10th of December 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm - Zoom-Webinar

Presentation M. Iwersen, VetMedUni

Video M. Iwersen, VetMedUni

Presentation S. vanderBurg, Uni Wageningen

Video S. vanderBurg, Uni Wageningen

Zusammenfassung der Diskussion

Digital technologies are drastically changing the way our food is produced. Increasingly complex processes are being automated and farm management software, offering monitoring and decision support, is gaining importance. This development is not limited to large-scale farming operations, but also takes place in mid-sized, family-run farms in Austria.

Which changes will these developments bring along? How should these changes be evaluated from an ethical perspective? Now is the time for shaping the future trajectory of digitalized agriculture. We thus aim to identify the ethical questions stakeholders should ask themselves.

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„Ethical aspects of automation and digitalization in livestock farming“

10th of December 2020, 4:00-6:00 pm



Welcome:     Priv.-Doz. DI Dr. Andreas Melcher, Institute for Development Research, Member of the Ethics platform (BOKU)

“Use of sensor technologies in "Precision Dairy Farming" - an overview” (20 Min)
Ass.-Prof. Michael Iwersen, Clinical Unit of Herd Management in ruminants, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna

“Responsible innovation in digital farming” (45 Min)
Dr. Simone van der Burg, Innovation- and Risk Management and Information Governance, Wageningen Economic Research

Discussion with the speakers

Moderation: A. Melcher


Simone van der Burg is a philosopher and ethics expert adressing digital technologies in agriculture and values and interests of the various stakeholders therein. She will present one of her recent publications: “Ethics of smart farming: Current questions and directions for responsible innovation towards the future”.

Michael Iwersen is agricultural engineer and veterinary doctor for animal reproduction. His research focuses on modern herd health management of ruminants. Iwersen recently published various articles on "Precision Livestock Farming", see here

Concept & Organization: Lorenz Maurer supported by the Ethics Platform, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, and its working group „Animal Ethics“