SFN Champions We are delighted to announce that we have now appointed our SFN Champions who will focus in on the intersecting topics of the SFN - to reach out to those of you in their area - and to interface their areas with the other Champions to ensure a lively cross-fertilisation of ideas. A big thankyou to the following for taking on these important roles for the Network:
In the next couple of weeks will set up mailing lists for each of the above areas and populate them with the information we have based on the boxes you ticked in the survey and/or launch meeting session selection, but this information is likely to be incomplete, so if you don't hear anything in the next month from the Champion for your area then please contact Alison to be added to the relevant mailing list(s).
Digital Innovation in Livestock Along with N8 Agrifood and CIEL the SFN are co- hosting this event in September to explore the latest in precision farming for enhanced performance, health and welfare of livestock. Unfortunately all of the academic places for this have now been taken up but if you have an industry background and would like to attend please contact Malou Lindholm for more information. A full report will be available after the event.
SFN News Release The SFN officially launched on the 28th June 2017 and, along with our launch meeting (details below), we celebrated with a news release that you can see on our blog page.
SFN Launch Meeting We’re delighted to announce that we had an extremely successful Launch Meeting on Wednesday 28th and Thursday 29th June in Manchester. Thanks to all of you that attended and participated and particular thanks to all of our speakers and session chairs. You can find full details of the event on our dedicated webpage together with copies of the presentations given across the two days.
SFN Logo Competition The SFN has a new logo! Congratulations and thanks to Anna Louise Sutherland for her winning entry
Seminars SFN PI Sarah Bridle recently gave a Schuster Colloquium in Manchester to promote the work of the SFN and to encourage interactions between the STFC and Agri-Food Communities - this went out to a packed house with over 50 people attending and lots of new sign-ups to the SFN mailing list . We are also taking this seminar on the road, speaking at institutions across the country over the coming months - see if your University is already hosting an event and if not, and you'd like to host a SFN seminar please contact us
Survey Results The SFN recently ran a launch survey in order to find out how much STFC and agri-food researchers know about each other’s work and skills, and to gauge interest in the SFN. Some of the headline results from this:
We had over 640 responses
75% of respondents were from STFC research or facilities
285 people said ‘I would like to join the SFN mailing list to receive updates every few weeks’
82 people said ‘I am considering attending the SFN launch meeting on 28/29 June in Manchester
Digital Innovation in Livestock The SFN are supporting a Digital Innovation in Livestock Meeting that is being organised by N8 AgriFood in conjunction with the Centre of Digital Innovation Applied to Livestock (CIEL) - If you are interested in attending this event please contact us
Sandpits Our first Sandpit is planned for October 2017 - Updates coming soon.