VIRTUAL EVENT from MAY 11 to 14 2021

Given the global and local situation related to VIDOC-19, the CIGR 2020 Local Organizing Committee has decided to hold the event in virtual mode from May 11 to 14, 2021. We are currently in the development phase of the virtual program.


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Discussion panels

Chair: Dr. Pietro Picuno (University of Basilicata, Italy)
Presenters: Dina Statuto, Giuseppe Cillis (University of Basilicata, Italy)

Date: Wednesday, May 12, 10:00 - 11:30
Location: Online
Language: This panel discussion will be in english
Cost: include in Registration

Discussion panel description:

Mission of the Working Group WG11_RDPCH is to consolidate, increase and exploit the role that Agricultural Engineering may play for the development of rural Society and its activities, in the framework of an enhanced preservation of cultural heritage and its related landscape in the rural environment. Rural communities everywhere are indeed often susceptible to long slow declines, if agriculture is no longer economically viable and younger generations move to cities in search of better opportunities. In this scenario, the role that would be played by Agricultural Engineers may reveal decisive for supporting the strategic technical and socio-economic development of rural areas, by proposing, testing and implementing new ways for the preservation and valorisation of their cultural heritage.

The main scope of the WG11_RDPCH activities will be an improved contribution to the creation of outputs, outcomes and benefits aimed to an integrated management approach to Rural Development and the Preservation of Cultural Heritage. The boundaries of these scientific areas and application domains would be efficiently addressed by Agricultural Engineers, thanks to their aptitude to a multi-disciplinary approach to plan, organize and implement activities aimed to:

  • Identify existing problems as well as assets;
  • Discover innovative solutions and approaches from good practice examples;
  • Uncover the elements and take the best from them;
  • Adjust, combine and compile the good practice in a new scientific approach;
  • Create a new good practice for regionally specific cases.

The first activities of this WG11_RDPCH will be to Identify issues through strategic problem statements. 

About the chair

Photo PicunoPietro PICUNO is Full Professor of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering at the University of Basilicata (Italy). Expert in Farm Buildings and Rural Land, his specialization is on: Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering (Farm buildings structures and equipment; rural land survey and planning; vernacular farm buildings). Civil and Environmental Engineering (Greenhouse structures and technology; plastic material; agricultural plastics recycling; biodegradable films). Ecological Engineering (Rural landscape analysis; sustainable planning of bio-based value chains). He is Author of more than 170 scientific publications, as well as of the entry on: “Polymers in Crop Protection” of the “Encyclopedia of Polymer Applications” (Taylor & Francis, 2018). He has participated into several projects financed at international level. He is Academic Senator of the University of Basilicata. He is Chairman of the CIGR Working Group on: “Rural Development and Preservation of Cultural Heritage”.

Chair: Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon PhD, Professor at École de technologie supérieure
Presenters: Myriam Larouche-T, Gabriel Bélanger, William Fournier

Date: TBD
Location: TBD
Language: TBD
Cost: include in Registration

Discussion panel description:

The cannabis industry is booming in Quebec. More and more young companies want to open horticultural greenhouses that can grow cannabis. The new players are numerous and license acquisition times are long and rigorous. Several issues related to the legalization of greenhouses, license fees and culture for sale require specialized skills in the field. Specialists are therefore very rare in the field given the openness to this very recent industry.

In this panel discussion, legal experts will come to talk and discuss the various peculiarities of this industry in full expansions. How to start a cannabis culture greenhouse. What are the waiting times for license approvals? What are the issues related to this product? How to optimize the cultivation of cannabis in 4.0 technology. How to determine the cannabis varieties to produce.

All these questions and more will be shared with specialists, students, professors and guests.


About the chair


Claudiane Ouellet-Plamondon PhD, Professeure à École de technologie supérieure

La professeure Ouellet-Plamondon supervise et orchestre les recherches de l’étudiante au doctorat Myriam Larouche-T. Son parcours dans les diverses sphères de l’environnement et sa certification en biologie lui permet d’encadrer les recherches pouvant offrir une valeur ajoutée à la culture du cannabis. Elle agira à titre d’animatrice du panel.

Au sujet des panelistes



Myriam Larouche-T, PhD student

How to control THC and CBD levels during cultivation to optimize production times. This student's research attempts to demonstrate that 4.0 technologies can help to standardize THC and CBD levels during culture. Sharing research and analysis done by the student.


Gabriel Bélanger, Eng., Cannabis consultant

Consulting engineer for cannabis license holders and applicants in Canada and Europe. Gabriel is a teacher and lecturer. He has been working in the field for a few years. He shares the issues with entrepreneurs and the options to start a business. He actively participates in several panels, conferences and events related to cannabis.


William Fournier

A specialist in the cultivation of cannabis, he is the chief grower of one of the largest cannabis growhouses in Quebec. His career allows him to know the nutrient needs and settings that can optimize the cultivation of cannabis. One of the issues related to cannabis horticulture greenhouses is the cultivation of different varieties. He will discuss the needs and the different types of products requiring special care.