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The Impact of COVID-19 on Supply Chains and Food Safety

About this event


The novel coronavirus sweeping the globe has exposed how vulnerable international supply chains are to disruption. However, crisis often provides opportunity. As a result of quarantines and lockdowns, global supply chains are being replaced by local chains (ex. food supply). But while the world’s food system has so far weathered the challenge of COVID-19, visibility is crucial, and local suppliers are lacking a proper data sharing model, leading to 'information chaos'.

This webinar will bring together trusted global supply chain and food industry experts (farmers, cooperatives, supermarkets and retailers) to explore the current challenges and describe how a new AIOTI-developed program navigate the “new normal” of rerouting to local supply chains, and how it has had a huge impact on ecological footprints and air quality.

During this webinar, we will examine:

  • How AIOTI program resolves supply chain rerouting issues by mapping existing meta data ontologies while adding new COVID related items.
  • How European commission is scaling up existing funding for solutions to help end-users navigate the global food Industry/supply chain challenges caused by the COVID pandemic.
  • The proposed solution is a baseline and its target can be summarized as to “Enable data discovery” for multiple cross-domain issues in the markets, caused by the COVID lockdown. Managed metadata lakes are used to expose machine readable data repositories, reports and dashboards and to enable data discovery and AI
  • The international impact and opportunity of this program. Although based on local implementations, the use of digital technologies plays a strong role in enabling sustainability of the agri-food sector. Learn how deployment currently focuses on Europe with international opportunities (Canada, US, Africa)

Is a set of webinars hosted by the IOTSWC and the IIC to be held during 2020 and 2021 where IOT, AI and machine learning experts will discuss the digital transformation and the coming future after the COVID-19 pandemic. Check out our webinar programming.

Hosted by

  • Guest speaker
    Nikolaos Isaris Head of Unit (Acting), IoT, DG Connect @ European Commission

    The Unit is responsible for the research, innovation and policy actions to accelerate the take-up of IoT and to unleash its potential in Europe. He holds an MBA with Honours, a Master’s degree with Distinction in Data Communications and Networks.

  • Guest speaker
    Jürgen Vangeyte Scientific Director Agricultural Engineering @ Instituut Voor Landbouw

    Dr. ir. Jürgen Vangeyte (M), is the scientific director at ILVO. ILVO performs multidisciplinary, innovative and independent research aimed at economically, ecologically and socially sustainable agriculture and fisheries in a from farm to fork approach.

  • Guest speaker
    Moderator: Tanya Suarez CEO @ BluSpec

    A firm believer that there can be no strategy without innovation, I currently lead the BluSpecs team, with a passion for embracing disruption through market-driven innovation and co-creation. From strategic digital transformation to building technology ecosystems.

  • Guest speaker
    Steve F. Tracey Executive Director @ Center Supply Chain Research

    He is responsible for the vision of one of Smeal’s premier research centers as an ambassador and spokesperson for supply chain activities at Penn State. He has elevated the CSCR® sponsor partnerships with both public and private sector organizations representing over $2.5T in private sector revenue.

  • Guest speaker
    Marieke de Ruyter de Wildt Founder @ The New Fork

    Marieke’s fascination for agriculture started during her studies in the field of Agricultural Economics at the Wageningen University. After receiving her Master of Sciences Marieke worked in farm data for 15 years, in over 40 different countries.

  • Guest speaker
    Tom De Block Task Force Leader @ AIOTI

    At first, Tom was tasked to co-host the transversal 'Blockchain work stream'. Followed (end of 2018) by his ellection as chairman on the newly created 'working group on Distributed Ledger Technologies', it became the flagship of the AIOTI Alliance, hosting 150+ organisations.

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