business referral opportunities. If you are looking for to collaborate with these potential partners  and build your business on top of a trusted network, come and join us in this exciting second day. 

Visit 1: IRTA is the most important Agricultural Research Institute in Catalonia. IRTA’s purpose is to contribute to the modernization, competitiveness and sustainable development of agriculture, food and aquaculture sectors, the supply of healthy and quality foods for consumers and, generally, improving the welfare of the population.

Visit 2: Visit vinyard Production Plantation in Raimat (Lleida). Hosted by AGROPIXEL SL , a Crop management consultancy specialized in Remote sensing for the interpretation of the data from all operating plants, creating different areas and subsequent management according to needs of each area.The objective is to show the visitors the advantatges of using Geographic Information System (GIS), the digital analysys of datam and the Analysis of plant vigor foir better corp management.