26 April 2023

Food, foresight and the future of farming: do we need to revolutionize our food system?

Organised by:


Online Webinar 16:00 - 17:00 BST

Registration Closed

This event is no longer available for registration.


Many commentators are currently suggesting that our current food system is broken, and nothing short of a global farming revolution will be required to sustainably feed the world over the next 20-30 years. The talk will take a critical look at agriculture as it is today, how it has evolved over the past century and the impact that new technologies have had. It will then extrapolate into the future, critically examining some of the revolutions that are being proposed, and thinking about what new technologies might impact the way we produce our food, and indeed the food itself, in the decades ahead.


Dave Hughes

Head of technology identification and evaluation for crop protection, Syngenta

Dave Hughes is responsible for new technology identification and evaluation at Syngenta Crop Protection. His role is focused on understanding the present and potential future scientific landscapes, developing relationships with key potential partners and then leveraging those relationships to create value, often through scientific collaborations.
He joined the company as a chemistry team leader in 1995, where he spent 10 years designing and synthesizing new potential pesticides. In 2005 he moved to lead a group of biochemists and molecular biologists investigating the biochemical mode of action of new pesticides before moving to his current role in 2010.
Dave obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of Oxford and stayed in Oxford for his PhD in synthetic organic chemistry. He then spent two years as a post doc in Montana State University in the USA before starting his career in agricultural technology.

Accessibility Grants

SCI accessibility grants are available to support SCI members with disabilities, long term health conditions, those who require a carer, and members who are nursing parents to attend SCI events. Download an application form to apply for a grant.


This is a free event. All registrations will automatically receive a confirmation within 24 hours of registering for the event. Should you not receive written confirmation of your booking, please email conferences@soci.org.

Become an SCI Member and save on this and future events

See Membership Options

Sign up as an Event Member to join this event. SCI Full or Student Members receive discounts on event registrations

Booking Process/Deadlines

Booking terms and conditions


Conference Team

Tel: +44 (0)20 7598 1561

Email: conferences@soci.org