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
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
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
16.45 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.