BUP Student Conference 2020

Sustainable Food Production in Conditions of Climate Change

The Baltic University Programme’s coordinating secretariat at Uppsala University and Slovak University of Agriculture, can proudly present the BUP’s annual student conference 2020. This year, we are focusing on the topic Sustainable Food Production in Conditions of Climate Change.

Harvester in the field.
Photo: meriç tuna on Unsplash

The conference aims develop the participants knowledge on the topic and spark new ideas through interaction with both lecturers, the food producing industry and other students alike.

Quick information


Host: Slovak University of Agriculture

Location: Nitra, Slovakia

Open for: Undergraduate and graduate students studying at BUP member universities

Number of participants: 80 students

Costs: The conference is free of charge and includes food, accomodation and program.

Application is temporarily closed, but will open again in September 2020.

Topic and Program

Reaching a sustainable food production is key for achieving several of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. But achieving these goals are central to not only the goals itself, but also controlling the greenhouse gas emissions and how we adapt to changes in our climate.  

During our four days conference, the participating students will get a unique experience to intensively study the different types of sustainable food production and how they to respond to a warming climate. With some of the regions leading experts from both academia and the food industry as teachers, students will have the chance to first handily learn and develop their ideas with help from our invited experts.

Food Hackaton

The participants will take part in a "Food Hackaton", where they together with experts from the field, will work on developing future food solutions. The event aims to inspire students innovations and promote them to think "outside the box", exploring new technics and methods of food production.

Field trip

Slovak University of Agricultures wine plantation in Oponice, Slovakia
University's wine plantation in Oponice, Slovakia.
Photo: Slovak University of Agriculture

Participants will visit the Slovak University of Agriculture's farm. They will be presented the activities of the Academic Winery, history of viticulture and viniculture in Oponice, technology of wine production with regard to "terroir". The presentation will also include wine tasting with an overview of various technological processes of production. There will also be a tour of the production premises and the old wine cellar from the time of the Appony´s family.

Slovak University of Agriculture's Diary Production in Oponice, Slovakia
University's diary production in Oponice, Slovakia.
Photo: Slovak University of Agriculture

As a part of the programme participants will also see the production and premises of the university farm, dairy farm and the  presentation of high-production technology of milk. Compilation of forage base, zoo herd technology, housing technology and aspects of climate change will also be presented. In the field production we can demonstrate the optimal moisture conditions in the cultivation of corn and other crops.


You can download a preliminary program here: Preliminary Conference Program

Keynote speakers

Dr. Piotr Prus, PhD

UTP University of Science and Technology in Bydgoszcz, Poland

Dr. Piotr PrusScientific interests: sustainable development, sustainable development of rural areas and agriculture, education for sustainable development, rural advisory services, agricultural knowledge and innovation systems (AKIS), diffusion and adoption of innovations in rural areas, multifunctional development of rural areas, entrepreneurship, non-agricultural entrepreneurship in rural areas, horizontal and vertical integration in the food sector and agriculture, formation and operation of agricultural producer groups

Currently involved in the Ancient Grain project, which concerns the introduction of primeval wheat varieties (Spring Indian Dwarf Wheat and Spring Persian Wheat) with increased nutritional value for cultivation: https://www.facebook.com/PradawneZiarnoPL

Piotr's research portfolio

Eva Ivanišová, Ing., PhD

Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra, Slovakia

Dr. Eva IvanišováIng. Eva Ivanišová, PhD.assistant of professor at the Department of technology and quality of plant products The research is oriented to technology and quality of plant raw materials and foodstuffs especially from nutritional point of view – determination of the content of bioactive compounds in plant raw materials and foodstuffs.

Lecture topic: Non-traditional, minority and less-known crops and their using in food industry.

Students' parliament 2020

Each year, BUP students taking part in the BUP student conference have the chance to make their voices heard and select their new BUP student representative to BUP's international board.

Student parliament session. Women speaking infront of a crowd.
Students' parliament session 2019. Photo: Jozef Počil

Students accepted to the Student conference 2020, will automatically become members of the students' parliament. Allowing them to vote, suggest proposal and run as a candidate as the BUP students' representative to the BUP's international board.

Read more about the students' parliament and BUP student representatives here.

Practical Information

The BUP will cover the costs of accommodation, food and program during the conference.

BUP cannot cover the costs of travelling to and from the conference, nor do we have the possibility to cover visa costs or help with booking of tickets. We encourage accepted students to apply for travelling grants from their home universities. Selected students will be accommodated at the university hostel in Nitra, in rooms with 2-3 other students. The conference will be held in the university building close by.

Accepted students have to arrange all travels by themselves.

Conference venue in Nitra, Slovakia
Conference venue in Nitra, Slovakia. Photo: Slovak University of Agriculture

Travelling to Nitra

Nitra is located in the western part of Slovakia, in the heart of the agricultural landscapes of central Europe.

Nitra, Slovakia from above in sunset
Nitra, Slovakia from above. Photo by Wizzard on Wikicommons.

As you are travelling to Nitra from different locations we kindly ask you to prepare your itinerary before your journey. Here are some tips how to reach us. When searching for your trip, you might have to set Vienna or Bratislava as your destination, since most international trains and coaches don't travel through Nitra.

By train: Slovakia is connected with all of its neighbouring countries via railway. You enter easily Slovakia by train from Poland, Czech republic, Austria or Hungary. You can search and buy your tickets directly from the Slovak Rail. Remember that you can also find international trains to Vienna.

By bus: Several bus companies connects both Bratislava and Vienna with the major European cities. Some of them are Flixbus, Eurolines and Ecolines. From Bratislava and Vienna you can take the bus to Nitra, for more information on timetables check www.cp.sk or www.slovaklines.sk. Purchase your ticket from the bus driver.

By car: Travelling from Bratislava- Trnava: motorway D1, exit Nitra road No. 51 If your travelling from the North, drive exit the same road.

By air: The two closest airports are Vienna and Bratislava. Use your regular flight scanner to find your trip. On the 13/5 and 16/5, BUP will arrange a transfer between Nitra and Vienna airport. Exact times for those transfers will be announced later.

Low-Carbon travels: If possible, try to use a climate friendly of travelling. Avoiding to fly is a great start, since it is one of the most carbon intense means of transportation. Travelling by buses or trains is in general much less intense generating far less than half of the emissions compared to flights.

Travel costs: Please note that BUP cannot cover the costs of travelling to and from the conference, nor do we have the possibility to cover visa costs or help with booking of tickets. Accepted students have to arrange all travels by themselves. We encourage accepted students to apply for travelling grants from their home universities.

Application process

The applications to the students conference open on the 13 of February 2020 and closes the on the 20th of Mars at 23.59 (CET). Each country in the Baltic Sea Region will get a certain quota based on the number of member universities in that country, however each country will have a minimum of 5 seats to the conference. Each national BUP centre is in charge of selecting the participants based on a set of guidelines.

Participants will get a result of their applications at latest the 3 of April 2020. Those who are not accepted will be automatically put on a waiting list.


If you have any questions regarding the Students conference 2020, you are most welcome to get in touch with us.