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Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food

The latest developments in Scottish agri-food innovation were discussed, together with an opportunity to meet the new Agri-Tech centres, learn who the knowledge providers are and understand what support there is for innovation.
Professor Louise Heathwaite PhD, FRSB, FRSE, Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE) to the Scottish Government opened the day, followed by former NFUS President Nigel Miller and Graham Young, Industry Development Director from Scotland Food and Drink who highlighted the issues affecting the sector. Graeme Cook, Director of the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact discussed the benefits of collaboration

The four new Agri-Tech Centres of Innovation in Agriculture were introduced and case studies on Productivity in the Farms of the Future; Food Safety and Security; and Innovation in the Agri-Food sector were presented by: Agri-EPI Centre, Agrimetrics, Biomathematics & Statistics Scotland, Censis, IBioIC, The Rowett Institute, The James Hutton Institute, The Centre for Applied Crop Science, Catapult Satellite Applications, Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre, Innovate UK, CIEL, Moredun Research Institute, Interface, Food & Drink at SRUC.

All refreshments sponsored by Saltire Hospitality

For further information, please contact: events@agrimetrics.co.uk

Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food
24 May 2017
Highland Hall Upper Foyer, Royal Highland Centre, Ingliston, Edinburgh, EH28 8NB
09:30
Arrival and coffee

Session 1: Industry Issues
Chair: Prof. Alistair Stott
10:00
Opening Remarks
Dr. David Flanders
Agrimetrics Ltd; CEO
Welcome
Professor Alistair Stott
Scotland's Rural College; Interim Vice Principal of Research and Agrimetrics Ltd; EMT
Those ever moving goalposts: innovating to stay nimble in agri-food-tech and the environment
Professor Louise Heathwaite PhD, FRSB, FRSE
Scottish Government; Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment (CSA RAE)
Innovation as the Foundation of Future Farming
Nigel Miller
SRUC and MRI Board Member; NFUS former President
Ambition 2030
Graham Young
Scotland Food & Drink; Industry Development Director
Leading Ideas for Better Lives – the strengths of collaborative research for the agri-food system
Graeme Cook
SEFARI (Scottish Environment, Food and Agriculture Research Institutes); Director
11:00
Coffee break

Session 2: Introduction of Agri-Tech Centres
Chair: Ian Cox
11:30
Introduction to Agri-Tech Centres
Ian Cox
Innovate UK; Innovation Lead, Agri-Tech Centres
Agrimetrics: A Software Implementation of a Potato Yield Model
Prof. Mario Caccamo
Head of Crop Bioinformatics, National Institute of Agricultural Botany, and Agrimetrics Ltd; EMT
Agri-EPI Centre: A new internationally relevant Centre for Agricultural Engineering, Precision and Innovation
Dave Ross
Agri-EPI Centre; CEO
The Centre for Applied Crop Science: How industry and the research base are working in partnership to transfer technologies and innovations from the laboratory directly to the farm and through the supply chain
Andrew Swift
CHAP; Member of the Board
CIEL – Driving innovation into the livestock sector via a novel industry led approach
Dr. Mark Young
CIEL; Head of Innovation
Q & A
12:30
Lunch
Session 3: Case Studies
Chair: Alan Rowe
Productivity in the Farms of the Future
13:30
Introduction to the Innovation Response
Dr. Alan Rowe
University of Aberdeen, Food and Drink Industry Specialist
The use of wireless IoT networks to deliver value for precision agriculture
Dr Mark Begbie
CENSIS Innovation Centre for Sensor and Imaging Systems; Business Development Director
Creating an International Barley Hub and Vertical Farming – A game changer for Agriculture
Prof Derek Stewart
James Hutton Institute; Head of Enhancing Crop Productivity and Utilisation
Satellite data and other emerging technologies for precision management of grassland agriculture
Dr. Mark Jarman
Satellite Applications Catapult; Senior EO Specialist, Agri-Tech Thread Lead
Food Safety and Security
Food vs Fuel no more: The development of IB in Scotland
Dr. Paul Hudman
The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre (IBioIC); Business Development Manager
Buying less and wasting less food. Behaviour change of consumers in Scotland to food price increases
Dr. Stephen Whybrow
The Rowett Institute; Research Fellow
14:15
Refreshment Break
14:30
Using dynamic models and data to enhance disease control in aquaculture
Prof Glenn Marion
BioSS (Biomathematics and Statistics Scotland); Head of Research
Precision livestock farming – Targeted Selective Treatment approaches to sustainable worm control
Dr Philip Skuce
Moredun Research Institute; Senior Research Scientist
Innovation in the Agri-Food Sector
Driving Aquaculture Innovation
Dr. Jason Cleaversmith
Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre; Aquaculture Innovation Director
Product Innovation for Growth
Paul Mayfield
SAC Consulting Food and Drink; Senior Food & Drink Consultant
Waste Valorisation – A Whistle Stop Tour of how Academia can help
Howell Davies
Interface; Sector Engagement Project Manager
SRUC Closing remarks
Dr. Mike Smith
SRUC; Head of Contracts Office; Agrimetrics Ltd. Director
Q & A
15:30
Close and Networking