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New Opportunities for Agritechnology: Developing Engineering Solutions for the Horticulture and Potato Food Chain

Friday 19th July 2013, Begbroke Science Park, Oxford, OX5 1PF, 9.00-15.00

The Technology Strategy Board’s Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform is planning to run their next competition focusing on stimulating innovative technologies relevant to engineering and precision agriculture across the agri-food supply chain, to maximise productivity, improve resource use efficiency and reduce the environmental impact of food production.

The objective for this workshop is to broker novel partnerships between those working in the horticulture and potato sectors and engineers who may have novel technologies to apply to this industry, in preparation for the proposed TSB Sustainable Agriculture and Food Innovation Platform call for projects on Engineering Solutions in the Agrifood Industry.

To find out more and to register for the event please go to:

http://hipesktn.eventbrite.co.uk/

DRAFT PROGRAMME

9.00 REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

9.30 Welcome and outline of the day. Mary Bosley, HIP and Dr Anne Miller, ESKTN

9.35 CHAIR’S INTRODUCTION Chairman:  Christine Tacon

9.45 Keynote presentation:  The challenges to be addressed in the horticulture and potato supply chain.  Dr Ed Moorhouse, G’s growers

10.10 Keynote presentation:  The engineering opportunities that might apply to the horticulture and potato supply chain.  Professor Simon Blackmore, Harper Adams University

10.35  COFFEE BREAK

10.55  Matching user needs with research opportunities – Theme 1. Producer perspective

             Short presentations of examples of horticulture and potato challenges to  be solved   
             Dr Steve Tones, Business Development Manager HDC
             3 speakers representing the producer supply chain: Field veg, fruit, protected: tbc

             Dr Mike Storey, Head of R & D Potato Council
             Representative of potato supply chain: names tbc

             Opportunity for other producers to provide short presentation (2 min each)
             Discussion with Q&As

11.35  Matching user needs with research opportunities – Theme 2.
 Short presentations: solution providers (2 min each)
 
12.15   LUNCH AND NETWORKING

13.30 The TSB SAFIP funding opportunity “Engineering for primary production and processing”.  Calum Murray, TSB

13.50 Putting together a successful horticulture and potatoes bid for TSB SAFIP funding: an industry perspective and a research perspective. Prof Jerry Cross, EMR.

14.15  Q&A session

14.30 Summing up and next steps

TEA AND FINAL NETWORKING

15. 00 CLOSE

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