Danish Informatics Network in the Agricultural Sciences
Dina is a network connecting universities, research institutions,
services and industries. The purpose of Dina is to promote applications
of informatics and of information technology in the agricultural
This is done by supporting, inspiring and coordinating research,
and education in the area.
Dina has seven 'nodes', i.e., seven member institutions:
Aalborg located at Aalborg University.
Skejby located at The
Danish Agricultural Advisory Center.
DJF located at The Danish
of Agricultural Science.
FSL located at Danish Forest and
KVL located at The Royal
and Agricultural University.
DTU located at The
University of Denmark.
Risø located at Risø
Each member institution appoints one member of the board
A network for informatics in agricultural research, development and
Initiated in 1991, Dina was reorganized in 1997 as a formal
involving three universities, three research institutions and an
service center - and the collaboration is open to new members.
Objectives and means
Dina aims at promoting all types of cooperation related to the
of informatics and information technology in agriculture - this term
in a broad sense including veterinary medicine, food science,
economics, forestry, landscape and environmental issues.
Informatics involves the use of mathematics, statistics and computer
The three main tasks of Dina are:
Research school activities
To focus its activities, Dina selects a number of Research Focus Areas
for a period of some years. For each focus area there are organized
workshops, coordinating research projects, etc.
Dina organizes, in cooperation with other organizations in the area,
an annual meeting directed towards a broader audience.
Research school activities
A network within the network, Dina Research School
its services to PhD students with an interest in the use of IT in
The head of the Research School is an agricultural scientist who -
by experts in computer science, numerical analysis and mathematical
- organizes thematic PhD workshops twice a year as well as an
summer school every year.
Several research projects have been initiated through the network or in
relation to it as an important spin-off from the Dina activities. See
under Research Focus Areas.
Dina is supervised by a Board consisting
representatives from each member institution. The board appoints a Head
and a Deputy Head, sets up a Network Committee, decides about the
working strategy of Dina, and controls the budget.
Dina regulations -
The basic network and the research school activities are financed by
member institutions, supplemented by grants from the Danish National
Councils; the Danish Ministry for Food, Agriculture and Fisheries; EC;
and other funding bodies.
For future activties see the Dina Calendar.
To contact Dina, refer to the address:
Dina, c/o Dept. of Mathematics and Physics
The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University (KVL)
Telephone: +45 3528 2828
(direct: +45 3528 2330 /2338 /2343)
Telefax: +45 3528 2350
Updated: December 2000