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Innovate and TechWorld join forces to create 'UK’s biggest multi-sector business event'

21 February 2013

The Technology Strategy Board and UK Trade & Investment have announced a joint venture which sees the two organisations unite the Innovate and TechWorld events.

The new, multi-sector, networking event ‘Innovate UK’ has been established in a bid to provide opportunities for companies looking to accelerate their growth through innovation, international trade and investment. 

The organisers say that Innovate UK will bring together 4000 people from UK and international business, Government and academia, with the aim of accelerating UK economic growth by stimulating business-led innovation and opening up international trade opportunities.

Iain Gray, chief executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “Both Innovate and TechWorld have long established track records of individual success, so we’re really pleased to be uniting them under the single brand, Innovate UK. By inviting businesses across the UK to showcase their innovations and mix with experts in prolific technology innovation areas we hope Innovate UK will become an even greater show of the UK’s entrepreneurial might, on the global stage.”
 
Nick Baird, chief executive of UK Trade & Investment added: "Over the last two years, businesses that attended Innovate and TechWorld collectively generated over £70million worth of UK trade; 65% of them identified new business opportunities and 77% said they learned something that would help them to innovate. By bringing the events together we hope to deliver even more success for UK businesses whether by helping them grow through innovation, international trade and investment or collaborative opportunities.”
 
Innovate UK will include one to one meeting opportunities, seminars, workshops, an exhibition and keynote sessions featuring leading business and ministerial representatives. During the three days, businesses can share knowledge, access expert advice, showcase innovation and find collaborative partners.

Confirmed speakers include: David Gardner, Royal Agricultural Society of England; Tim Benton, Global Food Security; and Mark Fowler, Nestle.

Sessions:
Feeding the future world via agriTech
Food security represents one of the biggest challenges facing mankind over the next half century. Throughout human history innovation and the application of new technology in agriculture has kept food production ahead of population growth. However, with exponentially rising demand and the twin challenges of climate change and resource depletion, ever more innovative approaches will be required to deliver the world's food needs in the decades to come. This need to sustainably intensify production has been recognised across Europe and the UK government has embraced the need for an overarching AgriTech strategy.

What will you learn? 
The first of the AgriFood related seminars will look at the need for a greater focus on the sustainable intensification of production. In addition the need for targeted industrial research that delivers new, innovative technologies will be discussed. This applied research and development must drive more efficient primary production, minimise negative environmental impact and provide a positive solutions for the food sector as a whole. The two presentations will therefore address: 1) The global considerations in the context of producing more from less. 2) A UK perspective and present the research priorities of the UK’s primary producers (Farmers and Growers) over the next 20 years. Who will benefit from attending? Anyone with an interest in the agri-food industry, biotechnology, biological and engineering sciences, climate change, environmental management and sustainability, as well as resource efficiency. The speakers and facilitators in this session are: Facilitated by the Technology Strategy Board’s agri-food team this seminar will include presentations from Prof Tim Benton – Global Food Security Champion and David Gardner, Chief Executive of the Royal Agricultural Society of England

Nutrition for life
The path taken from agriculture through to retail is crucial, impacting on food safety, yield and quality. The food processing sector sitting between the producer and the retailer forms a significant part of the UK manufacturing output. In addition, changes in dietary and lifestyle patterns have seen a rise in diet related, chronic non-communicable disease including obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and some types of cancer. With consumers becoming more interested in the foods they eat, its nutritional value as well as its relationship to the production of “healthier Foods” is becoming a prime driver for business. Allied to this is the demand from an aging population for more novel, functional foods that retain nutritional value and satisfy the consumer. These issues are a clear priority within the Technology Strategy Board and sit alongside the challenge of primary production and processing.

What will you learn? 
The AgriFood seminar will look at the need for a sustained focus on healthy nutrition and safe foods that may also have the potential to offer innovative approaches to diet and health. We will explore how we can better reconcile dietary considerations with convenience, price and public safety whilst recognising that innovation in nutrition and functionality is a key element of this debate. Who will benefit from attending? Anyone with an interest in the agri-food industry, biotechnology, biological sciences, resource efficiency, diet & health, macro & socio – economics, consumer behaviour, government and health practitioners. The speakers and facilitators in this session are: Facilitated by the Technology Strategy Board’s Technology Inspired food team the seminars will include presentations from representatives from industry and academia supporting food, nutrition, diet formulation as well as food processing and manufacture.

Precision agriculture
Food production efficiency requires the adoption of the latest innovations in plant and animal breeding and the associated husbandry techniques. Equally, the food processing and manufacturing sector is tasked with making best use of that primary production with a view of optimising commercial yield and minimising waste. These challenges have meant that in tackling the challenge of producing more from less, the agrifood system has developed into a highly sophisticated industry, adopting novel and ever more sophisticated technologies to ensure that resource use efficiency is optimised. We have enjoyed the benefit of this ongoing endeavour throughout human history but there is an ever increasing urgency to highlight the extent to which agriculture is adopting new high tech approaches but also the need for ongoing support.

What will you learn? 
The second of the AgriFood seminars will look at the concept of precision agriculture and manufacturing efficiency. Precision Agriculture is a conceptual approach to improving the efficiency of primary production and consequently improving resource use efficiency in the field. Alongside this, our food processors and manufacturers are tackling the issue of efficiency in the processing environment and minimising waste. This hugely exciting time for the agrifood sector presents the opportunity for a step change in production and processing potential and an opportunity to showcase the attraction of this business sector to the next generation. Who will benefit from attending? Anyone with an interest in the agri-food industry, biotechnology, biological and engineering sciences, environmental management and sustainability, as well as resource efficiency in agrifood production. The speakers and facilitators in this session are: Facilitated by the Technology Strategy Board’s AgriFood team the seminars will include presentations from representatives from industry and academia supporting both primary production and food processing and manufacture.

Innovate UK takes place on 11-13 March, 2013, at the Business Design Centre, London.
Tickets cost £129 (including VAT).


 


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