Start date

9th May 2017


4.00 pm to 6.00 pm


Rothamsted Conference Centre, Harpenden, Herts., AL5 2JQ

Registration deadline

Those in receipt of a Press invitation are kindly requested to R.S.V.P. to Karen.wright@rothamsted.ac.uk by Thursday 4th May, 12 noon.

To mark the launch of our new Science Strategy, all Rothamsted staff, Board of Directors and Press are invited to ‘Food for a New Generation –our new vision 2017-2022’


3:45 pm Arrival & registration
4:00 pm 

Introduction: Into the future

Professor Sir John Beddington, Chair of the Rothamsted Board

(Chief Scientific Adviser to the UK Government, 2008-2013)

Overview:  Rothamsted Research - Great Science: Great Benefits

Strategic vision, scientific innovations, game-changing solutions for farming and food

Professor Achim Dobermann, Director and CEO

(Deputy Director General for Research at the International Rice Research Institute, 2007-2014)

4:40 pm 

Sound-bites from the Scientists

Designing Future Wheat; Smart Crop Protection; Tailoring Plant Metabolism; Sustainable Intensification; Soil to Nutrition; GM Camelina Development; Integrated Solutions Lab

5:15 pm 

Open Science and Farming Forum (for Press and invited staff only)

Over a reception of drinks and canapes, our researchers will be free to discuss key issues facing farming and society today, including:

  • raising productivity and breaking the yield barrier
  • pesticide resistance – developing a new vision for crop and animal health
  • delivering environmentally and economically sustainable solutions for farmers
  • neonicotinoids and glyphosate – and the future for fertilisers
  • genetically modified (GM) plants
6:00 pm Close