The first Growing Kent and Medway symposium will be held online, on the 20th October at 2-4pm.
Join us to learn more about the current agri-tech research being undertaken in the biotechnology hub and then take the opportunity to experience an in-depth virtual tour of the research facilities available within the Natural Sciences Division.
Who are Growing Kent and Medway?
Growing Kent & Medway is a world-class research, innovation and enterprise cluster supporting growth in technology-driven horticultural production, fresh produce packaging, food and drink processing, and its supply chains.
We bring together innovative growers and processors, scientists, technologists, and entrepreneurs to deliver a shared goal of improving productivity and sustainability in the sector.
Symposium Virtual Event
14:00 – 14:10 Alessia Buscaino – GK&M intro
14:10 – 14:15 Lorraine Fisher – Recorded Research summary
14:15 – 14:35 Andrew Simkin – Research Summary
14:40 – 15:00 Helen Cockerton – Research Summary
15:05 – 15:20 Ian Brown – Microscopy Facility
15:20 – 15:35 Kevin Howland – Bimolecular Science Facility
15:35 – 15:50 Gary Thompson – NMR Facility
15:50 – 16:00 Concluding Remarks & Questions
What to expect from the event
The newly appointed industry research fellows will showcase their current research. Dr. Andrew Simkin will discuss his lab group’s work; manipulating photosynthetic pathways to boost crop yields and detail his expertise in improving the flavour and metabolite content of fruits and vegetables. Dr. Helen Cockerton will give a seminar about her lab group’s work investigating fungal diseases of horticultural crops, and present her work identifying important genetic alleles in octoploid strawberry. Furthermore, Dr Lorraine Fisher will give an overview of the relationship between post harvest crop responses and sustainable packaging.
Growing Kent and Medway has grants available ranging from £10 – £500K for research, innovation and development projects seeking to improve productivity and sustainability in the food and drink sector. This and future symposia will assist the generation of ideas and help to forge collaborations between academics, partner research institutes and the industry.
This event is key to accessing this new funding stream and will help you to determine how your work translates into the horticultural, food and drinks industry.