The future of science and innovation in UK agriculture - agri-tech, data and increasing productivity

Event date: 
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
Event venue: 
Central London, United Kingdom
Event description: 

It will be an opportunity to assess the impact of new legislation being introduced as the UK leaves the Common Agricultural Policy, including an Environment Bill and the recently published Agriculture Bill. The seminar also comes as the UK Government prepares a number of no deal guidance papers including on animal breeding, pesticides, GM products and plant variety rights.

Delegates will discuss what these developments mean for productivity, and for those working in the agriculture and food sectors - including the commitment to increase productivity and invest in research and development in areas such as soil health, alongside a system of payment for ‘public goods’ in areas such as water quality, emissions, biodiversity, and animal welfare standards.

It has also attracted strong interest from officials, with representatives due to attend from Animal and Plant Health Agency; BEIS; CCC; Defra; DIT; Food Standards Agency; Government Office for Science and the Welsh Government.

There will be keynote contributions from Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra and Sir Peter Kendall, Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

The agenda also examines what more can be done to improve the utilisation of technology and to support knowledge transfer, with contributions from Simon Masters, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK and Ruud Paauwe, Director, LTO Glaskracht Nederland.

We expect discussion on what can be learnt from advances in other industries and moves towards automation, the future use of data in agriculture, and further developments in agri-tech. 

Further sessions look at the prospects for promoting UK science and innovation internationally with a contribution from Dr Tony John, Specialist, Plant Science and Precision Agriculture, Department for International Trade, Agri-Tech Organisation.

Overall, areas for discussion include:

  • Assessing priorities for science and key developments in UK agriculture - increasing productivity, utilising data and agri-tech;
  • Latest on utilising technology in food production, learning from developments in other industries, and promoting UK science and innovation internationally;
  • Priorities for supporting knowledge transfer in the agriculture sector; and
  • The way forward for improving productivity and innovation in agriculture.

Speakers

We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Professor Ian Boyd, Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra and Sir Peter Kendall, Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Further confirmed speakers include: David Caffall, Director of Policy, Agricultural Industries Confederation; Dr Helen Ferrier, Chief Science & Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU; Dr Tony John, Specialist, Plant Science and Precision Agriculture, Department for International Trade, Agri-Tech Organisation; Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research; Simon Masters, Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK; Ruud Paauwe, Director, LTO Glaskracht Nederland; Heather Peck, Chair, Lantra; David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Manager, Agrifood, Knowledge Transfer Network and Professor Richard Tiffin, Chief Scientific Officer, Agrimetrics.

Baroness Young of Old Scone, Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee and Member, House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee has kindly agreed to chair a session at this seminar.

Options and charges are as follows:

Places at The future of science and innovation in UK agriculture - agri-tech, data and increasing productivity (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £230 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £85 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 12 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

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