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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum Keynote Seminar


Dr Stephen Axford, Head of Agri-Tech, Department for Business Innovation and Skills;

Judith Batchelar, Industry Co-chair, Agri-tech Leadership Council and Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets;

Professor John Crawford, Scientific Director, Sustainable Systems Programme, Rothamsted Research; Professor Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, BBSRC and

Dr Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East


This event is CPD certified


Morning, Thursday, 22nd October 2015

Central London


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Delegates will discuss the progress of the UK Agricultural Technologies Strategy, including the impact of Agri-Tech Catalyst projects as they move into the third phase of implementation.

They will also examine the next steps for the Centres for Agricultural Innovation with new investment of £12m being provided for the Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Sustainability Metrics (AIMS) big data revolution.

The seminar includes contributions from the Department for Business Innovation and Skills, the Agri-tech Leadership Council and BBRSC and will bring together key policymakers and those involved in the implementation process with stakeholders from across UK agri-tech and farming, as well as representatives from the food and drink industry, environmental organisations, academia, and elsewhere.

Further areas for discussion include:

  • UK agricultural technology: challenges and priorities for development;
  • Next steps for the Agri-tech Catalyst Projects: translating research into practical applications;
  • Role of Centres for Agricultural Innovation and advances in sustainable intensification
  • Data and agricultural research;
  • Agricultural technology and the food security challenge;
  • Investment, innovation and adoption: encouraging farm businesses in the development, exploitation and use of new technologies;
  • Export opportunities; UK agricultural technology in a global market; and
  • The future of the Agri-tech strategy, industry practice and government policy.

The draft agenda is available to download here.


We are delighted to be able to include in this seminar keynote addresses from: Dr Stephen Axford, Head of Agri-Tech, Department for Business Innovation and Skills; Judith Batchelar, Industry Co-chair, Agri-tech Leadership Council and Director of Sainsbury’s Brand, Sainsbury’s Supermarkets; Professor John Crawford, Scientific Director, Sustainable Systems Programme, Rothamsted Research and Professor Jackie Hunter, Chief Executive, BBSRC.

At this early stage Dr Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East has also agreed to speak.

Additional senior participants are being approached.


Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum seminars present an opportunity to engage with key policymakers and other interested parties, and are CPD certified (more details). Typically, attendees at our seminars are a senior and informed group numbering 120, including Members of both Houses of Parliament, senior officials from Defra and other relevant Departments, businesses and professionals working in agriculture and agri-tech, representatives of the food and drink industry, including manufacturers, retailers, and suppliers, environmental campaigners, academics, charities and consumer groups, together with reporters from the national and trade press.

Output and About Us

A key output of the seminar will be a transcript of the proceedings, sent out around 10 working days after the event to all attendees and a wider group of Ministers and officials at BIS, DFID, Defra, UKTI and other government departments and agencies affected by the issues; and Parliamentarians with a special interest in these areas. It will also be made available more widely. This document will include transcripts of all speeches and questions and answers sessions from the day, along with access to PowerPoint presentations, speakers’ biographies, an attendee list, an agenda, sponsor information, as well as any subsequent press coverage of the day and any articles or comment pieces submitted by delegates. It is made available subject to strict restrictions on public use, similar to those for Select Committee Uncorrected Evidence, and is intended to provide timely information for interested parties who are unable to attend on the day.

All delegates will receive complimentary PDF copies and are invited to contribute to the content.

The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum is strictly impartial and cross-party, and draws on the considerable support it receives from within Parliament and Government, and amongst the wider stakeholder community. The Forum has no policy agenda of its own. Forum events are frequently the platform for major policy statements from senior Ministers, regulators and other officials, opposition speakers and senior opinion-formers in industry and interest groups. Events regularly receive prominent coverage in the national and trade press.

Booking arrangements

To book places, please use our online booking form.

Once submitted, this will be taken as a confirmed booking and will be subject to our terms and conditions below.

Please pay in advance by credit card on 01344 864796. If advance credit card payment is not possible, please let me know and we may be able to make other arrangements.

Options and charges are as follows:

  • Places at Next steps for UK Agricultural Technologies - investment, research and progress from the catalyst projects (including refreshments and PDF copy of the transcripts) are £210 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate places for small charities, unfunded individuals and those in similar circumstances are £80 plus VAT. Please be sure to apply for this at the time of booking.

For those who cannot attend:

  • Copies of the briefing document, including full transcripts of all speeches and the questions and comments sessions and further articles from interested parties, will be available approximately 10 days after the event for £95 plus VAT;
  • Concessionary rate: £50 plus VAT.

If you find the charge for places a barrier to attending, please let me know as concessionary and complimentary places are made available in certain circumstances (but do be advised that this typically applies to individual service users or carers or the like who are not supported by or part of an organisation, full-time students, people between jobs or who are fully retired with no paid work, and representatives of small charities - not businesses, individuals funded by an organisation, or larger charities/not-for-profit companies). Please note terms and conditions below (including cancellation charges).

FINANCIAL TERMS AND CONDITIONS: The delegate fee includes copies of the presentations via PDF and refreshments. Cancellation policy is as follows: (1) cancellations 14 or more days before the event: £70+VAT cancellation fee per delegate; (2) cancellations less than 14 days before the event: no refunds. Cancellations must be notified in writing to the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum. No charge will be made for replacement delegates. Transfer of any confirmed booking between events is not possible. The organisers reserve the right to alter the programme and change the speakers without prior notice. The Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum is unable to grant extended credit and therefore must request that full payment be made within 30 days from the date of invoice. Should payment not be received within 30 days from the date of invoice, the Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum will apply an administration charge of £40+VAT, likewise for payments made to our account in error.


Thursday, 22 October, 2015 - 09:00 to 13:00
Contact name: 
Michael Ryan
Event location: 
Central London