25 March 2014

Agri - innovation 2014: Emerging science and technologies in crop research

Organised by:

SCI's BioResources Group, RSC and AGRI-net

Imperial College London, U.K.

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


Join colleagues from major plant science companies, SMEs, research institutes, universities and funding bodies already registered for a day of information, inspiration and innovation. Presentations will cover advances in synthetic biology, chemical biology and progress in the technologies of crop production and crop protection. PhD students and others will be presenting posters on topics including stress tolerance, nutrient uptake and pest resistance - there are a few poster places left, so don’t miss the opportunity to network.

Speakers on the programme represent leading research institutes, universities and crop science companies in the UK and Europe. Exhibitors include Lambda Photometrics, Ocean Optics, LGC Genomics and Springer. This event will appeal to academic and industrial scientists involved in all aspects of crop research, and other stakeholders interested in catching up on the latest developments.

On behalf of the SCI BioResources Group, the Royal Society of Chemistry and AGRI-net, an agri-science chemical biology network, we look forward to welcoming you to Imperial College London on 25 March for this event sponsored by Lambda Photometrics.


This event is designed to appeal to academic and industrial scientists involved in all aspects of crop research, and other stakeholders interested in catching up on the latest developments.


Day 1

Registration and refreshments
Session one: Increasing crop potential
Advances in chemical biology
Rob Field, John Innes Centre
Understanding the evolution of C4 photosynthesis to facilitate crop improvement
Julian Hibberd, University of Cambridge
Understanding plant responses to abiotic and biotic stress
Steve Rolfe, University of Sheffield
Lunch break sponored by Lambda and Poster Session
Session two: Protecting crop potential
Herbicide resistance: diagnosis and mitigation
Rob Edwards, FERA/Newcastle University
RNAi technology for insect control
Guy Smagghe, University of Ghent
Safener discovery and combination with HPPD herbicides to provide new solutions for modern agriculture
Stephen Lindell, Bayer
Tea break and poster session
Session three: Diagnostics and delivery
Use of sensors and sensing in crop protection
Bruce Grieve, University of Manchester
Advances in plant diagnostics: from lab to field
Rick Mumford, FERA
Precision delivery by advanced formulations
Carl Formstone, Syngenta
Discussion and poster prize presentation
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Venue and Contact

Imperial College

170 Queen's Gate
Imperial College London,
South Kensington Campus, 
Exhibition Rd


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org


Earlybird fees - before 21 February 2014
GB£120 . . . . . . . . .SCI / RSC Member 
GB£40. . . . . . . . . . SCI / RSC Student
GB£110. . . . . . . . . Academic
GB£160 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

Standard fees - after 21 February 2014
GB£144 . . . . . . . . .SCI / RSC Member 
GB£48 .. . . . . . . . . SCI / RSC Student
GB£132. . . . . . . . . Academic
GB£192 . . . . . . . . .Non Member

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Additional Info


Offers of posters on any aspect of crop research are welcome.  PhD students are especially encouraged to present their research. Interested delegates are strongly encouraged to submit their application for this early. Please send a one-page abstract to conferences@soci.org. The poster deadline has been extended to Friday 14 March.


There will be an exhibition running alongside this conference; interested companies are invited to contact conferences@soci.org for more information. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first served basis.