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On March 18th, following the Chancellor's Budget, the UK Government announced that it will invest £12M in the first national Centre for Agricultural Innovation.

The new Centre for Agri-Informatics and Sustainability Metrics (AIMS) was proposed by a consortium of leading industry and academic partners including Scotland’s Rural College (SRUC), Rothamsted Research, the University of Reading, and the National Institute of Agricultural Botany (NIAB).


With the funding secured, the consortium will work towards establishing the AIMS Centre over the next few months, with the Head Office based at Rothamsted Research in Harpenden.


Professor Jackie Hunter, BBSRC Chief Executive, says that AIMS will “help to deliver a step change in agricultural productivity to keep the UK at the forefront of the sector."

Venue: Edinburgh Centre for Carbon innovation (ECCI), Conference room

High School Yards, Edinburgh EH1 1LZ

Date: Friday 1st May 2015
Time: 13:00 – 17:00
This is a free event but registration is essential as space is limited.


13:00 – Welcome, EPS Director, Karen Halliday

Update on GENbIOME (the EPS integrated phenotyping facility) and other EPS activities.

13.15 - Keynote Speaker

Professor Duncan Cameron, Chair in Plant and Soil Biology, University of Sheffield

“The P3 Centre of Excellence...