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Young Innovators Forum

An informal get-together for plant scientists and young Farmers  

Discovering the importance of scientist/grower relationships, what’s taking place in plant growth facilities & the practical applications, and how to work with and inform the research taking place.

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The launch of the Young Innovators' Forum (YIF) was a great success in November 2015. Almost 100 farmers and Plant Sciences scientists met in an informal evening get-together in the Sainsbury Lab to start what we hope is the first of many gatherings to build a cohort of committed young agri-tech professionals, with a strong relevant network and an ability to build innovation-based partnerships and communicate effectively beyond their own discipline. 

The programme  included  tours of the PGF led by Uta Paszkowski and the glasshouses hosted by John Carr and Zhengming Wang. David Schoepfer and Emily Chillingworth led tours of the research labs at Sainsbury Laboratory and the Algal Innovation Centre was shown by Matt Davey to its first visitors. The farmer visitors showed a lot of interest. Emma Kelcher, from the Cambridgeshire young farmers club, who organised the farmer element of the YIF said they had never had turn-out as large as that, so it was great to see so much interest in learning more about the research in Cambridge.  

Thank you to Becky Dodds (Agri-Tech East) and Emma Kelcher (Young Farmers Club)for being fundamental to the inception of this Forum. And thank you to all of you that were involved and  for being so inspiring!  

YIF has been catalysed by Agri-Tech East in collaboration with CambPlants Hub and the Cambridgeshire Young Farmers Club focusing on PhD students and post docs at the research organizations in the East of England, and the early stage career producers (such as the management trainees at the larger producer businesses, or those destined to take over the family holding).  YIF is sponsored by the Morley Agricultural Foundation


For more information contact:

Becky Dods (Agri-Tech East):

Mariana Fazenda (CambPlants Hub):




Current Events

Tuesday, June 20 at 1.30pm


NIAB CUF Potato Agronomy visit to Innovation Farm


Past Events

Bayer Crop Science Field Visit, The Orchard Farm, Great Chishall

First Young Innovators Forum Conference



G'S Mushroom Farm


If you want to be involved email us  


Growth of Young Farmers and Researchers (Agri-tech East)

A comparable event was held at John Innes Centre on 4 November when small groups of young scientists and farmers toured the John Innes Centre and talked about the research underway, and the challenges facing growers now and in the future. 

2-8 November was a National Young Farmers Week

Here is a selection of interesting articles about the challenges of farming today and  young farmers in particular:

National Federation of Young Farmers' Clubs 

From The Guardian:

Young Farmers why Agriculture is booming                                                                                                                                                                                               

From FS Insight which replaces Farmers Guardian and Arable Farming                  





University of Cambridge is a member of Agri-Tech East