A showcase of innovation: technology and funding for the livestock sector

David Telford to host the technology and funding session at BSAS 2019 Conference 

The British Society of Animal Science is delighted to be hosting a session on Technology and Funding as part of this year’s Annual Conference. The session will take place on the afternoon of Tuesday 9th April and will be an informative look into the opportunities technical innovation and funding present for the livestock sector. 
We spoke to the session’s host, Dr David Telford, Knowledge Transfer Manager of the Agri-Food team at the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), to find out more about why this is a must-attend session for conference attendees. 
Can you tell us a little bit about your own experience and background?
“I work for the Knowledge Transfer Network, a UK-wide innovation network. I work in the Agri-Food team, and my role is to help livestock and aquaculture companies to innovate by brokering collaborations and helping people access funding. 

“This has provided me with extensive experience of cutting-edge livestock and aquaculture projects encompassing a broad range of species, sectors and technologies, and enabled me to work in the application of new technology across agriculture. I really enjoy this, as I get to help lots of really interesting projects that can benefit the livestock industry.”
What will this session focus on and what does it hope to address?
“The session will focus on showcasing innovation, technology and funding, and how it can be utilised to benefit the livestock sector. 
“This will include examples of how to deliver innovations that farmers and associated supply chains will adopt, and also new technologies that could benefit the industry. This will hopefully inspire delegates to develop new project ideas of their own to benefit the livestock sector, and to take advantage of the grant funding available.”
Who will be speaking at the session and what will they be talking about?
“There will be three leading speakers presenting during the session. The session will open with Calum Murray, Head of AgriFood at Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, who will talk about the innovation funding landscape, and opportunities for the livestock industry and animal science community to utilise the grant funding available to drive innovation.
“Mark Young, Head of Innovation at the Centre for Innovation Excellence in Livestock (CIEL) will explain how to deliver innovations that farmers and associated supply chains will adopt. Mark will explain how this is important to ensure a change in best practice, that delivers improvements in one or more of profitability, efficiency, environmental impact, animal welfare or product quality.
“Dave Ross, CEO of the Agri-EPI Centre will talk about ‘Future technology that could benefit the livestock industry’. Dave will look at how novel technologies could transform livestock production.  This will provide an overview of new technologies that are emerging, including from other industry sectors, that could potentially be applied in innovative new ways to benefit the animal science and livestock industry.
“The session will close with a Q&A and discussion session.”
What will audiences learn from attending this session?
“The session will provide valuable insights into how to deliver innovations that farmers and associated supply chains will adopt, and to ensure a change in best practice. It will also provide a look into novel and innovative technologies that are emerging, that could have potential benefits for the livestock sector, as well as funding opportunities that could help industry and academia collaborate together in future.”
Who stands to benefit from attending the Technology & Funding session?
“The session will hopefully be of interest to people from both industry and academia, with an interest in a broad range of scientific disciplines and livestock species.”

To register for tickets and to find out more about the programme of speakers planned for the BSAS 2019 Conference, click here.

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