On Monday and in collaboration with Satellite Applications Catapult we hosted the China-UK Forum with a focus on AI & Smart Farming.
The event kicked off with welcome addresses held by Prof. Yu Xiong, the Chair of Technology and Operations Management of Northumbria University, Boshu Liang, Chief Representative of China State Office of Foreign Talents Exchange, and Jack So, our Community and Event Manager.
The Forum itself was chaired by Stephen Ringler, Head of Future Business for Satellite Applications Catapult, who invited AI & Smart Farming experts to the stage to share the recent lab developments, thoughts on satellite applications in the field of Agri-Tech and also discussed the opportunities present in partnering with China to drive the latest developments in AI and improve smart farming practice globally.
The speakers were:
Mark Jarman, Head of Earth Observation and Agri-Tech Lead at Satellite Applications Catapult, who shared his thoughts on how agri-tech can transform the farming industry.
Dr. Hugh Mortimer, Chief planetary scientist at Rutherford Appleton Laboratory, who elaborated on the Science and Technology Facilities Council's partnership with China, as well as the Newton Fund, a fantastic fund promoting economic development and social welfare of either the partner countries or, through working with the partner country, to address the well being of communities. Launched in 2014, the Newton Fund was extended from 2019 to 2021 and expanded by doubling the £75 million investment to £150 million by 2021, leading to a £735 million UK investment to 2021, with partner countries providing matched resources within the Fund.
Dr. Clive Blacker, Director of Precision Decisions, winner of the BBC Future Food award, also heeded the audience to look East and shared the latest longterm plans for partnering with China in the cutting edge smart farming industry.
Our second highlight of the day was the launch of the 11th China UK Entrepreneurship Competition, a hugely successful global entrepreneurship competition featured in Xinhua News and China Daily. We'll share our personal roundup shortly!