The international conference "EKOLINK 2022" will be held on September 22-23 at the Academy of Agriculture of Vytautas Magnus University during the "Inno Panorama 2022" exhibition, which this year is dedicated to sustainability, ecology, and the European Green Course.
We are looking forward to a useful and interesting discussion about the future of organic production and hope that the participants will be inspired and motivated by outstanding speakers and ecological visionaries.
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Plan of the Conference
During 2 days of the event, you will hear more than 20 presentations on relevant organic topics, 5 of which will be given by speakers from France, Denmark, Belgium, Switzerland (in English with simultaneous translation into Lithuanian). 3 panel discussions and interactive answers to your questions await you.
September the 22nd
10 a.m.–12 a.m.
Organic policy link
1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Organic productiona and processing link
September the 23rd
9 a.m. - 12 a.m.
Organic catering link
1 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Organic science and practice link
Organic Policy Link
Strategic session on the current situation of the organic market and its future in the context of Lithuania and the European Union.
10:00 Organic market situation in Lithuania and prospects
Paulius Astrauskas, Vice-Minister of Agriculture of Lithuania
10:20 Organic as a part of the European Green Deal: how to reach the 25% target.
Pierre Bascou, Directorate-General for Agriculture and Rural Development
10:40 Trends in the development of organic in the EU by 2030 (remote)
Silvia Schmidt, IFOAM OE Policy Associate Manager
11:00 Certification of organic production: the significance and importance in achieving the goals of 2030
Virginija Lukšienė, Director of EKOAGROS
11:20 Panel discussion
Stimulating demand for organic products: awareness, accessibility, creating conditions for ensuring organic production.
Organic Production and Processing Link
Business success stories and opportunities, importance of coopeartion in establishing constant supply chain.
13:00 What do you need to know to successfully sell organic produce?
Liudvikas Aleliūnas, RIMI Sustainability Expert
13:15 Experience of organic production and produce sales through cooperatives in Lithuania
Nikolajus Dubnikovas, Bio LEŪA Director
13:30 Future path for organic produce – shortening supply chains by the e-commerce channels
Vaiva Petrauskienė, www.kaimasinamus.lt Project Manager
13:45 Organic food without costs to nature - how do we achieve this?
Kęstutis Juščius, AB „AUGA group“ General Manager
14:05 Best international experience. How and why gather all the organic sector in one umbrella organization?
Jérôme Cinel, INTERBIO Nouvelle-Aquitaine Director, France
14:35 Panel discussion
Compliance with long-term goals and the importance of collaboration to ensure efficient supply chains
Organic Catering Link
Creating conditions and promoting organic catering certification. Good practices of foreign countries and conditions for the breakthrough in Lithuania.
9:30 Organic products in public catering – untapped opportunities
Tomas Demikis, EKOAGROS Quality Manager
9:45 Experience in Lithuania - ECO certified public catering: goal, path and benefits
Birutė Jucevičienė, Director of the Nursery School "Žiogelis"
10:00 Vertically integrated organic farming. Our farm is your farm.
Niels Peter Pretzmann, General Manager of UAB "Farmers Circle"
10:15 Integration of organic food into the public catering sector: selection of specific organic products and impact on health
Raminta Bogušienė, VšĮ „Sveikatai palankus“ Director
10:30 The Danish Organic Cuisine Label – how Denmark is pushing organic produce into professional kitchens
Niclas Klixbüll, Danish National Organic Association Project Manager In Marketing dept.
11:00 Panel discussion
How to ensure the demand for organic food products in order to guarantee their production.
Organic Science and Practice Link
Latest technologies, research, achievements. Useful practical advices. Demand for higher than organic standards.
13:00 Organic farming in the EU: facts and figures
Prof. dr. Astrida Miceikienė, Chancellor of VMU Agriculture Academy
13:15 Effective organic farming in practice. When nature performs all the work, farming is effective
Valentinas Genys, farmer
13:30 Precision agriculture and the development of digital technologies - the key to a Green deal
Vytautas Juozas Petkus, EWA Product Manager
14:00 Bio Suisse - raising and implementing higher than organic standards.
Rachel Reist, Bio Suisse International Division
14:15 Will organic agriculture save the Baltic Sea from pollution?
Prof. dr. Laima Česonienė, VMU Agriculture Academy
14:30 Unconventional means of assesing the quality of raw materials for organic and conventional food
Prof. dr. Daiva Šileikienė, VMU Agriculture Academy
14:45 The impact of long-term organic farming, certified fertilizers and soil improvement measures on the agrochemical properties of the soil in the Lithuanian organic production system
Dr. Juozas Pekarskas, VMU Head of the Agroecology Center
15:00 Smmary and wrap-up of the conference
Moderator of the Conference
Independent climate change expert, professional meteorologist and author of articles on climate change