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1st International Conference AGRICOM 2013 Call for Submissions: Deadline Extended

08-26-2013 05:39 PM CET | Science & Education

Press release from: The AGRICOM Project

AGRICOM 2013 has extended its call for submissions!

AGRICOM 2013 has extended its call for submissions!

The call for submissions to AGRICOM 2013 has been extended: participants now have until the 15th of July to submit scientific papers, presentations of research projects, or posters demonstrating fully‐developed results, on‐going work or innovative concepts on advancement in agriculture, irrigation, and hydroponics. Participants are thereby invited to visit the idyllic and historical city of Viterbo in Italy and present their work at the University of Tuscia. Suggested topics for submissions include:

• Social communities for the agricultural sector
• Learning outcomes and competences orientation
• Competence & skill development in agriculture
• The latest developments in hydroponics techniques
• The latest developments in irrigation techniques

All submissions will be reviewed by the international scientific AGRICOM Programme Committee through double‐blind peer review. Accepted submissions will be published in the official conference proceedings (with ISBN), to be distributed to all conference participants as well as internationally after the conference. Specific guidelines, requirements, and templates for submissions can be found online at the official AGRICOM 2013 website (

The AGRICOM Project Presents the First Competence Model for the Agricultural Sector:

The European project AGRICOM (“Transfer of Water Competence Model to AGRIcultural COMpetences” – will present its main results during AGRCIOM 2013 Conference in the form of the first competence model for the agricultural sector. The Agricultural Competence Model (ACM) has undergone extensive pilot-testing during the last year in the project partner countries. The ACM capitalises on and transfers the competence model developed for the water resources management in the WAter COmpetences Model Transfer Project (WACOM), while integrating EU policies like the European Credit System for VET (ECVET), the European Qualification Framework (EQF), and the German specification PAS 1093 on Competence Modelling. Through this transfer, the project aims to strengthen the transparency and comparability of VET opportunities in Europe and provide an international example of effective human resource management and vocational education and training in the sectors of agriculture and aquaculture.

The AGRICOM Conference and the Agricultural Competence Model (ACM) are of especial potential benefit for, but not limited to, the following professions:

• Agronomists, horticulturalists, greenhouse and nursery managers, extension specialists, and people involved in crop management
• 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


Attendance at the AGRICOM Conference is subject to a conference fee (early-bird rate: 50€) and requires registration through the AGRICOM website, as seats are limited. The conference fee includes all provisions including a warm 3‐course lunch, coffee breaks, the conference bag, and the official conference proceedings. At least one author or project representative has to register for the publication of an accepted paper or project in the conference proceedings.

Overview of Important Dates:
- Submission deadline: July 15, 2013
- Notification of acceptance: August 1, 2013
- Early-bird registration rate ends: August 1st, 2013
- Camera-ready copy due: August 23, 2013
- Conference date: September 19-20, 2013

To learn more about the AGRICOM Project, please visit the project website at For the latest conference and project updates, please like the AGRICOM Facebook page at and follow the AGRICOM Twitter account at Direct enquiries and submissions can be sent to the AGRICOM Conference Team at the University of Duisburg‐Essen (UDE), Germany, via email to: agricom.conference (at) The AGRICOM Conference is sponsored by Italian Horticultural Society (SOI) (

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:

Coordinator: Cornelia Helmstedt
Organization: University of Duisburg-Essen
Address: Universitaetsstr. 9 (ICB)
45141 Essen, GERMANY
Telephone: +49 (0)201 183-4700

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