Driving engagement, innovation and impact in plant science (Innovate UK)

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield S10 2TN, United Kingdom

Plant science is critical to many of the world’s global challenges including food securityenvironmental sustainability and climate change. This event has been developed through a unique partnership between KTN, The University of Sheffield and UK Plant Science Federation (UKPSF).

Through the development of innovative solutions, plant science can help drive productivity and sustainability across the bioeconomy. Yet if these novel solutions are going to be adopted, scientists need to develop technologies that are both fit-for-purpose in the real world and that are accepted by the public. To achieve this, we need to develop better interdisciplinary approaches, so we can properly understand the needs and motivations of end-users and stakeholders alike.

This interactive workshop will bring together plant scientists, social researchers and innovators to explore novel approaches and learning from other sectors, and thus facilitate more effective co-design, knowledge exchange and public understanding.

KTN will also be launching its pre-competitive R&D vision for the agricultural sector at the event, which includes specific chapters relating “Improving social awareness and proliferation of required skills”.



10:00 -12:30 – Impact studies of Social Science in action in plant science “Social element”

13:30 – 16:00 – Launch of KTN Pre-Competitive Booklet and associated talks around interdisciplinary approaches to innovation “KE element”

17:00 – 19:00 – Question Time Panel and Debates on key topics “Public Engagement element”


Further information

Car parking is available at the Qpark at Durham Road, S10 2JA, Sheffield. This is a public car park and does charge a fee, it’s conveniently located only a few minuets walk from Firth Court.

Alternatively the venue is located a only short taxi ride or a 25min walk for the train station.

If you have specific travel or mobility requirements please contact jesamine.hughes@sheffield.ac.uk.

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