International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering

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International Commission of Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering - CIGR (Commission Internationale du Genie Rural) founded in 1930 in Liège, Belgium, as an international, non-governmental, non-profit organization regrouping, as a networking system, regional and national societies of agricultural and biological engineering as well as private and public companies and individuals all over the world, is the largest and highest international institution in the field. Until 2008 the organisation was known as International Commission of Agricultural Engineering. Its membership includes American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE), Asian Association for Agricultural Engineering (AAAE), European Society of Agricultural Engineers (EurAgEng), Latin American and Caribbean Association of Agricultural Engineering (ALIA), South and East African Society of Agricultural Engineering (SEASAE), Euro Asian Association of Agricultural Engineers (EAAAE), Association of Agricultural Engineers of South-Eastern Europe (AAESEE), and many national societies.

Aims of CIGR[edit]

The main missions of CIGR are to

  • stimulate the development of science and technology in the field of Agricultural Engineering,
  • encourage education, training and mobility of young professionals,
  • encourage inter regional mobility,
  • facilitate the exchange of research results and technology,
  • represent the profession at a worldwide level,
  • work towards the establishment of new associations, both at national and regional level, and to the strengthening of existing ones, and to
  • perform any other activity that will help to develop Agricultural Engineering and allied sciences.

CIGR Structure[edit]

The structure of CIGR is divided by seven technical Sections and various working groups. Each technical Section is charged with promoting and developing its respective field of science and technology as it relates to agricultural engineering. The CIGR Working Groups are appointed by the Executive Board to carry out studies on specific subjects of international importance and interest.

  • CIGR Working Groups:
    • Earth Observation for Land and Water Engineering Working Group
    • Animal Housing in Hot Climate Working Group
    • Rural Development and the Preservation of Cultural Heritages Working Group
    • Cattle Housing Working Group
    • Agricultural Engineering University Curricula Harmonization Working Group
    • Rural Landscape Protection and Valorisation Working Group
    • Image Analysis for Agricultural Processes and Products Working Group

CIGR Congresses[edit]

Year City Country
1930 Liege  Belgium
1936 Madrid  Spain
1940 Rome  Italy (cancelled)
1951 Rome  Italy
1958 Brussels  Belgium
1964 Lausanne   Switzerland
1969 Baden-Baden  West Germany
1974 Flevohof  Netherlands
1979 East Lansing, Michigan  United States
1984 Budapest  Hungary
1989 Dublin  Ireland
1994 Milan  Italy
1998 Rabat  Morocco
2000 Tsukuba  Japan
2002 Chicago, Illinois  United States
2006 Bonn  Germany
2010 Quebec City  Canada
2014 Beijing  China

CIGR Conferences[edit]

Year City Country
2004 Beijing  China
2008 Foz do Iguaçu  Brazil
2012 Valencia  Spain

CIGR Presidents[edit]

CIGR Fellows[edit]

The title of Fellow is the highest honour in CIGR. The title of Fellow is conferred to individuals who have made sustained, outstanding contributions world-wide, and that continue to improve the outcomes of the Agricultural and Bio-systems Engineering profession.

  • 2000: P. Abeels (Belgium), J. De Baerdemaeker (Belgium), E. Berge (Norway), J. Daelemans (Belgium), G. Pellizzi (Italy), Z. Sibalszky (Hungary), G. Singh (Thailand), J. Souty (France), H.van Lier (The Netherlands), H. Heege (Germany)
  • 2002: A. Kamaruddin, G. Papadakis, J. Ortiz-Canavate, O. Marchenko, Y. Kishida, F. Bakker-Arkema, C. Hall, F. Coolman, A. Musy
  • 2006: El Hassan Bourarach, Bill Stout, El Houssine Bartali, Makoto Hoki, Maohua Wang, Osamu Kitani

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