Technical Sections V: System Management


Management, Ergonomics and Systems Engineering

Optimization of farm management and work organization by use of operations planning, logistics and system engineering, while improving the operations efficiency, economics, health, ergonomics, and workers´ safety.


Chair: Dr. Dionysis Bochtis

Institute for Bio-Economy and Agri-Technology (IBO), Centre of Research and Technology-Hellas (CERTH), 6th km Charilaou... read-more

GR Greece

TEL: +30 6948 047735


Vice Chair: Dr. Elisabeth Quendler

University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (Universität für Bodenkultur), Peter Jordan Straße 82, 1190,... read-more

AT Austria

TEL: +43 1 47654 3506


Secretary: Dr. Pietro Catania

Scienze Agrarie, Alimentari e Forestali, University of Catania,   Università degli Studi di Palermo, Palermo, Italy read-more

IT Italy

TEL: +43 1 47654 3506


Member: Dr. Ricardo Bartosik

Estación Experimental Agropecuaria Balcarce, Ruta 226 Km 73,5 (7620) Balcarce Buenos Aires, Argentina

AR Argentina

TEL: +54 22266439100


Member: Prof. Heinz Bernhardt

Technische Universität München TUM - Agricultural Systems Engineering read-more

DE Germany

TEL: 49 (0)8161 / 71-3086


Member: Dr. J. Changying

Department of Agricultural Mechanization Engineering, Engineering College of Nanjing Agricultural University, 210031.... read-more

CN China



Member: Dr. Katja Heitkaemper

Agroscope - Institute for Sustainability Sciences (ISS)

CH Switzerland


E-mail: katja.heitkaemper@agroscope

Member: Dr. Janne Karttunen

TTS-Work Efficiency Institute, P.O. Box 5, FI-05201 Rajamaki, Finland

FI Finland



Member: Prof. Stefan Mihina

Department of building equipment and technology safety (TF), Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra

SK Slovakia



Member: Prof. Thiago Romanelli

Department of Biosystems Engineering, University of São Paulo (USP), Av. Pádua Dias, 11, Caixa Postal 9, Cep: 13418-900... read-more

BR Brazil

TEL: +55 19 34478523


Member: Prof. Tomohiro Takigawa

Graduate School of Life & Environmental Sciences, University of Tsukuba, 1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8572... read-more

JP Japan

TEL: +81-29-853-4643


Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería Agronómica y del Medio Natural, Universitat Politècnica de València. Camino... read-more

ES Spain



Honorary Chairs/Members:

Honorary Chairs: Prof. Remigio Berruto

Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences (DISAFA) - University of Turin, Largo Paolo Braccini, 2 10095 -... read-more

IT Italy

TEL: +39-011-670-8596


Honorary Chairs: Prof. Tadeusz Juliszewski

Agricultural University of Cracow, ul Balicka 104, Pl 30-149, Cracow, Poland

PL Poland



Honorary Chairs: Prof. Pietro Piccarolo

Dept. of Agricultural, Forest and Food Sciences, University of Turin. Largo Paolo Braccini 2, 10095 -... read-more

IT Italy



Honorary Chairs: Prof. Claus Grøn Sørensen

Department of Engineering, Faculty of Technical Sciences, University of Aarhus, Finlandsgade 22, 8200 Aarhus

DK Denmark

TEL: +4522827547


Mission, Objectives, Scope and Activities


The mission of Section V is to optimize farm management and work organization by use of operations planning, logistics and system engineering, while improving the operations efficiency, economics, health, ergonomics, and workers’ safety


The mission of Section V is achieved and fulfilled by a number of objectives. These include:

  • Enhancing and improving the knowledge on farm management, specifically operations management
  • Developing an improving decision support systems for operations planning, logistical challenges, operations and quality optimization, and economics
  • Enhancing the knowledge on technology and sustainability assessments of operations methods in agriculture
  • Improve the knowledge and methods for analyzing the interaction of work methods with biological system (soil, crop, etc.) and the meteorological system (weather data, weather forecasts, etc.)
  • Improve the knowledge on ergonomics as an integrated part of operations management in bio-production
  • Enhancing the evaluation of accident risks associated with agricultural operations


Considering the objectives defined as above, the scope of CIGR-Section V refers to the following main subject areas:

  • System Management: Related to the information technology and decision support systems used to improve productivity and product quality as well as cost reduction, including the reduction of the impact of agricultural production on the environment
  • Work organization: Related to the investigation of work methods and labour operation time with combines, tractors and other equipment, including the effect of weather conditions on daily planning
  • Ergonomics: Related to the workload and safety of farmers’ use of combines, tractors and other technical equipment, including the compatibility of signs and manuals in the actual workplace
  • Risk analysis: Related to accident prevention in all agricultural operations that impose varying levels of physical and mental stress
  • Section V works in collaboration with the ‘Commission Internationale de l’Organisation Scientifique du Traval en Agriculture’ (CIOSTA) with a focus on agricultural production systems, yield and quality automation, labour economics and ergonomics and safety


The themes of Section V help to meet the increasing demand for both food and non-food agricultural products and related supply-chains. In order to increase competition, one challenging domain is that of increasing energy efficiency and higher operations productivity in agriculture. On the one hand (especially in technologically advanced countries or regions), information technology will improve efficiency in various ways: labour saving, labour easing, fuel saving and input saving in site-specific applications; the processes will hence be made more environmental friendly. On the other hand (especially in developing regions and for labour-intensive crops), reducing the workload without producing labour saving would result in higher rural unemployment. In this setting, expert knowledge, management skills and IT-based management support systems become critical success criterias.

One Challenging Theme that will play a key role in agriculture and in the food production in the future is agro-food supply chain. Important management challenges include the supply chain management and logistics involving the planning, implementation and control of the efficient and effective flow and storage of goods, services and related information from the point of origin to the point of consumption in order to meet the requirements of customers. Important issues include traceability and food safety, optimized harvesting and transportation chains, manure and waste management, handling of IP products (non-GM vs. GM), and E-commerce in bio-production

Section V and CIOSTA organize a biennial international conference. The next conference will be held from 29 June - 1 July 2011 in Vienna, Austria and embracing the topics of
“Efficient and safe production processes in sustainable agriculture and forestry”

Events organized by Section V

Title Date Event type Location Country
VI International Conference on Safety, Health and Welfare in Agriculture and Agro-food Systems " SHWA 2021" Wed, 15/09/2021 to Sat, 18/09/2021 Conference Rasgusa IT Italy
XXXIX CIOSTA & CIGR V International Conference Sun, 20/06/2021 to Mon, 21/06/2021 Conference Krakow PL Poland
XXXVIII CIOSTA & CIGR V Intenational Conference Mon, 24/06/2019 to Wed, 26/06/2019 Conference Rhodes Island GR Greece
XXXVII CIOSTA & CIGR Section V Conference Tue, 13/06/2017 to Thu, 15/06/2017 Conference Palermo IT Italy
XXXV CIOSTA & CIGR V Conference: "From effective to intelligent agriculture and forestry" Wed, 03/07/2013 to Fri, 05/07/2013 Conference Billund DK Denmark
XXXIV CIOSTA & CIGR Section V Conference "Efficient and safe production processes in sustainable agriculture and forestry" Wed, 29/06/2011 to Fri, 01/07/2011 Conference Vienna AT Austria
XXXIII CIOSTA & CIGR Section V Conference Wed, 17/06/2009 to Fri, 19/06/2009 Conference Reggio Calabria IT Italy
XXXII CIOSTA & CIGR Section V Conference Advances in labour and machinery management for profitable agriculture and forestry Mon, 17/09/2007 to Wed, 19/09/2007 Conference Nitra SI Slovenia