Launching on 4 July 2017

AFTP

AgriFood Training Partnership

Providing specialist training across the entire agrifood supply chain.

In January 2017, the three respective BBSRC funded Advanced Training Partnerships (ATPs) combined together to form the AgriFood Training Partnership (AFTP).

The AFTP is the leading high-level training provider for the agrifood sector. As a partnership between six leading UK universities, the AFTP is the bridge between industry and academia – translating cutting edge academic research into applied industry expertise. In an era of climate change, food insecurity, and an ever-growing population, the AFTP is helping the industry’s best talent to deepen their knowledge, advance their skills, and progress their careers through flexible training opportunities and continuing professional development. Together, we’re equipping the agrifood industry to become more efficient, more profitable, and more sustainable – to prepare us all for the challenges ahead.

The primary role of the AFTP is to deliver University-accredited and recognised high-level training that up-skills staff employed within the agrifood sector and disseminates the quality and technical advancements of UK research. This remit makes a major contribution to the commitment of government to support world class training in the biosciences and fits with the remit of the industrial strategy to deliver lifelong learning in the workplace. The AFTP provides agrifood sector employees with the skills necessary for delivering continuing innovation in the bioeconomy to generate benefits for society within the UK and worldwide.

Invitation

The Geological Society, London

Tuesday 4th July 2017, 4.00-7.00pm

You are warmly invited to raise a glass at the AgriFood Training Partnership launch event, which will take place at The Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD, on Tuesday 4th July 2017 from 4.00-7.00pm with arrival from 3.30pm. Drinks and light refreshments will be served.

The launch event brings together government strategists and training providers from across the UK to highlight the importance of the agrifood sector to the UK economy, and the opportunities that exist to develop a professional, accredited and high quality framework of skills progression for those choosing a career in the industry.

Schedule

3.30 - 4.00pm

Arrival

Tea and coffee available

4.00 - 4.05pm

Dr Tim Hess
AgriFood Training Partnership, Event Chair

Chair's Welcome

4.05 - 4.20pm

Professor Carol Wagstaff
Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK

Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership

Introduction to the AgriFood Training Partnership

4.20 - 4.35pm

Professor Bob Webb
Division of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK

AgriFood Technology Leadership Council

The AgriTech Centres and delivery of a national skills training structure for the agrifood sector

4.35 - 5.05pm

Break
Networking opportunity to meet members of the AFTP community and industry colleagues.

5.05 - 5.20pm

Janette Graham
2 Sisters Food Group, Apprenticeship Programme Manager

Chair of National Skills Academy Food Science and Technology Steering Group

Degree apprenticeships for the agrifood sector

5.20 - 5.35pm

Dr David McAllister
BBSRC, Head of Skills & Careers at BBSRC

BBSRC support for training and skills development through its partnerships

5.35 - 5.50pm

Professor Ian Boyd
DEFRA, Chief Scientific Advisor

The future of farming

5.50 - 5.55pm

Dr Tim Hess
AgriFood Training Partnership, Event Chair

Chair's Close

5.55 - 7.00pm

Reception
Poster viewing and networking (wine and canapés will be served)

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Guest Speakers (in order of appearance)

Tim Hess

Dr Tim Hess

Associate Professor in Water Management, Cranfield University

AgriFood Training Partnership, Event Chair

Tim is an Associate Professor in Water Management within the Department of Environmental Science and Technology at Cranfield University. He has over 30 years’ experience in research and consultancy in the application of hydrology in managed rural environments, and particularly irrigated agriculture in the UK and overseas. This has been applied to sustainable food supply chains, working with national and international organisations and major UK retailers. He is an interdisciplinary scientist with a particular interest in the application of ecosystem services approaches to water management issues.

Associate Professor Carol Wagstaff

Professor Carol Wagstaff

Department of Food and Nutritional Sciences, University of Reading, UK

Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership

Carol received her DPhil from the University of York in 1999 and is also an alumnus of Royal Holloway, University of London. She was appointed as Assistant Professor at University of Reading in January 2007 and promoted to Associate Professor in 2010. She took over the Directorship of the BBSRC Food Advanced Training Partnership in 2012 and has subsequently become the Director of the AgriFood Training Partnership. She is also on the review panel of the Swedish Research Council for Natural, engineering and environmental sciences, Chair of Eucarpia Leafy Vegetables Group and on the editorial boards of the Journal of Food and Agricultural Science and Annual Plant Reviews Online. Her research team at the University of Reading is funded by external sources in collaboration with numerous businesses in the AgriFood industry and is focused on improving the quality of food, including the nutritional value, appearance, flavour and shelf life, as well as helping consumers make healthy dietary choices.

Bob Webb, AgriFood Technology Leadership Council

Professor Bob Webb BSc, PhD, DSc, FRSE

Division of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, School of Biosciences, University of Nottingham, UK

AgriFood Technology Leadership Council

Bob Webb is a member of the AgriFood Tech Council and leads on skills. He is a scientist specialising in animal reproduction, with a focus on large animal and human reproduction. He started his career working on dairy, pig and arable farms before gaining degrees at the Universities of Nottingham and Edinburgh. As well as working at the University of Oxford and the BBSRC Roslin Institute, Edinburgh, he was a Ford Foundation Fellow at the University of Michigan and has carried out research in Australia and France. He has also held a number of editorial and management positions, including being Pro-Vice Chancellor for Research at the University of Nottingham and the inaugural CEO and Principal at SRUC. He has supervised over 25 PhD students and postdoctoral fellows and has authored over 200 scientific publications. He is currently an Honorary Professor at the University of Nottingham.

Janette Graham

Janette Graham

2 Sisters Food Group, Apprenticeship Programme Manager

Chair of National Skills Academy Food Science and Technology Steering Group

Janette is currently employed as Apprenticeship Programme Manager with 2 Sisters Food Group, she has extensive Learning and Development experience from various industries and has also held similar HR roles within Bakkavor and Baxters Food Group.

Janette is an avid supporter of encouraging new talent and developing existing talent within the food manufacturing industry and is Chair of the Food Science and Technology Trailblazer which has worked with HEIs to develop the Level 3 Food Technologist and Level 6 Food Industry Technical Professional Degree Apprenticeship. This Group is now working on the development of the Level 7 in Agrifood Science and Technical Director Degree Apprenticeship and the Sustainable AgriFood Business Specialist Degree Apprenticeship.

David McAllister, BBSRC

Dr David McAllister

BBSRC, Head of Skills & Careers at BBSRC

David McAllister is currently Head of Skills and Careers at BBSRC, following a number of science policy and operational roles within BBSRC, including managing the technology and e-science portfolios. He currently leads the development of BBSRC’s skills and talent strategies ensuring bioscientists possess the skills and knowledge needed for careers in research and to underpin strategically important sectors of the UK economy. He also is strategic coordinator for BBSRC’s Global Challenges Research Fund, and is co-Chair of the RCUK Research Careers Network. He holds a degree and PhD in parasitology from the University of Glasgow.

Professor Ian Boyd

Professor Ian L Boyd, BSc PhD DSc FSB FSRE

DEFRA, Chief Scientific Advisor

Professor Boyd is the Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government on Food and Environment. In the past he has been Director of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St Andrews and the Sea Mammal Research Unit, a partner institute of the Natural Environment Research Council since 2001. He is also currently an adviser to the Principal’s Office at the University of St Andrews focussing upon commercialisation and knowledge exchange. He is on the Board of Reviewing Editors of Science and is a former Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Zoology. He was responsible for creating several companies that are owned by the University of St Andrews and these now have international subsidiaries in the USA, Canada and Hong Kong.

He has BSc and DSc degrees for the University of Aberdeen, a PhD from Cambridge University and has received prizes for his research including the Scientific Medal of the Zoological Society of London and the Bruce Medal for Polar Science from the Royal Society of Edinburgh. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh and of the Society of Biology.

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The Venue

Geological Society of London

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The AgriFood Training Partnership launch event will be held in the heart of London’s West End at the Geological Society, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BD.

Burlington House was developed by the British government during the nineteenth century, opening in 1854 as a meeting place for the arts and sciences. The Geological Society shares the picturesque courtyard with the Royal Academy of Arts, the Royal Astronomical Society, the Society of Antiquaries of London, the Royal Society of Chemistry and the Linnean Society of London.

The launch event will be hosted in the Geological Society's 172 seater 'Janet Watson Lecture Theatre' and the stylish 'Lower Library' area.

You can explore inside these venue rooms before you arrive, courtesy of Google Maps:

Getting There

Tube: The closest tube stations to the the Geological Society are Piccadilly Circus (on the Piccadilly and Bakerloo lines) and Green Park (on the Jubilee, Piccadilly and Victoria lines). Oxford Circus and Bond Street are the nearest tube stations on the Central Line. Both are approximately five-ten minutes walk away from the venue.

Bus: Numerous bus routes stop at Piccadilly outside the Geological Society and on nearby Regent Street.

Plan your Journey: Transport for London

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Food ATP
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Funder:

BBSRC