Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum

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

Morning, Wednesday, 5th December 2018

Central London


The seminar will assess next steps for science and innovation in agriculture.

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.

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Boyd

Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

Guest of Honour

Professor Ian Boyd

Chief Scientific Adviser, Defra

Keynote Speaker

Dr Lawrence Brown

Specialist for Animal Sciences and Aquaculture, Department for International Trade, Agri-Tech Organisation


Baroness Young of Old Scone

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

Viscount Ridley


Sir Peter Kendall

Chair, Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board

Professor Richard Tiffin

Chief Scientific Officer, Agrimetrics

Robert Sheasby

Chief Executive, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Simon Masters

Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

Professor Angela Karp

Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research

Dr David Telford

Knowledge Transfer Manager AgriFood, Knowledge Transfer Network

Ruud Paauwe

Director, LTO Glaskracht Nederland

Dr Helen Ferrier

Chief Science & Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU

Heather Peck

Chair, Lantra