Programme


09.30 Registration, Coffee and Networking


10.00 Agri-Tech East – Growing the agri-tech innovation ecosystem

Dr Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East


10.10 Welcome and introduction

Richard Anscombe, Chief Executive Officer of FramFarmers and Chair, Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group


10.20 Thinking beyond the conventional

Chair: Prof Jonathan Jones, Group Leader, The Sainsbury Laboratory

The no-till revolution
María Beatriz Giraudo
, Argentinian Farmer and Winner of the Kleckner Prize Global Farming Prize 2016

Response by
Professor Ian Crute
, former Chief Scientist at AHDB


11.15 Start-up showcase

Sponsored by Innovate UK

Introducing some of the UK’s hottest new agri-tech start-ups who are looking for investment, partnerships, collaboration and industry insights.

Chair: Calum Murray, Head of Agriculture and Food, Innovate UK


12.30 Lunch


14.15 Adding value with agri-tech

Early adopters of new technology and approaches share their experiences.

Chair: Ruth Bailey, CEO, Agricultural Engineers’ Association

Engineering a post-chemical world
Philip Garford
, Managing Director, Garford Farm Machinery

Adding nutritional value
Matt O’Hagan
, Senior Agronomist, Marks and Spencer

Digital farming to reduce waste
Giles Barker
, Co-founder and COO, KisanHub


15.15 Emerging agri-tech

Sponsored by BBSRC

Energy and enthusiasm from early career scientists who will share their research aimed at addressing the big industry challenges.

Chair: Poul Hovesen, Director of Farming, Salle Estate, and Vice-Chair, Agri-Tech East Stakeholder Group


16.00 Tea


16.45 Different perspectives, same goal

An inspired R&D director, an experienced farm estate manager, a leading research scientist and the head of innovation at Defra will discuss learning points and opportunities arising from the conference

Chair: Dr Phil Le Grice, Director, Rural Economy and Food, Cornwall College Group, and Principal, Bicton and Duchy College

David Purdy, Territory Manager, John Deere

Ben Rayner, DEFRA

Andrew Blenkiron, Estate Director, Euston Estate

Professor Dame Ottoline Leyser, Director, Sainsbury Laboratory, Cambridge University


17.30 Closing remarks


17:30 - 19:00 Evening Reception

Sponsored by SmithsonHill



In the forum there will be displays and demonstrations including research posters profiling current work, technical demonstrations of emerging and early-stage technology and an exhibition area. View more about this on our Exhibition page.

Anyone in the UK who is a grower or farmer, or who is in full-time education in agriculture, is eligible to apply for the bursary sponsored by AF – find out more on the tickets page.