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Launch Event 2021

Digital Innovation Hub on Livestock, Environment, Agriculture & Forest

Digitalization, Research and Innovation for the Smart and Sustainable Development of Rural Territories


11 May 2021



The DIH-LEAF (Digital Innovation Hub in Livestock, Environment, Agriculture, and Forests), based in Castilla y León (Spain) is the new entity created to play a significant role in the digital transformation of the European primary sector. Further information about DIH-LEAF can be found in its website, as well as the list of members.

In this event, the main national and European strategies related to innovation and digital transformation within the focus areas covered by DIH-LEAF were analysed. The most relevant players at an international level revealed the principal action lines under development as well as the upcoming challenges.

The event was held online and participation was free of charge.



Plenary Speakers

Dubravka Šuica Mariya Gabriel Janusz Wojciechowski
Vice-President  EU Commissioner - Innovation, Research, EU Commissioner - Agriculture                      
Democracy and Demography Culture, Education and Youth  







Nadia Calviño Luis Planas Pedro Duque
Spanish Minister for the Economy             Spanish Minister for Agriculture, Spanish Minister for Science
and Digital Transformation Fisheries and Food and Innovation



Manuel Castells Alfonso Fernández-Mañueco Manuel Pérez
Spanish Minister for Universities President of the Junta de Castilla y León Rector of the University of Burgos
    President of DIH-LEAF



Toma Sutic Dimitar Vasilev Marion Eckardt
European Commission Global Startup Cities ELARD
Fabio Boscaleri Javier Ruiz Gonzalo Rodríguez-Carmona
ERIAFF AGALSA / Ayto. de Lerma
Paolo Gay Raúl Palma George Beers
Universita Degli Studi
di Torino
Poznan Supercomputing and
Networking Center
Wageningen University & Research
Nayat Sánchez-Pi Manuel Perez Matti Pastell
INRIA-CHILE University of Seville LUKE
Tomas Norton María Jesús Serra Maciej Oczak

Spanish Ministry of Agriculture,
Fisheries and Food

University of Veterinary
Medicine Vienna

Riccardo Castellini Inazio Arano Pablo Martín-Ortega
Mediterranean Model
Forest Network
Joaquín Reyes Felipe Bravo Pablo Sabín 
European GNSS Agency Spanish Society of
Forestry Science
Jean-Marc Gautier    



  Time*     Activity

9:30 – 10:15     

Opening Ceremony

  Álvaro Herrero Cosío, DIH-LEAF President

  Janusz Wojciechowski, European Commissioner of Agriculture

  Nadia María Calviño Santamaría, Spanish Vice-president

  Dubravka Šuica, European Vice-President - Democracy and Demography

  Manuel Pérez Mateos – Rector of the University of Burgos

  Alfonso Fernández Mañueco – President of the Junta de Castilla y León

10:15 –12:30      

Parallel Sessions (see further information in the detailed programme)

  Track 1: Livestock & Agriculture

  Track 2: Forestry & Territorial Development

12:30 –12:40     

Award Ceremony

12:40 –13:00              

Closing Speech

  Mariya Gabriel, European Commissioner of Innovation, Research, Culture, Education and Youth

   * All times in CET
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Registration was not required in order to attend to the event.

The whole event was streamed online and the recordings of the sessions are available at:

Youtube playlist



As part of the launch event, the following prizes were awarded:

  •  Most relevant organisation in the digitalization of livestock farming: Asociación Provincial de Apicultores Burgaleses (ASAPIBUR).
  •  Most relevant organisation in the digitalization of environment and territories Nordesnet. 
  •  Most relevant organisation in the digitalization of agriculture: HILO VERDE INNOVACIÓN S.L.
  •  Most relevant organisation in the digitalization of forests: CRECE - Conservación del Patrimonio Natural S.L.


Competition rules and participation instructions.





 Collaborating organisations 









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