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24 May 2018
Jane Rickson, Professor of Soil Erosion and Conservation at Cranfield University's Soil and Agrifood Institute has been appointed President of the Institution of Agricultural Engineers.
Conference at the Royal Academy of Engineering, Prince Carlton House, London SW1Y 5DG on Tuesday 6 November 2018
Successful collaboration between industry and research institutions is crucial to bring new technologies and innovations into the agricultural supply chain. This conference will explore positive engineering partnerships between industry, research and academia.
The Midlands Machinery Show is taking place on Wednesday 22 and Thursday 23 November at Newark Showground in Nottinghamshire and the Institution of Agricultural Engineers will be in Crocker Hall 3 promoting the importance of professionalism.
The competition is open to all UK training and education providers and involves creating a remote or radio controlled vehicle. Teams are given a standard set of wheels, a battery and maximum vehicle dimensions and the challenge is to produce the top performance vehicle of the competition. The vehicle that powers its way to the highest point up a curved ramp is the winner.
To celebrate the 80 years since the founding of IAgrE in May 1938, IAgrE are inviting budding photographers to submit photographs depicting Agritech in Action. We are looking for entries which showcase the exciting world of agricultural technology in action with a £250 prize for the winning entry.
This year's IAgrE conference on Wednesday 11 October at Rothamsted Centre for Research & Enterprise, takes on the challenge of where will the next innovative solutions come from to reduce the carbon footprint.
IAgrE will be part of Cereals new feature ‘Fields of the Future’ in partnership with STEM Ambassadors to promote a host of exciting career opportunities related to agri-tech and agricultural engineering to an audience of teachers.
IAgrE CEO Alastair Taylor said, "It is so important that we recognise the important role which our technicians fulfill across agricultural engineering fulfill across agricultural engineering in all of its forms. These people do such a great job and whether they are working as a service engineer in a dealership, as a precision farming technician in wider agriculture or as a soil science technician, this new grade is a great way of recognising their achievements.
The Witham Group’s new Prolan lubricant range won the Institution of Agricultural Engineer’s (IAgrE) Ivel Award for best new product and environmental innovation at this year’s LAMMA show. The product was also the overall LAMMA innovation winner.
“IAgrE today launches a survey designed to answer this question,” said Alastair Taylor, CEO of IAgrE. “We will be looking at how ready UK industry is to develop the engineering and manufacturing supply chain opportunities that will arise as new Agri-Tech systems develop,” said Alastair Taylor CEO of IAgrE.
Dr Paul Miller, agricultural engineer and expert in all aspects of crop spraying and fertiliser application, has received the 2016 EurAgEng Award of Merit for Scientific Understanding, which is a bronze statuette - a replica of the statue that stood in the main building at the Silsoe Research Institute.
IAgrE's 2016 Landwards conference (#IAgrEconference) seeks to address how to deal with the challenge of ensuring your new idea stays with you and is not stolen, how you can work with others openly and yet retain intellectual property, what challenges you will need to consider and where to find funding.
Well-known in the agricultural sector, Rob spent his early career in agricultural engineering research at Cranfield University before working in roles with the Renault Group, as a director of two major UK farm equipment distributors and as a director of the Royal Agricultural Society of England.
The report “Overlooked and left behind: improving the transition from school to work for the majority of young people” raises concerns about a wide range of factors and makes some clear recommendations as to what needs to be done to improve circumstances for young people making decisions about that important transition from compulsory schooling at the age of sixteen.
The Institution of Agricultural Engineers (IAgrE) in partnership with the Institution of Engineering and Tecnology (IET) have launched a suite of competitions designed to test the engineering and technical know-how of university students.