AFTP Annual Conference 2018

AFTP Conference 2018: Challenges for the agrifood industry in delivering the UK Industrial Strategy and Environment Plan

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3rd July 2018

Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BA. 

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Who should attend?

Businesses associated with AFTP Industry Advisory Boards, AFTP participants, prospective participants, industry leaders who are likely to recommend the AFTP to their businesses, AgriTech Centres and academics associated with them, academics with interests in working with the agrifood industry, policy makers and influencers.

Why should I attend?

This event will provide attendees with an insight into developments within their sector that align to the UK Industrial Strategy, and provide an opportunity for Q&A with industry and policy leaders and those driving innovation in agrifood.

Background to the event:

In November 2017 the government published the Industrial Strategy which is available here. Key points included:

Four Grand Challenges:

  • AI & Data Economy: We will put the UK at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution

  • Future of Mobility: We will become a world leader in the way people, goods and services move

  • Clean Growth: We will maximise the advantages for UK industry from the global shift to clean growth

  • Ageing Society: We will harness the power of innovation to help meet the needs of an ageing society

Five Foundations of Productivity

  • Ideas: the world’s most innovative economy

  • People: good jobs and greater earning power for all

  • Infrastructure: a major upgrade to the UK’s infrastructure

  • Business environment: the best place to start and grow a business

  • Places: prosperous communities across the UK


Time Topic/Activity and Presenter


Arrival and coffee


Chair’s welcome
Colin Dennis CBE, Chair of Executive Board AgriFood Training Partnership

2.35 – 3.00pm

Introductory talk outlining the Industrial Strategy, its relevance to other government department policies e.g. Environment Plan and how the agrifood industry can address its grand challenges.

Policy speaker to be confirmed

3.00 – 3.40pm

AI and the Data Economy
Covering topics such as precision agriculture, the role of data analysis in driving quality, sustainability, business decisions

Speakers will cover areas including drone technology, Block Chain and its role in preventing food fraud 

3.40 – 3.50pm

Questions to speakers on AI and the Data Economy

3.50 – 4.30pm

Clean Growth
Covering topics including sustainable intensification, animal husbandry, the use of vaccines, pesticides, fungicides, herbicides in animal and crop production, environment (water and energy use).

Jim Moseley, Chief Executive Officer Red Tractor
Helen Munday, Chief Scientific Officer at FDF

4.30 – 4.40pm

Questions to speakers on Clean Growth

4.40 – 5.00pm

Coffee/tea break

5.00 – 5.40pm

Future of Mobility
Topics include moving goods/maintaining quality in the agrifood supply chain/skills enhancement.

Tim Smith, Group Quality Director, Tesco
A retail perspective on the movement of goods through retail, including trends and innovations

Speakers from food service and manufacturing interests to be confirmed.

5.40 – 5.50pm

Questions to speakers on Future of Mobility

5.50 – 6.30pm

Ageing Society.
How do we make the food system work for older people, economic opportunities.

John Mathers, Professor of Human Nutrition and Scientific Director for the Institute of Ageing and Health, University of Newcastle

Industry speakers to be confirmed

6.30 – 6.40pm

Questions to speakers on Ageing Society

6.40 – 6.55pm

The relevance of the AFTP to the five foundations of the industrial strategy

Carol Wagstaff, AFTP Director and Professor of Crop Quality for Health at the University of Reading

6.55 – 7.00pm

Chair’s closing remarks

7.00 – 8.00pm

Poster session (showcasing research projects from AFTP students)
Drinks reception

This programme is provisional and subject to variation depending on speaker availability and commitments

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