Day 1 - Inspiring the next generation of innovationModerated by Charlotte Smith, Presenter, BBC Countryfile
Hear from successful innovators about how to unlock value from investments in R&D and succeed even when defying the status quo. We also invite you to bring your innovation needs and throw them into a virtual ‘problem bucket’ to connect with delegates that can help you find and develop solutions.
13:30 – 14:00
Pre-registration opens in the Lawes Open Innovation Hub
14:00 – 14:10
14:10 – 15:10
How has innovation worked for me?In this lively, quick-fire session, several innovators explain why they decided to break the mould, why they were successful and the lessons learned along the way. Innovators include: Jason Hawkins-Row – Aponic, Dr Berwyn Clarke - PBD Biotech, Jose Chitty – Smartbell, Siobhan Gardiner - HEROTECH8, Angelo Montiero – Mothive, Will Wells – Hummingbird Technologies, Miha Pipan - Entomics and John Prewer - Airponix
15:10 – 15:50
The future of AgriFood: Views from the innovatorsJoin industry representatives and stimulating innovators, as well as cutting edge researchers and forward-looking farmers to discuss the opportunities available for those looking to innovate and collaborate. Dr Maarten Bekaert, Data Scientist - Bayer Crop Science, USA, Donald MacDonald, Innovative Farmer, UK, Dr Cara Griffiths, Molecular Biologist - Rothamsted Research, UK
15:50 – 16:10
Problem bucket breakout – the introductionDo you have an AgriFood challenge? Using our interactive software, pitch your challenge to fellow forum-goers then vote on the challenges that you would like to tackle.
16:10 – 17:10
Problem bucket breakout - the challengeJoin the interactive breakout groups that are most relevant to you to address some of the most stimulating and challenging opportunities in global agriculture. Let your fellow delegates help you find solutions.
17:10 – 17:30
Problem bucket feedback – the opportunitiesAn informal session where potential solutions will be summarised and built upon.
17:30 – 18:00
Transfers to Rothamsted Manor
18:00 – 19:30
Cocktail reception at Rothamsted Manor
Day 2 - Defining what Open Innovation means for Agri-FoodChaired by Bianca Forte, Alliance Manager, Rothamsted Research
From the text book definition of OI and case studies from other sectors, to unique insights on what OI means to key players in Agri-Food, join us to discuss the challenges in collaborative working and identify ways of making OI work for you and your partners.
08:00 – 09:00
Registration, refreshments and exhibition opens in the Rothamsted Conference Centre
09:00 – 09:10
Welcome and introduction to Rothamsted ResearchProfessor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, Rothamsted Research, UK
09:10 – 10:00
Keynote speaker: Tackling opportunities at a global levelChristian Witt, Senior Program Officer Soil Health and Value Chain Group Lead Cereals, Agricultural Development, Global Development Program, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, USA
10:00 – 11:00
What is Open Innovation? A textbook definitionProfessor Wim van Haverbeke, Professor of Strategy and Innovation Management, Hasselt University, Belgium
11:00 – 11:30
Refreshments and networking in the exhibition area
11:30 – 12:15
Open Data for Agri-Food TransformationJeni Tennison, CEO, Open Data Institute, UK
12:15 – 13:00
Insights from other sectorsRoland Harwood, Founder 100% Open, UK
13:00 – 14:00
Lunch and networking
14:00 – 15:00
Panel: The challenges of Open Innovation in Agri- FoodModerator: Dr Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East, UK Speakers: Dr Adrian Percy, Head of R&D, Bayer Crop Science, Germany
Dr Steven Adams, R&D Director, Plant Impact, UK
Dr Andrew Spencer, Head of Knowledge Exchange & Commercialisation, Rothamsted Research, UK
Bob Morris, President, AndMore Associates, USA
Simon O’Brien, Patent Attorney, D Young & Co, UK
15:00 – 16:00
Panel: Funding in an Open Innovation environmentModerator: Louisa Burwood-Taylor, Editor, AgFunder, USA Speakers: Katrin Burt, Managing Director, Syngenta Ventures, UK Mark Suthern, National Head of Agriculture, Barclays Bank, UK Alessio D’Antino, Co-Founder & CEO, Crowdfooding, UK
16:00 – 16:30
Refreshments and networking
16:30 – 17:30
Making Open Innovation work for youDr Malcolm Skingle, GlaxoSmithKline, UK
17:30 – 20:30
Networking drinks followed by dinner
Day 3 - Addressing pre-commercial opportunities togetherChaired by Chris Dunkley, CEO, Rothamsted Centre for Research & Enterprise
In the morning, hear from our industry champions about pre-commercial opportunities available in crop production, protection, agronomy and data amongst other industry sectors. In the afternoon, join a dynamic workshop to scope and define an opportunity for collaboration in which you can participate.
09:00 – 09:30
Registration, refreshments and exhibition opens
09:30 – 09:40
Opening remarks and enabling innovation at RothamstedChris Dunkley, CEO Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise
09:40 – 10:10
Game changing innovationPursuing disruptive technology via open innovation pays off handsomely Micheal Ruggier - CEO, GameChanger Technologies Ltd
10:10 - 11:00
The big opportunities in global food security(pre-defined, pre-commercial challenges) A brief introduction by each of our industry champions around some of the biggest challenges facing global food security. • Developing evidence based agronomy for Africa through novel geospatial related technologies.
• Interdisciplinary innovative UK based alliance required to develop an integrated understanding of the plant microbiome (fungi, yeasts and bacteria).
• Open framework for sharing agricultural data globally to support decision making and foster innovation.
• Creating social acceptance of crop protection technologies
• Exploring how Blockchain can be used to depersonalise and give growers control over their data.
11:00 - 11:30
Refreshments and networking
11:30 - 14:30
Defining the big opportunities – Opening up the Mind MapDelegates will be divided into groups to discuss the challenges that can be best addressed through collaborations. Delegates will then participate in a ‘Give/Get Exercise’, explaining how they can contribute to the development of solutions and specifying how they expect to capture value from the collaboration.
A working lunch will be served at 13:00
Collating the outputs - closing down the mind mapWho, what, when, how, where do we address this challenge?
14:30 - 15:00
Refreshments and networking
15:00 - 16:00
Show and tellThe industry champion for each opportunity area will summarise the initial thoughts from each group.
16:00 – 17:00
Refreshments and final networking.
Optional tours of Rothamsted Research