REACH2024 conference


1st Nordic-Baltic REACH conference organized by NJF

“Resolving Environmental and Climate Change issues in agriculture”

October 8-9, 2024, Lithuanian Academy of Sciences, Vilnius, Lithuania

(c) Go Vilnius. Vilnius Old Town Panorama.

Aims and scope

Agriculture in the Nordic-Baltic region shares common challenges, such as short growing seasons and cold temperatures. Climate change influence agriculture and food and feed security in the Nordic and Baltic region in many ways, such as through rising temperatures, changes in precipitation patterns, increased frequency of extreme weather events, and pest and disease risks. These challenges can have major economic, social and production consequences. Research has a pivotal role in providing solutions for how the agricultural sector can respond to these challenges and how it can valorize new opportunities.

The organizing committee welcomes participants with diverse perspectives to attend the conference “Resolving Environmental and Climate Change issues in agriculture (REACH)”. The event is intended to bring together researchers and experts with backgrounds in fields such as plants, soil, environment, animals, technology, economics and social science. The Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet fellow researchers and experts from different fields of agriculture to exchange ideas, share experiences, and establish  new networks and partnerships. Conference participants will have an opportunity to present scientific results and discuss the latest developments, challenges, and solutions.

Main topics of the conference

All presentations related to resolving environmental and climate change issues in agriculture are welcomed. In particular, the organizing committee welcomes abstracts addressing the following topics:

1. Technological solutions for a cleaner agri-food system.
2. Biodiversity, plant and soil health in a new climate.
3. Sustainability and animal production.
4. Economics, social impacts and life cycle sustainability assessments.
5. Modelling of agriculture, food system, environmental, climate change and European policy issues.

(c) Go Vilnius. Gedinimas castle at night.

Abstract submission

The organizing committee invites researchers and experts to submit an abstract to be considered for an oral or a poster presentation at the conference. Indicative topics of the conference are presented below. Please submit your abstract (maximum 2000 characters) by using this online form by June 30, 2024 at the latest.

The programme will include keynote talks, oral presentations  (10 minutes for presentation, 5 minutes for discussion) and flash poster presentations (3 minutes for presentation, 2 minutes for discussion) . The registration to the conference will open in June and all presenters are required to reqister to the conference by September 1, 2024.

Keynote Speakers

Head of Research Lillian Øygarden, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, “Climate change – new challenges and need of adaptation strategies for Nordic- Baltic agricultural production systems

Head of Research Lillian Øygarden, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, “Climate change – new challenges and need of adaptation strategies for Nordic- Baltic agricultural production systems

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Research professor Heikki Lehtonen, Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke), “How to integrate necessary actions and solutions to climate and environmental sustainability challenges in economically viable agriculture?”

Research professor Heikki Lehtonen has over 25 years of experience in economic analysis and policy assessment in agriculture. He has been active in climate change-related policy support and stakeholder work, e.g. he was a PI in creating a Climate Roadmap for Finnish agricultural producers (2020). He is experienced in integrated assessment and modelling in soil-crop-farm-sector -scales related to sustainability and climate topics.

Professor Ainis Lagzdins, Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies, Institute of Landscape Architecture and Environmental Engineering, “Challenges and solutions to reduce nutrient losses and transport from agricultural areas”

Ainis Lagzdins has been a part of the academic and scientific staff of Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies since 2005. He graduated from the doctoral study programme “Environmental Engineering” in 2012 when he defended the PhD thesis entitled “Analysis of nitrogen and phosphorus leaching in the agricultural areas”. The main research topics are related to agricultural runoff monitoring in different agro-climatic regions in Latvia, modelling of water quality and quantity, and implementation of edge-of-field and in-field practices to reduce nutrient transport from agricultural land. A. Lagzdins has been involved in multiple national and Nordic/Baltic cooperation projects on assessing and modelling nutrient losses. He has a two-year experience as a postdoctoral research associate with Iowa State University in the U.S.

Per Hanson, Secretary General of NKJ

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Conference venue

The conference will be organised at the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences (Gediminas Ave. 3, 01103 Vilnius), which is located in the hearth of Vilnius, the vibrant capital of Lithuania. Vilnius’s historic centre has been a part of UNESCO since 1994. Vilnius old town represents Gothic, Renaissance, Baroque and classical styles. Vilnius is a multicultural city with modern gastronomy, various museums, and nature surroundings. Last year, Vilnius celebrated its 700th anniversary
Further information about Vilnius.

Travel information.
The nearest airport is Vilnius International Airport. The airport is connected to the city by public transportation.

Another option for international travel is Kaunas International Airport, which is located 100 km from Vilnius. There is an express bus connection from Kaunas airport to Vilnius.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: June 30, 2024.

Notification of acceptance of abstracts: 20 July, 2024.

Deadline for Early Bird registration: September 1, 2024

Deadline for late registration: October 1, 2024

Organizing Committee
Chairperson of Organizing Committee
Dr. Neringa Rasiukevičiūtė
Dr. Skaidrė Supronienė
Dr. Alma Valiuškaitė
Dr. Karolina Barčauskaitė
Prof. habil. dr. Vidmantas Stanys
Dr. Žydrė Kadžiulienė
Gintarė Naujokienė

Scientific Committee
Chairperson of Scientific Committee
Prof. dr. Jarkko Niemi
Prof. habil. dr. Zenonas Dabkevičius
Dr. Silvia Gaiani
Dr. Till Seehusen
Prof. dr. Ainis Lagzdins
Prof. dr. Mati Koppel
Dr. Fredrik Fogelberg
Dr. Danutė Karčauskienė
Dr. Linas Stabingis
Dr. Assoc. Prof. Kęstutis Venslauskas
Dr. Agnė Veršulienė
Dr. Sven Bernesson
Dr. Assoc. Prof. Anastasija Novikova
Dr. Ieva Mockevičienė

Registration fees

The registration to the conference will open in June. All presenters are required to reqister to the conference by September 1, 2024. For non-members, the registration fees include NJF membership for year 2024.

Category Before September 15thAfter September 15th
NJF members, including conference dinner270370
Non-NJF members, including conference dinner300400
Student, including conference dinner200300
Non-NJF member210310
NJF member240340
Conference tour3050

Journal publication

The participants will have an opportunity to submit a manuscript based on their presentation to the Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica.

The conference is organised in collaboration between the following organisations: