Postponed: Young Innovator's Forum

Hosted by the Essex Plant Innovation Centre

  • Tue 31 Mar 20

    15:00 - 18:30

  • Colchester Campus

    STEM Building

  • Event type

    Fairs and exhibitions

  • Event organiser

    Life Sciences, School of

  • Contact details

    Fiona Rust

This event has been postponed and will no longer be held on 31 March 2020. We hope to announce a new date soon.

Curious about how technology could solve the challenges facing agriculture?

The Essex Plant Innovation Centre is pleased to host the Young Innovator’s Forum at the University of Essex on 31st March 2020.

The Forum brings together early-career farmers, horticulturists, technologists and academics to explore farm practice, consultancy, technology and research.

Participants will have the opportunity to discover the pioneering work currently being explored in controlled environment agriculture and horticulture, which will impact broadacre agriculture in the future. This can include innovative research in plant productivity, soil health, and agritech including robotics, environmental monitoring, and artificial intelligence.

Young farmers, research scientists, trainee agronomists and industry entrants are welcome to this free, informal event, hosted at Colchester campus.

Register your free place.

Provisional agenda (please note that timings are approximate)

15:00-15:30 Tea & coffee; networking opportunity – asks & offers.

15:30-15:35 Welcome from Professor Tracy Lawson, director of EPIC.

15:35-15:50 Introduction to EPIC capabilities in soils with Professor Alex Dumbrell.

15:50-16:10 Demonstration of soil respiration chambers on grass adjacent to STEM building.

16:10-16:25 Introduction to plant capabilities with Professor Tracy Lawson.

16:25-16:50 Tour of EPIC labs and glasshouse facilities including equipment demonstrations.

16:50-17:15 Break for tea, coffee & networking.

17:15-17:30 Introduction to robot & AI capabilities with Dr Vishwanathan Mohan.

17:30-17:50 Tour of CSEE laboratories and equipment demonstrations.

17:50-18:30 Concluding remarks from Professor Tracy Lawson then drinks & networking.