Sponsors & Partners

2018 Sponsors & Partners


CABI (Centre for Agriculture and Biosciences International) is an international not-for-profit organization that improves people’s lives worldwide by providing information and applying scientific expertise to solve problems in agriculture and the environment.

Our approach involves putting information, skills and tools into people's hands. CABI's 48 member countries guide and influence our work which is delivered by scientific staff based in our global network of centres.


The Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) helps businesses get the best out of creativity, ideas and the latest discoveries, to strengthen the UK economy and improve people’s lives.

KTN links new ideas and opportunities with expertise, markets and finance through our network of businesses, universities, funders and investors. From agri-food to autonomous systems and from energy to design, KTN combines in-depth knowledge in all sectors with the ability to cross boundaries.

KTN is a network partner of Innovate UK


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.


Bayer Crop Science is the UK’s leading provider of innovative solutions in seeds, products and services.

We are committed to the future of British and Irish farming by helping farmers provide safe, high quality, affordable food, produced in a sustainable way using less water and energy, whilst promoting biodiversity.

We recognise the need to respond to the twin challenges of a rising population and climate change. The use of crop protection to control pernicious weeds, destructive insects and damaging diseases has a significant benefit on the amount we can produce per field, per drop of water and on reducing post-harvest losses.

Our passion about British and Irish farming and its ability to produce food, feed, fibre and fuels, means we take a leadership role in our approach to environmental stewardship. With leadership comes responsibility and we are committed to the safe, appropriate and judicious use of crop protection products in the environment and are working with farmers, agronomists and wildlife charities to reduce the environmental impact of farming.

Naturally, it is important that we implement our vision of a more sustainable agriculture in Bayer Crop Science. We are therefore investing in precision farming as well as reducing our own water and carbon footprint. Likewise we have nurtured and promoted the biodiversity at our own farms, in a way that can inspire and inform British and Irish farmers, agronomists and other partners in the food supply chain.

From new active substances and seed varieties to services and support we’re investing in the future of British and Irish farming now, and for generations to come.