Press Release IAgrE and AEA call for a Centre for Innovation for Engineering for Agriculture December 2013 Ref: 108 Two organisations representin

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Press Release

IAgrE and AEA call for a Centre for Innovation for Engineering for Agriculture

December 2013
Ref: 108

Two organisations representing the professional interests of members working with applied technology for the agriculture and food production industries; the Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) and the Agricultural Engineers Association (AEA) are calling for a new Centre for Innovation in Engineering for Agriculture to be established in response to the UK Strategy for Agricultural Technology.

Launching a discussion paper for consideration by the Agri-tech leadership council; IAgrE CEO Alastair Taylor and AEA CEO Roger Lane Nott stated:

“It is our joint view that a Centre for Innovation in Engineering for Agriculture should be established to harness the work of all relevant innovation and research partners in an inclusive and collaborative partnership which builds on all talents.”

The discussion paper has been sent to members of the leadership council and shared with relevant organisations with an interest in research and innovation.

Alastair Taylor commented “I believe that future innovation will not just come from the current research and development infrastructure but from new partnerships. There needs to be a step change in innovation by bringing together aspects of science and technology with engineering disciplines in a way which advances agriculture and food production unimagined at the current time”

He added “The IAgrE annual conference in May 2014 is part of this vision and the theme of “Re-imagining Agriculture: engineering as the strategic enabler” is part of our journey in bringing together diverse aspects of the industry to come up with new ideas which represent a paradigm shift from where we are at the moment”

The discussion paper is available for download from the IAgrE Website.

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Notes for editors:

IAgrE is the professional body for scientists, technologists, engineers, academics, managers and students working in the landbased sector and has an international membership base.

As a licensed body of the Engineering Council (EngC) and a founding Constituent Body of The Society for the Environment (SocEnv), IAgrE registers suitably experienced professionals as Chartered Engineers, Chartered Environmentalists, Incorporated Engineers and Engineering Technicians.

For further details, contact Marion King at IAgrE Communications at pressroom@iagre.org or call 01234 750876

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