Research Day at the BMLRT

The day of research in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Regions and Tourism was dedicated to the topic of "Digitization for liveable regions".

The online event was opened by Robert Pichler, Head of Research, Development and Business Services at the BMLRT. The “Innovation Farm” was presented in a video, in which new technologies for agriculture are demonstrated and made visible. In her opening speech, Federal Minister Elisabeth Köstinger referred to the importance of making new technologies usable for as many people as possible. The President's President and Chief Digital Officer at the BMLRT, Mr. Reinhard Mang, emphasized in his keynote the importance of a high-performance infrastructure through broadband expansion. The new Director General of ESA, Mr. Josef Aschbacher, was connected live from Paris. The ESA plays a central role in earth observation and the opportunities that arise specifically for agriculture.


The following people were invited to the subsequent panel discussion:

  • Hubert Hasenauer, Rector of the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences and President BIOS Science Austria
  • Christian Tippelreither, Managing Director Holzcluster Styria
  • Andreas Reichhardt, Head of Section IV, Telecommunications, Post and Mining, BMLRT
  • Juliette Komarek-Hehle, Events, sustainability, new technologies, hotel Schani and
  • Heinrich Prankl, Head of Research and Innovation HBLFA Francisco Josephinum Wieselburg


A total of 12 themed workshops were held in the afternoon:

  • Water use: digitization of irrigation
  • Groundwater quality - digital water data treasure; Challenges for the future
  • Digitization: Soil and Water
  • Digital technologies for sustainable crop production Precision Livestock Farming
  • Food: Smart sales and smart logistics
  • Modern weather forecast: New opportunities in Austria
  • Digitization in forest technology (Digi4 +)
  • ROSEWOOD 4.0 - wood mobilization in Europe
  • Innovation trends scouting: a look into the future
  • Regions worth living in: the leap into the digital
  • Digital knowledge networking: space management