Report from SIRN activities during the AAB SIP Sustainable Intensification in 2017

The Sustainable Intensification Conference held at Rothamsted Research during the 28th to 30th November was organized by the Association of Applied Biologists (AAB), Defra Sustainable Intensification Platform and BBSRC-NERC Sustainable Intensification Research Network (SIRN).

Around 120 participants were involved including key note presentations from Defra Chief Scientific Advisor Prof Ian Boyd, NFU Vice-President Guy Smith with after dinner speech from Professor Sir Charles Godfray.

A major aim of the event was to showcase outputs of Defra-SIP project. The conference also held several sessions on Knowledge Exchange and Decision Support, Farming Practices and Systems, discussions at Farm and Landscape Level, Metrics and Sustainable Land Use.

The final session looked at What comes next? with a reflection on politics and practice; opportunities, obstacles and risks for UK farms and new initiatives in the UK with the NERC-BBSRC funded ASSIST project and in China.

All papers from the conference can be found in Aspects of Applied Biology – Aspects 136: Sustainable Intensification.

Activities coordinated by the SIRN network:

SIRN coordinated 2 sessions:

  • an informal session with an activity to reveal existing and potential networks and what are the major funding agencies this community is benefiting from.
  • At the end of the conference, SIRN members met with the Leadership team to discuss current and future activities and the role of SIRN in representing the SI community beyond the current project. You can read major discussions held with additional information on funding and initiatives here.