UK-Canada Symposium on Smart Technologies for Sustainable Agriculture

January 17-21, 2016
Canadian High Commission, London, UK


The aim of modern technologies, frequently called “precision agriculture” or “smart farming”, involves numerous innovations to help farmers increase crop productivity while conserving their resources. These technologies include automated navigation, proximal soil and crop sensing, remote sensing, variable rate application of agricultural inputs, modelling of agricultural processes, optimization of farm operation logistics, agro-robotics, etc. With a number of similarities in the way smart technologies are adopted in both Canada and the UK, it is important to increase awareness and share successful developments between the Canadian and UK workshop participants. Different smart farming technologies, which are popular today, were invented in both countries at the beginning of the era of precision agriculture. Despite a continuous decrease in support for agricultural engineering research, different academic institutions as well as technology and service providers are world leaders in certain areas. However, due to the emerging concern for global food security, there is growing public interest in technological innovations in agriculture. For this reason, this workshop was organized to initiate a dialog, to seek ways to strengthen on-going technology developments, evaluate the potential for markets for precision agriculture in both countries as well as considering better ways to export UK/Canada-based products and services to other countries.
2016 Symposium Documents

When? What? Where?
January 17, 2016
18:30-20:30 Welcome Gathering Strand Palace Hotel
January 18, 2016
08:30 - 19:30 First Day Workshop - Technical Sessions and Networking Canadian High Commission
January 19, 2016
08:30 - 12:00 Second Day Workshop - Opportunities and Future Work Canadian High Commission
14:00 - 19:30 Visit to Cranfield Soil and Agrifood Institute Cranfield University
January 20, 2016
08:00 - 14:00 Visit to the National Centre for Precision Farming Harper Adams University
January 21, 2016
08:00 - 18:00 Optional Visit to the Machinery Show 2016 LAMMA

2014 Workshop Documents

Contact Information

Mario Rivero Huguet
T: +1 514 232 8602

Caroline Martin
T: +44 (0)2070 04 6026

Viacheslav Adamchuk
T: +1 514 398 7657

Sven Peets
T : +44 (0)1952 81 5143
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