The Launch of EPIC - Essex Plant Innovation Centre

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

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CO4 3SQ

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Essex Plant Innovation Centre (EPIC) Launch

EPIC brings together the best of our academic work in life sciences, computer and electronic engineering, data science and business, with the most innovative regional agritech companies and public sector organisations.

Please join us for a day of conversations, co-creation discussions, networking and the opportunity to influence and shape East Anglia’s response to various societal challenges, such as delivery of secure and resilient food systems supported by sustainable marine resources and agriculture.

EPIC is a strategic priority for the University; we strive to engage in collaborative research with other academic partners and private and public sector stakeholders, so as to translate exceptional ideas into real, value-adding, impactful products.





Provisional Agenda

9.30-10:00 Registration, tea and coffee

10:00-10.10 Welcome: Prof Christine Raines

10:10-10.20 Overview of Life Sciences and Computer Science and Electronic Engineering: Prof Philip Mullineaux and Prof Anthony Vickers

10:30-11:50 Research challenges and UoE academic excellence

  • Plant productivity: Prof Tracy Lawson
  • Soil health: Prof Alex Dumbbell
  • Robotics and Sensors: Dr Vishuu Mohan
  • Artificial intelligence/data processing: Dr Spyros Samothrakis

11:50-12:50 Industrial challenges in the agritech space. Including but not limited to the following

  • Sensors, systems and phenotyping: John Molloy, National Physical Laboratory
  • Glasshouse technology and system production: Luke Hibberd, Abbey View Produce Limited
  • Hydroponics for growing crops: Harry McDonough, Green Futures Biofuel
  • Future productivity, governance and supply chain fairness: Lee Abbey, National Farmers Union
  • Industry, government and academia collaboration: Graham Jellis, AgriFood Charities Partnership

13:00-13:45 Lunch

13:45-14:30 Understanding the tools at our disposal and their effective utilisation

  • Facilitated group discussion about capturing UoE skills, capabilities with corporate needs and the crossover opportunities between academics and industry.

14:30-14:45 Support for research and innovation

15:00-17:15 Collaborative projects – themed co-creation sessions

  • Theme 1: Robotics
  • Theme 2: Sensors & networks
  • Theme 3: Plant productivity

17:15-17:30 Feedback from each theme and wrap up

17:30-17:35 Closing remarks: Prof Tracy Lawson

17:35-18:30 Snacks, drinks and networking

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University of Essex Colchester Campus

Colchester

CO4 3SQ

United Kingdom

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