Martin Collison was a session chair and speaker at the Climate Change – all you need to know in a day event, focused on the relationship between Agriculture and Climate Change on the 6th March in London. Speaking on behalf of the EU ENABLING network, Martin spoke about the need for a holistic and resource efficient approach to agriculture and climate change. Martin explained that one critical way in which agriculture could reduce its effective carbon footprint would be by ensuring that 100% of its production was utilised, thus replacing fossil fuel derived materials.
On 5th March Martin attended the New Anglia LEP stakeholder event on its new Local Industrial Strategy at Innovation Martlesham. Martin was filmed for this event talking about the potential in the Norfolk and Suffolk agrifood sector, film is at: https://newanglia.co.uk/local-industrial-strategy/
Agrifood is one of three themes for the New Anglia LIS, alongside clean energy and ICT. The event stressed that whilst there are three themes, the real potential lies in the overlap between the three themes.
Martin and Tom Collison attended the SKIN project meeting on skills in the food chain in Dublin on 13th and 14th February 2019. The meeting included a visit to the impressive Ashtown Campus of TEAGASC to view the wide range of food chain work undertaken by the team on food quality, sustainability and consumer response. More details on the event (and a previous event in Belgium on fresh products) are at: http://www.shortfoodchain.eu/videos-and-stories/fresh-products.kl
Martin Collison spoke at the 2nd regional conference for the New professions and career paths in the food and drink industry – Delivering high level food industry skills in the digital economy project led by Food and Drink Europe and EFFAT. His subject was Short supply chains – what does it mean for food manufacturing, use of technology and skills and focused on how the food chain is changing and the implications this has for the skills needed by workers.
Martin Collison spoke at the RAU event focused on the rural economy of Gloucestershire, at the first Let’s Grow event, which attracted 85 delegates from business and the rural community. The event marked the start of a 6 month project to gather evidence on the scale and potential of the Gloucestershire rural and agrifood economy to help inform future LEP policy. Tamsyn Harrod of Boom Circle also spoke alongside Martin on emerging thinking on the food chain and how Gloucestershire could develop a food strategy.
The Greater Lincolnshire Food Board met at the House of Commons at the invitation of Sir John Hayes MP to discuss with the county’s MPs how food chain growth could be facilitated. Food Board members spoke about the need to address labour supply challenges, deliver frictionless trade post Brexit and to embrace innovation to support industry competitiveness.
Martin Collison spoke at the 1st regional conference for the New professions and career paths in the food and drink industry – Delivering high level food industry skills in the digital economy project led by Food and Drink Europe and EFFAT in Budapest on 25th October 2018. His subject was Short Food Supply Chains and how their development may impact on the types of job roles in the food chain in the next decade and beyond.
Martin Collison spoke on behalf of the SKIN short food chain thematic network at a packed conference on how industry 4.0 may impact the horticultural sector. With 140 delegates this event looked at how digital technologies are set to revolutionise horticulture and the food chain.
Martin and Tom Collison attended the SKIN project meeting on technology in the food chain in Hungary in September 2019. Collison and Associates also arranged for Professor Simon Pearson of the Lincoln Institute of AgriFood Technology (LIAT) and Steve Brewer of the Internet of Food Things project to attend and speak alongside Martin at the event. The event was hosted by the Hungarian Campden BRI team who are partners in the SKIN project.
Martin Collison spoke on behalf of the SKIN project on how short food chains are changing the economics of the food chain for farmers and small producers at the Agricultural Economics in Transition conference in Budapest on the 11th September 2018. His presentation was supported by inputs from fellow SKIN project members, Gusztav Nemes who spoke on the links between tourism and food in Hungary and Adrienn Molnar who spoke about how Belgium is using new coaching methods to support short food chain companies.