Sander Jenssen

Team Lead, Wageningen Environmental Research, Team Earth informatics

Sander Janssen PhD dedicates his scientific career to cross-disciplinary communication and collaboration required for achieving societal impacts in mutli-disciplinary projects focused on food security, climate change, agriculture and environment. He has worked in leadership and managerial roles in the last 8 years in digitization of agriculture, big data, open data and application of ICTs across domains. He has a drive for increasing the impact of research and studying evidence based decision making towards sustainable development. Prominent scientific projects: • Coordinating a Wageningen UR Strategic Research Program on Big Data, on their relevance for the life sciences domain (1-2Meuro annually) and involved in the Wageningen Data Competence Centre • Coordinator GODAN Action, 1.7M Pound sterling, UKAID/DFID funded program on enabling the use of open data through improving skills and tools on standards and interoperability, impact evaluation and training materials. Program has 10 international partners (e.g. FAO, Open Data Institute, CTA), 2016-2019 • Coordinator NIVA, New Vision in IACS in Action, a 10Meuro H2020 project (2019-2022) on improving the digital tools for paying farm subsidies in the EU. Project incorporates 9 Member state administrations. • Co-convener with Ministry of Economic Affairs (and later Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food) of the Workshop series ‘Creating Impacts with Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition’; 6 workshops over period of 2015-2018

Sander is speaking at

Application Track 3 - Data Driven AI solutions
November 5, 2020
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm


  • Nuria Lama (Parallel session chair) European Programmes Manager, Member of the Board of Directors of BDVA, Atos Research and Innovation
  • Ana Antunes (Speaker) Agronomist, SmartRural S.L
  • Giorgio Micheletti (Speaker) Consulting Director, IDC
  • Arne Berre (Speaker) SINTEF and NorwAI
  • Ioanna Roussaki (Speaker) Assistant Professor, National Technical University of Athens
  • Panos Ilias (Speaker) IT Business Analyst - DjustConnect, ILVO
  • Sander Jenssen (Speaker) Team Lead, Wageningen Environmental Research, Team Earth informatics
  • Luisa Volpe (Speaker) Head of Policy Development, World Farmers Organisation
  • Rita Gentili (Speaker) Coldiretti


The agrifood sector is one of the most important in Europe, not only because of its contribution to the economy, but also because of its relevance for rural areas, preservation of the environment or impact on citizens’ health. As many other industrial sectors, in the last years it has been increasingly adopting digital technologies. Many challenges still exist in its data-driven transformation, but it is very important that ongoing efforts are recognized and used as baseline for future developments. Large scale deployments of IoT devices have produced a vast amount of data; data models of the domain have been extended, and progress has been made in terms of data sharing and digital platforms for data integration and analytics. In addition, advances in robotics, image recognition and other disciplines are paving the way towards innovative AI-based applications.

This session will build on previous discussions about challenges but will focus specifically on creating awareness about the work done so far in data-related technologies for the agrifood domain. This concept gives us the opportunity to create links between different approaches, initiatives and projects working in the domains of big data, IoT and AI. Furthermore, we want to avoid a discussion focused exclusively in technology, as seen and “sold” by technologists. The session will give voice to the farmers and will drive a lively discussion that will undoubtedly inspire and help all the participants involved or interested in the agrifood sector.

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