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27 February 2020

In a partner exchange programme, Masters of Research students Cornelius Werring and Niklas Rietmann have joined Harper Adams and the Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences to complete their further studies. In doing so, they will achieve two master’s degrees at once.

The pair are sponsored by the CLASS Foundation and Amazone to aid their participation in the Hands Free Farm project as part of their master’s thesis on agro-economics. Niklas explained his part in the work, saying: “I am working on a usability study that examines which autonomous agricultural concepts are available, and I am analysing various scenarios.”

Of their work, Cornelius commented: “The experiences gained from the project will prepare us for the real world. We are taking on tasks that are typically handled at a higher level.” They both agreed the programme has given them valuable life experiences and boosted their personal development.

Cornelius and Niklas are using their prior expertise from their undergraduate years where they studied agriculture, food technology and economics. They are aiming to complete their studies and earn their Master of Research in Precision Farming from Harper Adams, in addition to their master’s degree at Osnabrück University of Applied Sciences.

Professor James Lowenberg-DeBoer spoke about the importance of the exchange program: “Students such as Niklas and Cornelius are creating an opportunity for the mutual exchange of research knowledge in crop robotics between Osnabrück and Harper Adams. Work is being carried out in Osnabrück on specially developed weed and scout robots, while Harper is working on retrofitting conventional equipment.”

To find out how you can work with Harper Adams at postgraduate level, join us on our next open afternoon, March 20, to see how you can develop your learning through a degree that matters. With limited spaces, we advise you to book as early as possible. You can register your interest below.

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