Workshops & Events

We invite our users to participate in our webinars and join us on different conferences and workshops throughout the year. If you are interested in a specific event, we are happy to provide you with detailed information.

If you are interested in a webinar on a specific topic or focus region, please do not hesitate to get in touch. GRAS is happy to learn about your specific interests and set up the best fitting webinar for you.

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Overview of past and future workshops and events

Sustainable Foods Summit, 13-14 June 2019, Amsterdam

In June 2019, GRAS will be presenting at the Sustainable Foods Summit in Amsterdam. Organised by Ecovia Intelligence, the Sustainable Foods Summit is an international series of summits that focuses on the most recent and relevant sustainability issues of the food industry. The summit takes place each year in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and North America.

During the 11th European edition in Amsterdam in June, the newest developments in ingredients, technologies and packaging will be presented. It will be discussed in how far greater traceability can be achieved, how plastic can be replaced by recyclable packaging solutions to close the loops and which new ingredients could help to tackle major food security issues on a global scale.

GRAS will be presenting relevant possibilities of latest remote sensing technologies to map and monitor small- and large-scale farming activities on the ground and hence promote sustainable food value chains from farm to fork.


Photos were taken last year at the Sustainable Foods Summit, 7-8 June 2018, Amsterdam

Source: Sustainable Foods Summit

4C Global Sustainability Conference, 6 June 2019, Berlin

GRAS will participate at the 4C Global Sustainability Conference on June 6, 2019 in Berlin, to inform about potentials of remote sensing methods for transparent and sustainable coffee supply chains.

The smallholder-dominated structure of the global coffee production system poses special challenges to the monitoring of coffee supply chains. Against this background, Pia Rothe from GRAS will outline possibilities to identify and verify sustainability criteria in the global coffee production and demonstrate how the GRAS approach can help to conduct focused risk assessments for efficient certification preparation, audits and continuous monitoring.

We cordially invite you to meet us at the conference and discuss with us about possibilities to map and monitor sustainability risks within the coffee production system.

Click here for more details about the conference.

GRAS Webinar, 2 May 2019

We cordially invite you to participate in the next GRAS Webinar, taking place on 2nd May 2019, 05:00 pm (CEST). We will demonstrate, how GRAS can provide practical support to monitor your supply chains, to identify risk hotspots of your supply base and to prepare for sustainability certification. In addition, international case studies will be presented and the main functionalities of the GRAS Tool will be explained. Don’t miss the opportunity to get insights into GRAS methods and services and to ask your questions!

Watch the recording of the Webinar here:

USDA-NIFA Next Generation LUC Workshop, 4 April 2019, Chicago

GRAS participated at the first stakeholder workshop of the USDA-NIFA Next-Generation Land Use Change Project and presented methodologies how remote sensing technologies support certification of biofuels and sustainable food, feed and chemicals for European markets and sustainable global supply chains. GRAS uses remote sensing methods to make the preparation, conduction and monitoring of certification processes more efficient, reliable, and effective.

Key remote sensing experts from federal US agencies and important stakeholder groups shared state-of-the-art methodologies in the field of land use change (LUC) and remote sensing, recent advances in LUC data, analysis options, and current research gaps in this field.

The joint initiative of the Northwestern University, Northwestern-Argonne Institute of Science and Engineering, the University of Illinois at Chicago and the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign, supported by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, aims to develop a defensible, next-generation approach to quantifying and characterizing land use change using survey-based agricultural statistics, remote sensing data, and high-resolution satellite imagery interpreted through machine learning techniques.

The first of three stakeholder workshops took place at the Energy Resources Center of the University of Illinois in Chicago (UIC).

9th Global Sustainability Conference, 14 February 2019, Brussels

In February 2019, GRAS attended the ISCC Global Sustainability Conference in Brussels. Before and after the presentations, GRAS was available for individual talks to confidentially discuss open questions and individual solutions.

The annual ISCC Global Sustainability Conference is a well-established platform for industry and trade representatives, NGO’s, associations, research bodies and authorities. Expert speakers from the European Commission, Member States, as well as business insiders discussed key elements, implementation steps and the impact on different markets. In addition, the conference included forward-thinking talks about the circular and bio-economy, as well as success stories from system users, the increasing importance of sustainable aviation fuels and innovative solutions.


Source: ISCC System GmbH

Sustainable Landscapes Conference, 6-7 November 2018, London

Dr. Mohammad Abdel-Razek presented at the Sustainable Landscapes Conference of the Innovation Forum on 6 November 2018 in London in the session: Farmers – How can business help provide smallholders with the necessary finance and funding that they need?

Together with representatives of the WWF, Bunge and Olam International, the panel addressed the role of businesses to build resilience in smallholder supply chains and estimate their farming as a profitable business model for the future on the first day of the Sustainable Landscape Conference.

The forum connects the main aspects and players of Land, Forest, Farmers and Livelihoods. Thus, smallholder farmer resilience, deforestation and sustainable agriculture will be discussed including one of the biggest issues faced by business in creating a net positive impact and ensuring sustainable and resilient agricultural supply chains.

For more information visit the website of the Innovation Forum here.

Sustainable Foods Summit, 7-8 June 2018, Amsterdam

Pia Rothe presented GRAS at the Sustainable Foods Summit 7-8 June 2018 in Amsterdam. The challenges of implementing sustainable and deforestation-free supply chains can be tackled with new innovative and efficient technologies. The presentation underlined the options to use high-resolution satellite images and remote sensing technologies, mobile apps and innovative databases to proof sustainability criteria, support traceability, support certification and improve the livelihoods of smallholder farmers.

GRAS Webinar, 13 March 2018

We cordially invite you to join the free webinar on how to “Implement and Monitor Deforestation-Free Supply Chains” with GRAS, taking place on 13 March 2018, 10:00 am (CET) and 5:00 pm (CET). The webinar will give you an insight on new functionalities of GRAS, outline recent case studies and give the attendants the chance to ask their questions.

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