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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.

Designed to help scientists and farmers understand more about each other’s worlds, the Forum organises free to attend, informal events in the lab and the field aimed at helping bridge the gap between research and production

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

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!  


For more information contact:

Mariana Fazenda (CambPlants Hub):




Current Events

MM Flowers - learn about the most sustainable cut flower business in the UK.

14 September 2017 - Places still available, register NOW


Past Events



NIAB CUF Potato Agronomy visit to Innovation Farm

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

First Young Innovators Forum Conference



G'S Mushroom Farm


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Check the Young Innovators' Forum Newsletter HERE