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  8. HortAg Forum 2013: Growing the Next Generation of Plant Scientists

HortAg Forum 2013: Growing the Next Generation of Plant Scientists

Date: Tuesday 2nd July 2013

Time: 09:00 AM to 03:30 PM

Location : East Malling Research Conference Centre, Kent

The Faculties of Education and Geographical and Life Sciences at Canterbury Christ Church University are pleased to invite you to the second HortAg Forum bringing together educators (primary and secondary) with representatives from the horticultural and agricultural industry. The conference is hosted at East Malling Research, which is celebrating 100 years of top-class research in fruit production.

Plenary speakers from industry and education will outline the challenges in meeting the current shortfall in plant scientists in the UK and improving the image of careers in plant science. Speakers include:

  • Dr Alastair Griffiths, Head of Science, Royal Horticultural Society
  • Adrian Barlow, CEO English Apples and Pears
  • Dr Andy Morris, Simon Langton Grammar School for Boys
  • Professor Chris Atkinson, Greenwich University
  • Tristan Maclean, Biotechnology and Biological Science Research Council
  • Ross Newham, Head of Communications, East Malling Research

The conference will include workshops on experiments that can easily be performed in the classroom (primary and secondary level) and we will provide free kits for teachers to take home and carry out experiments at their school. Discussion groups including educators and industry will generate ideas and solutions for strengthening plant science in schools.

  • Learn about the opportunities in plant science and communicate the opportunities and requirements you see in plant science careers and education.
  • Help strengthen plant science in the classroom.
  • We need your experience as educators or industry representatives!

Limited spaces available! (Lunch, tea and coffee included)

Additional information: Please send an email with any questions (subject line ‘Hortag’) togeography@canterbury.ac.uk

Directions and information on the venue.