UK China Agri-Tech Workshop on Precision Agriculture and Soil Management
 Precision Agriculture and Soil Management 

This workshop is jointly organized by the Science and Innovation Section of British Embassy Beijing and China International Technology Transfer Centre (CITTC). It is aimed to promote and facilitate research and business collaborations in the area of precision agriculture and soil management. It is part of the UK’s Milan Expo programme activities which will run from May to October this year.

The UK is home to world-class agricultural research in areas such as plant and animal breeding, remote sensing, meteorological prediction and data exploitation. From genetics to grazing, the UK has pioneered developments in the livestock sector for centuries. The challenge is to continue to provide safe, nutritious food that is affordable and accessible to all. The UK’s Agri-Tech strengths are about ensuring better crop productivity and yields, with reduced input and environmental impact. The UK’s world-leading Agri-Tech research institutions and innovative farmers and food manufacturers are going to Milan to attend the GREAT Week Agri-Tech, helping to demonstrate how the UK is to address the global challenge of feeding the planet.

  • Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

    Sara Eppel – Deputy Director Innovative and Sustainable FarmingDownload    
    Sara‘s policy responsibilities include farming strategy and farm competitiveness, which currently includes developing the Government’s 25 Year Food and Farming Plan. Sara oversees delivery of the Agri Tech Strategy and wider research and innovation.



    Holly White – Counsellor, Science and Innovation, British Embassy Beijing






    Tim Losty – Counsellor, Northern Ireland Bureau, British Embassy
    Tim has worked in senior positions for the Northern Ireland Executive for 10 years now including 4 years as its senior diplomatic representative in Washington DC.

  • UK Trade & Investment

    Karen Morgan Agriculture, Food and Drink CounsellorDownload    

    Karen Morgan is the new Agriculture, Food and Drink Counsellor at the British Embassy, Beijing.




    Ian Harley  Agri-Tech Specialist, Precision Agriculture & Crop TechnologyDownload    

  • Beijing Municipal Science & Technology Commission

    Zhu Shilong, Deputy Director

  • UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network

    Dr Yuelai Lu, Head of the Secretariat of UK-China Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN) and a Research Fellow at University of East Anglia, UKDownload    





    Prof. Tong Yan’an, Head of Secretariat (China), SAINDownload    

    Prof Tong Yan’an, Head of the China Secretariat of the China-UK Sustainable Agriculture Innovation Network (SAIN).

  • Ministry of Science & Technology

    Dr. Jing Guifei, Deputy Director General of National Remote Sensing Centre

    1. Space technology applications
    2. Microeconomics analysis of informationalized geography

  • Innovate UK

    Ian Cox, Lead Technologist, AgriTech Centres Download    


    Ian joined Innovate UK in March 2015 as Lead Technologist, Agri-Tech Centres within the Agri-Food team.

  • China International Technology Transfer Centre

    Mr. Huang Ping,Download    
    Director of China International Technology Transfer Centre (CITTC); Director of Beijing Technology Exchange & Promotion Centre (BTEC)



  • Centre for Agricultural Informatics and Metrics of Sustainability

    Prof Richard Tiffin, Chief Scientific Officer, also  Director of the Centre for Food Security and Professor of Applied Economics at the University of Reading, UKDownload    


    Professor Richard Tiffin is the Director of the Centre for Food Security at the University of Reading, a position he has held since 2010. 

  • Rothamsted Research

    Mr. Richard Nugent, Intellectual Property and Licencing Manager of Knowledge Exchange and Commercialisation, Rothamsted Research

    Working at Rothamsted Research since 2007 Richard Nugent is well acquainted with the superb technologies Rothamsted Research has brought to the world.

  • Royal Agricultural University

    Dr Ian Grange, Senior Lecturer in Environmental Management in the School of Agriculture, Food and Environment at the Royal Agricultural University, UK

    Ian has academic expertise in soil science, particularly in relation to soil organic carbon dynamics.

  • Chinese Agricultural University

    LI Minzan, Professor, China Agricultural University on precision agriculture, and Director of the Key Laboratory on Precision Agriculture, Ministry of Education, ChinaDownload    


    Prof Li received his Ph.D. degrees in 2000 in agricultural engineering from Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, Japan.

  • Queen’s University Belfast

    Paul N. Williams, Lecturer in Soil & Environmental Biogeochemistry


    Paul obtained his Ph.D. degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Aberdeen in 2007. Previous to working at Queen’s he has held Research Fellowships with the Chinese Academy of Sciences...


  • Cranfield University

    Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation in the Soil and AgriFood InstituteDownload    

    Jane was trained as a physical geographer and applied geomorphologist (BSc in Geography, Kings College, London), and went on to specialise in land resource management...

  • Science &Technology Facilities Council (STFC)

    Dr. P Jonathan Styles, Senior Programe Consultant, Newton AgriTech ProgrammeDownload    

    Jon has worked for 20 in the Earth Observation and environmental information industry gaining experience of applications programmes and customers in the UK and in a wide range of countries overseas. 



    Andy Shaw BA(Hons), MSc, Senior Programe Consultant, Newton AgriTech Programme

    Andy has 20 years’ experience working in the space sector, specialising in Earth observation applications and providing services in the areas of strategy development, market research, market and business analysis...

  • Chinese Academy of Engineering

    Maohua Wang Download    

    Dr. Maohua Wang is a professor of China Agricultural University (CAU) and a renowned leading expert on agricultural electrification, automation, and informatization engineering. As a distinguished national and international scholar, Professor Wang represents the generation...

  • Food and Environment Research Agency(FERA)

    Dr Andrew Crowe, Senior Land Use Change ScientistDownload    

    Dr Andrew Crowe is the Senior Land Use Change Scientist at Fera Science Ltd.  His work sits within Fera’s Sustainable Agriculture and Environment work stream, and his interests are in the collection and analysis of geographic information to support agricultural and environmental monitoring. 


    Paul Brereton, Co-ordinator of Agri-food ResearchDownload    

    Paul Brereton is Co-ordinator of Agri-food Research at the Food and Environment Research Agency based in York, UK.  A scientist working at science-policy interface, he has over 30 years experience of applied research in the area of food safety and quality.  As well as leading numerous national activities...

  • National Engineering Research Center for Information Technology in Agriculture(NE

    Prof. Chunjiang Zhao, Director of NERCITA

    B.Sc. (Agronomy): Agricultural University of Hebei, P.R. China,1981-1985.
    M.Sc. (Agronomy) : Beijing Academy of Agriculture and Forestry Science,Beijing, P.R. China, 1985-1988

  • Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)

    Dr Wu Ziping, Principal Agricultural EconomistDownload    

    Dr. Wu specialises in policy analysis of agricultural and rural development in the EU and China. His research works in last five years include the development of the Input-output table for Northern Ireland and the partial equilibrium UK model in pan-European AGMEMOD project...

  • Chinese Academy of Sciences

    Prof. Huang WenjiangDownload    
    Prof. Huang Wenjiang, Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences

  • Sino-UK Geospatial Engineering Centre, University of Nottingham

  • Beijing International Urban Agricultural S&T Park

    Beijing International Urban Agricultural Science & Technology Park is located in Tongzhou District, the suburb of Beijing. Based on the location, scientific research, talent and information advantages of Beijing, with the goal of "aggregating talents and building a platform"...

  • Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

    Prof Liu Shihong, DirectorDownload    


    Agricultural Information and Technology Laboratory /Agricultural Information Institute, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences

  • Institute of Food Research

    Pradeep Malakar,senior Research ScientistDownload    

    At Institute of Food Research (IFR), Dr Pradeep Malakar is an expert on hazards and risks that are associated with food consumption. Management of networking partnerships involving participants from diverse cultural backgrounds has been a significant outcome of Dr Malakar’s scientific career.

  • Da Bei Nong (DBN) Group



    Beijing Da Bei Nong Technology Group Co., Ltd. (Da Bei Nong Group), founded in 1993, was dedicated to becoming a world-class hi-tech agricultural enterprise. Da Bei Nong Group, mainly engaged in the R&D, production and promotion of the 6 industries including feed, animal...

  • CAB International (CABI)



    Dr Feng Zhang is Regional Director for CABI’s East Asia operation, and is an expert for integrated and biological control solutions of agricultural pests, with strong expertise in multi-stakeholder management, communication output / dissemination, and policy support.

    Workshop photos
Reception speech: UK Minister Counsellor Andrew Key
Welcome speech: Holly White, Science Counsellor, British Embassy Beijing
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British Ambassador’s Residence
Organized by:

the Science and Innovation Section of British Embassy Beijing
China International Technology Transfer Centre (CITTC)
09:00-09:05 Welcome speech
09:05-11:00 Key note speech
11:05-11:15 Group photo
11:00-11:05 Tea /coffee break
11:15-12:15 Soil Management Session
12:15-13:30 Lunch and networking
13:30-14:30 Precision Agriculture Session
15:00-15:40 Food Safety Session
16:00-16:10 Wrap up
16:10-16:20 Tea /coffee break
16:20-18:00 Partnering session
18:30-20:30 Reception hosted by British Embassy Beijing
For potential collaborations with the Chinese stakeholders, please contact with:
Helena Ou | Senior Science Policy Adviser
Tel: (+86) 10 5192 4291
Fax: (+86) 10 5192 4247

British Embassy Beijing
11 Guang Hua Lu | Beijing 100600 | China

Lei Xiao | Project Manager
Tel: (+86) 10 6257 8706
M: (+86) 1333 109 0928
Fax: (+86) 10 6261 9816

China International Technology Transfer Centre (CITTC)
Beijing 100080 | China

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