Art of Possible: The Future of Agriculture

Posted on: 03/05/2019

Join KTN’s Dr David Telford on 5th June at the Royal Society of Edinburgh to explore tech-enabled innovations in agriculture.

Agriculture is an important industry in Scotland. Scotland’s farmers, crofters and growers produce output worth around ¬£2.9 billion a year, and are responsible for much of Scotland’s ¬£5 billion food and drinks exports.

The agriculture industry as a whole is facing up to the challenges of improving productivity and sustainability, which will require new technology solutions to drive the industry forward.

The Art of Possible: The Future of Agriculture event on 5th June at the Royal Society of Edinburgh will explore how emerging and enabling technologies can be applied to transform the future of agriculture.

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The Art of Possible: The Future of Agriculture is being delivered by KTN, Glasgow City of Science & Innovation, Technology Scotland, Cultural Enterprise Office and Glasgow City Council, in partnership with VentureFest Scotland.

The event will feature a group of ground-breaking, inspirational innovators and knowledge experts in Scotland working creatively and collaboratively (across business, academia, and government) to drive the diffusion of disruptive technologies in the agriculture sector.

Chaired by KTN’s Dr David Telford, this event will feature an expert panel discussion with opportunities for questions, followed by a networking reception.

Confirmed panelists include Dave Ross, CEO at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Centre (Agri-EPI), Dr Andreas Kranis, Head of Genomics at Aviagen and Principle Investigator, The Roslin Institute, Thomas Farrugia, CEO and Founder of Beta Bugs and Prof. Joyce Tait, Co-Director, Innogen Institute, University of Edinburgh.

The Agri-EPI Centre focuses on the delivery of research, development, demonstration and training on precision agriculture and engineering for the livestock, arable, horticulture and aquaculture sectors. Dave has 26 years of experience of agri-technology in both the cropping and livestock sectors, encompassing a broad range of technology areas.

Aviagen are a world leading poultry breeding company, that supply broiler breeding stock to more than 100 countries globally. As Head of Genomics, Andreas leads on many cutting-edge R&D programmes that drive genetic improvement, utilising cutting-edge technologise such as genomics, bioinformatics and big-data approaches. Andreas also holds a position as Principle Investigator at The Roslin Institute, University of Edinburgh, where he works in Quantitative Genetics and Genomics of Livestock.

Beta Bugs is an insect breeding company that creates high performance breeds of Black Soldier Fly which will double the productivity of the rapidly-growing ‘insects-as-protein’ sector. The protein-dense insects are used in livestock and aquaculture feed, reducing the need for environmentally damaging soymeal and fishmeal. Thomas is the Founder and CEO of the company, and is also a Royal Society of Edinburgh Unlocking Ambition Enterprise Fellow.

The Innogen Institute is a collaboration between the University of Edinburgh and the Open University that produces high quality research and supports the delivery of innovation that is profitable, safe and societally useful. Professor Joyce Tait has an an interdisciplinary background, covering natural and social sciences, and has specialised in user-focused approaches to complex issues in the contexts of innovation, risk governance and stakeholder engagement. Joyce is involved in research projects in a range of areas, including agricultural and health-related applications of life sciences, evaluation and application of interdisciplinary research, and sustainable development.

You can find out more and register for this event here.

Please note that places at this event are limited. Please contact with any queries.


Art of Possible is an official Feeder event of VentureFest Scotland 2019 - an annual festival of discovery and innovation.

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