Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East is an independent business-focused cluster organisation for the East of England. It is creating a global innovation hub, to improve the international competitiveness of plant and crop-based agriculture and catalyse economic growth.

Address: The Entreprenuership Centre, Hauser Forum, Cambridge
Postcode: CB30GT
Country: United Kingdom
Membership type:Professional Individual and Corporate < 5 (£50+VAT pa)

Agri-Tech East is bringing together farmers and growers with scientists, technologists and entrepreneurs to create an innovation hub that will focus on activities where improvements in crop production, agronomy and technology can influence yields, and on-farm efficiency.

To increase food production on existing farmland while minimising pressure on the environment, we need new thinking and this is driving a new agricultural revolution.

The East of England is ideally positioned to pioneer agricultural innovation. It has:

  • Concentration of world-class R&D in agriculture, horticulture and plant science
  • Prime agricultural land – the most profitable and productive in the UK
  • Innovative large-scale growers/processers
  • Funding initiatives from local and national government
  • Expertise in high technology and advanced engineering

Agri-Tech East is an independent business-focussed cluster organisation, created to catalyse economic growth through improving the international competitiveness of plant and crop-based agriculture. It brings together the world-leading research, development and agricultural production across eastern England, and supports the translation and adoption of new innovations across a range of disciplines (including bioscience, ICT and engineering).

The priority is to improve production in the UK and globally, helping meet the challenges of food and nutritional security, adaptation to climate change, and managing limited natural resources.

Agri-Tech East is the UK's first agri-tech cluster organisation. It contains the business and research power-houses of Cambridge and Norwich, and is home to highly innovative growers who manage much of the UK's most productive and profitable agricultural land.

For more information about Cambridge Network please see our own Directory page.

Fiona Rust joins Agri-Tech East

Agri-Tech East welcomes Fiona Rust to the team

Agri-Tech East has welcomed Fiona Rust to its team to help the organisation develop its events portfolio and work with its rapidly expanding membership.

29 March 2019Read in full

SREDA CEO Alex Fallon and Agri-Tech East Director Belinda Clarke

'Harvest' offers international springboard for UK agri-tech

A new trans-Atlantic agreement, opening up international opportunities for agri-businesses and start-ups, has been launched by UK membership body Agri-Tech East and Canada’s Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority.

14 March 2019Read in full

Alan Millard, Lecturer in Robotics at the University of Plymouth

Robot swarms to offer truly precise agriculture at a plant level

Experts to debate applications, progress and ethics of swarm robotics at Agri-Tech East event on 25 April 2019 in Cambridge.

8 March 2019Read in full

Vertical farming of lettuce by Grow Up Urban Farm

Vertical farming: pick-your-own fruit and veg at retail parks?

Advances in technology, from more energy efficient LEDs to better sensors and advances in soilless cultivation, are enabling the expansion of novel farming methods, but how might controlled environment agriculture disrupt the value-chain? Agri-Tech East's 'Bringing the outside in' investigates.

19 February 2019Read in full

Wheat - soil health, seed infection and harvest monitoring

Revolution in diagnostics promises early disease warning for farmers

With advances in biotechnology, imaging and organic chemistry changing the way farmers are able to tend their crops and livestock, the UK’s latest diagnostic tests are to be discussed - many for the first time - at Agri-Tech East's Pollinator event in Cambridge on 13 February.

18 January 2019Read in full

Dr Ed Moorhouse, the new Head of Strategy Development with ITAKA

Event focuses on using natural products in conventional farming

Would working with nature relieve some of the evolutionary pressure on arable weeds and plant pests and stop them from becoming so aggressive? This is one of the areas of discussion for the Agri-Tech East Pollinator event 'Mimic, Harness or Borrow; Applying Nature’s Solutions to Agriculture' being held in Norwich next week (15th January 2019).

10 January 2019Read in full

World’s first robotic drill unveiled at REAP 2018

Just one year on since the tech start-up first announced its ‘Farming as a Service’ model at REAP Conference 2017, the Small Robot Company unveiled Harry, one of three precision engineered, smart robots that could revolutionise food production and the toll big machinery takes on soil and the wider environment.

20 November 2018Read in full

Unveiling Small Robot Company's Harry

Triple helix approach to agri-tech innovation underpins UK farming future

By delivering a ‘triple-helix’ model for innovation – which brings together industry, research and government – Agri-Tech East is helping to facilitate the rapid growth of the agri-tech sector. Priorities for future investment in agri-tech was the theme for its fifth annual REAP conference, held yesterday (Weds) in Cambridge.

8 November 2018Read in full

Teams of techies at Agri-Tech East's Hackathon earlier this year

Driverless car tech could bust weeds - what can your tech offer?

Earlier this year, Agri-Tech East held one of the UK's first hackathons for farming to fast-track innovation - and the learning points, future opportunities and next steps are to be discussed at REAP 2018 in Cambridge.

29 October 2018Read in full

UEA Prof Gerard Parr will deliver keynote address at REAP 2018

Laying the foundations for the internet of agri-things

East Anglia is one of five broadband black spots across the UK, which is exactly why the UAE's Professor Gerard Parr is driving a unique initiative to create the East of England Smart Emerging Technologies Institute. He'll be sharing project updates and insights at Agri-Tech East's REAP conference next month.

9 October 2018Read in full

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Agri-Tech East Pollinator - Swarm Robotics – The agri-workforce of the future?

25 Apr 2019Future Business Centre, King’s Hedges Road, CB4 2HY

We will explore the prospect of swarm robotics and the potential for its impact on-farm, as well as some of the technical challenges around sensor and data fusion, combining algorithms from multiple machines into a single decision-making system. How close swarm robotics is to commercial application?

Agri-Tech East Pollinator - We’ve Got the Power; On-Farm Solutions to Energy Demands

23 May 2019Hethel Engineering Centre, Chapman Way, Wymondham Road, NR14

This is your chance to find out about new innovations to help generate and harness power from different existing sources. From solar to biogas, vibration technology and glasshouse solutions, we’ll be looking at how to make the maths stack up and the technology work for farmers.

Agri-Tech East Pollinator - Closing the Loop on the Circular Economy

5 Jun 2019Norwich Research Park, Colney Lane, NR4 7UG

We’ll be discussing potential uses and added value of “waste” in the agri-food system.

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