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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.



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 intensification.

“Modern-day applied mathematics can be used with high impact on farm systems and precision agriculture. It provides excellent decision-support tools and brings a degree of rigour to the industry, which has often been lacking in the past. The agricultural industry has been relatively late in choosing to bring mathematics to bear on the processes involved” - Prof. Graeme Wake, Massey University, New Zealand, Mathematics in Agriculture KTN Workshop (2015).


Representatives from agri-food industry will present their problems on the first day. Researchers in mathematics, statistics, engineering, computer science and related areas will work together towards practical solutions, and first steps in approaching problems. Early career academics, PhD students, and postdocs from the mathematical sciences are particularly welcome.

KTN and Harper Adams University ran an inital workshop on this topic last year. The slides and videos are available here.

The Problems

The problems to be tackled by the Study Group attendees will be set by SMEs from the Agri-Food sector (from primary production to food processing). The problems (likely to be three) will be announced in due course.

Why Take Part?

Academics: Get new research questions. Expand research portfolio. Make vital contacts with industry. Meet other academics from different fields.

Industry: Get new solutions to problems. Access highly qualified individuals. Obtain a written summary report.


Costs to Take Part

We gratefully acknowledge the financial support from Innovate UK, so there is no cost to SMEs to pose a problem. However, for all other participants there will be a nominal registration fee of £ 30 including accommodation and meals.


Take part in the study group

We look forward to hearing from you. If you would like ot take part in the study group, simply

Register via Eventbrite, or contact:

Matt Butchers:

Joanna Jordan:

David Telford:

Registration is open until 05.12.16.

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