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AGRICOM Project Final Conference & International Symposium on Advances in Irrigation & Hydroponics

08-26-2013 04:53 PM CET | Science & Education

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You have the chance to take part in the AGRICOM Final Conference in Italy!

You have the chance to take part in the AGRICOM Final Conference in Italy!

The final conference of the AGRICOM Project (“Transfer of Water Competence Model to Agricultural Competences”) invites professionals, representatives of national and regional authorities, as well as all others involved in management and training in the agricultural sector to take part and learn about the AGRICOM’s innovative and tested approach to competence development in the European agricultural sector through the Agricultural Competence Model (ACM). To this end, the AGRICOM Final Conference will be based around a presentation of all project results, potential use cases, as well as future plans for said results and use cases.

At the same time, the aim of this event is also to present the latest research results in the field of irrigation and hydroponics in order to connect the actual needs of the agricultural sector with the potential exploitation of ACM. Renowned international experts will be involved in the introduction of the current state of irrigation and hydroponics. Professionals from the following fields especially stand to gain from participation at the AGRICOM Final Conference & International Symposium on Advances in irrigation and hydroponics:

• Agronomists, horticulturalists, greenhouse and nursery managers, extension specialists, and people involved with the cultivating of plants
• International institutions harmonising competence descriptions in agriculture
• National & regional authorities describing competences in policies in agriculture
• HR Managers describing training needs for employees in agriculture
• Managers in irrigation or hydroponic describing working places (job descriptions) in agriculture
• HR Managers measuring their employees (competence gap analysis) in agriculture
• VET providers describing their training solutions in agriculture
• National institutions harmonising VET (professional framework) in agriculture
• Individuals planning and personal development in agriculture
• Organisations developing their own competence model profile (including the use cases in bullet point 3 to 8 above) in agriculture
• Investors in hydroponics assessing the employees of a plant
• Service plants for irrigation and hydroponic systems

Pilot-testing was carried out in Germany, Greece, the Netherlands, and Italy with the support of the project consortium in order to validate the ACM. Furthermore, this pilot-testing was accompanied by an open discussion for all interested parties made possible through the VOA3R project and its platform at - time still remains to join the conversation there and prepare for the conference.

To learn about the newest updates regarding the AGRICOM Final Conference & International Symposium on Advances in Irrigation and Hydroponics, and to provide feedback to the hosts, please visit the project website at, like the AGRICOM Facebook page at and follow the AGRICOM Twitter account at We look forward to your comments and contributions!

About the European project AGRICOM:

The main goal of the project AGRICOM is the transfer and adaptation of the WACOM Water Competence Model (WCM) from the water sector to the agricultural sector.

Further main objectives of AGRICOM are:
1. Identifying and analysing targeted needs and competences that are required by the labour market for specific use cases and jobs from several fields of the agricultural sector
2. Transferring and adapting the generic WACOM competence model to the AGRICOM competence model (ACM) allowing more agricultural use cases
3. Pilot-testing the ACM to the jobs specialisations related to agricultural uses of water resources (irrigation, hydroponics, etc.)
4. Establishing the AGRICOM online community for communication, moderated discussions and exchange of project results, experiences and expertise on competence modelling for vocational education and training in the agricultural sector,
5. Establishing the AGRICOM web portal and populating it with more agricultural use cases,
6. Enhancing the transparency of the job profiles in the agricultural sector,
7. Supporting the conjunction of vocational education and training with the labour market and jobs specialisations.

The main long-term objective and addressed impact is the introduction of competence modelling to the agricultural sector in order to develop a first Agriculture Competence Model as well as to strengthen the transparency and comparability of VET opportunities through the transfer of WCM and the adaptation of ECVET and EQF.

More information about AGRICOM online:

AGRICOM Contact:

Contact: Cornelia Helmstedt
Organization: University of Duisburg-Essen
Address: Universitaetsstr. 9 (ICB)
45141 Essen, GERMANY
Telephone: +49 (0)201 183-4700
E-Mail: cornelia.helmstedt (at)

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