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How do you conduct and manage robust research and development at scale on your farm? What are the best methods for data collection and analysis? What are the best approaches to collaborative projects with researchers?

Join us on April 28th as we explore the scientific approaches to on-farm trials and how to work more effectively with researchers.

With Defra funding now focusing more on farmer-led R&D, there has been no better time to set out on this venture and start conducting robust R&D at scale on your farm.

Although field trials and experiments are not new, the scientific approach underlying design and implementation has evolved, together with the technologies available to aid collection and interpretation of data.

Join us in-person at NIAB for a unique daylong event as we explore approaches to the design and implementation of field trails, and the technologies currently available to support data collection and analysis to allow you to get the most out of your field trials.

Who is the event for:

Everyone is invited, but it will be particularly relevant to:

  • Individuals working in agriculture who are looking to set up field trials, or work on a collaborative project with researchers.
  • Those seeking to gain more insight into the science behind on-farm trials, and technology available for large scale analysis and interpretation of data.
  • Individuals working in research who are interested in engaging with farmers and growers in experimental work

What can you expect to learn from the session?

Being your own researcher and scientist- where do you start?

  • The value of on-farm trails
  • What constitutes an on-farm trial, and innovating your own project

Setting up an on-farm trial: balancing robustness and practicality

  • How to design and set up a scientifically sound on-farm trials
  • Factors to consider during experimental design, and how to minimise variables
  • Balancing science with the everyday needs of your business

Gathering useful and meaningful evidence

  • Where technology fits into data collection, and how it can help with the process

So what? Interpreting results

  • Drawing robust conclusions from data
  • Removing bias from data analysis
  • The value of data collected from on-farm trials

Collaborating and co-designing with researchers

  • Managing expectations: what can reasonably be expected from a project
  • Common pitfalls to avoid when designing and embarking on a collaborative project
  • Getting the most out of collaborative projects and ensuring successful outcomes
  • Funding opportunities and advice for those starting out on new projects


This event is £40+VAT for members of Agri-TechE, and £75+VAT for non-members.


View & book on Agri-techE website here.

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