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Cross-sector collaboration will be essential in the design, construction and instrumentation of modern livestock buildings

Report by Callum Harvey, KTN Recent scientific and technological advances in the understanding of livestock’s requirements (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interactions etc.), the control and monitoring of such requirements, coupled with meeting the requirements of the processing and retail industries have meant that livestock buildings and how they are kitted out are rapidly...
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KTN launches new tool to map organisations and funders within the UK agri-food landscape

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) has launched a new tool, the  agri-food UK landscape , to highlight funding and support for innovation in the UK's agri-food sector.   Agri-Food Landscape Portal This tool aims to provide a high-level visual, dynamic representation of the makeup of organisations and funders within the UK Agri-Food Landscape. The Agri-Food...
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Learn about the latest findings in crop research - SCI & KTN workshop, 20 October, London

SCI’s AgriSciences Group and the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are holding a conference on " New Frontiers in Crop Research " on Thursday 20th October 2016 in London. This conference will provide updates in many exciting areas of crop research, including projects underway within the BBSRC funded research-industry clubs. The event also aims to foster the interdisciplinary...
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2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy: Reducing greenhouse gas emissions, increasing energy efficiency & remaining competitive

The Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) is hosting a mini-conference on the theme of 2050 Industrial Roadmaps and Circular Economy, on 27th October 2016 in London. BEIS has been working with trade associations, companies and other stakeholders to identify how the 8 most heat-intensive sectors in the UK ( Iron and Steel, Chemicals, Food and Drink , Oil...
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Find out what's happening in Agri-Tech Week

Agri-Tech Week is taking place on 7-11 November, showcasing the best of innovation from the thriving Agri-Tech Cluster. Agri-Tech Week was established in 2014 by Agri-Tech East, the Royal Norfolk Agricultural Association and the Suffolk Agricultural Association. The action-packed week features a range of events certain to stimulate debate and create new market opportunities....
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Intensive and environmentally friendly agriculture: an opportunity for innovation in machinery and systems

  1st AXEMA – EurAgEng Conference This conference, organised by AXEMA Promotion et Services and EurAgEng, will be held on 2017 February 25 (Saturday) as an introduction to SIMA 2017, in Parc des expositions, Villepinte, France. The theme is "Intensive and environmentally friendly agriculture: an opportunity for innovation in machinery and systems.” This conference...
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Speakers announced for KTN workshop on innovation in livestock buildings - Integration of multiple new technologies

The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) is hosting a  workshop  on 27th October in Edinburgh to join up thinking in the initiation of livestock housing (re)design, incorporating as appropriate new advances in sensors, environmental control, biosecurity, lighting, hygiene, water, health, nutrition (including feeding systems), robotics, water supply and usage, retail planning, and...
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Free Exhibition Booth in China 5th -9th November at the China Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Fair (CAF)

The British Embassy in China has a few exhibition booths remaining for the CAF which is held annually at the Yangling Agricultural Hi-Tech Industries Demonstration Zone, located near to the city of Xian. This event normally attracts around 1.5 million visitors and has over 1700 industry exhibitors and is the largest such event in China. This year some booths (3m x 3m) are being offered free...
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What are the megatrends in the agri-food industry and what challenges do they present?

What are the megatrends in the agri-food industry?  A growing and ageing population, consumer demand for healthy and fresh food, regulatory requirements, decreasing land availability, changing weather patterns and diseases, increasing utility costs and shrinking margins, demand for cheap food, volatile food price and uncertain margins, increasing meat consumption,...
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Funding available from Agri-Tech in China: Newton Network+

Please note, this is a revised programme and replaces the previous announcement.   Overview Agritech in China: Newton Network+ (ATCNN) The ATCNN is funded by the UK government through the Newton Fund, which has been setup to strengthen research and commercial partnerships between the UK & China.  The ATCNN seeks to apply the UK’s expertise in enabling...
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Meet KTN's Dr Liliya Serazetdinova at New Scientist Live, 22 Sept, London

Dr Liliya Serazetdinova, Knowledge Transfer Manager at KTN, will be representing the Royal Society of Biology at their stand on 22nd September, during the New Scientist Live exhibition  as part of the ‘ Ask a biologist’ feature. Liliya will be talking about how robots can help us to grow our food. Standard tickets are £29 on the door – buy yours in advance for £14.50...
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Could a mathematical scientist solve your Agri-Food challenges?

In collaboration with the Knowledge Transfer Network, IMI is pleased to host the Agri-food Mathematical Science Study Group with Industry.   Background Agri-food is an important industry, with the UK agri-food supply chain contributing £97 bn to the economy in 2012. Major challenges face the sector: feeding a rising population, climate change and the need for sustainable...
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Open innovation - Could you help Devro develop innovative technology solutions for food production?

The Scottish Enterprise Open Innovation platform harnesses the ideas, insights and experience of those who can help organisations do things better. They are working with 13 businesses and public sector organisations to create a series of innovation challenges which are open for Scottish businesses to respond to. They currently have 2 challenges: Challenge one: Devro:...
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Learn about high value crop monitoring for potatoes in a Hivacrom webinar, 23 Sept

The Hivacrom team will be holding a webinar on Friday 23rd September 2016 (12:30-13:00) to introduce the range of the services including, potato canopy development profiles, meteorological reports, integration of user-developed processes, yield forecasts, tools to aid assessment of fields for rent or purchase, sharing services between growers and packers / processors Workshop topics ...
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Seminar on Investment Opportunities in Agri-Food Innovation at Innovate 2016, 2-3 November, Manchester

Innovate 2016  - the Global Spotlight on UK Innovation - will be held at  Manchester Central  on the 2nd - 3rd November 2016. Hosted by Department of International Trade and Innovate UK, Innovate 2016 is a two-day event showcasing the very best of innovation talent and global opportunities for businesses. The event includes; an exhibition of...
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£3M awarded to boost sustainable agriculture

Ten new interdisciplinary projects have today received a share of £3M to improve the sustainability of UK farming. The funding was awarded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) alongside 12 industry partners. The grants totalling £3.2M were funded in the second round...
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Register now for £15M Health & Life Sciences Competition Briefing

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects addressing technical or commercial challenges relevant to the health and life sciences sector that will lead to increased UK SME competitiveness, growth and productivity.  The Health and Life Sciences sector has a focus on agriculture, food and healthcare , underpinned by technologies developed in bioscience and medical...
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How can innovation in livestock buildings improve productivity & profitability of livestock production?

Livestock housing systems, especially where livestock are intensively reared, have become increasingly important to the productivity and profitability of farm businesses.  Scientific and technological advances have greatly advanced our understanding of the animal's needs (e.g. nutrition, environment, social interaction), and this understanding must be coupled with the need to...
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Opportunity to take part in FRUIT ATTRACTION 2016 in Madrid

UKTI Madrid and the Science and Innovation Network have been offered an exciting opportunity to take part in Fruit Attraction in Madrid.  They are now looking for British companies and research organisations to join the UK delegation. Places are limited and organisations need to express their interest by Wednesday 26th August. Fruit Attraction is the single most important trade...
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Do you have Agri-Food challenges which a mathematical scientist could help with?

Are you an SME working in the Agri-food Sector? Do you have data challenges? Modelling problems? Anything which could benefit from quantitative rigour? If so, you probably have challenges which a mathematical scientist could help you with! Would you like three-days FREE support? Read on...   In brief.... The Knowledge Transfer...
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Register now for UK-Turkey agri-food funding brokering event

Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.5M for UK participants developing innovative solutions to challenges within the agri-food sector in Turkey.  Innovate UK is working with  TÜBİTAK , the Scientific and Technological Research Council of Turkey, to fund this competition, which they are running as part of the  Newton-Kâtip Çelebi Fund  programme.    ...
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GFS funding for Resilience of the UK Food System in a Global Context

The UK’s main public funders of food-related research and training are working together through the  Global Food Security (GFS) programme to meet the challenge of providing the world’s growing population with a sustainable, secure supply of safe, nutritious, and affordable high-quality food using less land, with lower inputs, and in the context of global climate change, other...
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British Beet Research Organisation launches 2016 research call

The British Beet Research Organisation (BBRO) has launched its 2016 research call. Areas of interest to BBRO include ongoing challenges such as further reductions in the availability of active ingredients due to changes in regulation, resistance in pests, diseases and weeds or the increasing battle to identify novel products for their control. "The BBRO invites interested parties to...
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Calling for agritech innovators help to increase the uptake of agricultural innovation by farmers in developing countries

Article by Liliya Serazetdinova, KTN Agriculture is an important sector for many developing countries, both to drive economic development but also to support poverty reduction and boost food and nutrition security. Department for International Development (DFID) published last year the latest evidence and a conceptual framework to design agriculture policies and programmes ....
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Creating a step-change in dairy cattle innovation through collaboration

A new KTN success story  highlights one of the many ways that KTN helps to drive innovation for UK businesses - by facilitating new connections and collaborations between different sectors.   Creating a step-change in dairy cattle innovation Kingshay are a research-based consultancy that support a large number (>2,000) of dairy farmers in the UK....
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