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Smart Farming: Part-time further education in the agricultural sector by TUM

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Smart Farming: Part-time further education in the agricultural sector by TUM

Certificate Program „Smart Farming and IoT in Agriculture“

The digitization of agriculture is one of the most discussed topics in the industry. However, there is often a lack of concrete concepts for implementation. The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is offering a further education course for professionals starting in November 2021 for the first time at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning: The certificate program "Smart Farming and IoT in Agriculture" was designed with experts from the Chair of Agricultural Systems Engineering. It enables professionals to digitize processes in a scientifically sound manner and to develop a holistic understanding of smart farming.

What is the difference between smart farming and digital farming? Which technologies should farmers be familiar with in order to drive the digital transformation of their farm? How can specific agricultural processes be automated by connecting them to the Internet of Things (IoT)? These and other questions will be answered by the new certificate program "Smart Farming and IoT in Agriculture", which will start at TUM in November 2021. The goal: Our researchers want to help specialists from the agricultural sector be prepared for the successful digital transformation of the industry.

"Smart Farming has the potential to make agriculture even more efficient and robust against societal changes, but also even more resource-efficient and sustainable. There are a number of technologies that can make daily work in the agricultural sector much easier. However, this can only be successful if one knows which technologies are relevant for their company and how one can seamlessly integrate tools into existing processes and thereby digitize them," says Maximilian Treiber, a scientist at the Chair of Agricultural Systems Engineering at TUM, who played a leading role in developing the program together with his colleague Josef Bauerdick.

Creating understanding the opportunities of Smart Farming and technology

"The role of farmers and agribusiness professionals is changing. If we can successfully make more and more processes automated, farmers can devote more of their attention to the areas of the company where their expertise is most needed," says Bauerdick. "That's why we deliberately want to impart our knowledge in a compact form in a part-time program – scientifically sound, and both practice- and future-oriented."

Particularly important to experts is the ability to integrate newly gained knowledge to their respective situation. Thus, in addition to introductions to terminology and technology, numerous practical exercises are built into the program. Among other things, participants learn to create an agricultural IoT system from sensor to dashboard. This gives them a deeper understanding of what is possible with current and future technologies and helps them explore the limits of the respective systems.

Bernhard Kraus, Managing Director at the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning, explains: "TUM academics conduct cutting-edge research in natural science and technological disciplines. With the new certificate program 'Smart Farming and IoT in Agriculture', we are combining the topics of agriculture and technology for the first time and making our findings available to professionals. In this way, they can be better prepared for the challenges posed by the digital transformation of agriculture."

Certificate program starts in November 2021

The part-time English-language certificate course will start in mid-November 2021 and will take place online as well as on-site in Freising near Munich (kick-off attendance weekend as well as excursion). It is aimed at professionals from the agricultural industry and related sectors at the interface of business and technology who would like to expand their knowledge of smart farming technologies and the digital transformation of agriculture. Upon successful completion, participants will receive an official certificate from TUM.

The current Corona regulations apply to all on-site implementations ensuring the safety of participants and teaching staff. Partners of the program include BayWa AG, Next Farming and geo-konzept GmbH.

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More information about the certificate program and the application process are available on the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning website:

The TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning supports international experts and leaders from science, business and society in successfully meeting the challenges of the 21st century through science-based and technology-supported professional and leadership development. The Institute offers innovative continuing education programs, which convey the latest research findings from the technical and natural sciences in a practice-oriented manner. The Technical University of Munich opened the TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning in January 2021 to solidify TUM’s place as a center for lifelong learning.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF) and the Free State of Bavaria under the Excellence Strategy of the Federal Government and the Länder.

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TUM Institute for LifeLong Learning

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The Technical University of Munich (TUM) is one of Europe’s leading research universities, with more than 600 professors, 45,000 students, and 11,000 academic and non-academic staff. Its focus areas are the engineering sciences, natural sciences, life sciences and medicine, combined with economic and social sciences. TUM acts as an entrepreneurial university that promotes talents and creates value for society. In that it profits from having strong partners in science and industry. It is represented worldwide with the TUM Asia campus in Singapore as well as offices in Beijing, Brussels, Mumbai, San Francisco, and São Paulo. Nobel Prize winners and inventors such as Rudolf Diesel, Carl von Linde, and Rudolf Mößbauer have done research at TUM. In 2006, 2012, and 2019 it won recognition as a German "Excellence University." In international rankings, TUM regularly places among the best universities in Germany.

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