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23rd MARS Conference

23rd MARS Annual Conference
Nov 28 2017
Nov 29 2017
Gormanston, Co. Meath

The JRC, in collaboration with the Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development (DG AGRI) and the Irish Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM), is pleased to announce the 23rd MARS Conference.

The conference will provide a platform to present and discuss Member States’ experiences and general observations regarding the Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS), including developments in shared management. In particular, it will address:

  • Methodological developments and innovative topics
  • Highlights of the 2018 technical guidance documents
  • Technical aspects triggered by the revision of Implementing Regulation 809/2014 towards monitoring
  • The implementation of the amendment of the Delegated Regulation 639/2014 after the greening review
  • Insights into the CAP 2020 challenges of simplification and innovation


The event will take place in Gormanston, Ireland, on 28 and 29 November 2017, from 9 am to 5 pm.

/jrc/en/file/document/173651Agenda 23rd MARS conference

Outcomes of 2017 activities - Highlights of 2018 guidance

  • 2017 campaign: main messages, Owen Jones, Alain Vander Velde


  • JRC activities’ report, CAPLAND Team


  • Outcomes of workshops: Copernicus, Ispra(IT) & IACS, Ghent(BE), Pavel Milenov, Philippe Loudjani (for information, presentation skipped)


  • State of play of Greening after three years of implementation, Emmanuel Petel


  • A greener CAP? The ECA’s work on greening, Michal Machowski


  • ECAs audit approach for EAGF taking into account the progress made in IACS, Bruno Scheckenbach


  • The IACS study: an analysis of administrative burden arising from the CAP, Ana Brncic


  • Imagery Analysis Advancements in Ireland, Eoin Dooley


Introduction of the monitoring approach

  • The CAP and new technologies: increasing efficiencies in controls of area aids, Ana Brncic


  • Technical discussion on the introduction of monitoring to substitute OTSC, Wim Devos


  • Monitoring techniques, Guido Lemoine


  • Geotagged images for capturing additional evidence, Aleksandra Sima 


Monitoring experiences and challenges

  • Sentinels for monitoring: Sen4CAP and DIAS, Benjamin Koetz


  • Building in house capacity working with Sentinel data, Latvian experience, Indulis Āboliņš


  • Some examples on agriculture monitoring: Castile and León crop map and SENSAGRI project, David A. Nafría


  • Agricultural Aid Application 4.0 – Ideas and concerns from farmers’ perspective, Christian Gaebel


  • Assessing parcel condition with Sentinel type imagery – a collaboration prototype, Philippe Loudjani


  • Assessing parcel condition with Sentinel, Pieter Roggemans


  • Application for registration of ineligible area, Dario Perešin and Mladen Majcen


The environmental dimension

  • Overview of objectives and planning tools emanating from EU environmental legislation, Olivier Maes


  • EU climate policies and synergies with the CAP, Valeria Forlin


  • JRC support to targeting and assessing farming performance, Jean-Michel Terres, Vincenzo Angileri


  • Mapping ecosystems and their services of grasslands and grassland-related EFA's, Radko Radkov


  • Farm Advisory System database: first results, Juan Alvarez De La Puente


General discussion on the path ahead

moderator: Neil Hubbard

  • Teaser: The Future of Food and Farming, Owen Jones


  • Teaser: farmers & Paying Agencies:from control to cooperation, Erikas Bėrontas
  • Monitoring the overgrowth and abandonment of agricultural land, Nika Mesner


  • Automated remote sensing algorithms for CAP Cross Compliance and Greening obligations monitoring, Vasileios Sitokonstantinou


  • Neural networks driving the 'traffic light system’, Sebastian Fritsch 


  • Governing the CAP2020 - Technology and models ready today, Fabio Slaverio & Livio Rossi


  • Effective agricultural monitoring for the new CAP, Panagiotis Ilias


  • Working Towards Next-Generation Copernicus Agricultural Services: The ECoLaSS Project, Linda Moser 


Technical developments

  • European GNSS for Agriculture and CAP, Reinhard Blasi


  • Sentinel-1 for detecting mowing and ploughing events – validation campaign results, Kaupo Voormansik


  • Managing VHR image quality, George Ellis


  • Combining New Earth Observation Data Sources for a Productive and Sustainable Agriculture, Franziska Diesing


  • Field-level detail on a global scale: PLANET's agriculture monitoring solution, Marcus Apel


  • Beyond Sentinel-2 with UrtheDaily Constellation for Agriculture Monitoring, Jamie Ritchie


Concluding remarks

  • Closing remarks, Wim Devos



CityNorth Hotel & Conference Centre
Gormanston, Co. Meath
K32 W562.