The Role of Agriculture in Civil Defence in the Nordic-Baltic Countries -Rebuilding Capacity for Crisis Preparedness

Nov. 26 - 27, 2018 in Uppsala


NJF conference in Uppsala 26-27th November 2018

The agriculture in the Nordic-Baltic countries plays an important role as food producer to the population, but is also a potentially important player in the overall defence. The farmers are responsible for the food production, but have machinery, vehicles and knowledge that are of great practical benefit to the total civil defence. As an example, farmers have used their equipment for slurry handling to transport water to forest fires in Sweden.

However, agriculture's ability to help society in a crisis or war situation depends on a number of surrounding factors:

- What is the ability of farmers to independently maintain electricity and water supply for livestock and food production?

- How shall agriculture organize fuel supply in a war or crisis situation?

- How can the farmers supply society with staff and machines in a crisis situation to remove snow in an extreme winter or help fire brigades with water and tree felling. Should farmers be involved in securing drinking water for animals and humans to small villages in a crisis situation?

-How shall farmers prepare for

An important issue of the conference is thus the what mutual dependence the society / total defense has on agriculture in a crisis situation. Should we primarily use agriculture as a local food supplier in a war situation or as a civil defense line in the event of a crisis, where agriculture, in cooperation with local rescue services, is going to extinguish fires, transport supplies and clear snow?

What technical systems and formal agreements need to be made to actively use agriculture in a crisis situation? Who are the players and who determines the priorities?

How is a formalized role for agriculture financed and what roles should be covered by social responsibility and what are voluntary commitments without compensation?

Purpose of the conference: to gather relevant authorities, researchers, NGOs and other stakeholders to an interactive conference to identify actors, issues and discuss how farming in the Nordic-Baltic countries can be used as an active part of the overall civil defence.

Long term objective: After the conference, have identified important Nordic-Baltic actors in the area. To co-operate with these and with public funding, carry out a major project that has a theoretical part (knowledge building) and a practical part (purchasing, construction, education) of equipment to be able to utilize agriculture as an active part of the total defense's ability to face crises of various.

The conference will highlight the common interest of AE from researchers and manufactures and aims to improve the level of AE education and AE consultancy within the Nordic Baltic countries. Participation as well as presentations from the AE manufactures and companies are very much welcomed.

The conference is sponsored by the Nordic Joint committee of agriculture





Preliminary program. The program is subjected to changes until November 1st.


Day 1 – Monday November 26th 2018

09.00 – 10.15  Registration and coffee

10.15 – 10.30 Welcome address and practical information by NJF President Dr Fredrik Fogelberg

10.30 – 11.00  Karlis Neretnieks, former Rector of the Swedish Defence University

11.00 – 11.30  Aud Sjökvist, former head of the Swedish Healthcare Responsibility Board, Sweden. The forest fire in Västmanland 2014 –

11.30 – 12.00  Michael Åhlman, crisis and environment organization, Swedish EPA and City of Uppsala

12.00 – 13.15  Lunch

13.15 – 13.45  Markus Lassheikki, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland,  Finland

13.45 – 14.15 Ivar Pettersen, Norwegian Institute of Bioeconomy Research, Norway:  “Food security from a social national risk management perspective. Lessons from five years debate in Norway.”

14.15-14.45      Jyrki Hakola, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland: “Food security in Finland and role of NESA”

14.45 – 15.10  Coffee break

15.10 – 15.35  Paula Bäckman, Head of the Competence Centre of rural development in the Region of West Sweden, Sweden: “The agricultural schools of West Sweden – how we can interact with society in a crisis situation?” 

15.35 – 16.00

16.00 – 17.30  Round table discussions in groups – how shall we use our farmers in various crisis situations – a Nordic-Baltic Perspective

Group 1 - Chairman: Michael Åhlman

Group 2 - Chairman: Fredrik Fogelberg

Group 3 - Chairman: Paula Bäckman (suggestion)

17:00 – 18.00  Gathering and presentation of the round-table discussions

19.00 – 23.00  Conference dinner

Day 2 – Tuesday November 27th 2018

09.00 – 11.30  Sessions and coffee break

09.00 – 09.30  Kim Kaustel, National Emergency Supply Agency, Finland: “Dependency of electricity in the food chain”.

09.30 – 10.00 Jörgen Korning, Research Institutes of Sweden, Sweden. “Some Perspectives on Crises Preparedness in Danish Agriculture”

10.00 – 10.30  Coffee and sandwiches

10.30 – 11.00

11.00 – 11.30

11.30 – 12.00 Discussion and concluding remarks

12.00 – 13.15  Lunch

13.15 – 16.00 Study tour to farm for brainstorming about improved crisis resilience (optional, not included in registration fee) Departure to Lövsta at 13.15 and back in Uppsala at 15.45.

Practical info

General information

Official Language
The language of the conference is English.

Time zone
Sweden is in the Central European Time zone.

Climate and Clothing
It is early winter in Uppsala in November and the temperatures can vary from -5 to 5°C. Please note there may be occasional showers.
Weather information and forecasts: www.yr.no.

Local Currency
The Swedish monetary unit is the Swedish krona (SEK). Approximate value, Euro 1=SEK 11, USD 1=SEK 9, GBP 1=SEK 12. Major credit cards like Visa and Master Card are accepted almost everywhere, also in small businesses. Some does even prefer card payment to cash. Local and regional buses are cash free, but accept Visa and Master Card with pin code.

There are several currency exchange offices and cash dispensers at Stockholm Arlanda International Airport and in Uppsala. Exchange rates may vary. To see current exchange rates, please visit oanda.com.

Business hours & shopping
Shops are open between 10.00 and 18.00 hrs on weekdays and from 10.00 to 15.00 on Saturdays. Shops in the city center have extended opening hours, some even on Sundays between 12.00 and 16.00 hrs. Some major shops might be able to accept EUR, but in that case only bills, no coins. Exchange is returned in SEK.

Smoking policy
Sweden has a non-smoking policy, i.e. smoking is prohibited in public buildings, public transport, taxis, buses and trains. All hotel rooms are by default non-smoking.

In Sweden the electrical voltage used is 220/230V.

Force Majeure
The organisers are not liable for any claims for damages and/or losses if the entire conference has to be cancelled due to a force majeure incident.

The organisers are not liable for damages and/or losses of any kind which may be incurred by the conference delegates or by any other individuals accompanying them, both during the official activities as well as going to/from the conference. Delegates are responsible for their own safety and belongings.

Insurance and Vaccinations
The registration fee does not cover insurance for the delegates. The organisers recommend that delegates take out insurance in their home country to cover pre-journey cancellation for personal reasons and necessary insurance to cover accidents, medical expenses and loss of personal belongings during the visit. No vaccinations are needed when visiting Sweden.

Passport and Visas
Delegates are advised to contact the nearest embassy, consulate or travel agency for information about the passport and visa requirements from their country for entry to Sweden.






Call for papers and posters

Those you what to have an oral presentation or poster it is possible to submit an abstract of 1-2 pages. Please use the template below. Your presentation will be publish at the NJF website and in a printed proceeding.

Download template for Presentation or Poster  (.docx)


Clarion Hotel Gillet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 23, Uppsala, SE-753 20, Sweden.


The location of the conference is Clarion Hotel Gillet, Dragarbrunnsgatan 23, Uppsala, SE-753 20, Sweden, in close proximity both to shopping and to Uppsala Travel Center with bus and railway station. The hotel is non-smoking and cash free. You can only pay accommodation and bar with any major debit or credit card. Free wifi in both hotel rooms and public areas.

More information about the hotel on:


Make a reservation at the hotel with the booking code found under headline Accommodation.


We have pre-booked rooms for the conference group at Clarion Gillet, the conference venue. The blocked rooms are not available through other booking channels, only by the contact details below. Rooms and rates are available up until 25 October, 2018.

Room reservation is made on a first come - first served basis. For cancellation conditions, please check with the hotel at reservation.

E-mail reservation.cl.gillet@choice.se and state:

  • booking code 2085GR004580
  • your preferred check-in and check-out dates
  • your name and contact details

Please note: If you think you might arrive later than 16:00 (4 p.m.), you need to guarantee your room with a credit card number. The credit card details can be called in to phone number +46 18 68 18 00 after you have received your confirmation by e-mail.


Travel information

From Stockholm-Arlanda airport


Trains leave Arlanda Central station for Uppsala Central Station several times a day. Arlanda C is reached from Sky City between terminal 4 and 5.

Journey time: 20 minutes

Both SJ and SL trains frequents the distance. Tickets can be bought at Arlanda airport, in vending machines or at desks, or in advance on-line at sj.se. The prices differ depending on day, time and operator from 190-220 SEK.


Bus 801 runs between Arlanda and central Uppsala once every hour between 1 a.m and 4 a.m, and twice every hour between 4 a.m and 1 a.m.

Journey time: 45 minutes.

Cost SEK 110-130 (approximately EUR 13).

There are vending machines at Arlanda airport terminals 2, 4 and 5 where you can buy a one way ticket for the bus. Credit card only. There is a small reduction of the price if you buy it from the vending machine in advance of the journey, compared to buying the ticket on board the bus.

You can by the ticket with Master card or Visa on the bus (Am ex and Diners are not accepted). Cash is not accepted.

("Flygbussarna"  airport coaches connects Arlanda and Stockholm city. It is not recommended to go to Stockholm to reach Uppsala from Arlanda.)


Taxis leave from outside the arrivals hall.

Journey time: about 35 minutes

Cost: about SEK 500-600 (approx. EUR 50-60). Ask the driver for a fixed price (“fast pris”) in advance. You can pay by credit card or by cash in the taxi.

You can make an advance reservation with Uppsala Taxi: +46 18 100 000 or with Taxi Kurir, Uppsala: +46 18 123456. You can ask for a driver to be waiting for you in the arrival hall.

See Arlanda airport website for more details: https://www.swedavia.se/arlanda/



There are many hotels in Uppsala, we suggest a handful of them below:




Seminar contact

Do not hesitate to contact the chairman of the conference: Fredrik.Fogelberg@ri.se, telephone +46 10 516 69 08

Important dates


Registration is open. We recommend that you read the information and the registration and cancellation conditions before starting the registration.





Registration by 25   October at the latest

Registration after 25 October

NJF Member

SEK 3,000

SEK 3,500

Non member

SEK 3,500

SEK 4,000


VAT 25% will be added to the price before payment.

The registration fee for delegates includes admission to the conference, coffee and refreshments according to the programme, the dinner on 26 November and the study tour on 27 November.

Exchange rates may vary. To see current exchange rates, please visit www.oanda.com.


Swedish delegates

  • Swedish delegates      can choose to pay either by credit card or by invoice.
  • You will receive      your invoice by regular mail. VAT will be added according to Swedish      legislation and routines.

Delegates from outside Sweden

  • According to Swedish      and EU legislation and routines, VAT will be added also for delegates from      outside Sweden.
  • All payments must be      made in SEK (Swedish krona)
  • Payment should be      made by credit card or by bank transfer.
  • Upon choice of      payment method ”Invoice” on the registration form, you will receive an      invoice including bank transfer information such as bank account, IBAN,      etc. Confirmation letter and invoice will be sent in separate e-mail      messages.
  • We will not accept      any bank charge deductions.
  • Please note that we      accept the following credit cards: VISA and Master Card. Your card must be      connected to 3D Security for Internet payment – Verified by Visa or      MasterCard SecureCode.


Cancellation conditions

Cancellations is made by e-mail to: cpia2018@akademikonferens.se.

Registration is binding. In case of cancellation, the registration fee will not be refunded.
If you are not able to participate, you are welcome to give your spot to a colleague. Please contact Akademikonferens, the conference secretariat, to change the name of the participant.