The participation of #DigiAgriFood in the 30th Agrotica HELEXPO exhibition

Confirming the significant role it is called to play in the digital transformation of the agri-food sector in Greece, #DigiAgriFood made a dynamic appearance at the 30th Agrotica HELEXPO event. The largest sectoral exhibition in our country in the agro-economic field took place from Thursday, February 1st, until Sunday, February 4th, 2024, in Thessaloniki, and welcomed over 153,000 visitors.

#DigiAgriFood, the first European Digital Innovation Hub in the agri-food sector in Greece, was hosted at the stand of its lead partner, the Democritus University of Thrace, throughout the exhibition. There, representatives of the hub’s partners were at the center of developments and had the opportunity to engage with the public about the innovations and services promoted by the hub, which are expected to shape the future of the agri-food sector in Greece. The dialogue developed was a field of exchanging views and ideas towards the common direction of a better tomorrow for agri-food in our country.

Panel: “The first European Digital Innovation Hub in the agri-food sector in Greece. Presentation of available services and beneficiary cases” Within the exhibition, representatives of the Democritus University of Thrace and other #DigiAgriFood partners presented the hub’s services covering the regions of Eastern Macedonia and Thrace, Central Macedonia, Western Macedonia, Epirus, and Thessaly, aiming to create direct benefits for citizens, Small and Medium Enterprises, and the public sector.

The Panel’s discussion speakers were:

  • Maria Michalopoulou, Coordinator and Scientific Responsible of #DigiAgriFood – Democritus University of Thrace
  • Georgios Broufas, Vice Rector of Research and Innovation – Democritus University of Thrace
  • Ioannis Amarantidis, Project manager of #DigiAgriFood – Democritus University of Thrace
  • Dionysis Voglitsis, Technical manager of #DigiAgriFood – Democritus University of Thrace
  • Paraskevi Somalou & Konstantinos Tegopoulos, Laboratory of Applied Microbiology & Biotechnology, Department of Molecular Biology & Genetics – Democritus University of Thrace
  • Dimitris Kateris, Senior Researcher, – iBO
  • Elias Kalfas, Project Manager of Plant Production at the Office of Innovation and Impact – American Farm School
  • Stelios Vasilopoulos, project manager – University of Thessaly
  • Christos Partsias, EU projects manager – Region of Eastern Macedonia & Thrace
  • Dimitris Bardakidis, Quality & Risk manager of #DigiAgriFood – ena Development Consultants

In the context of the panel, speakers conveyed their enthusiasm for the amazing possibilities of digital transformation in the Agri-food Sector and openly invited the audience to benefit from the advanced services offered by #DigiAgriFood, which are provided for free to all interested parties.

Following the event, the partner team held a significant technical meeting. During this, management issues concerning the hub were examined, the specific concerns of the team were recorded, and strategic goals were set for the active monitoring of the project’s implementation. Finally, looking towards the future, the next steps were planned to guide the hub’s course towards achieving common goals.

#DigiAgriFood would like to thank Agrotica HELEXPO for the excellent organization and warm hospitality. The exhibition was a unique networking opportunity with businesses and organizations from the entire spectrum of agri-food and leading exhibitors, acquaintances with modern products and services of the primary sector, and participation in fruitful discussions that ferment developments in the industry.