VII UPM Water – Canal Isabel II Research Seminar

Fecha: 16/01/2024

On March 21, the VII UPM Water – Canal de Isabel II Research Seminar will be held at the School of Agricultural, Food and Biosystems Engineering under the title “Innovation in the Water Sector”. At the event we will be able to learn first-hand about the advances in R+D+i made by the public company that manages the integral water cycle in the Community of Madrid, as well as a specialized talk on groundwater management.

UPM Water is a Research Community of the Polytechnic University of Madrid formed by a multidisciplinary team of researchers in water resources. CEIGRAM is strongly linked to this team, since researchers from 6 of its 11 Research Groups are part of this network, addressing issues related to water resources in agriculture.

This research community aims to provide affordable, technical and sustainable solutions to water-related problems that address the current social context.

The event is completely free of charge and is open to researchers, teachers, professionals, students and anyone who may have an interest in the topic of innovation in the water sector.

We encourage you to register as a listener (deadline March 1) or as a speaker, for which you will have to send an abstract before February 15, 2024.

More information in UPMWater Seminars – UPMWater Community

International Soil Modeling Consortium Conference 2024

Fecha: 10/01/2024

We invite you to the 4th International Soil Modeling Conference (ISMC), from May 7th to 10th, 2024, at the Pan-Pacific Hotel in Tianjin, China. This event brings together leading experts to address our soil’s critical challenges amid growing food demand and climate change.

The conference, themed “Advances in Modeling Soil System Science, Earth System Science, and Beyond,” aims to integrate and advance soil system modeling and Earth system science. International experts will explore scientific gaps, conduct soil model intercomparison studies, and promote the integration of soil modelling into neighbouring disciplines.

A special session, “Application of Machine Learning and Non-Linear Methods for Spatial Data Analysis,” will be led by Ana M. Tarquis, Ruhollah Taghizadeh-Mehrjardi, and Brandon Heung. The deadline to submit abstracts is February 16, 2024, so do not miss the opportunity to participate!

Soil modelling addresses global challenges such as climate change, water conservation, and biodiversity. The conference provides a unique platform to discuss advancements, collaborate with experts, and contribute to developing translational research activities.

Register online before April 30, 2024, and join us to contribute to the sustainable future of our soil resources.

Complete information on the ISMC Conference Website:


AgroSceNa-UP Project Results Presentation Day

Fecha: 08/11/2023

On November 29th, we would like to invite you to attend the Workshop on Evaluation of agricultural management scenarios at different scales for sustainable Mediterranean cropping systems through the reduction of nitrogen losses.

Wednesday, November 29, 2023 (9:00-17:30) – Salón de Actos, Edificio de Agrícolas (ETSIAAB, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid)

In this event we will present the main results of the AgroSceNa-Up project of the Spanish State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation, which ends in November 2023.

AgroSceNa-Up has aimed to perform an integrated and multi-scale (provincial and national) assessment of the sustainability of Spanish agricultural systems from the perspective of nitrogen flows and management as a basis for designing and evaluating alternative management scenarios. The project has considered the agronomic, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainability.

We have worked in a space of nested spatial scales from the plot spatial scale (through a field trial), the grid scale, the province and finally the national scale, as well as system scales including crops, livestock systems and the agri-food system in the medium term (1990-2015 including also an exploration of the long term 1860-2015).

The modelling framework established served to evaluate the effectiveness of different fertilization strategies to reduce reactive nitrogen emissions considering also the effect on crop yields. The implications of each strategy have been scaled up to provincial and national scales.

Co-creation with stakeholders has been a central axis in AgroScena-Up both in the design of the field trial and in the discussion on the applicability of the alternative management scenarios with the participation of representatives of farmers and livestock associations, the Administration, fertilizer companies, civil society and members of the scientific community.

The event’s agenda includes presentations by national and international experts in sustainable fertilization and panel discussions.

If you are interested in attending please register here, places are limited.

The AgroSceNa-UP team

Agroscena-UP (PID2019-107972RB-100) is a project of the Spanish State Plan for Scientific and Technical Research and Innovation.

PIs: Alberto Sanz-Cobeña and Luis Lassaletta.

Research Team: Margarita Ruíz Ramos, Benjamín Sánchez Gimeno and Jon Lizaso.

Hired Personnel: Alfredo Rodríguez, Juliana Hurtado and Carmen Galea.

Work Team: Bárbara Soriano, Hans van Grinsven and Josette Garnier

International Nitrogen Workshop: Madrid 2022

Fecha: 08/06/2022

Between October 24 and 28 of this year, the International Nitrogen Workshop will be held in Madrid, organized by the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid through ETSIAAB, CEIGRAM and its researchers Alberto Sanz Cobeña and Luis Lassaletta.

Agro-food systems are fuelled by nitrogen. About 80% of this valuable resource is lost to the environment before reaching our plates. We refer to this loss as nitrogen waste.

The ambitious goal of halving nitrogen waste by 2030 requires important coordination of many actors: multidisciplinary scientists, farmers, industry, policy-makers, NGOs, and consumers.

In the words of its organizers, the XXI International N Workshop will contribute to this challenge by welcoming contributions dealing with different spatial scales (from the plot to global) and system scopes (crop, livestock, agroforestry, forestry, urban and agro-food systems). We will discuss these communications allocated in five regular- and three special sessions, together with eight interesting keynotes during five exciting days in October 2022 in Madrid, Spain.

There are eight confirmed keynotes dealing with multidisciplinary issues and diverse scales:

Mark Sutton (CEH, UK): Halving N waste: general perspectives

Nandula Raghuram (INI-Director, India): Crop improvement for NUE

Laura Cárdenas (Rothamsted Research UK): N2O emission factors

Xin Zhang (Maryland University, USA): NUE in cropping systems

Aimable Uwizeye (FAO): NUE in livestock systems

Gilles Billen (CNRS, France): Agro-food system scenarios

Jill Baron (USGS, USA): Farmers’ involvement in reactive N abatement

Estela Romero (CREAF, Spain): N dynamics in river basins

Eight confirmed keynotes

Five regular sessions are structured following a system’s scale organization. Each session counts with a specific committee of experts:

1.       Plant-soil system

2.       Animal system

3.       Animal-plant-soil system

4.       Agro-food system

5.       Landscape system

Three special sessions on relevant topics:

Remote sensing for N optimization and precision agriculture. Coordinated by Miguel Quemada and Jose Luis Pancorbo (UPM, Spain), which includes an invited talk by Urs Schmidhalter (ETH Zürich, Switzerland)

Costs and benefits of halving N waste by 2030. Coordinated by Hans van Grinsven (PBL, Netherlands) and Bonnie Keeler (University of Minnesota, USA)

N and circular economy. The role of affected stakeholders. Coordinated by Raúl Moral (UMH, Spain) and María Cruz García González (ITACyL, Spain)

Abstract submission is open until the 20th of June.

If you have questions, do not hesitate to write to

You can find all the details here:

CEIGRAM CONECTA Technical Conference: Digitization and modeling in the agricultural sector

Fecha: 30/10/2020

Adaptation to climate change and optimization of the management of agricultural resources

Day: Thursday, November 5, 2020.
Time: 09:30h – 17:00h

The Center for Studies and Research for the Management of Agricultural and Environmental Risks (CEIGRAM) of the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid invites you to participate in the conference “Digitization and modeling in the agricultural sector” organized in collaboration with the ETSIAAB and Program I + D + i AGRISOST on November 5, 2020, between 9:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.

The conference will address the aspects that affect the development of predictive tools aimed at promoting the adaptation of the sector to climate change and optimizing the management of agricultural resources. The day closes with a session on the role of facilitators to achieve digital transformation, in which three of the main Spanish agricultural associations will participate.

We are living in a complex moment in which it is essential that farmers have the best tools and resources to produce in a more sustainable and healthy way, while strengthening their resilience against climate change. CEIGRAM CONECTA aims to facilitate the meeting between the different actors involved to favor the development of R&I projects on digitization and modeling in the agricultural sector, at a time when the framework for action defined by the new European Green Pact is favorable.

The conference is aimed at companies and professionals in the field of AgroTech, Smart Agro, digitization and sensorization, fertilization, water and irrigation, agricultural insurance, distributors of raw materials and producer associations.

At the same time, the day is open free of charge to the participation of the general public that feels interest in the topics that will be developed.

Full program and speakers:

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The conference will count with the participation of 27 speakers from academic, business, agricultural associations and representatives of public administrations.