Sensors in Agriculture

23 February 2016, Birmingham

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) held this event to bring together innovators from the agriculture and sensors communities. The aim was to learn about the current challenges facing the agriculture communities and identify innovation opportunities where sensors could contribute solutions to these challenges.

With the ever-increasing demand for great quality food sources, produced in the most efficient and environmentally friendly ways, the challenges which face agriculture must be met head on. Sensors can play a vital role in identifying many of the adverse factors that affect productivity, from the presence of pathogens to sub-optimal growth conditions or the absence of essential nutrients.

Speakers came from a variety of backgrounds, including world-leading academics and industry leaders from livestock, plants and sensors. Delegates were also updated on the current progress of setting up the Agri-Tech Innovation Centres, with a talk from Professor Peter Mills of the Agri EPI-Centre.

There was a great buzz throughout the day and there were many new connections made by delegates. We're already aware of some potential project ideas that have come together on the back of this workshop.


Potential funding

QuanTIC, the UK's centre of excellence for research, development and innovation in quantum enhanced imaging has details of funding applications which may help take forward project ideas for sensors in agriculture which rely on photonics/imaging technology. Details can be found here:


Got a question?

If you would like to find out more about this event, or discuss opportunities for innovation for sensors in agriculture, please feel free to contact Callum Harvey at KTN:

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