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Cambridge Global Food Security

An Interdisciplinary Research Centre at the University of Cambridge

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Industry Collaborations

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Connecting industry and academia

Ceres is a knowledge exchange partnership for the agri-tech sector, led by the University of Cambridge. Its aim is to help drive the commercialisation of agri-tech research and innovation in England.

University of Cambridge researchers with a current or future project that promises to be commercially relevant are encouraged to get in touch, particularly those who could be helped by connecting with a commercial or additional academic partner. Grants of up to £250,000 are available.

 Cambridge's Ceres Coordinator, Dr Geoff Elliott

www.ceresagritech.org

Ceres was created in 2018, funded by a Research England Connecting Capability Fund Award of £4.8 million. It also involves the Universities of East Anglia, Hertfordshire, Lincoln and Reading, along with the John Innes Centre, NIAB and Rothamsted Research.

 


Building Innovation Communities

Industrial and research communities have differences in focus, challenges and priorities and as a result, opportunities to align their strengths are often missed. 

A policy round table hosted by the University's Centre for Science and Policy in 2016 discussed challenges to delivery of the UK Agri-tech Strategy. The complexity of agricultural supply chains, and their associated value chains, makes it difficult to identify the most relevant opportunities for improvement and to engage the relevant parts of the research base to tackle them.

We subsequently used a structured roadmapping approach to broker interactions between research and industry, and to more effectively translate academic research into business outcomes.

We used the potato supply chain as a pilot study.

The project, run over 2017-2018, mapped the potato value chain and engaged diverse industrial stakeholders from growers, to packers, to retailers, to prioritise opportunities to add value. We then aligned these opportunities with research expertise at the University of Cambridge and NIAB, and held workshops to catalyse the co-design of innovative collaborative projects involving partners from research and industry.

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Global food security is a major research priority for UK and international science.

Cambridge Global Food Security is a virtual centre at the University of Cambridge. We promote an interdisciplinary approach to addressing the challenge of ensuring all people at all times have access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food that meets their dietary needs and preferences for an active and healthy life. 

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Cambridge Big Data Research Symposium

Nov 26, 2018

Sainsbury Laboratory, Bateman Street, Cambridge, CB2 1LR

Cambridge Global Challenges Annual Conference

Nov 28, 2018

St John's College

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Dec 14, 2018

Tom Ap Rees Room and Library, Department of Plant Sciences

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