Sponsors & Partners

2017 Sponsors & Partners

Bringing plant potential to life

Syngenta is a leading agriculture company helping to improve global food security by enabling millions of farmers to make better use of available resources. Through world class science and innovative crop solutions, our 28,000 people in over 90 countries are working to transform how crops are grown. We are committed to rescuing land from degradation, enhancing biodiversity and revitalizing rural communities.

Our strategy focuses on the challenges for growers

We create integrated offers in the field, supported by agronomic expertise and a deep understanding of grower needs now and in the future. Our innovation brings strong new products to market and combines genetics and chemistry to create new solutions. Our goal is to create value for our shareholders by first creating value for our customers through higher yields and better use of resources.

Working in partnership

The challenges of feeding the world are so big and far-reaching that they demand a concerted response from everyone concerned with the future of agriculture. Syngenta’s relationships with innovators are vital to meet 21st century needs for sustainable solutions for agriculture. Syngenta has a history of successful partnerships, which we continue to discover and grow through our 5,000 scientists worldwide, an annual investment of over $1bn in R&D and our thoughtseeders.com portal, a central destination for individuals, private organizations and public research organizations with cutting edge technologies, novel ideas and knowledge who seek to collaborate with Syngenta.

International Fertilizer Association

The International Fertilizer Association (IFA) is a trade association representing the global fertilizer industry, which provides the crop nutrients that allow farmers everywhere to meet the world's growing food, feed, fiber and bioenergy needs in a sustainable manner. IFA member companies represent all activities related to the production and distribution of every type of fertilizer, their raw materials and intermediates. IFA’s membership also includes organizations involved in agronomic research and training. IFA has some 550 members in about 86 countries.


The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) is the UK’s largest public funder of agricultural research. BBSRC is one of seven Research Councils that work together as Research Councils UK (RCUK). We are funded by the Government's Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS). With an annual budget of approximately £509M we support around 1600 scientists and 2000 research students in universities and institutes across the UK.

BBSRC funds research that is broadly aligned with three strategic priorities: agriculture and food security, industrial biotechnology and bioenergy, and bioscience for health. We provide strategic funding to eight institutes, including Rothamsted Research, which deliver innovative research and training, leading to wealth and job creation, generating high returns for the UK economy.

Wellcome Trust

Wellcome exists to improve health for everyone by helping great ideas to thrive. We’re a global charitable foundation, both politically and financially independent. We support scientists and researchers, take on big problems, fuel imaginations, and spark debate.

Bayer: Science For A Better Life

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the Life Science fields of health care and agriculture. Its products and services are designed to benefit people and improve their quality of life. At the same time, the Group aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer is committed to the principles of sustainable development and to its social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen. In the fiscal year 2015, the Group employed around 117,000 people and had sales of EUR 46.3 billion. Capital expenditures amounted to EUR 2.6 billion, R&D expenses to EUR 4.3 billion. These figures include those for the high-tech polymers business, which was floated on the stock market as an independent company named Covestro on October 6, 2015.


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