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The Insituto Pedro Nunes (IPN) will host a workshop in Coimbra to teach entrepreneurs how to use space imaging and sensor technology for agriculture.

The workshop, “Precision Agriculture with Satellite Images and Intelligent Sensors,” takes place July 2 at Auditório Edifício D do Instituto Pedro Nunes in Coimbra.

It coincides within the framework of the European program, INNOACE, which aims to increase the skills and technological know-how of agricultural, environmental and local government activities by supporting satellite imagery, such as those images and sensors from the European Space Agency (ESA) and its Copernicus Masters program.

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Tickets are limited, but free, and are available here.

The workshop, which is mainly intended for producers, entrepreneurs, and university students, is also aimed at people who are concerned with ​​environmental monitoring, as well as public organizations that have responsibilities in monitoring and controlling land use.

The program will be divided into two parts. The morning will be devoted to introducing concepts, namely remote sensing and local monitoring technology based on wireless sensor networks, along with a presentation of complementary technological solutions.

Specifically aimed at producers and entrepreneurs, the second part in the afternoon will have a practical dimension, exploring how satellite images can be used within their activities and INNOACE.

The workshop “Precision Agriculture with Satellite Images and Intelligent Sensors” is organized by the Instituto Pedro Nunes, the Universidade de Évora, the Instituto Politécnico de Beja, the Centro de Investigaciones Científicas y Tecnológicas de Extremadura, and the Institución Ferial de Extremadura.

Created in 1991 through a University of Coimbra initiative, the Instituto Pedro Nunes is a private non-profit organization which promotes innovation and the transfer of technology, establishing the connection between the scientific and technological environment and the production sector.

Its mission is to leverage a strong university and enterprise relationship for the promotion of innovation, rigor, quality and entrepreneurship in private and public sector organizations by acting in three complementary areas:

  • Research and technological development, consultancy and specialised services;
  • Incubation and acceleration of businesses and ideas;
  • Highly specialised training and promotion of science and technology

INNOACE is a project co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Interreg V-A Spain-Portugal (POCTEP) 2014-2020 Programme, aimed at strengthening the business landscape, creating synergies among enterprises and R+D+i centres, carrying out transfer actions and the early validation of products and services through open innovation processes.

Furthermore, INNOACE intends to foster the entrepreneur discovery process in key areas of smart specialisation of EUROACE (a group formed by the regions of Alentejo and Centro in Portugal and the Autonomous Region of Extremadura in Spain).