Dear @Biobord network!
It would be very much appreciated if you can share examples, best practices and solutions on how to engage IT students into the agriculture and forestry within studies or field work, no matter the scale or complexity of the case! It will be used to screen the opportunities and shape the potential test-programme in the Vidzeme University of Applied sciences. Within this programme they aim to strengthen the cross-sectoral collaboration and to engage IT students into creating solutions for digitalization of farms.
At this point we foresee that students will be, first, briefed and prepared in the university – background about bioeconomy, its potential, resources, solutions, best practices, and then they will have a field work in real-farms, where they need to find solutions for digitalization.
To give a true inspiration to students, we aim to collect and learn about your experiences and solutions how you are bringing students (potentially from technical programmes) into the bioeconomy.
We have learned in the past that the Inland Norway University of Applied Sciences (@Halgrim) did engage students into plant monitoring to identify species in the fields around the area. Maybe you can tell a bit more about that? Was that a technical solution that they developed, or they did the monitoring “in the field”?
Also, JAMK University should have good examples about the development of IT solutions. @riikkakumpulainen and colleagues, could you share some examples?
Any other examples, best practice and solutions is very much welcome and appreciated.
I am currently opening this discussion on their behalf, as we are close partners in promoting this collaboration of students and farmers in close future. If you want to learn more about ViA, check their web page: Vidzemes Augstskola - Ground to Grow!
Vidzeme Planning Region