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.

With a new Agriculture Bill setting out the basis of a post-Brexit food and farming policy for England due shortly - and with the announcement that the Government will be introducing a new Environment Bill - attendees will assess the impact of such changes on the agriculture sector and on increasing farming productivity.

Delegates will also discuss what more can be done to improve the utilisation of technology, as outlined in the Industrial Strategy and the impact of potential regulatory changes across food, chemicals and environment on the sector.

Further sessions will look at how agriculture can learn from developments in other industries and is expected to consider what lessons can be learnt from moves towards automation and how data might best be used to advance agricultural practices.

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 Caffall

Director of Policy, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Simon Masters

Head of High Value Manufacturing, Innovate UK

David Telford

Knowledge Transfer Manager, Agrifood, Knowledge Transfer Network

Ruud Paauwe

Director, LTO Glaskracht Nederland

Dr Tony John

Specialist, Plant Science and Precision Agriculture, Department for International Trade, Agri-Tech Organisation

Dr Helen Ferrier

Chief Science & Regulatory Affairs Adviser, NFU