Our recent Festival of Ideas, which attracted over 8,000 visitors, has been shortlisted in this year’s Herts Tourism Awards.

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One of three finalists in the Lasting Impression Award for Ultimate Experience of the Year, the winner will be decided by public vote.

And as added incentive, every ballot cast will be entered into a prize draw to win dinner and an overnight stay for two people at one of the nominees for Best Accommodation.

Rothamsted “Festival of Ideas” took place in June to celebrate the institute’s 175th anniversary. This unprecedented public weekend, free and open to all, attracted more than 8000 festival-goers.

Professor Angela Karp, Director for Science Innovation, Engagement and Partnerships, said she was delighted by the award nomination.

“An incredible amount of thought and effort went into this event and ensured that the science was fun and interactive and that festival-goers had an unforgettable experience.

“Interacting with the public is such an important part of our work, to show them first-hand the incredible innovations we are working on here at Rothamsted, and to learn what issues are important to them regarding the foods they eat and how those are produced.”

Festival of Ideas

There were 35 exhibits and six tours, including a visit to the National Willow Collection, viewing the inside of the glasshouses and magnifying to grand scales in the BioImaging Lab.

The Herts Tourism Awards aim to reward exceptional standards of customer service and outstanding visitor experiences within Hertfordshire’s tourism industry

Voting closes on November 4th, with the lucky award winners announced at a glitzy awards ceremony in December.

About Rothamsted Research
Rothamsted Research is the longest-running agricultural research institute in the world. We work from gene to field with a proud history of ground-breaking discoveries, from crop treatment to crop protection, from statistical interpretation to soils management. Our founders, in 1843, were the pioneers of modern agriculture, and we are known for our imaginative science and our collaborative influence on fresh thinking and farming practices.
Through independent science and innovation, we make significant contributions to improving agri-food systems in the UK and internationally. In terms of the institute’s economic contribution, the cumulative impact of our work in the UK was calculated to exceed £3000 million a year in 20151. Our strength lies in our systems approach, which combines science and strategic research, interdisciplinary teams and partnerships.
Rothamsted is also home to three unique resources. These National Capabilities are open to researchers from all over the world: The Long-Term Experiments, Rothamsted Insect Survey and the North Wyke Farm Platform.
We are strategically funded by the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), with additional support from other national and international funding streams, and from industry. We are also supported by the Lawes Agricultural Trust (LAT).
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1Rothamsted Research and the Value of Excellence: A synthesis of the available evidence, by Séan Rickard (Oct 2015)

The Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
BBSRC invests in world-class bioscience research and training on behalf of the UK public. Our aim is to further scientific knowledge, to promote economic growth, wealth and job creation and to improve quality of life in the UK and beyond.
Funded by government, BBSRC invested £469 million in world-class bioscience in 2016-17. We support research and training in universities and strategically funded institutes. BBSRC research and the people we fund are helping society to meet major challenges, including food security, green energy and healthier, longer lives. Our investments underpin important UK economic sectors, such as farming, food, industrial biotechnology and pharmaceuticals.
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About LAT
The Lawes Agricultural Trust, established in 1889 by Sir John Bennet Lawes, supports Rothamsted Research’s national and international agricultural science through the provision of land, facilities and funding. LAT, a charitable trust, owns the estates at Harpenden and Broom's Barn, including many of the buildings used by Rothamsted Research. LAT provides an annual research grant to the Director, accommodation for nearly 200 people, and support for fellowships for young scientists from developing countries. LAT also makes capital grants to help modernise facilities at Rothamsted, or invests in new buildings.