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The Global Goals are going to transform our world and that transformation will create opportunities for new business models to deliver new products and services into new markets.
After the largest public consultation ever undertaken, the Goals were adopted by the UK and the other 192 Member States of the United Nations in 2015. They call for economic growth, innovation, affordable energy, and upgraded infrastructure – and provide a path to end extreme poverty, fight inequality, and protect the planet.
Every company (and every citizen) needs to understand this important global mega-trend!
With world population predicted to reach almost 10 billion by 2050, there is a pressing need to boost productivity of the agri-food sector while maintaining high sustainability standards and low environmental impact. This is one of the greatest challenges for the industry, especially when labour costs are rising. Automation and robotics are seen as one of the potential solutions for these challenges, and activities are underway that develop new platforms that could save time and costs, and reduce labour requirements.
KTN is organizing two events that will feature a range of speakers from the agri-food industry presenting examples of ongoing projects and successful approaches. These events will address the needs of the arable, horticultural and livestock industries, as well as the food processing and manufacturing sector. These event will bring together experts to discuss industry needs, technological gaps, key enabling technologies such as robotics and autonomous systems, imaging technologies, sensors, and the Internet of Things.
What are the big challenges facing knowledge exchange and commercialisation practitioners, and how can we work together to address them?
These and other issues will be under the microscope at the PraxisUnico 2017 Conference, alongside the “big picture” view of the landscape in which we work.
Just as we celebrate the diversity which makes the UK a leader in knowledge exchange and commercialisation within university and Public Sector Research Establishments, we draw upon speakers from across a wide range of backgrounds: industry experts, policy influencers and expert practitioners from home and abroad, covering topics pertinent to knowledge exchange and commercialisation in all disciplines.
The challenge for the agricultural sector is therefore one of sustainable intensification. This means increasing food production while simultaneously reducing environmental impacts and enhancing the wide range of interlinked ecosystem services that society needs from land. The UK Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA) has sought to address this challenge by investing £4 million of research through the Sustainable Intensification Research Platform (SIP) which is due to be concluded in November 2017. This conference will explore the outcomes of SIP and other relevant research. International contributions will be very welcome.