Agrifood-technology-research-group_landscape_black- correctThe National Centre for Food Manufacturing will host an event on November 10 2015 to highlight the research in agri-food technology at the  University of Lincoln and within Lincolnshire’s Agri-food businesses.

The day will be a mix of practical demonstrations and informal presentations and will explore the potential application and transformational capacity of new technologies and will appeal to anyone with an interest in emerging technologies in the food chain and potential funding sources to support innovation.

This event will run alongside Agri-Tech Week which provides a focus on multi-disciplinary approaches to addressing the challenges faced by the agri-food value chain through a series of events hosted across the eastern region. It is supported by Garford Farm Machinery Ltd.


Tickets are free and can be booked on our Eventbrite page here

or email Mandy Bettinson here




8.45 – 9.30am Registration

9.30am Welcome

9.30 – 9.35am Introduction and domestic arrangements – Prof Val Braybrooks, Dean, National Centre for Food Manufacturing (NCFM)

Welcome on behalf of the Greater Lincolnshire Local Enterprise Partnership’s Food BoardDuncan Worth, Director of AH Worth

Introduction to the Lincoln Institute of Agri-food Technology (LIAT)Professor Andrew Hunter, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of the College of Science, University of Lincoln.

9.35 – 9.55am Keynote address: Robot weeding technologies; Philip Garford, Garford Farm Machinery Ltd

9.55 – 10.20am Robotic harvesting of broccoli using 3D vision; Prof Tom Duckett and Dr Greg Cielniak, UoL School of Computer Science

10.20 – 10.40am Use of GC-MS and E-Nose technology for early detection and bio-control of prevalent diseases of produce; Dr Bukola Daramola, NCFM

10.40 – 11am LED lighting systems in Agriculture and Horticulture; Dr Simon Pearson, Lincoln Institute of Agri-Food Technology (LIAT)

11.00 – 11.30am Coffee and questions

11.30 – 11.50am The application of next generation DNA sequencing in agriculture; Dr Matthew Goddard, UoL School of Life Sciences

11.50 – 12.10pm Developing risk maps for insect vector-borne disease; Dr Lisa Collins, UoL School of Life Sciences

12.10 – 12.40pm Funding and Support for Agri-food Innovation; now and looking ahead; Dean Cook, Innovate UK, Lead Technologist – Agriculture and Food

12.40 – 1pm Closing commentsDuncan Worth

1.00 – 2pm Lunch, tour and additional demonstrations; NCFM

Demonstrations include the use of robotic mobile manipulation with potential cross-sector application; Dr Andrea Paoli, Enrico D’Alessandro: School of Engineering

And GC-MS for assessing volatiles to assist in the determination of shelf-life; Dr Bill Hays, NCFM


For full speaker details click here


 Where: University of Lincoln: Holbeach Campus, Park Road, PE12 7PT

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