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Exeter Initiative for Science and Technology (ExIST). Conference, 4 September 2014

The conference will explore the impact of data, science, and technology on food security and production. Full details and booking information can be found on the event page.


Time Event
09.00 Arrival and coffee
09.30 Chairman's introduction, John Lee, OBE
09.40 Opening Address: Agriscience: a SW perspective on two of the ‘eight great technologies’ (big data and agri-science) necessary to propel the UK to future growth.
10.20 From Agri-Environment Schemes to Sustainable Intensification:  Changing Priorities for UK Agriculture, Professor Michael Winter, Co-Director of the Centre for Rural Policy Research, University of Exeter.
10.50 Coffee break
11.15 Targeting global food security – meeting the challenges posed by pests and pathogens, Professor Sarah Gurr, Chair in Food Security, Food Security and Research Land Alliance, Universities of Exeter, Bristol, Bath and Cardiff and with Rothamsted.
10.45 The interplay between food, water, and energy - waste not, want not, Dr Tim Fox, Head of Energy and Environment, IMechE (Institution of Mechanical Engineers)
12.15 Lunch and networking
13.30 Impacts of climate variability and change on crops and water resources, Dr Pete Falloon, Manager Climate Impacts Modelling, The Met Office
14.10 Human activity and global impact:  will/should genetically modified crops help ensure survival? Professor John Bryant, Emeritus, University of Exeter
14.40 Towards the 20,000 litre cow, Professor Toby Mottram, Royal Agricultural University, Founder & Chief Engineer at eCow
15.10 Innovation and knowledge transfer in agri-science: ensuring effective development and commercialisation, Dr Mike Bushell, Principal Scientific Advisor, Syngenta
15.30 Afternoon tea
16.00 Sustainability and reliance upon localised production and sourcing in a ‘greedy’ world, Speaker TBC, Waitrose
16.30 History and technology combine to produce a world beating dairy product, Ms Mary Quicke, Quicke Traditional Ltd

19 August 2014