21ABS21-THESSALY UN AGENDA 2030

UN Agenda 2030

AgriBusiness Forum promotes the UN 2030 Agenda, being its activities related with the following SDGs

SDG-Goal-02

End hunger, achieve food security, improved nutrition and promote sustainable agriculture

SDG-Goal-04

Ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all

SDG-Goal-05

Achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls

SDG-Goal-06

Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all

SDG-Goal-07

Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all

SDG-Goal-08

Promote sustained, inclusive and sustainable economic growth, full and productive employment and decent work for all

SDG-Goal-09

Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

SDG-Goal-10

Reduce inequality within and among countries

SDG-Goal-11

Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable

SDG-Goal-12

Ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns

SDG-Goal-13

Take action to combat climate change and its impacts

SDG-Goal-15

Protect, restore and promote sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems, sustainably manage forests, combat desertification, and halt and reverse land degradation and halt biodiversity loss

SDG-Goal-17

Strengthen the means of implementation and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development

21ABS21-THESSALY Field Visit

AgriBusiness Thessaly Summit 2021

Field Visit Programmes

Program (A): Tsililis Distillery


Tsilili Distillery, the synonym of tsipouro. It was founded in 1989 by Konstantinos Tsililis, with the aim of producing and standardizing tsipouro and it is based in Raxa, Trikala, in the viticultural zone of Meteora. Tsilili tsipouro is the first one to be bottled in Thessaly, an area with a great reputation, tradi- tion and history in tsipouro and is rightly a Protected Geographical Indication recognized in the EU. Tsilili distillery has acquired significant know-how in the production and aging of spirits in its more than 30 years of operation. Specializing in the distillation sector, it continues the research, progress and development of innovative spirits aimed at modern consumers in Greece and abroad. For the needs of the distillery in quality grapes, it grows organically about 150 acres of privately owned vineyards and cooperates on a permanent basis with contracted vine growers mainly in Damasi and other villages of Tyrnavos.The fermentation of the marcs and the grape pulp is car- ried out in perfectly controlled conditions, with mechanical equipment of modern technology. This is followed by slow discontinuous distillation in small copper pits and aging of the distil- lates in oak barrels even for decades in underground cellars with controlled temperature and humidity conditions. In addition to the classic Tsilili tsipouro, there are Agioneri tsipouro that is aged for one year in oak barrels and Dark Cave, tsipouro aged for at least 5 years and in the last year it matures in barrels of sweet Vinsanto wine. Also, four different single-variety grape distillates are produced.Tsilili spirits have often won important awards in major international competitions and are exported to 25 countries.


Itinerary:

  • 14h00 departure to Tsililis distillery (15 mins drive time from Ananti conference)
  • 14h30 site visit and presentation of the distillery: History, distillation, business model etc
  • 15h15 tsipouro and wine tasting at the cellar
  • 16h00 QAs and discussion
  • 17h15 end of field visit program.

Remarks

  • A reservation for joining field visit programs is mandatory. Delegates are requested to address to the secretariat the day before, Friday 19/11 not later than 14h30
  • Program (A) is limited to 30 delegates maximum
  • Programs are subject to changes/modifications

21ABS21-THESSALY Why Does Our Work Matter

Why Does Our Work Matter

AgriBusiness Forum bridges sciences, businesses and farmers for tackling agrifood & environmental challenges

ΑgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings

21ABS21-THESSALY Why Attend

Why Attend

Below some reasons on why joining AgriBusiness Forum:

  • Sharpen the saw and gain new contacts;
  • Boost personal outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Attire contacts from agribusiness leaders, agtech innovators, farmers and policy makers;
  • Gain insights from first class speakers and influencers;
  • Participate to vigorous dialogues and debates;
  • Grasp cross-sectoral knowledge on the agrifood value chain;
  • Be part of agrotechnology future developments;
  • Identify new ideas from innovative businesses & scaleups;

AgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings

21ABS21-THESSALY Travel Information

Travel Information

A. Flying to Athens for getting to Trikala

Athens is accessible with more than 130 countries being gateway to the Greek islands and mainland destinations. The award-winning Athens International Airport (Venizelos International Airport) is located about 20 km (12 miles) east of the city. You may find out more regarding a flight from your destination to Athens below:

To get to Trikala you may consider following alternatives (it is declared that the forum has no responsibility on any means of transport):

Buses leave Athens to Trikala every 2 hours from 7:30 to 21:00. Tickets & Schedules here

Trains to Trikala take between 5 and 6 hours to get you there. Tickets & Schedules here

There are lots of rent a car companies offering low budget vehicles to visit Trikala which is on a flat plain and very easy to reach your destination through Athens-Thessaloniki highway road. Total distance from Athens International airport is 350 klms (3h45mins). Google maps here

B. Delegates transportation in Trikala to/from the conference venue

  • Delegates will be provided complimentary transportation between the accredited hotels and the conference venue.
  • Round-trip transfers will be offered in the morning and the evening on Friday 19/11/2021, as well as in the morning and the afternoon on Saturday 20/11/2021.
  • Delegates should observe the announcements to be listed at hotels’ reception and the conference venue

C. Visa Information & Requirements

Visa regulations depend on your nationality and country of origin. Please contact your local Embassy / Consulate for full and official instructions on the specific visa regulations and application procedures that apply to you. It is the responsibility of the participant to obtain a visa, if required.

If you are uncertain concerning your Visa Requirements, please visit this online link to check if you are required to obtain a Visa to Greece.

D. Letter of Invitation
Individuals need an official Letter of Invitation, it can be requested upon registration to the conference. Such Letter of Invitation will be provided within a week of your request and following to the payment of your registration. The Letter of Invitation does not financially obligate the Conference organisers in any way. All expenses incurred in relation to the Conference are the sole responsibility of the attendee.

E. About Trikala

Trikala is a pioneering ‘smart city‘ in recent years, being the entire town almost covered by a free wi-fi zone. Trikala is built on the ruins of the ancient city of Trikke, an important center in antiquity that was considered to be the birthplace and home of Asclepius, the God of healing. It was mentioned in Homer’s Iliad that the city sent 30 ships to Troy. You can see the ruins of the Asklepion, the ancient temple of healing with its important mosaics as well as the Roman Baths.

Trikala is a paradise for people who ride bicycles and it is one of the primary modes of transportation for locals and visitors. Among its beauties features Tsitsanis Museum, dedicated to the most famous prolific singer songwriters in the history of popular music. The renovated museum is housed in a 16th century Ottoman bath house which served as a prison in more recent times. The Justinian Fortress sits on a hill in the center of the old city, while on the east side is the 17th Century Clock being the symbol of the city. Manavika area hosts the best restaurants and cafes and Asklipiou str. is the commercial district of the city. At the end of the street is the 19th Century impressive historical building of the Railway Station while the Mosque is a fine example of Ottoman era.

21ABS21-THESSALY The Organizer

The Organizer

Geo Routes Institute, nonprofit & nongovernmental organization, is planning, developing and providing journeys and events of cultural, environmental and educational character in Greece and beyond. Geo Routes in Greece, highlights cultural heritage, facilitates intercultural dialogue and fosters welfare and the development of the society.

Geo Routes cultural journeys are held under the auspices of the Hellenic National Commission for UNESCO and “best practice” in the framework of “Culture-Tourism-Development”. Its journeys focus on Agriculture-Gastronomy, Flora-Fauna-Environment, History-Archaeology, Cultural Heritage, Places of Religious Interest, Trekking Trails-Hiking, Geology-Energy resources, Aquatic Biology.

Geo Routes is the owner and official organizer of the leading international conferences, the Balkans & Black Sea Forum and the AgriBusiness Forum.

More information: www.geo-routes.com

21ABS21-THESSALY Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsorship Opportunities

Our flexible sponsorship plan offers range of opportunities at strengthening your corporate networking and outreach.  

Below some reasons on why supporting AgriBusiness Forum:

As Corporate:

  • Speaker opportunities;
  • Leading Partners opportunities;
  • Extensive branding throughout AgriBusiness Forum on/offline materials;
  • Corporate outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Complimentary conference registration fees;
  • Speakers’ interview to media sponsors
  • One to One meetings with speakers and/or innovative scaleups;
  • Exhibiting space;
  • Social media campaigns

As Delegate

  • Sharpen the saw and gain new contacts;
  • Boost personal outreach and networking opportunities;
  • Attire contacts from agribusiness leaders, agtech innovators, farmers and policy makers;
  • Gain insights from first class speakers and influencers;
  • Participate to vigorous dialogues and debates;
  • Grasp cross-sectoral knowledge on the agrifood value chain;
  • Be part of agrotechnology future developments;
  • Identify new ideas from innovative businesses & scaleups;

AgriBusiness Forum work matters, being:

  • International: with extensive networking across Europe, Asia and Americas
  • Trusted: being independent, nonprofit, nongovernmental and non-partisan platform
  • Credible: delivering objective studies, undergoing of rigorous peer review
  • Relevant: providing content-driven arguments & data to the public discourse
  • Transparent: rolling clear outputs to its audiences
  • Evident: boasting content for impact overseen by experienced academics and businesses

We at AgriBusiness Forum, investing in farm to fork approach by:

  • Providing content driven and multidisciplinary agenda
  • Disseminating innovation, digitization and digital transformation across agrifood value chain
  • Hosting first class speakers from education, research, businesses and policy makers
  • Accommodating multidimensional audience from business, farming, financing, academia and the public sectors
  • Boasting dialogue and debates between panels and the audience
  • Integrating partnerships and cross-sectoral cooperation
  • Fueling the competitive advantage of the agrifood systems in Greece and beyond
  • Connecting layers of learning, challenging, conferencing, field-visiting and networking activities
  • Supporting early stage innovative scaleups at reaching higher growth potentials
  • Adopting high-scaling partnerships and conference proceedings

21ABS21-THESSALY Speakers 2021

Speakers 2021

Officials

Mr. Simos Kedikoglou

Deputy Minister, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

Mr. Spilios Livanos

Minister Agriculture, Rural Development & Food, Greece

Mr. Konstantinos Skrekas

Minister of Energy & Environment

Dr. George Stylios

Deputy Minister of Rural Development and Food

Speakers

Mr. Costas Apostolopoulos

Head of the Evaluation & Institutional Support, Managing Authority for Rural Development Programme

Dr. Konstantinos Baginetas

Secretary General, Agricultural Policy and International Relations, Ministry of Rural Development & Food

Mr. Giannis Balakakis

Chair, Geo Routes Institute
Chair Organizing Committee AgriBusiness Forum

Dr. Charalambos Billinis

Professor, Lab Director of Microbiology & Parasitology of Veterinary Science, Thessaly University

Dr. Ioannis Boziaris

Professor, Lab Director of Marketing & Technology of Aquatic Products & Foods, Thessaly University

Mr. Christoforos Chatzopoulos

Head of Business Banking & Retail Lending, National Bank of Greece

Dr. Nikolaos Danalatos

Dean - Professor of Agronomy & Crop Ecology, Thessaly University

Dr. Nicholas Dercas

Vice Rector, Professor Agricultural Hydraulics, Agricultural University of Athens

Mr. Alexandros Dimitrakopoulos

Regional Mandate Manager, European Investment Fund (EIF)

Dr. Theofanis Gemtos

Emeritus Professor, Farm Mechanization, Thessaly University

Mr. Vassilis Giagiakos

President, Chamber of Trikala

Ms. Tatiana Giemelou

Head Business Development sector, National Bank of Greece

Mr. Costas Goumas

Agronomist, fm. President GEOTEE CG, fm. Director of Land Reclamation Service of Larissa

Mr. Tassos Haniotis

Director, Strategy, Simplification & Policy Analysis, DG Agriculture & Rural Development, European Commission

Ms. Christiana Kalogirou

Secretary General, Ministry of Agriculture & Food

Dr. Charalambos Kasimis

Professor, Rural Sociology, Agricultural University of Athens

Dr. Nikolaos Katsoulas

Professor, Lab Director of Agricultural Constructions & Environmental Control, Thessaly University

Dr. Constantinos Kittas

Emeritus Professor, Agricultural Constructions and Environmental Control, Thessaly University

Mr. Petros Kokkalis

MEP European Parliament, Member of the Committees ENVI, AGRI, PECH, BUGD

Dr. Demetrios Kouretas

Professor, Animal Physiology & Toxicology, Thessaly University

Ms. Christina F. Legaki

Country Leader, Corteva Agriscience Hellas

Mr. Dimitris Lianos

Ass. Managing Director, LKN ANALYSIS LTD

Dr. Athanasios Loukas

Ass. Professor of Hydrology and Water Resources, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki

Mr. Dimitris Papagianidis

Secretary General of European Funds & Infrastructure, Ministry of Agriculture & Food

Mr. George Pontikas

President & CEO, Syngenta Hellas

Mr. Michalis Sarantis

Managing Director, Hellenic Dairies SA

Mr. Kostas Theocharidis

Purchasing Manager, Barilla Hellas

Mr. Konstantinos Tsililis

Distiller-Winemaker

Dr. Konstantinos Tsimpoukas

Professor, Agribusiness Management, Agricultural University of Athens

Dr. Dimitrios Vlachos

Professor, Lab Director of Statistics & Quantitative Analysis Methods, Logistics & Supply Chain Management, AUTh

Mr. Geert Wilms

Director, Agricultural Innovation Brabant LIB/ZLTO, South Holland Farmers Organization

Dr. George Zalidis

Professor, Lab Director of Remote Sensing, Spectroscopy and G.I.S., AUTh