Solve your agri-food industry challenge with expert help from STFC

Posted on: 06/11/2018

STFC’s Agri-food Roadshow on 14 November will help agri-food companies find the support and funding they need to scale up.

Is the productivity of your agriculture or food and drink company being held back by a difficult product, manufacturing or process performance issue? Could you benefit from free access to expert advice from world class scientists? Could your agri-food challenges potentially be solved by free access to advanced experimental and computational tools?

If the answer to one or more of the above questions is yes, you should definitely be planning to join us at the STFC Agri-Food Roadshow on 14th November 2018 at Harper Adams University in Newport, Shropshire. Companies such as Syngenta, Unilever and Pepsico have already benefited from access to STFC facilities and expertise Рfind out how STFC could help your company gain a competitive advantage.

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Why should you take part in the STFC Agri-Food Roadshow?

By attending the Agri-Food Roadshow you will benefit from the opportunity to:

  • Learn about B4I funding to support free access to STFC’s world-class facilities,¬†computational tools and scientists
  • Hold 1:1 meetings with STFC‚Äôs expert scientists and discuss how free access to STFC world-class facilities could help address your specific agri-food challenges
  • Make new connections with solution providers from STFC’s wide network of contacts
  • Hear from companies who have already benefited from¬†STFC facilities and expertise
  • Pitch your technical challenge (you can apply to pitch during the registration process, limited spaces available)
  • Take part in tours of Harper Adams University’s science and research facilities

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Roadshow programme preview

The programme for this unique event is designed to help agri-food companies gain a fresh perspective on their productivity and competitiveness challenges and explain how they can access STFC funding and expert support to scale up.

The agenda also features a keynote presentation by the ISCF Transforming Food Production Interim Co-Director, Andy Cureton, case studies from industry partners who have already benefited from using STFC’s facilities and expertise, opportunities for networking, 1:1 meetings with STFC experts, and tours of Harper Adams University’s science and research facilities.



OpenSimon Baty, Knowledge Transfer Manager – Agri-Food, KTN

Introduction to the Science and Technologies Research Council (STFC)Professor Ric Allott, Director of Business Development, STFC

STFC industrial case studies in agriculture, food and drink:

*  Harry Baraza, Relationship Development Director, LGC

*  Christopher Nankervis, CTO & Founder, Weather Logistics Ltd

STFC capabilities relevant to agriculture, food and drink – a series of short presentations by STFC Experts

Lunch and networking

Keynote Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund: Transforming Food Production РAndy Cureton, Interim Co-Director, ISCF Transforming Food Production at UK Research and Innovation

Integrating STFC expertise for achieving food supply chain resilienceProfessor Simon Pearson, Director of the Lincoln Institute for Agri-Food Technology (LIAT), University of Lincoln and Dr Sonal Choudhary, Lecturer in Sustainable Management at Sheffield University Management School

Embracing complexityProfessor John W. Crawford, Integrated Solutions Lab Flagship Leader, Rothamsted Research

STFC Food Network+ (SFN)Professor Sarah Bridle, University of Manchester and STFC Food Network+

Company pitches on their technical challenges – session 1

Bridging for Innovators (B4I) Programme – how to gain free access to STFC expertise and equipment РDr Ling Xu, Innovations Programme Manager, STFC


Company pitches on their technical challenges – session 2

Poster presentations and networking

One-to-one meetings with STFC experts

Tours of Harper Adams University’s science and research facilities

Find out more and register

The STFC Agri-Food Roadshow is taking place on Wednesday 14th November 2018 at Harper Adams University in Newport, Shropshire. A limited number of pitching opportunities are available to companies with technical challenges that they wish to present. You can find out more and register here.

You can find out more about STFC facilities and expertise of relevance to agri-food companies here.

Further information on STFC’s Bridging for Innovators (B4I) programme can be found here.

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