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Join our user forum meeting on 15 May 2013 in Rotterdam ...

April 5, 2013,

To representatives of organisations concerned with GNSS in Agriculture,

It is our pleasure to invite you to a UNIFARM user forum meeting on 15-16 May 2013 in Rotterdam, linked to the Geospatial World Forum conference.

The UNIFARM Project (www.unifarm-project.eu) develops at this moment a user forum of agricultural users of GNSS. The forum expresses the ‘voice of the user’ concerning user needs and expectations from satellite navigation and its application in the agricultural domain. The forum will present these user needs to the space industry, the application developers, the science community and policy makers.

The User Forum is a selected group of key-stakeholders that will meet 2 or 3 times in the coming year to discuss GNSS applications and adoption. GNSS is a major enabler of all kinds of innovations in agriculture, including logistics, precision farming and parcel registration. The forum will create a set of harmonised user requirements, a research agenda, a policy paper and a collection of good practices to stimulate awareness and innovations in agriculture.

In order to meet stakeholders of GNSS applications in Agriculture, the UNIFARM project organises meetings, mostly in conjunction with other events, to address specific target audiences that visit these events. The first opportunity for this is the Geospatial World Forum from 13-16 May 2013 in Rotterdam (The Netherlands).

During the Geospatial World Forum (www.geospatialworldforum.org) a full day Agricultural Symposium is held on the 15th of May 2013, dedicated to the application of geospatial technologies in agriculture. In the afternoon there is a session dedicated to GNSS, which is organised in collaboration with the UNIFARM project.

The programme is as follows:

Wednesday 15 May 2013

9:00 -


Agricultural Symposium


16:00 -


- UNIFARM Session


19:00 -


Working diner user forum


Thursday 16 May 2013

9:00 -


Field visit and open discussions

Hoekse Waard


Back in Rotterdam

The working diner is the core of forum meeting; the other parts of the programme are optional. During the working diner we invite you to discuss specific topics at your table. The discussions will be reported back to all. The field visit brings the user forum to a nearby agricultural area where farmers collectively invest in GNSS based innovations.

On behalf of the UNIFARM project we invite you, or have done so earlier, to this User Forum meeting. At the end of this meeting, you can decide if you want to go further in the Forum. As a Use Forum member, the UNIFARM project supports you with information about the European GNSS programmes and innovation initiatives. Also we share best practices in different subjects. The forum will provide organised feedback to policy makers at national and European level on the state-of-play and foresights concerning GNSS based innovations in agriculture through a technology white paper and roadmap.

To overcome the inevitable temporal character of the project, UNIFARM strives to continue support of the User Forum after the project. We will inform you about our initiatives in this area.

We hope you accept this invitation.

Agenda of the user forum meeting:


·       Welcome

·       Place and role of each of the user forum

·       Support from the UNIFARM project team

·       GNSS adoption in agriculture

o   A first overview is presented of adoption processes and good practices of user involvement;

o   we ask the forum members to add their personal experience to this;

·       Agricultural needs and requirements towards GNSS

o   The project presents a first set of harmonised requirements;

o   we ask the forum members to verify this set and add to it;

·       User forum continuation

o   The plans for the User Forum are presented and members are asked to reflect;

·       Planning of the activities of the User Forum in the next ½ year.

Geospatial World Forum 12-16 may 2013

We are sure the geospatial World Forum http://www.geospatialworldforum.org/2013

is interesting for you. Therefore we hope you will find the time to follow parts of the programme, such as the other agri activities on the same day or GNSS workshops on the next. We have the opportunity to sponsor the fee for the agricultural symposium for 10 Forum Member invitees that will participate in the user forum. If you want to apply for this, please sent us your motivated request by April 12th 2013.

If you are interested to join our user forum meeting, please let us know. You can contact one of the persons below.

I hope to meet you in Rotterdam on the 15th May!

On behalf of the project team,

Yours sincerely,

Tamme van der Wal

UNIFARM Project Coordinator

tamme.vanderwal (a) aerovision.nl

+316 1315 8318

Contact information, questions

If you have questions on this invitation, please contact one of the members of the UNIFARM project group:


Jens Fehrmann <fehrmann (a) ast.mw.tu-dresden.de>; +49 351 4633 2784

Czech Republic:

Čestmír Kantor <cestmir.kantor (a) ekotoxa.cz>; +420 602 587 599


Alan Spaggiari <alan.spaggiari (a) unimore.it>; +393 493 116 212


Jens Peter Hansen <jph (a) vfl.dk>; +45 2448 1604


Paree, Peter <peter.paree (a) zlto.nl>; +316 2121 2435


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UNIFARM is carried out in the context of the Galileo FP7 R&D programme supervised by the GSA (Nr. 287206)