Posted 6 June
"It’s a great way to show the impact that our research and teaching can have when we work alongside industry partners such as those at Cereals”
A new partnership will see Harper Adams University working even more closely with leading arable event Cereals this month.
The event returns on Tuesday 13 and Wednesday 14 June at Thoresby Estate in Nottinghamshire, with a host of knowledge exchange events, demonstrations, tradestands and more. For this year’s event, Cereals will be working with Harper Adams as its Education partner – and employees, students and alumni of the University will all be appearing as speakers across its seminar programme.
Sarah Swinnerton, Shows and Events Lead at Harper Adams, said: “We’ve had a long-standing relationship with Cereals, with our tradestand a regular fixture on the showground and our academics regular participants in the talks at the event.
“We’re delighted to be building on that relationship this year and extending the work we do together – it’s a great way to show the impact that our research and teaching can have when we work alongside industry partners such as those at Cereals!”
Harper Adams University can be found at stand 908 on the site, overlooking the Syngenta Sprays and Sprayers arena.
Members of the University’s events team, academics and researchers will be on hand to speak to prospective students, University alumni and industry representatives.
Fittingly, there will also be the chance to see some of the latest technology from AutoSpray Systems – who have worked with experts on the University’s Hands-Free Farm and other projects, and who are currently running a revolutionary new short course in partnership with the University.
The course, which aims to train its participants with the practical skills they need for drone spraying operations, was the only one of its kind in the UK when it was launched earlier this year.
Busy couple of weeks of #PrecisionAg @FreeHectare talks kicking off with a trip to Brussels to speak with MEPs and officials.— Kit Franklin (@AgEngResearch) June 5, 2023
Before @HarperAdamsUni on Friday, @CerealsEvent and an evening talk in Cirencester next week. pic.twitter.com/viSw6oAKq7
Among the speakers from Harper Adams who will be taking part in seminars during the two days are final year BSc (Hons) Agriculture student Lawrence Castle who will be speaking about his research into the current state of drainage in the UK; Senior Engagement Fellow Kit Franklin, who will appear on the Cereals main stage as part of a panel discussing New Thinking, New Technology; and Dr Nicola Randall, Director at the Centre for Evidence-Based Agriculture at Harper Adams.
She will also be appearing on the event’s main stage, where she will form part of a panel examining Net Zero and climate change.
Dr Randall, whose research focuses particularly on the areas of agricultural ecology and sustainable food production, will be examining whether cereal farming can be both sustainable and profitable.
She said: "I will focus on how using general regenerative agriculture principles and increasing on-farm diversity can be used to enhance resilience to climate change.
""This will include examples of specific practices and evidence of their impacts on short, medium and long-term yields."
And Sarah added: “With both students and staff talking about their research – from the latest robotics work on the Hands-Free Farm to how the work of Harper Adams academics informs the latest decision-making in agriculture – there will be lots to catch up on over the two days – whether out on the showground, or right here with the team on our stand.
“We’d like to thank Cereals for partnering with us this year – and we can’t wait to welcome people next week!”