Farmers are being invited to feed into a new project set up to find bright ideas which could help the agricultural industry meet the challenges of the future.
The Rothamsted Open Innovation Forum (ROIF) is looking for a range of ideas, whether it be a project which is already under way but could be rolled out across the industry, or ideas which need help developing.
Chris Dunkley, chief executive of the Rothamsted Centre for Research and Enterprise said: “Whether it’s an animal health initiative which is working on a local basis, a new development in breeding or nutrition, or the next step in cutting edge technology, if it can help the agri-food sector move forward then we want to hear about it.”
The inaugural ROIF is a brand new concept in the agricultural industry, adopting a cross-sector collaborative approach to answering the big questions.
“It isn’t about one company or research institute knowing better than another, it’s about all of us working together to effect real change,” added Mr Dunkley.
“We need to hear from those in the industry who have seen the challenges and have potential answers to them, but who need a little help to take things forward.”
The forum, which will be held from January 18-20 2017, will include a two-day conference to identify specific areas on which to focus, followed by practical workshops with key stakeholders to work out how to turn those ideas into reality.
Those projects will then be taken forward and reviewed in the next forum.
All proposals must be submitted by Thursday December 15.