Paris, 26 July 2004

EFITA newsletter / 169 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

EFITA 2005 conference: the best opportunity to present your results, your achievements… and to meet friends and make contacts
25th to 28th July 2005 - Universidade de Trás-os-Montes - Portugal
Contact: Jose BOAVENTURA
E-mail: jboavent(@)

Why Windows?
Contact: Alain WITTMER
e-mail: alain.wittmer(@)

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Protection of genetic resources of pomological plants and selection of genitors with traits valuable for sustainable fruit production
23-25 August 2004 - Skierniewice - Poland

World Brewing Congress (from ZADI Newsletter)
25 - 28 July 2004 - San Diego (USA)

Knowledge Society Development Paths in Europe
21 September 2004 - Brussels
The European research project JANUS (Joint Analytical Network for Using Socio-Economic Research) is organising the final in a series of workshops on challenges for socio-economic research into the Information Society. We would like to kindly invite you to this event, which will be another important opportunity for discussing socio-economic research and for networking with the international research and public policy community. Please find attached the draft workshop programme.
Again, the JANUS workshop gathers experts and on the Knowledge Society from IST and international research projects, international organisations, the European Commission and public authorities. The aim of the event is to:
- Identify global development patterns of the Knowledge Society
- Provide examples of alternative national and regional paths to economic development in the Knowledge Society
- Discuss possibilities for public governance in support of these development paths

IT in Rural Areas - PROGIS Conference
22-24 September 2004 – Pörtschach am Wörthersee/Carinthia/Austria
IT in Rural Areas is not only the topic of our this years conference but much more an issue concerning nearly everybody living in the EU, exporting into the EU, getting subsidies from the EU and in general all of us, consuming agricultural products and living environmentally conscious. Concerned are furthermore all those, who don’t want to lose but to come off as winners out of the current pan-European movement.
Thus it is the objective of this conference to confront legal demands, with reactions of worldwide acting organisations/institutions, with PROGIS software solutions and to show best practice samples.
At this point we would like to thank all the speakers, first of all those coming from the European Commission, DG Agriculture and Fisheries, the Food and Agricultural organisation of the United Nations (FAO), the EURopean Umbrella Organisation for Geographic Information (EUROGI), the Central European Land Knowledge Centre (CELK), the Austrian Ministry for Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, and all the other lecturers - there are too many to be named, who will inform the auditorium widely with their interesting contributions. As mentioned above and as answer to these key notes, PROGIS itself will show solutions and PROGIS partners and customers will show their best practice samples.
Keep yourself up to date - get the latest information - see new technologies - get new ideas - talk with other participants - take home benefits!

Plant Protection and Plant Health in Europe: Introduction and Spread of Invasive Species
9 - 11 June 2005 - Berlin

IDA = Interchange of Data between Administration in the EU
- e-AMIS (Agricultural Market Information System), which aims to develop an integrated IT system to support the European Commission’s business processes related to the implementation of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).
- RAID (Remote Access to IACS Data), which aims to facilitate access to CAP geographical information data for all those involved in the management of EU agricultural subsidies.
- ECN Decisions Database (European Competition Network), which will create a network that will allow sharing the raw material of all decisions of national courts and competition authorities.
- MIMI (Management of Internal Market Information), which aims to provide a system allowing Member States and the Commission to exchange and monitor information to make the Internal Market function efficiently in the enlarged EU.
- EXTRAPACK (Extranet of the food contact material), which aims to improve the exchange of information among the network of official food contact materials (FCM) laboratories in the Member States.
- RESPER (Réseau Permis de Conduire), which aims to develop a data exchange system for driving licenses among the Member States, in order to prevent fraud.

IPMnet - Integrated Pest Management Network
The IPMnet CALENDAR is a monthly comprehensive global listing of forthcoming IPM (integrated pest management) related events (conferences, training courses, symposia, workshops, etc.) worldwide, covering 2004-2009. The IPMnet CALENDAR is sent to all subscribers to the IPMnet NEWS (free).
The IPMnet CALENDAR is produced by the Consortium for International Crop Protection, a group of U.S. land grant institutions with long involvement in environmentally sensitive crop protection research and development, and is supported through a grant from the Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

AQUAREC - Integrated Concepts for Reuse of Upgraded Wastewater
The project aims to define criteria to assess the appropriateness of wastewater reuse concepts in particular cases and to identify the potential role of wastewater reuse in European water management. The Institute of International Economics (IEI) at the University of Valencia (Spain) is participating as a key partner for the research on the environmental economic perspective.
Contact Dr. Francesc Hernandez
E-mail: Francesc.Hernandez(@)

International treaty to share plant resources

The splendid newsletter of Crop Protection Monthly

Wrong side of bed today
Mother Superior was on her way to late morning prayers when she passed two novices just leaving early morning prayers, on their way to classes. As she passed the young ladies, Mother Superior said, "Good morning ladies." The novices replied, "Good morning, Mother Superior, may God be with you."

But after they had passed, Mother Superior heard one say to the other: "I think she got out of the wrong side of the bed this morning."
This startled Mother Superior, but she chose not to pursue the issue.

A little further down the hall, Mother Superior passed two of the Sisters who had been teaching at the convent for several years. She greeted them with, "Good morning Sister Martha, Sister Jessica, may God give you wisdom for our students today."
"Good morning, Mother Superior. Thank you, and may God be with you."

But again, after passing, Mother Superior overheard: "She got out of the wrong side of bed today." Baffled, she started to wonder if she had spoken harshly, or with an irritated look on her face. She vowed to be more pleasant.

Looking down the hall, Mother Superior saw retired Sister Mary approaching, step by step, with her walker. As Sister Mary was rather deaf, Mother Superior had plenty of time to arrange a pleasant smile on her face before greeting Sister Mary: "Good Morning, Sister Mary. I'm so happy to see you up and about. I pray God watches over you today, and grants you a wonderful day."

"Ah, Good morning, Mother Superior, and thank you. I see you got up on the wrong side of bed this morning."
Mother Superior was floored! "Sister Mary, what have I done wrong? I have tried to be pleasant, but three times already today people have said that about me."

Sister Mary stopped her walker, and looked Mother Superior in the face. "Oh, don't take it personal, Mother Superior.

It's just that you're wearing Father Murphy's slippers."

Contact: Christopher WATHES
E-mail: christopher.wathes(@)

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