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AGRICOM Conference on Challenges in Hydroponic and Irrigational Training Successfully Concluded

09-27-2013 12:40 PM CET | Science & Education

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AGRICOM Conference Participants in Viterbo

AGRICOM Conference Participants in Viterbo

Viterbo, September 2013 – The AGRICOM Final Conference came to a successful conclusion on the premises of the University of Tuscia in Viterbo, Italy on September 20th. Highlights of the conference include keynotes by Cecilia Stanghellini from the innovative Wageningen University Research Centre, Dimitrios Savvas of the Agricultural University of Athens, and Dietmar Schwarz and Henrike Perner from the Leibniz Institute of Vegetable and Ornamental Crops. Their contributions concerning water management and quality controls in the agricultural and horticultural sector were complemented by a variety of ground-breaking papers on recent advances in irrigation and hydroponics techniques, all of which will be available online through downloadable proceedings and a recorded video stream (subject to permission of the author and organisation).

The afternoon session of the conference was dedicated to presentations regarding the AGRICOM Project’s main results in competence modelling in the agricultural sector. Most importantly, the Agricultural Competence Model (ACM) was presented. Representatives of AGRICOM Project member organisations also demonstrated their quality management system in a practical sense, as well as explained the theoretical background of its transfer from the water sector.
The conference was complemented by a technical tour to the nearby Albani & Ruggieri Company in Civitavecchia ( on September 20th, where participants were able to see some of the most recent irrigation and hydroponics techniques in their actual implementation. The greenhouses there provided an example of horticultural techniques, irrigation demands and working skills, supporting its theoretical explanation during the conference on the previous day.

To learn more about the AGRICOM Project or the ACM, please visit the project website at Recordings of the conference, as well as downloadable proceedings, will be also made available there. Direct enquiries regarding the conference 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 was sponsored by Italian Horticultural Society (SOI) ( and the University of Tuscia (UNITUS).

In particular the organisers would like to thank our project partners from the DAFNE Department, namely Dr. Eva Švecová and Dr. Guiseppe Colla, and the AGRICOM Consortium for their support.

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:

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

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