Innovation in Glasshouses and Polytunnels: Cross-sectoral Opportunities

11th November 2015, London

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held this event to bring together different sectors including end users of glasshouses and polytunnels, with innovators from materials, lighting, energy, robotics and ICT.

The aim was to identify innovation opportunities, increase efficiency and help to find new solutions for the challenges the industry faces.


Both greenhouses and polytunnels are becoming increasingly important for the UK's food supply. This is an area where cross-sectoral collaboration could play a crucial role in future innovations, so a key element of this event was the creation of new connections leading to collaborative projects.

Speakers came from a wide range of displines and include speakers from ARUP, The Shadow Robot Company, Grodan, BPI Polythene and Innovate UK.

Attendees included:

  • Large scale protected edibles growers, who will describe their challenges requiring new innovative solutions
  • Technology providers from a number of disciplines - with new technologies relevant to the sector
  • Innovate UK - who will describe current Innovate UK funding opportunities to progress new project ideas identified


Got a question?

If you would like to find out more about this event or if you would like to discuss opportunities for innovation in glasshouses and polytunnels, please feel free to contact Dr Tristan Eagling at KTN: tristan.eagling@ktn-uk.org.

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