Details of group meetings
and other activities.

The Inaugural Meeting of the
All-Party Parliamentary Group
on Science & Technology in
Agriculture took place on
11 March 2008.

Forthcoming Meetings


Breakfast Briefing
Effect of the Loss of Crop Protection Technologies on UK Agriculture and the Wider Economy
Wednesday 26 November, 8.00 - 9.00am, Jubilee Room

Keynote Speaker:
Richard King, Partner and Head of Business Research, The Andersons Centre

Guest Panellists
Guy Smith, Vice-President, NFU
Nick von Westenholz, Chief Executive, Crop Protection Association
David Caffall, Chief Executive, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Chair: Mark Spencer MP


Past Meetings

The solar harvest - new opportunities for UK agriculture

Joint meeting with the APPG on Beef and Lamb

Monday 20 October, 5.00 - 6.30pm
Room S, Portcullis House

Guest speakers:
Guy Smith, NFU Vice President
Jonathan Selwyn, Lark Energy
Kate Covill, Orta Solar

Agricultural Good Practice Guidance for Solar Farms


Building public support for UK agri-science

Tuesday 9 September, 4.30 – 6.00pm
Committee Room 15, Palace of Westminster

Guest Speakers:
Tom Heap, broadcast journalist and BBC Countryfile presenter
Andrew Opie, Food Policy Director, British Retail Consortium



Building public support for UK agri-science

Tuesday 13 May, 5.00 – 6.30pm
Committee Room 9, Palace of Westminster

Guest Speakers:

Mark Lynas, author, environmentalist and former anti-GM campaigner
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum
Ian Blatchford presentation
Guy Smith, Essex farmer and NFU Vice President

Earl of Lindsay



Building public support for UK agri-science

Wednesday 9 April, 4.30 – 6.00pm,
Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

Guest Speaker:
Professor Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to HM Government

George Freeman MP



UK Plant Science – Current status and future challenges

Parliamentary launch of a major new report from the UK Plant Sciences Federation

Wednesday 26 March
Committee Room 18, Palace of Westminster

Guest Speakers:
Dr Mimi Tanimoto, Executive Officer, UK Plant Sciences Federation
Professor Jim Beynon, Chair of Plant Systems Biology, University of Warwick
Mark Buckingham, Corporate Affairs Europe Middle East, Monsanto Vegetable Seeds

UKPSF report




Tuesday 17 December 2013
Committee Room 12, Palace of Westminster

GM crops - time for a fresh appproach?

Guest speaker:
Rt Hon Owen Paterson MP, Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Owen Paterson speech



Implementing the UK Agri-Tech Strategy

Tuesday 10 September 2013, 4.30 – 6.00pm, Committee Room 12

Guest speakers:
Lord de Mauley, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Defra
Judith Batchelar, Director of Sainsbury’s Brand & Industry Co-Chair, Agri-Tech Leadership Council




Digital Farming : The Next Agricultural Revolution

Tuesday 16 July 2013, Committee Room 16, Palace of Westminster

Guest speakers:
Professor Simon Blackmore, Head of Engineering, Harper Adams University
Simon Griffin, Technical Manager, SOYL Precision Farming
Mark Pettigrew, Agricultural Sustainability Manager, PepsiCo
James Hallett, Chief Executive, British Growers Association
Shradha Singh, SYield Project Leader /
Derek Scuffell, Information Domain Specialist Syngenta

James Hallett presentation
Simon Griffin presentation
Mark Pettigrew presentation
Shradha Singh / Derek Scuffell presentation






Large-scale livestock systems – production and welfare implications

Monday 20 May 2013, Committee Room 14, Palace of Westminster


Keynote speaker:

Kenn Buelow, Wisconsin dairy farmer and vet 


Guest panellists:

Peter Stevenson, Chief Policy Adviser, Compassion in World Farming

David Alvis, UK livestock consultant

Kenn Buelow presentation

Peter Stevenson presentation



Towards a UK Agri-Tech Strategy - Science Minister David Willetts MP

Wednesday 30 January 2013, Boothroyd Room, Portcullis House

Keynote speaker:
Rt Hon David Willetts MP, Minister of State for Universities & Science

George Freeman MP




Feeding The Future - Innovation Requirements for Primary Food Production in the UK to 2030

Tuesday 4 December 2012, Grand Committee Room, Palace of Westminster

Keynote Speaker:
Jim Godfrey, Farmer and Chair, TSB Sustainable Agriculture & Food Innovation Platform

Guest Panellists:
Professor Ian Crute, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board

Andrea Graham, NFU
Paul Rooke, Agricultural Industries Confederation

Jim Godfrey presentation



Unlocking the potential of UK agri-science

Tuesday 6 November 2012

Guest Speaker: René Custers, Regulatory & Communications Manager, VIB, Belgium

Chair: George Freeman MP

René Custers presentation



Producing more from less – new metrics for sustainable agriculture

Tuesday 26 June 2012

Keynote Speaker
Fred Luckey, Chair, Keystone Alliance for Sustainable Agriculture 

Guest Panellists
Professor Tim Benton, UK Champion for Global Food Security
Guy Gagen, NFU Chief Arable Adviser & Chair, Defra Green Food Project Wheat Sub-Group

Fred Luckey presentation
Tim Benton presentation
Guy Gagen presentation




Case studies in UK agri-food innovation – challenges and opportunities

Wednesday 16 May 2012

Guest Speakers

Robert James, Technical Director, Thanet Earth

Nigel Kerby, Managing Director, Mylnefield Research Services Ltd

Gino de Jaegher, Managing Director, British Sugar

Robert James presentation

Nigel Kerby presentation

Gino de Jaegher presentation




Agricultural innovation in high-growth BRIC economies

Tuesday 17 April 2012 

Guest Speaker:

Stephanie Studer, Research Editor, Economist Intelligence Unit

Stephanie Studer presentation



Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 29 November 2011

Beyond Foresight: What does 'sustainable intensification'
mean for UK agriculture?

Keynote Speaker:
Professor Sir David Baulcombe, Regius Professor of Botany,
Cambridge University

Guest Panel:
Peter Kendall, President, NFU
Gareth Morgan, Head of Agriculture Policy, RSPB
Professor Wayne Powell, Director, IBERS

Professor Baulcombe presentation




Agro-chemistry: new directions, new challenges?

Monday 31 October 2011


Guest Speakers:

Dr David Lawrence, former Head of Research & Development, Syngenta

Professor John Pickett, Michael Elliott Distinguished Research Fellow, Rothamsted Research


Speaker presentations




Impact of the global food security crisis

on consumer and media attitudes to food science

Wednesday 14 September 2011


Guest Speakers:

Giles Shapley, Network Research

Fiona Fox, Science Media Centre;


Giles Shapley presentation

Fiona Fox presentation



Global GM Crop Adoption - Status & Prospects
Monday 20 June 2011
Guest speaker: Clive James, ISAAA

Clive James presentation



Bee Health and Pesticides

Monday 4 April 2011

Guest speaker: Dr Jeff Pettis, Research Leader, USDA Bee Research Laboratory

Guest panel:

Dominic Dyer, Crop Protection Association

Dr Chris Hartfield, NFU

Tim Lovett, British Bee Keepers Association


Dr Jeff Pettis presentation

Tim Lovatt presentation


The role of new agricultural technologies in tackling climate change

Tuesday 7 December 2010
Guest Speaker: Jack Bobo, Senior Advisor in Biotechnology, US Department of State
Jack Bobo presentation

Agenda Minutes
Unlocking our food production potential: the role of UK Agricultural Science
Monday 15 November 2010
Guest Speakers:  
Jim Paice MP, Minister of State for Agriculture & Food, Defra
Professor Ian Crute, Chief Scientist, Agriculture & Horticulture Development Board
Ian Crute presentation

Agenda Minutes
APPGSTA Annual General Meeting
Tuesday 23 March 2010
Guest Speaker: Professor John Beddington, Government Chief Scientific Adviser
John Beddington presentation

Agenda Minutes
UK wheat productivity – research targets & needs
– Tuesday 23 February 2010
David Sheppard presentation
Richard Summers presentation
Tina Barsby presentation

Agenda Minutes
UK livestock sector – research targets & needs, role of collaborative R&D
– 19 January 2010
David Leaver presentation
Geoff Simm presentation
Chris Warkup presentation

Agenda Minutes
New models for collaborative R&D in agriculture – the Technology Strategy
Board’s Agri-Food Innovation Platform

– 1 December 2009
Paul Mason presentation
Chris Warkup presentation
Agenda Minutes
UK horticulture sector – research targets & needs, role of collaborative R&D
– 20 October 2009
Neil Bragg presentation
Chris Atkinson presentation
Simon Bright presentation
Agenda Minutes
Rt Hon Jane Kennedy MP, Minister for Farming and the Environment, Defra
– 19 May 2009

Agenda Minutes
Annual General Meeting
GM crops present & future – is it time to re-open the debate?

– 24 March 2009
Graham Bookes presentation
Julian Little presentation

Agenda Minutes
Agricultural science – bridging the gap between basic and applied research
– 28 January 2009
Prof David Leaver presentation
Prof Jonathan Jones presentation

Agenda Minutes
Wheat Quality Research, nabim reception – 16 December 2008

Report Presentation
Professor Bob Watson, Defra Chief Science Adviser – 25 November 2008
Prof Watson presentation (5mb file)

Agenda Minutes
EU pesticide approval plans – 28 October 2008
Sean Rickard presentation

Agenda Minutes
Group Visit to NIAB – 23 June 2008

Programme Report
Inaugural Meeting – 11 March 2008

Agenda Minutes
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