2018 Summit Agenda

Friday 23rd March 2018

07.30 – 09:00

Registration and breakfast networking

09.00 - 09.15

Welcome to Rothamsted Research

Professor Achim Dobermann, Director and Chief Executive, Rothamsted Research, UK

09.15 - 10.15

What is the Future of Agriculture

With the impending megamergers of Bayer and Monsanto, Syngenta and Chem China and Dow and Dupont, what does the future hold for the agri-food sphere? How quickly will innovations be able to emerge? How will communication with primary producers be affected? And how can we encourage a greater social acceptance of crop protection technologies? Our expert panel will discuss these issues and more as a precursor to the workshops, where they will be explored in greater depth.

10.15 - 12.15

Workshops Part One

In 3 – 4 workshop groups, participants will be brought up to date on progress made on the pre-competitive challenges, agree and prioritise developments and the direction of travel required. Individual groups will be led by a passionate industry champion and facilitated by an innovation specialist


'Captivate and Cultivate' Talks of 5-10 minutes each

An opportunity for startups/SMEs to present their ideas/challenges with a view to engaging with larger audiences, in this short, quick fire session

12.45 -14.15

Networking Lunch


Workshops Part Two

Discussions in workshop groups continue, with emerging solutions being identified


Show and Share

A summary of workshop discussions will be presentation by the industry champions to all summit contributors

17.00 - 18.30

Networking drinks reception