On Wednesday, May 10, over a hundred scientists will gather at the Estonian University of Life Sciences' technology building for a multi-day Biosystems Engineering conference to present the latest research on food production, agriculture, forestry, and related technologies.
According to Professor Timo Kikas, the main organiser of the conference, the title of the conference refers to the science that deals with biological systems such as garden, field and forest, and the technology needed to manage them. "The research and education of the University are closely linked to all areas of bioeconomy. However, traditional areas of rural economy are becoming increasingly smarter and adopting new technologies. The presentations on the two conference days cover a wide range of biological systems from bacteria to forest ecosystems and introduce the newest technologies for managing them,“ Kikas said.
The conference will feature presentations of the world's top scientists. One of the keynote speakers, Da-Wen Sun from the University College Dublin in Ireland, one of the world's most influential food scientists, will talk about how to determine the quality of food and agricultural products without destroying them. Risto Rautiainen from the University of Nebraska in the USA focuses on how to prevent injuries in agriculture in his presentation on ergonomics. Abdul Hai Al-Alami from the University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates will talk about producing energy using compressed air.
"Every presentation at a scientific conference should have a wow effect, and there will definitely be many such moments in our two conference days. We introduce, for example, a research by scientists from the Estonian University of Life Sciences on how to valorize residual sludge of the cellulose industry into a product that can be used as a substitute for high-quality coal. Usually nothing can be done about this residual sludge, but now it can be used, for example, in the steel industry and elsewhere," Kikas described.
The conference will cover almost all the topics that are dealt with at the Estonian University of Life Sciences. „Eight thematic sessions include presentations on precision agriculture, animal husbandry, farm technology and agroeconomics. Agrorobotics has also become an important topic in agriculture," Timo Kikas gave an example of conference topics. See the conference programme on the conference website.
On the final day of the conference, May 12, foreign visitors will have tours to the Centre for Limnology of the Estonian University of Life Sciences by Võrtsjärv and to the Estonian National Museum.
The University organises the conference "Biosystems Engineering" for the 13th time. Registration is closed, but you can still come to the conference venue to listen to the presentations. The presentations can only be attended in person at the conference venue, there is no video transmission of the conference. Most of the participants are from abroad, therefore the working language of the conference is English. The main organiser of the conference is the Institute of Forestry and Engineering of the Estonian University of Life Sciences.
Chair of Biosystems Engineering