The University of Lancaster hosted the first national stakeholder meeting in Lancaster, United Kingdom on 22 February 2023. The event was held in the Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC) and it was attended by around 30 professionals from the farming and industry research and education sector.
The gathering provided a platform for showcasing some of the work done by the researchers in LEC and affiliated businesses. The meeting, organised by Prof. Ian Dodd, included a presentation on TUdi named “Reversing soil degradation with cover crops”, introduced by Dr. Csilla Hudek from LEC. Other presentations included “Understanding phosphorus in our food systems” by Dr. Shane Rothwell (LEC), and “Nutragy: a low cost soil fertiliser” by Dr. Ben Herbert (Stopford Projects Ltd) and Dr Vasileios Giannakopoulos (LEC).
All participants took part in the main topic of discussion - the magnitude of the challenges farmers face and how the businesses and researchers can provide solutions to their problems. The key takeaway points of the meeting were improving the knowledge exchange between academia, students and business, as well as using bio-engineering as a cost-effective tool to reverse soil degradation. By the end of the year, the University of Lancaster will organise more stakeholder meetings in order to provide a platform for ideas exchange and discussions between all interested parties.