Paris, 12 November 2007

EFITA newsletter / 337 / European Federation for Information Technology in Agriculture, Food and the Environment

Agritechnica - European Young Farmers and Student Event
15 -16 November - HANOVER
Strategies for the future and career opportunities in European agriculture are high on the agenda at this year’s Agritechnica at the third European Young Farmers and Student event organised by the European Council of Young Farmers German Rural Youth Association (CEJA), the German Rural Youth Association (BDL) together with the Young DLG. More here
Contact: Malene CONLONG
E-mail: m.conlong(a)

Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference 2008 (EESD 2008)
22 - 24 September 2008 - GRAZ - Austria
With ever increasing pressure to find sustainable solutions for global warming, depleted resources like crude oil, utilising limited resources like fertile soil or water and the global fight against poverty and illness, engineering education becomes increasingly relevant for the future of industry. This is the driving force behind the Engineering Education for Sustainable Development Conference 2008 (EESD 2008) that will be held in Graz (Austria), 22nd to 24th of September, 2008.
The EESD 2008 is the fourth conference in a series of biannual international conferences dealing with all aspects of the education of engineers for sustainable development. Over the years the EESD has developed into the prime platform for the exchange of ideas among industry, academic educators and students who are interested in making future engineers fit for the challenges of sustainable development as well as in transforming universities into sustainable institutions.
The overarching theme of EESD 2008 is "Bridging the Gap".
The following topics will be addressed:
- Education and engineering challenges of the 21th century
- Students, universities and industry
- University and society
- University and regions
- Research community and sustainable development

The latest issue of ICT Update Magazine has just been published with the theme ‘web 2.0’.
The term web 2.0 covers such a wide range of applications, including blogs, mashups, wikis and feeds to social bookmarking, social networking and media sharing sites. Few people use all of these tools, but many use one or more. Increasingly, they are now also being applied to rural development in ACP countries. This latest issue of ICTUpdate magazine also features special reports from the recent Web2forDev conference in Rome.
ICT Update is a bimonthly printed bulletin, web magazine, and accompanying email newsletter focusing on the use of information and communication technologies in agriculture in developing countries. It is published in English and French, by CTA (Technical Centre for Agricultural and Rural Cooperation) in Wageningen in the Netherlands.
Contact: Jim Dempsey
E-mail: jim(a)

Advice from a doctor-friend
- When I was 14, I hoped that one day I would have a girlfriend.
- When I was 16, I got a girlfriend, but there was no passion, so I decided I needed a passionate girl with a zest for life.
- In college, I dated a passionate girl, but she was too emotional. Everything was an emergency; she was a drama queen, cried all the time and threatened suicide. So, I decided I needed a girl with stability.
- When I was 25, I found a very stable girl, but she was boring. She was totally predictable and never got excited about anything. Life became so dull that I decided that I needed a girl with some excitement.
- When I was 28, I found an exciting girl, but I couldn't keep up with her. She rushed from one thing to another, never settling on anything. She did make impetuous things and made me miserable as often as happy. She was great fun initially and very energetic, but directionless. So I decided to find a girl with some real ambition.
- When I turned 31, I found a smart ambitious girl with her feet planted firmly on the ground and married her. She was so ambitious that she divorced me and took everything I owned.
I am now older and wiser, and am looking for a girl with big tits…!!!

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