Martin Collison spoke at the Education in the Age of Industry 4.0: Industry- Academic Collaboration Conference at the University of Lincoln on Monday 29th July 2019 on behalf of the EU SKIN project. His topic was ‘Using Automation & Digitalisation to Create Higher Quality Jobs in the Food Chain’ and explored how automation will change the structure of food chains, the role of short food chains and what this means for job roles, workers and skills development.
From early May to early July George Collison was based in Changsha, Hunan Province in China on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council and partners to explore the potential for agrifood, technology and related trade and exchange.
EU Enabling project partners Lynn and Tom Collison of Collison Associates (pictured on the left), worked with the Biovoices Project and the BioLadies Network to run a workshop on 2nd July 2019 at the John Innes Centre, Norwich Research Park, to look at the barriers and opportunities to develop new bio-based materials from crops.
Water Resources East (WRE) held its firts major event in Norfolk and Suffolk on 1st July 2019 which attracted over 70 people from a wide range of organisations. The event updated those atteding on WRE and asked for input about the priroities for water management in the region. Delegates stressed the need for holistic water management at landscape scale and for water management to be given more support. WRE is now working with a range of the organisations at the event to develop projects to demonstarte new approaches to water management.
Martin Collison spoke on behalf of the EU SKIN project at the EFFAT and Food and Drink Europe workshop in Bologna, Italy on 3rd and 4th June 2019. Martin’s subject was how changes in the food chain will impact on the jobs roles which need to be filled and specifically how digitalisation will change the food chain. Martin called for a strategic, long term and holistic approach to digitalisation which delivered benefits for business, workers and the economy.
Lynn and Tom Collison attended the ENABLING project meeting in Dublin on 28th and 29th May 2019 to look at innovation in the use of bio-based materials. This included a visit to the TEAGASC Ashtown Campus to meet Dr Maria Hayes and her team who work on biomass valorisation.
Martin Collison was one of four ENABLING project members who attended the EU Bio Based Industries Joint Undertaking (BBI JU) information day in Brussels on the 12th April. The event brought together 700 people working on the bio-economy from Europe and launched BBI JU’s 2019 call for projects.
Martin Collison spoke on behalf of Water Resources East (WRE), the CLA and the Institute of Agricultural Management at an event in West Norfolk organised by the Environment Agency. This event was focused on how constructed wetlands can help to manage water resources and included a visit to a project run by the Norfolk Rivers Trust with Anglian Water on the Ingol to use constructed ponds to treat recycled water from a sewage treatment facility. Martin spoke on the potential, particularly given forthcoming changes in agricultural policy, for farmers and landowners to provide public goods and manage their own water needs, through embracing constructed wetlands and other management tools
Martin Collison spoke at the RAU Let’s Grow event organised with gFirst LEP on the value and potential of the agrifood and rural economy in Gloucestershire, based on a report written by Collison and Associates Limited.
Martin Collison was very pleased to be on the judging panel for the Innovation in Food Security Venture Creation Weekend held by the Judge Business School at Cambridge University from 15th-17th March. The weekend brought together a diverse group of 60 academics, industry members and advisors to work together on problems which could address global food security. With 9 teams developing business proposals over the weekend, the standard was very high.