Turning Data into Decisions in AgriFood - Preview

11 September 2017

12 Sep 2017

Venue: SCI, London, UK
Date: Wednesday 22 November 2017

Harnessing the power of Big Data to generate new insights, practices and products is one of the key priorities of today's AgriFood supply chain. For example, growers integrate agronomic, environmental and operational data to ensure the correct supply of fresh produce, daily, to their customers. IBM and Mars collaborate to use big data to improve food safety, by developing an index of foodborne diseases for future use in understanding what triggers contamination and the spread of foodborne diseases and minimising the risk. Data can also be used to analyse shopping habits of millions of consumers, and help suppliers to develop an effective marketing strategy, based on purchasing patterns and demographic breakdowns.

However, there are a number of challenges. From data availability, to data exchange and interoperability between different data sets. Standardisation of data acquisition and analysis will help to integrate different data sets and create more value. There is a considerable body of knowledge and tools available on use of data in agriculture, but a disruptive innovation is needed to make a better use of these knowledge and tools.

On Wednesday 22 November SCI’s Agrisciences Group, in partnership with KTN, will present a one day conference to focus on the key needs of the AgriFood sector in using data, to discuss the existing barriers, and present a number of potential solutions and joint initiatives. There will also be pitch presentations to promote solutions, technology or capability related to the use of data in the AgriFood sector.  For more information on this and poster presentations please click here.

The programme for the day will include:

  • Decision support in harvesting processes
    Thilo Steckel and Robert Fillingham, Claas
  • Using Big Data to predict emerging risks in the agri-Food chain
    Paul Brereton, Fera
  • Data sharing platforms as part of the Digitisation of European Industry (DEI) strategy
    David Bisset, iTechnic
  • IoT data acquisition, data modelling to support decision making, and publishing FAIR data to support future grower services
    Derek Scuffell, Syngenta
  • From insight to action - putting big data in the hands of small businesses
    Andrew Fearne, University of East Anglia

Turning data into decisions affects all sectors in the AgriFood supply chain, as well as regulators. This conference presents the perfect opportunity for those across to the industry to come together and discuss the needs, requirements and potential solutions of this issue. Book now to receive the early bird rate before Friday 27 October 2017.

SCI Members attending this meeting are able to claim CPD points.

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