2018 Summit Agenda

Thursday 18th January 2018

Building on the inaugural Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum, 2018’s challenge summit will focus on driving forward global Agri-food challenges, and facilitating a focussed debate on innovation policy and practise which help and hinder advancements in Agri-food. Participation will be by invitation and attendees who have not already been involved are welcome to apply. Places are limited to a maximum of 25 to each challenge workshop, of which there will be a maximum of four.

07.30 – 08:45

Registration and breakfast networking

08.45 - 09.00

Welcome to Rothamsted Research

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

09.00 - 09.45

Keynote address

Driving forward innovation in Agri-food

09.45 - 10.15

Debate - Innovation Policy

10.15 - 10.30

Refreshments and networking

10.30 -13.00

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.


Lunch and networking


Workshops part two

Discussions in workshop groups continue, with emerging solutions being identified


Show and tell

Summary of workshop discussions given to summit

17.00 - 18.30

Networking drinks reception