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Agri-Food Study Group with Industry

The second Agri-Food Study Group with Industry will take place 21-23 February 2018, at the International Centre for Mathematical Sciences, Edinburgh.


Although Agri-Food might have traditionally been viewed by some as a low-tech industry, the reality is very different. The Agri-Food industry is making rapid advances to adopt cutting-edge technology, to help it address the challenges it faces, such as feeding a rising world population, reducing environmental impacts, and improving food quality and safety. For example, agriculture is already utilising cutting edge technologies such as satellite imaging to monitor crop growth, and robots to milk cows, and many other technologies are under development and likely to be introduced in the coming years.

As with other industries, all these technologies generate massive data sets, and have the potential to make food production systems more complex. Thus, there is an increasing need for agriculture to work with other sectors to turn ‘data into decisions’ that can help the farmer.

At the KTN Mathematics in Agriculture Workshop at Harper Adams in 2015, Professor Graeme Wake commented that “Modern-day applied mathematics can be used with high impact on farm systems and precision agriculture. It provides excellent decision-support tools and brings a degree of rigour to the industry, which has often been lacking in the past. The agricultural industry has been relatively late in choosing to bring mathematics to bear on the processes involved”.


The First Agri-Food Study Group with Industry was held in January 2017, and a write-up can be found here.


Format: Representatives from industry will present their problems on the first day. Researchers in mathematics, statistics, engineering, computer science and related areas will work together towards practical solutions, and first steps in approaching problems. Early stage career academics, Ph.D students, and postdocs are particularly welcome.

The Problems: The problems to be tackled by the Study Group attendees will come from SMEs from the Agri-Food sector (covering the span across primary production to food processing). These problems (likely to be three) will be announced in due course.


Why take part in the Study Group?

  • Academics:
    Get new problems
    Expand research portfolio
    Vital contact with industry
    Meeting academics from different fields
  • Industry:
    Get new solutions
    Access to highly qualified individuals
    Written report


Costs to Take Part:
The majority of the Study Group is paid for by the sponsoring organization (Innovate UK), however to cover some costs, there will be a nominal registration fee of £45. This fee will cover accommodation and meals for the three days. We also ask that travel costs should be sought from attendees’ own institutions.

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