Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

Next steps for agri-tech in the UK: investment, research and developing the Industrial Strategy

Tuesday, 7th February 2017

Central London

THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED



With a growing demand for sustainable solutions to increasing food production, this seminar will assess progress and priorities as the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy moves into its fourth year of implementation.

It will also be a timely opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the future policy landscape, and prospective challenges for investment and creating commercial opportunities for UK businesses in light of the EU referendum.

Further planned areas for discussion include the progress made with the agri-tech catalyst projects as it moves into its fifth round of funding and the launch of the three new Centres for Agricultural Innovation, which focus on improving crop health and protection, creating new livestock technology, and increasing productivity and sustainability through precision farming.

Further sessions will look at how best to promote UK agri-tech abroad; what more can be done to attract, develop and retain highly skilled workers and wider Government and leadership council priorities for improving agricultural technology.


Guests of Honour

David Wilford

Head of Food and Farming Innovation, Food and Farming Directorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Calum Murray

Programme Leader, Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK

Guests of Honour

Calum Murray

Programme Leader, Sustainable Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK

David Wilford

Head of Food and Farming Innovation, Food and Farming Directorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Chairs

Margaret Ritchie MP

Member, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Committee

Liz Saville Roberts MP

Shadow Plaid Cymru Spokesperson, Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Speakers

Paul Rooke

Head of Crop Marketing and Seed Sectors, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Dr Andrew Swift

Director, Science Division, Capita

David Wilford

Head of Food and Farming Innovation, Food and Farming Directorate, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Professor Janet Bainbridge

Chief Executive Officer, Agri-Tech Organisation, Department for International Trade

Dr Andy Cureton

Head of Business and Innovation, Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council

Dr Tina Barsby

Chief Executive Officer, National Institute of Agricultural Botany

David Flanders

Chief Executive Officer, Agrimetrics

Dr Aoife Dillon

Chief Technology Officer, Exosect

Mahvash Siddiqui

Environment, Science, Technology and Health Officer, U.S. Embassy London