How the Scottish Agri-Food Sector Can Stay Nimble

Driving innovation in Scottish Agri-Food 24 May 2017, Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh.


Fri, 12 May 2017



Innovation as the foundation for future farming is vital if the Scottish Food and Drink industry is to achieve its ambitious target of doubling turnover by 2030 as Nigel Miller of Scotland’s Rural College will outline at the “Driving Innovation in Scottish Agri-Food” conference hosted by Agrimetrics. The agri-food value chain is underpinned by a strong research sector and this event will showcase for the first time the four new  Agri-Tech centres within the context of the existing knowledge provision in Scotland.

Professor Louise Heathwaite, Scottish Government Chief Scientific Adviser for Rural Affairs and Environment will present the keynote: “Innovating to stay nimble in agri-food”. She will be followed by Graham Young of Scotland Food and Drink outlining the Ambition 2030 strategy and Nigel Miller of SRUC who will explain how the research community is rising to the challenge. 

Coordinating the event is Teresa Shutter, Knowledge Exchange Manager of Agrimetrics - the world’s first big datacentre for agri-food. Teresa, based at SRUC, explains that the conference is the first opportunity for many in the industry to hear about the Agri-Tech centres.

The virtual  Agri-Tech centres, Agri-EPI Centre, Agrimetrics, CIEL and The Centre for Applied Crop Science, were established to foster closer collaboration between enterprise and research. Each is focused on a specific industry challenge. 

She says: “The conference will provide a good overview of the research ecosystem in Scotland.  

“Step changing progress comes out of the sharing of ideas and this will be a good forum for those with a commitment to innovation in the Scottish agri-food value chain to meet those working towards a new future .”

Participating organisations include: 

  • Agri-EPI Centre
  • Agrimetrics Ltd
  • BioSS
  • Centre for Knowledge Exchange and Impact
  • CIEL
  • Food Innovation Network (FIN)
  • IBioIC 
  • Innovate UK
  • Interface
  • James Hutton Institute
  • Moredun 
  • SAC Consulting 
  • Satellite Applications Catapult 
  • Scotland Food & Drink
  • Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC)
  • Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre
  • Scottish Government
  • The Centre for Applied Crop Science 
  • The Rowett Institute
  • University of Aberdeen 

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