Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

The future of science and innovation in UK agriculture - agri-tech, data and knowledge transfer

Morning, Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Central London


The seminar will assess next steps for science and innovation in agriculture - including the utilisation of technology to increase productivity, as outlined in the Industrial Strategy.

Delegates will discuss what more might be done to promote knowledge transfer - both to and from the farm gate - and how data might best be used to advance agricultural practices.

They will also consider the environmental impact of increasing farming productivity, taking into consideration the Government’s call for public good requirements in the 25 Year Environment Plan.

Further sessions examine best practice in utilising technology in food production, how best to promote UK science and innovation abroad, and what lessons can be learnt from other industries.

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Boyd

Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Boyd

Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra


Baroness Young of Old Scone

Member, House of Lords Science and Technology Select Committee and Member, House of Lords Rural Economy Select Committee


Sir Peter Kendall

Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Professor Richard Tiffin

Chief Scientific Officer, Agrimetrics

David Telford

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Agrifood, Knowledge Transfer Network

Ruud Paauwe

Director, LTO Glaskracht Nederland

Dr Helen Ferrier

Chief Science & Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU